Lluvia means Rain

One of several acts from Luzia where the ceiling opened up to bring the rain was this duo of Cyr Wheel artists.  One was twirling in the air, the other spinning inside a big metal wheel while a downpour drenched them both.

How the performers do these amazing feats with all that water being dumped on them without drowning or slipping off the stage is beyond me!  It is also a very cool to see the water dripping and spraying all over.  A fantastic show.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 2500

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A light in the darkness

The waterlily pond at Gibbs Gardens is a special place.  There are so many varied colors and shapes to look at and each of them is beautiful.  One of the challenges as well as the benefits of the way the garden is situated is how the light hits different areas.  Some spots are very shady, while others are full sunlight.  The areas in full sun really highlight the individual flowers but often, the highlights are too hot and the light is too harsh.

The spots that are shady tend to give you more pleasant results but the light can be difficult.  In this case, the sun cooperated by putting a little spotlight on the lily blossoms while leaving the surrounding pads mostly in the dark.  I like the contrast this provides and the fact that you can see lots of detail in the structure of the flower.  Often, mid-afternoon is a time of day that you don’t get the best light but there are isolated spots where you can still get some great images.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Greasy Creek

When we visited Black Rock Mountain State Park a couple of weeks ago, we went looking for a waterfall that is on Greasy Creek near Black Rock Lake.  The image shown here was what I saw of the creek, which has a number of little cascades which I took to be what people said were the “falls”.  Apparently, there are actually some true waterfalls nearby but I missed the path for that.

It was nice to wander the pathways around the lake and admire the little stream flowing through groves of mountain laurel.  The woods were pleasantly shady and cool on a hot August day and the walk was enjoyable even though we didn’t locate the falls we were looking for.  Maybe we can make an autumn trip back up here and see it again when the leaves are changing.  I think that would be a fantastic opportunity for some nice landscapes.

 

Greasy Creek
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/18 – 1.3 sec – ISO 640

Just add water

It is amazing how a little water can make things more interesting.  These day lilies are beautiful all on their own but adding water drops make the image quite different.  Those little spots of water shining in the sun and dripping off the edges adds another layer of things to look at.

Some photographers carry spray bottles or splash pond water onto subjects they are shooting.  I guess that is fine but I prefer to see this when it occurs naturally.  Catching the early morning dew or times just after a rain are wonderful.  These times also seem to have more interesting light in general so it is a great opportunity to get special images.

There’s no substitute for great light and an interesting subject.  With a little luck, you might get some water elements included.  This is the best!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/16 – 1/40 sec – ISO 400

Luck or skill?

Skill is essential, preparation is required but luck, well maybe luck is even better.

On our visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden we stopped by the Orchid Center which is one of my favorite spots here.  The front of the building was rather blocked up as they were preparing for a concert in the gardens and that is where the stage is set up.  In spite of all that, I walked around in front of the stage to see what was going on in the water lily pond that is always a great sight.

I got some great water lily shots but when we were about to leave, I spotted something that stopped me in my tracks.  The image above is a reflection of aquatic plant leaves partially submerged in the pond.  The texture and colors of these leaves were just spectacular and the mirror image made it irresistible.

If I had stuck with my original focus and only saw the lilies it would have been worth the stop but this was the icing on the cake!  I love it when a scene just jumps out at you when you weren’t even expecting it.  I will take the lucky accident whenever I can get it.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
240mm @ f/16 – 1/25 sec – ISO 200

Floating on glass

We ventured out to Gibbs Gardens this weekend to see what was blooming.  As always, it was worth the trip although, the water lilies were not as numerous as other times we have visited.  Some of the lily pads were bare and others had one or two blossoms peeking above the water.  This single bloom was in a shady spot where the still water was reflecting some color from the surrounding trees.

I had wished that there was some more sunlight getting through to this one but as it turned out, the result was a kind of soft, pastel image.  I imagine it could have been sharper and brighter with that spotlight effect I had in my mind had come about but then, what I got may have been even better.

Gibbs Gardens
Ballground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
380mm @ f/16 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

Little River – Townsend, TN

With all the rain we’ve been getting here lately, I was reminded of our recent trip to the Smoky Mountatins and photographing the Little River in Townsend, Tennessee.

This is a beautiful area just outside the Cades Cove portion of the National Park.  Townsend is known as the “Quiet side of the Smokies” as compared to Gatlinburg which has much more of the tourist attractions and traffic.  I think it can still get busy in Townsend but it is not as built up in comparison.

Little River
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Townsend, Tennessee, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
w/Polarizing filter
16mm @ f/18 – 1.3 sec – ISO 400