Project Double Take Special #4 | Parks

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We just had to make one of our special double takes parks because Dave and I and two photographer friends of ours, Tim and Bill just shot Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It just seemed fitting. (Okay, we're selfish like that, but it's out project, so whatever!). Also, this is a little unprecedented thus far on PDT, but not only are both of our shots from GSMNP, but they are from the exact same location at the same time of day. Both images were taken at Newfound Gap lookout, looking over North Carolina in the distance. You actually get to so two different photographers takes on the exact scene before them, which is kind of neat. Now, Dave and I do have similar imagery at time, which can be seen here. What is unique, however, are the subtle choices in focal length, filters, and finished processed look.

Dave shot his image I believe with a wider angle view using the Nikon 18-200mm lens. He also used the amazing (and addicting) Blue & Gold Polarizer filter from Singh Ray. Dave was kind of enough to show us this 3:2 aspect ratio as that is preplanned for each double take. But I saw his original interpretation and it was more of a panorama crop focusing on the mountain range. Stop on over to his blog to read more about his choices and vision when capturing this scene.

I shot my take using Dave's 50mm f/1.4 lens. I had a regular polarizer on and I attempted to also focus on the mountain range, but I tried to include some light on the range in closest to me to show off the trees. I shot several images previously with a near black or black silhouette and this time I wanted to show of the tree covered mountains. In post, I also wanted to emphasize the blue haze that the smokies are known for, so I kept a cool white balance to show off the blue. However, in doing so I lost some of the golden punch the sky had from sunrise, so I added a little extra orange tint in the sky to bring it back to life as I remembered it while we were there.

So there you go. Two different shots from the exact same time and location with nearly same gear. It just proves that each photographer has their own vision and while shots may be similar, they really aren't ever the same.