Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Where I've Been

As I mentioned in my review of the Gura Gear Bataflae 32L, I recently had the opportunity to spend a week photographing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It really is a fantastic (and exhausting) experience to be able to devote a week to just photography, especially when you get to do it with a few similar minded friends! Having returned, I have just finished the job of importing, keywording etc.  The editing job is now beginning.  Below is an early 'pick' that I put through some quick processing as a taste of more to come.  One of the defining characteristics of the Smokies is the amazing layering of the mountain ridges:

Smoky Mountain Ridges

Copyright Howard Grill

Interestingly, I took a series of exposures of this scene anticipating an HDR image but, while reviewing the photographs, realized that this single image really conveyed the feel of being there.  So why make life complicated.  This single exposure says it all.