The first image in Blue Ridge Travel Guide’s 2017 Photo-of-the-Week is “Wishing Leaf” by fine-art photographer Dennis Sabo.
While in Georgia on a photo safaris with friends, Dennis came upon a “wondrous valley at sunrise.” Unfortunately his tour guide gave the group some wrong information and the sun was directly in front of them.
Dennis tells us that whenever he’s outside in nature’s wonderful environment he always tries to make photographic keepsakes out of bad situations. While his friends were whining about the conditions, he continued to scour the immediate environment for a good shot. Behind him (away from the sun) he saw a cliff side streaming with water and one minuscule leaf (about the size of a thumbnail) clinging to the cliff side. Between the colors and aging of the leaf, and the cobalt blue of the cliff wall, Dennis captured a great shot.
That’s what makes him a professional fine-art photographer. And as a professional, Dennis also offers personalized one-on-one private photo and camera instruction for residents in the Tellico, Tenn., area. If it’s been a while since you used your camera, or if you got a new camera and need to get up to speed quickly, or you have the camera figured out but want your photographs to pop with color and don’t know how to use popular post-production programs like Adobe Lightroom, Dennis can help. His personalized, one-on-one photography instruction is designed to suit your needs and schedule. From beginner to experienced, from a Powershot to a Digital SLR camera, and from camera buttons to post production in Lightroom or Photoshop, he’ll help you get the pictures you want.
Dennis has over 20 years of contributing photo experience to a variety of magazines, newspapers and publishers, including Blue Planet, Canon USA, Florida Today, National Geographic, NASA, NOVA, and more.
Note: We’re re-introducing the Blue Ridge Travel Guide “Photo of the Week.” If you’ve captured a fun or beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain experience with your camera we’d love to see and share it on BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com. Did you fly high above the mountains on a hot air balloon ride? Careen through the mountains on a zip line? Take a whitewater raft trip or tube down a a beautiful river? Hike to an awesome waterfall? Watch a gorgeous mountain sunrise or sunset? Send it to us using our Photo-of-the-Week submission form so we can evaluate it. We’ll post the best ones we receive each week on our website and Facebook page, along with your brief description.
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Dennis Sabo is one of our favorite photographers – and not just because he’s won international awards for his art or because he’s been published in so many well known periodicals. Dennis has an incredible way of making us connect with the images he creates. His photos make us long to be right where he was when he took them. Here are just a few examples of his work in our beautiful mountains…
In addition to his many landscape images of the eastern mountains, Dennis has a large, gorgeous collection of seascape, tropical scenics, reef life, nature and abstract art. And he recently made a trek back to the northwest coast and captured some amazing shots along the beach. Here are a few examples I really liked…
Dennis Sabo’s fine art is available in several media to grace homes, offices, and lodging facilities. When he’s not outside shooting his next masterpiece, he likes to chat with other photographers and clients. Dennis resides with his wife, Karen, in Loudon, Tennessee.
Check out the new art installation by photographer Rob Travis at the Cradle of Forestry on Highway 276 near Brevard, NC. The photographic triptych is hard to miss, measuring 30” x 90” and hanging right behind the welcome desk – it’s an impressive depiction of the valley that’s home to the Cradle of Forestry.
Known as the “Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America” the Cradle of Forestry historic site resides in a 6,500 acre valley just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rob worked with Carlton Murrey, the director of the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association of America, and other Cradle personnel. In June they made their first trip together to Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower, a U.S. Forest Service location on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 409.6). The group climbed six flights of stairs to the observation deck, with its expansive views of the valley.
Rob saw Looking Glass Rock to the right with “Cradle Valley” in the center of the view. “This was perfect – I just couldn’t get it all in a single image. I decided then on a stitched panoramic moving left to right. I picked a landscape point and rotated to the right 80 degrees. I kept doing this so each exposure had about a 20% overlap with its predecessor. Then I took seven, eight, nine images.”
His goal that first trip was to ensure that Carlton and the others understood his vision for the picture. After looking at the panoramic at home on his computer, Rob said “yes, that’s it” and emailed his vision to Carlton.
Once he knew it was a panoramic, Rob decided to present the visual in a triptych. “The image will hang in a public space and it’s challenging to frame a 7-foot work. Also, it’s much easier to repair one section if that’s ever needed. The triptych is also a nice design element.
Rob decided on either a sunrise or sunset shot to play off the colors in the sky. “That first trip was late afternoon and the valley was already in the shadows. I wanted to try a sunrise. The color in the sky adds a pop. With sunrise I got an easterly illumination of the valley.”
Rob made five trips to the top of the lookout tower on Fryingpan Mountain, each time he worked to get the best rendition of the valley using his panoramic method.
Carlton and the Cradle of Forestry selected his image, and the seven foot triptych was installed at the Cradle of Forestry during the first week of August. Rob is pleased with the outcome. “The setting there at the Cradle is terrific and the image benefits from the great lighting. I hope that visitors enjoy it too and that there will be many photos taken with ‘The Cradle of Forestry in the Pink Beds’ as the backdrop.”
Camera and Shooting Details: Canon EOS 5D MK2, Gitzo Tripod, EF-S 28-135mm lens, vertical orientation, no polarizer or AWB, remote shutter release, mirror lock-up. Each individual capture f/14 at 40mm, 2 second exposure, ISO 100.
About Rob Travis: Rob offers fine art photography, commercial and editorial images and a series of workshops designed for photographers of all skill levels. His photography is available at:
Blue Moon Art and Photography, 10771 Greenville Hwy., Cedar Mountain, NC
French Broad Place, 29 W French Broad, Brevard, NC 28712
Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
Kress Emporium, 19 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC
Cindy Saadeh Gallery, 128 E Market Street, Kingsport, TN
About the Cradle of Forestry: located on Hwy. 276 north of Brevard; open every day, April 11- November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; $5.00 for adults 16 years of age and older. Free for everyone on Tuesdays (except guided group programs by reservation).
Article Contributed by: Joan Van Orman