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Monthly Archives: July 2012
Sunrise at Table Rock is a beautiful sight. Table Rock State Park is located in Pickens County, South Carolina.
Cherokee Indian Legend states that a Cherokee Chieftain named the Table Rock Watershed “Sah-ka-na-ga”. When he finished hunting, he would stop here and use the Table Rock mountain as his dining table while sitting on Stool Mountain to dine on his venison. I go to Table Rock periodically in search of just the right view of this mountain, particularly at sunrise. I have yet to pursue the best view which is up Pinnacle Trail for a 5 hour round trip hike. It’s strenuous and not for everyone but the views from various stopping points along the trail is superb.
For this particular shot, I had my ever present Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm lens attached. I used a 3 stop graduated ND filter as the dynamic range was significant. My objective was to bring some detail back to the sky and capture some foreground detail as well. I used a set of 7 brackets from -3 to +3 to capture the appropriate range. Processing was done in Lightroom 4 and HDR Efex Pro 2. I envisioned a painterly effect when I composed the shot and I believe I’ve achieved the vision.
As always, feedback is welcome!
The great thing about summer vacation is that you have the chance to visit some out of the way places. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a goat farm. I know, that would not necessarily be high on anyone’s list of places to go, but the Split Creek Farm in Anderson, SC was worth the visit.
The Split Creek Farm was established in 1985 and is owned by Evin Evans and Pat Bell. They have a large population of goats, mostly of the Nubian variety like this week old baby or “Kid” as baby goats are called.
Besides goats, there are chickens running everywhere. Some even find some unique places to nest like this mailbox.
Some of the goats here were even photogenic. This one wanted to smile for me and he did eagerly when prompted.
Split Creek Farm sells products related to the milk they produce including award winning artisan cheeses and handmade fudge. They also sell a small collection of crafts. Outside the shop was a fierce 3 legged cat guarding the door.
This cat slept through all our jabber while we stood on the front porch of the shop. I’m sure there’s a story behind the missing leg but we didn’t ask.
So, if you find yourself traveling through South Carolina near Anderson, check out the goats at Split Creek Farm. It’s a fun visit!
Often times there are little jewels in a big city that one might miss if they’re not careful. The Oakland Cemetery near downtown Atlanta is one of those jewels. The Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for people from all walks of life. Former Atlanta mayors, former slaves, “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, the golfer, Bobby Jones, confederate and union soldiers, among others, are all buried here.
Bobby Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete on a national and international level. When visiting the Bobby Jones’s grave, be sure to leave something golf related to pay your respects.
Margaret Mitchell was best known for writing “Gone With The Wind” which was published in 1936. Her second husband, John Marsh, was a copy editor by trade and helped her with the final edits of the book.
One item that not in short supply at the Oakland Cemetery is mausoleums. There are mausoleums of every shape and size found here. One could easily spend a day here just focusing on the mausoleums. Below is one of my favorites. I’ll share more as I complete my processing of images from this trip.
The Oakland Cemetery is a can’t miss attraction in Atlanta. The staff at the cemetery is friendly and helpful and will assist you in finding a particular gravesite if necessary. Check their web site for various events held throughout the year.
The Southeastern Railway Museum is located in Duluth, Georgia in northeast Atlanta. Started in 1970, the museum has over 90 pieces of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic locomotives.
The rolling stock on site represents some serious railroad history. While there were a number of different locomotives to shoot, I really liked the look of this tired looking locomotive.
There’s also a number of different types of historic rail cars in a variety of states of restoration.
I especially like the old Pullman cars. Back in the day, they were pretty hip looking rail cars with different colored upholsteries and colored tile on the floors. There are many different layouts featured at the museum like the one pictured below.
The equipment at the museum is perfect for HDR photography as well as the application of vintage film pre-sets in the processing steps. Each of these shots was a sequence of 3 bracketed shots processed in Nik’s new HDR Efex Pro 2. I applied the appropriate HDR method then chose one of HDR Efex Pro 2′s vintage film pre-sets. The photos were then processed through Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to boost contrast using the Pro Contrast pre-set.