Icing on the Cake

So, I’ve been sharing some shots from my photo journey this past Saturday.  The last stop on the tour was to shoot a wedding at Big Canoe.  For those of you who think wedding photography is fun and romantic, well it can be fun.  On the other hand, it is A LOT of work!

It was a beautiful day to be in the North Georgia mountains.  The temperature was cool and the skies were sunny.  After eight hours and over 1400 shots, the event ran its course.  I have to say, there was very little drama (of which, I am thankful).  It all went smoothly but it sure was a full day.  If you ever want to try doing an event like this, be ready to put in lots of hours and be sure you don’t miss the shots of grandma and the little kids.  There’s nothing unimportant on a wedding day!

Rubio-Wells Wedding
The Chimneys at Big Canoe

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
35mm @ f/4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 800


Another view of Lake Brantley

It was a bit cloudy on this Saturday morning but the view of the lake was great none the less.  I posted a shot that centered on the fall foliage colors previously.  This view has some of the color but also shows the foreground and the surrounding trees that are still green.  I bet if we returned this week, most of the trees on the left side would be showing brighter colors and some of the ones on the right will have dropped their leaves.

The autumn peak seems like it will be gone quickly. The spots that first showed color in the ornamental maples are starting to look bare.  More leaves on the ground than on the trees.  Better get out and enjoy before it’s too late!

Lake Brantley
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400

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Georgia Cotton

On our visit to Bostwick, Georgia for the Cotton Gin Festival, we walked to and from our daughter’s home to the center of town.  Along the way there were of course, patches of cotton.  Most of these are fairly small, backyard farms but this was once the mainstay of the area.  The King Cotton company had been the economic driver of this area for many years.  Today, it is just a reminder of the agricultural past.

Cotton field
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/610 – 1/640 sec – ISO 125


About to drip

We went very quickly from Summer to Autumn around here.  The recent rains really bring out the colors but also knock down alot of the leaves.  The ground is carpeted with them now but, I hope we will continue to see the beautiful colors for a while.

I wish we could get a commitment on what season it is.  Should have a cold snap the next couple of days but, it could be warm and sunny quickly after that.  I guess I should enjoy what fall weather we have since it will look like winter before we know it!

Maple trees after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/10 – 1/160 sec – ISO 800

Sparkling Raindrops

Some much needed rain fell this weekend and continues to make the fall scenery a bit wet.  I am not happy with the cloudy periods but when the sun breaks through, there are some really spectacular sights.

This nandina bush is heavy with little red berries and the raindrops hang from the ends of the bunches.  When you can get a view of the sun behind these drops, there are fantastic starbursts that shine off the edges.  This is a natural effect and not something added by a filter.  It is really neat to see.

Nandina berries after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/10 – 1/125 sec – ISO 800

Autumn color

Well, there is definitely some color in the trees around Atlanta now.  It’s kind of a weird blend.  Some trees have turned brown and dropped most leaves, some are getting the colors in and others are still green.

I went out and gathered some examples from around my yard.  Maple, sweet gum and dogwood leaves together make a nice combination.  I don’t know that the weather is helping with the change.  It keeps going from cold to warm.  Hopefully, the change will be more complete in the coming weeks.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 500

#autumn #detail #leaves #colorful #macro #Nature #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Purple fringe

Maybe I’m a little lazy but sometimes that pays off too.  I don’t have a perfectly groomed yard.  It’s a bit too much work for me.  So, I have decided that by not weeding all the time, I get to see what some of those un-planned gifts that nature can bring.

I noticed these little purple flowers in the back of my yard recently.  Instead of just pulling or spraying them, I took one inside and set up my portable studio.  Even if it isn’t something that you see for sale at the florists, I love the textures and colors of this plant.  It is also a benefit of macro photography that almost any subject can be interesting when given some good lighting and a clean background.

All things considered, I think I will continue to let things run wild a bit and try to notice what Mother Nature decides to plant in my yard.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 3 sec – ISO 200

#autumn #detail #purple #flowers #macro #Nature #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon