Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
What's happening in the parks is symptomatic of changes unfolding across the
larger landscapes to which they are inseperably connected, the same landscapes
that contain our communities. Changes that harm wildlife - depriving them
of food, water, or shelter - will ultimately harm us.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
On an early fall morning I got up way before sunrise to go down to Warriors Path State Park to get some sunrise shots. You never know what you will find after you get up and head out. Sometimes your rewarded with a beautiful sunrise (I've been blessed with several) but sometimes you get clouds or even worse - fog. The hard part of getting up and driving out there is past so I might as well make the best of it.
A foggy morning can result in some erie pictures and some that are very interesting. You wont get a brilliant sky, or beautiful warm colors of the early morning sun, but sometimes you get rewarded with something like the photo here. You can browse to a large image by clicking here.
The soft lighting of overcast days can eliminate unwanted shadows, cut down on nasty glare, and make the colors really pop. Cloudy and rainy days are some of the best times to shoot landscapes. Just avoid the ugly sky and focus on the intimate details. Watch for those opportunites to get that picture that's different from the ones everyone else shoots on the pretty days.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I've been out on more trips to more places this fall than any other year. I've been blessed with some beautiful fall colors. The leaves are pretty much down now and the color gone here in the Tri-Cities but I did capture some pictures over the past two weeks and posted them at Fall Colors 2009
I hope you enjoy this and the other pictures from this fall.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Eastman Camera Club took a day trip to Dupont State Forest in Oct. for the fall color and waterfalls. The fall colors were not as bright as we had hoped but the waterfalls were very full! It was overcast all day, which is good for taking waterfall pictures in the middle of the day. The pictures are available in the Dupont State Forest 2009 album.
The Friends of Dupont provided shuttle bus rides between the falls and a lake. They also do this for spring wildflowers on Mother's Day Weekend. We're already planning on going back.
Monday, October 19, 2009
June and I spent three days on the parkway in October, one of which was a nice sunny day. The other two were pretty much washouts. We stayed at an excellent B&B in Black Mountain, NC called The Arbor House. The first few pictures are taken from the back of the B&B looking out over Lake Tomahawk with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. The rest of the photos were taken between Black Mountain and Blowing Rock.
The fall colors varied from brilliant to just about gone. There had been an unusual amount of rain leading up to that time, which knocked down many of the leaves. You'll see from the photos that there were still a lot left.
The photos are in the Blue Ridge Parkway 2009 album. I hope you enjoy.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
June and I hiked into the Rocky Fork Wilderness on Saturday and loved it. It's a beautiful place that was saved from developers in 2008. Here's some info on the acquisition Rocky Fork Acquisition
We went hoping to catch some early fall color but the leaves have not started to turn yet. We've had a couple cool nights so it won't be long.
Here's some photos from that trip.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I have posted my photos under the Sports Album. More photos from the 80 and 100 mile rides are coming.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Fall is here! The brilliant yellows, reds, greens and clear blue skies are combining to form beautiful scenes that you'll want to capture before they're gone. We live a great area for fall colors, but they won't last much longer. It's impossible to predict, but based on past seasons you can expect the following:
October 3-14: Head to the high elevations above 5,000 feet to find the most color this early.
October 11-21: Color will increase in elevations above 4,000 feet.
October 18-27: Many of our surrounding mountains show plenty of color, especially in the 3,000-4,000 foot elevation range.
October 24-November 3: The color in the Tri-Cites should be the brightest this week,
October 27-November 7: Most of the leaves may be down and the color faded by this time. You'll need to head south and stay in the lower elevations to find much color this late.
Here's some tips to get the most out of those fall pictures:
Plan to shoot around the golden hours, which are the hours just before and after sunrise and sunset. This is true year round, but when the sun is low it will add a golden hue to those fall reds and yellows.
Use a tripod if you have one. If you're shooting in the golden hours you may end up with a long shutter speed. If you don't have a tripod place your camera on a steady object such as a car, rock, or fence post. Don't let camera shake ruin your shot.
Use a polarizing filter. This will cut any haze and give the leaves a rich saturated color.
Underexpose slightly. This will give your photo dark richer colors. Don't over do it. See the histogram post for more information on adjusting exposure.
Look for contrasting colors such as red/green, blue/yellow. A yellow tree on a blue sky or red leaves on green grass can make a very interesting shot.
Don't be afraid of a little rain. Overcast days are great for bringing out colors, eliminating harsh shadows, and creating some cool effects. Try to avoid including gray skies in your photo. They're not very interesting.
Give nature a boost. You can warm up a photo by slightly increasing the color temperature using Photoshop, Lightroom or other photo editing software. You can get a similar effect by changing the camera white balance to cloudy.
Of course the most important thing is to get out and shoot, shoot, shoot. The leaves won't wait.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
It's a brief introduction to histograms and some suggestions on how to use them. The article is available here.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is a free forum with lots of friendly photographers interested in sharing photos, questions, suggestions, and generally anything to do with photography. You'll learn about local photography events, outings, software, techniques and any number of other valuable tidbits. Plus you'll meet some great people. I highly recommend it.
The website is http://www.phototricities.com/
You can browse without signing up, but you get much more out of the community if you sign up and participate. Remember, it's free and you won't get spammed!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I hope you enjoy these. Of course, they are all for sale. I just have to get them over to the gallery.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I've posted several photos from the reenactment here http://www.thesiggins.com/Events/Saltville2009 I've tried something new with several photos - making them look antique. I'd love to hear what you think.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
- B. J. Baker
- Bruce Cole
- Diana Johnson-Martin
- Fred Martin
- Anjie Perry
- Frank Renault
- Myra Renault
- Richard Siggins
- Jeffrey Stoner
- Cindy Williams
Each photographer’s own unique view of the world can be seen in the multiple images they contributed. Photos of Egyptian ruins, eagles on the lookout, grizzly bears at rest, Alaskan sunsets, North Carolina sunrises and sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway are just some of the images on display.
If you're in the Kingsport area, please stop by and visit the exhibit at The Main Art Center . The gallery is only open from 8 to 5 Tuesday - Wednesday. Admision is free.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Next up - The Kingsport Railgrass Photography Contest. This has been a great contest the past two years and I'm looking forward to it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We spent almost 9 days in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. I'm trying something new this time - video slide shows from the trip. There are two videos available:
Grand Tetons Length 6:11
Yellowstone - Length 9:50
These are hosted on YouTube, which may be blocked for some people.