Amazing Photo Road Trip!

posted on 12th of august, 2008

I had the rare opportunity to indulge my passion for both photography and sports cars by taking a road trip this past July through Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and then back through Tennessee and Arkansas on the way home to Texas. Not only did I get to see and photograph some of the most beautiful scenery in these states but also drive some of the most incredible roads for sports cars (a Porsche Boxster in this case) including the well-known "Tail of The Dragon" - a section of Highway 129 that winds through the Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee. The "Tail" section is the portion of Highway 129 that has 300 turns within an 11 mile stretch. The beautiful scenery and cool mountain air was refreshing (causing me to frequently stop at traffic "pull-outs" in the road to take photos) but the drive was also exhilarating - that are no roads like that in Texas that I'm aware of! After visiting Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee the trip quickly became an adventure searching for beautiful waterfalls and fortunately I was going in the right direction. Some of the parks and sites on my trip were: Hot Springs, Arkansas; Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; Aiken, South Carolina; Issaqueena Falls in South Carolina; Bridal Veil Falls near Highlands, North Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; Looking Glass Falls and Connestee Falls near Brevard, North Carolina; Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC; and the "Tail of the Dragon" in NC and TN.

So now I'm in the process of going though about 600 images (including quite a few exposures that were bracketed or shot with a variety of f stop combinations) that I have already whittled down to about 300 which will eventually be whittled down much further to separate those for stock and/or fine art prints.

If you're not familiar with this part of the U.S. and think you would like to visit this area, I would be most happy to provide you with more detail about my trip and some of places I visited. Feel free to send an email to dkenhurst@hotmail.com.

I usually take a long time to get around to submitting my material to stock sites but I quickly prepared the images below of Looking Glass Falls. The best shots are yet to be prepared (and could remain as fine art only) but I hoped these three would be useful as stock images.

Thanks for visiting my latest blog!

Comments (4)

Posted by Kenhurst on August 13, 2008
Thanks Jennifer! You do too!
Posted by Qiwoman01 on August 13, 2008
You rock!
Posted by Irisangel on August 12, 2008
Wonderful shots! Lots of luck with them, your portfolio is pretty amazing. CARTOON EYES IN BINOCULARS is my favorite, very creative.
Posted by Psalm113v9 on August 12, 2008
those are beautiful photos of the falls. We will be going to most of the same places you mentioned in NC along the Blueridge parkway nest week. I just LOVE that part of the country. Hope to get some great shots as well!

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Photo credits: Ken Hurst.

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My interest in photography began during my years in college when I was given a Kodak Retina Reflex IV camera that had a broken light meter. That broken light meter forced me to acquire an understanding of the fundamentals of light, lenses, and film. Those early experiences were rewarding and have led to a lifelong passion for photography. Following those college years I went on to be a band director and professional musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area for over twenty five years (and a two year stay in Northwestern New Mexico - a paradise for photography) while continuin... [Read more]

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