Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Autumn in Smoky Mountains National Park

Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Jeff Ball on Vimeo.

This is a first video experiment with the Canon 5DMKII while on a landscape photography visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October 2009. Capturing and constructing this video has served as a wonderful educational endeavor. I mistakenly recorded the first two video clips in SD and are not quite the quality they should be, but the other clips look wonderful on the large screen. I am also learning video editing through Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0. It crashes frequently on my PC so I am either in need of equipment upgrades or I need to get the Adobe Creative Suite with Premiere or both. I hope you enjoy the video and please contact me with any comments or questions.

What a treat!

I don't know why I took so long to take a photographic visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can tell you that it won't take me long to visit the park again. I returned this past Thursday from 5 wonderful days of landscape photography in the park. The visit exceeded my expectations. There were many wonderful moments of exciting photography from changing lighting conditions, dramatic sunrises, wonderful streams, perfect fall leaves, and wildlife including elk and bear. I love the western U.S. locations, but GSMNP is second to none of these locations and I plan on it becoming a frequent location for me in the future. I have just completed my first work through on the images in Adobe Light Room. I will keep you updated on the progress of the images. My plan is to publish a PDF portfolio of the images within the next few months. Plans are underway for a spring visit in late April 2010.

Smoky Mountains Here I Come

Tomorrow morning I will be heading to the Smoky Mountains for 5 days of landscape photography. My trip will be based out of Cherokee and I hope to capture some of the wonderful beauty of the area at this gorgeous time of year. Many things are in the works behind the scenes; astrophotography work continues with a new portfolio and entirely new presentation evolving both in digital as well as printed formats. I am very excited about these presentations, but they are going to take a while to complete. I may produce a smaller portfolio with the same formats from the Smoky Mountains if the work merits such a presentation. I hope all is well and please drop me a line. See you next week.