Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Smokies - Day 333

On my way to Clemson, SC.  I learned why they call them the Smokey Mountains.  There was really cool fog.  I wish that I could have stopped more and taken pictures. But, this is all I could do on the side of the expressway and at a rest stop.

This is a little dark, but I just couldn't get exactly what I wanted....


  1. The tree picture is very nice. A black and white version might also be very interesting to see.

    As far as I can tell from the second picture, this would have been an ideal case for HDR photography. You should definitely try it next time.

    The Smokey Mountains look very interesting to me.

  2. Thanks. How can I do HDR photography?

  3. Ok, I am reading about it on the interwebs.

  4. Hi,

    sorry for the late reply.
    Basically you need to do at least three different exposures (or even more; best would be RAW format) with different shutter speeds (aperture value should stay the same - because DOF should be the same), -2EV, 0, +2EV. Tripod recommended, but not mandatory if you have very steady hands.
    Then you need a software to merge the pictures.
    There are several applications out there - I don't want to make any advertising...
    After that you have to do some work in post-processing.

    There are several tutorials in the internet. Just search for 'HDR' and 'Tutorial' and you will find several of them.

    Two things though:
    1) At the beginning it is very, very tempting to overdo this - results can be quite ugly then.
    You find loads of horribly made HDR pictures out there.

    2) You will have to spend quite some time with post-processing, so if you don't like post-processing work or don't have time for it, this might not be the best thing.