Sugar Mountain is Out There

Hiking NC Mountains

A few weeks ago I shared this short time lapse, in case you missed it, here it is.

Hiking NC Mountains – Grandfather Mountain from Dmitrii on Vimeo.

The Valley Beneath

This is the photo you see at a 40 second time spot in the above video. If you look at the higher resolution photo (click on the one below) you’ll be able to see a high rise on the top of the mountain. It is Sugar Mountain, with one of the few NC ski resorts. Somehow back in seventieth they got approval to build this apartment monstrosity. A real eye sore on the beautiful mountain landscape. Of course the entire valley beneath is fully developed as well, there are a few country clubs down there with super expensive houses, just not as visible.

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Hiking NC Mountains

Time Lapse with D800

D800 has built in function to make time lapse movies. It allows to to choose the frequency of each capture and total length of the capture sequence. At the end of the time lapse, camera will combine all captures into time lapsed movie, with 24 frames/sec. The good side of this is that you don’t have to do a lot, frame it, set aperture, ISO and choose the time lapse function in settings. Push the button and wait. 10 minutes of 1 capture per every 5 seconds will produce 4 seconds of the movie. 25 minutes will make 10 seconds. One major downside to it is inability to modify the quality of the captures before they are merged into the final clip. If some parts are over exposed or under exposed they will be shown like that in the movie. There is a way to take a lot of captures without making actual movie and process them via 3rd party software, like LR, but I have to tried it yet.

So I’ve been playing a bit with time lapse on my D800. Here is the first movie. If you have problem watching it from inside this blog, you can see direct via this link.

 

Moody Skies

And this is one of the photos you saw in the above video.

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Friday Mystery Photo

Depending on which route you take it might take you between 45 minutes to 3 hours of hiking to get to this spot. It leads you to one of the highest spots in this part of the mountains. If you take my current route you have to clime at least 5 different ladders, each 20 to 30 feet long. I just stepped off one of those ladders, edged my self on the side of the cliff to take this photo, before climbing another one. Up and up.

So where is this and what that mountain in front of me is known for?

As always, it is much better viewed in higher resolution, just click on it to get there.

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Cheer Up with Colors

Yesterday was a beautiful day with temperatures around 60F, which overnight changed into rain and right now it is cold and grey, weather man predicting abut 4-6 inches of snow in North Carolina mountains and potential snow at lower elevations as well. To cheer myself up I decided to post this colorful autumn photo from North Carolina mountains, where it is probably snowing at the moment.

This is Blue Ridge Parkway’s Lin Cove Viaduct, snaking around Grandfather Mountain. Enjoy!

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Moss Stalactite

What is cool in Savannah?

I’m planning on a short trip to Savannah Georgia. Any recommendations on what to see and photograph there?

Living Moss Stalactite

While hiking around Grandfather Mountain I stepped off the trail to take care of some needs and saw an opening to a short drop of the rock and from there a lot of spongy looking moss. It looked interesting so I decided to check it out and discovered a huge moss hanging off the little rock cliff. It is a living moss, growing down and some day will probably reach the ground beneath it. Nature wonders, pretty cool.

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