Monday, January 30, 2012
Since Trilliums are low it will probably be a problem using a full sized tripod. There are many small tripods on the market. I was lucky enough to receive a Joby tripod for Christmas 2010. Last spring I found it very useful getting down to as low as a couple of inches when shooting trilliums. The advantage is that the legs of a Joby tripod are very flexible allowing one to get down low at frog level view.
Another advantage of using small Joby tripod is that it has fexible legs. The flexible legs allow you to hold the camera much, more steady when shooting in low light situations. Or, as seen above, wrap around something to steady your camera.
Below I am using the Joby tripod, joby.com to shoot a long exposure of a waterfall. I will discuss my gear and gear I would like to own more depth as time goes by. Now is the time to do a bit of planning if you want to take photos of trilliums in the spring. It isn't far away.
Yellow Trillium are abundant on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These were found on a foggy, rainy day on a "Quiet Walkway" west of the Chimney Tops Picnic Area.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Here you will find the Persistent Trillium which grows only in and within 4 miles of Tallulah Gorge. Because it is so rare there are only a few places I know where the public can readily find them within the gorge. I am told there are other locations within the park where the Persistent Trillium may be found. This photo was taken April 8, 2011. I will be watching for the blooms early in 2012 because on other years I have missed seeing them.
Here is a photo of part of Tallulah Gorge taken from Inspiration Point. The Tallulah River has 5 major waterfalls within its run through Tallulah Gorge. The hike to the bottom of the gorge shown here below the swinging bridge requires 1122 stair steps. This writer and his wife Jean have been know to do this hike three times in a week. We did it just two days ago and are likely to do it again tomorrow.
I could write a lot about Tallulah Gorge and will likely do so often as I write this blog.