Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spring Break 2009

Well, a month has passed since we got back from our Spring Break trip to the Great Smoky Mountains/Gatlinburg and I haven't gotten anything up about it.

I'm just going to post a selection of photos from the trip (in approximate chronological order) so that it's on here.

Sunday - We made the drive down on Sunday after church.

Monday - In the park - Cades Cove

Cades Cove Panorama
(That's Hannah in the very bottom left corner of this panorama!)

Contemplative in the Cove



Mossy Fencepost


Tuesday - in Gatlinburg (Trolly, Browsing, Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg)

Wednesday - in the park - (Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap)

The Family at Clingman's Dome Trailhead


Clingmans Dome View

Harrison at Newfound Gap

Hannah at Newfound Gap

Thursday - in Gatlinburg (Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Souvenirs, etc.)

Inside the Tank (kind of)

Nurse Shark



Friday - We drove back to Indiana


This little stream was right outside the cabin where we lodged for the week.

I've been wanting to try this common slow shutter effect with moving water, but haven't had the opportunity until this trip.

I visited this location just about every night we were there and didn't get these until the last night we were there.



Mainly, it was a matter of getting out at the right time of evening -- when there was enough twilight left in the sky to provide the right amount of light. Not too much when I couldn't drag the shutter enough for the 'slow water' effect; and not too little when I was depending almost entirely on erratic and distant street lamps for light.

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