Saturday, January 31, 2009
1.31.2009 Frozen Head State Park
It was a glorious winter day in East Tennessee today with brilliant blue skies and unseasonably warm temps in the upper 40s. There was no way we were spending the day inside, so my wife, my 9 y/o son and I headed off for a drive with no idea of where we were going. We took a circuitous route of country back roads through six counties and ended up somewhere we'd never been before.
You know you are in for something special when your navigation system literally has you in the "middle of nowhere". Don't you think they should be more colorful in situations like this and just say "There be monsters here" like they did for unknown areas in the old sea charts?
Old railroad bridge in Oak Ridge (A secret city built in the 1940's to make the uranium-235 used in nuclear weapons). As with all photos I am taking while I'm in this class, none of these have been photoshopped except for resizing and the third bridge picture was cropped just to make it even on both sides.We ended up in Frozen Head State Park. Fortunately I had a pack mule to carry my camera gear bag on the hike to DeBord Falls.I felt so alive smelling the forest and hearing the roar of the falls, as we approached. When I first looked down into the gulch and saw my first glimpse, I KNEW this was going to be something special.
I took advantage of this trip to practice the shutter speed/aperture skills I learned in class this week. Self portrait using the 10 second timer.North American Tail-less Monkey in a tree. I should have used a shallower depth of field on this one but I was so caught up in the moment.I still have SO much to learn, but looking at these when I got home, I can say I am no longer a guy that takes pictures....I'm evolving into a photographer.