Rural Church #1

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I’m back from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. With the extended winter, I was definitely too early this Spring to see the usual emerging flowers and leaves. It was a little disappointing but hey, I was on vacation in the mountains. It doesn’t get much better.  One of the subjects I decided to focus on were the rural churches found in the Smoky’s.

The Methodist Church found in Cades Cove has been well maintained by the park service. The church, organized around 1820, features two front doors, a common architectural feature in the 1800s, which allowed men to enter and sit on one side of the chapel and women and children on the opposite side. The church’s cemetery is the second-oldest in Cades Cove and contains at least 100 graves.

I have taken multiple shots of the church in the past but decided to focus on the building from one side of the cemetery this time. It’s a different perspective and I’m pleased with how it looks in black and white.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Rural Church #1




  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: X-E2
  • Taken: 6 April, 2014
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 32.9mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/17s
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Roaring Fork Stream

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I’m taking a much needed vacation this week to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee so I thought I’d share an image from October, 2012. This image of a mountain stream was shot on a foggy, rainy morning along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The trail, located just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a 6 mile, one-way, driving tour through the mountains. The weather got progressively worse as we drove the length of the trail. We stopped nonetheless and checked out the many sites along the trail. There’s a lot of history to see as you learn about the folks who used to live in the area.

I haven’t been back since that October but it remains on my list of places in the Smoky Mountains to visit again. Unfortunately, the trail doesn’t open until April 11th this year so I’ll have an excuse to visit again in the future.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Roaring Fork Stream



  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-Pro1
  • Taken: 8 October, 2012
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 12s
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Folly Beach Storm

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This is another image shot the same day at Folly Beach, South Carolina after I had finished shooting the recent image of Morris Island Lighthouse. During the lighthouse shot a thunderstorm began moving in at a rapid pace. By the time I finished, the breeze had picked up and the storm had moved in closer. I moved back towards the dunes and shot the clouds rolling in towards us. I really liked the drama in them. A few minutes later it began raining hard and we made a quick run to car to avoid getting soaked.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Folly Beach Storm



  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Taken: 5 April, 2013
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 65mm
  • ISO: 100
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Chapman’s Mill

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As you drive West on Interstate 66 in Virginia towards Front Royal and Shenandoah National Park, you pass by an old historic beaten structure known as Chapman’s Mill.

Chapman’s Mill has seen quite a lot of history in it’s day having survived, barely, the Civil War. There is now a group working actively to raise the funds necessary for the large undertaking required to restore this great structure to it’s former glory as a gristmill.

The next time you’re traveling in the Broad Run area of Virginia, take a few minutes to stop and explore this piece of history.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Chapman’s Mill


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-Pro1
  • Taken: 1 December, 2013
  • Focal length: 18.79mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
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