I just got back from a famiy trip to the Smoky Mountains near Pigeon Forge and had a blast. I didn't get to plan any photo shoot while I was there, but I did get to take some nice shots while we were out and about. You can see a few of them on my instagram page here.
This is a shot from Officer's Lake once again. I took this one on the opossite side of the road from the photo I posted the other day. The sun was actually setting on this side and it gave a nice orange glow that really contrasted with the really green trees.
This swamp is located on Section Line Rd. in Columbus, near Officer's Lake. It's a long straight dirt road with nothing but trees and swamp. I like to photograph swamps though because, they are alive with texture and they also are very shaded which helps with light diffusion that gives a nice even brightness throughout the photo. The waters are always very calm also which gives you a nice reflection. This photo is almost fantasy like in my opinion, which I really like.
This is Officer's Lake right outside of Columbus near the Tombigbee River. It is tucked away in a quiet area and has a nice restaraunt next to it called Proffit's Porch that is a great local place to eat and has some of the best red beans & rice and sandwiches in the area.
I love this little alley in downtown Columbus, especially at night with all of the glowing bulbs lighting up the ivy and shrubbery. It's a great go to spot for portrait photography and I think there are a few apartments located there as well, or at least access to apartments.
This is a photo from the Plymouth Bluff Environmental Center just outside of Columbus. It has a nice wooded path that is about 2 miles long with lots of great scenery, including this lake. It was really foggy when I shot this, which was the main reason I was out shooting, giving a nice misty mysterious feeling to the area.
This is a shot taken from the banks of the Tombigbee River right where the water flows into the Columbus Lock & Dam. I loved going out there to take photos when I lived in Columbus because you could always count on a good sunset photo. Since we don't live there I don't get to go quite as much so I'm constantly looking for good go to places close to where I live. There is a very blue/orange contrast in this photo between the rocks and the sky & water.
Here is another photo from the Pumpkin Patch in Caledonia. This is a horse made out of hay with a little wagon attached to it. The clouds were magnificent on this day during the middle of the afternoon.