2016/09/23 - Nature & Pictorial Competition

September 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Good day/evening/morning to you!

 Last Friday was the second Nature themed photo competition at The Cleveland Photographic Society, and what a great night it turned out to be!  As I'm working through the virtual pile of photos I took on my trip to the Smoky mountains earlier this year, I'm finding some photos that I really like!  Here are a few more that you may remember from previous emails.... then again, maybe not... at any rate, here we go!

 

2016-09-23 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Rainy Day in Cades Cove"2016-09-23 - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition - "Rainy Day in Cades Cove"
"Rainy Day in Cades Cove" - 3rd Place - Pictorial Competition

This was taken on an popular stretch of road among photographers in Cades Cove National park.  I guess when all these trees have bloomed, it's a site to behold! Much to my dismay, it turned out to be a rainy day and we were there before most of the trees had actually bloomed.  What the day lacked in beauty, it made up for in mood and setting.  Rainy or not, we were there to take photos, and that's what we did!  I just put my camera in a plastic bag, set up my tripod and shot to my heart's content. 

 

 

 
2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains"2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains"
"Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains" - 1st Place - Nature Competition
 
Taken somewhere in them thar hills... That's slang for me not having a clue where I took this in the Smoky's,  What I can tell you is that we were waking up at 4am every morning of our trip to capture shots like this.  Although it's a dreadful hour to wake, it was well worth sacrificing some sleep and relaxation for some photos!  I was really happy with how this one turned out!

 
 
 

 
2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Misty Morning in the Smoky's"2016-09-23 - 1st Place - Nature Competition - "Misty Morning in the Smoky's"
"Misty Morning in the Smoky's" - 1st Place - Nature Competition
 
Another photo I thought turned out well!  Either the same exact morning as the last shot, or perhaps a different one... dunno for certain... but that's not what's important here.  What's important is that I was able to enjoy this experience and then ultimately share it with all of you!

 I'm really looking forward to my next photo trip which I think may be out to southern WA and some Oregon!  Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but I need to go edit photos from the second annual Dick Goddard & Cleveland Animal Protective League telethon that raised over $140,000 to help the shelter during the one day event!  Sadly, I found out the next day that Mr. Goddard had fallen and broken his hip while walking into his home after the event... Let's just hope all is well with this local legend!
 
It'll be a while before the next photo competition, but you'll hear from me once I get through all the telethon photos!  Until then, I wish you all the best!
 
Regards,
 Dan

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