We headed south out of Chicago starting at around 9:30PM (central) and traded off driving through the night to the Smoky Mountains. Janet started out driving and I attempted, with limited success, to sleep. This is admittedly an obnoxious way of going on vacation, but it does help compress things into a long weekend.
The historic Cable Grist Mill in Cades Cove. Took many, many pictures trying to decide just how I wanted the wheel to look. It wasn’t spinning when we first arrived, but an attendant came and enabled it.
Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 11mm, 15 sec, f/16, ISO 100 (ND4, ND8)
A second picture of Ramsey Falls – this one maybe more ‘interesting’ than particularly good. I had read about a technique of compiling multiple pictures to gain the effect of using a ND filter and slow shutter. This was the outcome of 21 pictures, all taken at 1/250 shutter and then compiled with StarStaX. As you might infer from the name, the program was written to compile star track images by (among other methods) taking the brightest pixel from each of the 21 images for the final.
Pictures taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 18mm, 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100
I actually packed my set of neutral density filters just so I could try slowing down the shutter enough to get the softer look to the water. Unfortunately, that also means little details like leaves on tress might be blurred. Probably a good time to take two shots and merge them afterward.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 10mm, 1 sec shutter, f/11, ISO 100
Had a moment of realization when I got back and looked at these – there is a difference between the 1.5x crop factor of most cameras and 1.6x crop factor of a Canon. Using a Canon EF-S lens on a Sony camera leaves the corners black and forces some cropping.