Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 3 - Grandfather Mountain 2010 Camera Clinic

Grandfather Mountain 2010 Camera Clinic

Day 3 - Sunday, August 22nd, 2010


Day 3 Photos:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/578448942dTMuSe

Sometime during the night at least one heavy rain shower fell from the sky ensuring that we would all be packing up wet camping gear. Fortunately, the rain had stopped by the time I exited my tent in the morning.

The thick morning fog left little hope of a sunrise, but since I guessed wrong about the previous evening’s sunset, Andy and I decided to drive up the mountain.

Foggy Grandfather Mountain


No luck! In addition to the fog, the top of Grandfather Mountain also featured an intense wind. I am not exaggerating when I estimate wind speeds of 70mph! Any attempt at photography in this would be futile!

Andy attempting to take a photo in 70mph winds


So instead of a sunrise, we got our gear all packed up, cooked up a little breakfast, and headed on to the first presentation of the morning.

Photographer Carl Galie, was giving a presentation about his book, “175 Paces”

The concept behind this photo book was to focus on a small, uncelebrated piece of land located at the edge of a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, and make a book full of beautiful photographs. 175 paces represent the length of the property he had to work with. It was an interesting concept and presentation.

During the break between presenters, I made a quick visit to the animal habitats for a few more photos:


Golden Eagle


River Otter


Family of Deer



Bill Fortney was my favorite presenter from Saturday and today he would be the final speaker of the 2010 Camera Clinic. The topic was “Storytelling your adventures through photography”. Since sharing my photography and adventures is one of the things I really enjoy about this hobby, I didn’t want to miss this one.

By noon, that 2010 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic was over. I was tempted to either get another hike in while I was at Grandfather Mountain or check out a few more sights on the way home. But in the end, my yearning to get home to my wife (and into the shower) after several days in the woods won out.

Overall, I am definitely glad I signed up for the 2010 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic! I had a great time, got some good photos, and got inspired by the work and words of others. Spending a weekend camping is one of the things I enjoy most, even though it rains on me every time!

I definitely plan on being back next year for the 2011 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic!

The full (but small) set of photos from Day 3 is posted here:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/578448942dTMuSe


And for those of you that might have missed it:
Day 1 Blog Post
Day 1 Photos

Day 2 Blog Post
Day 2 Photos

2 comments:

HemlockMan said...

I still can't get over the cost of the clinic! Only $25??!!

Jack said...

Yup, Only $25 for the whole weekend! They have another one in the spirng, but that one costs $110.00

http://www.grandfather.com/planning_your_visit/events/nphoto.php