Chimney Rock hike

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The father in law had his 60th birthday this weekend so the wife's side of the family got together at rented a house high in the mountains of North Carolina, near Chimney Rock. I was *really* tempted to pull out the Mamiya 645 I just was given but the thought of lugging it up 500+ steps made me opt for the Nex instead and I wanted to give the Sigma 30mm a proper test run. So, here are a few photos from the day of the hike. I did some significant post processing on these and since I've been shooting film I threw some grain into the mix as well. Any tips or critiques you want to add, feel free!

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Photography is not as appreciated in the morning.

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Hank was born ready. This dog has no off switch. We had to force feed him water to keep him hydrated while hiking. He was too excited to bother himself.

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A sampling of the 500+ stairs. There's an elevator that takes you to the top (so American) but dogs are not allowed so I got to hike up with Hank.

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Lake Lure and the mountains beyond.

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Of course there is a giant American flag at the top.

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View of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure from a lookout point known as the Opera Box.

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As the day wore on rain clouds started to form across the valley.

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I could not have asked for a more interesting sky to photography.

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Back at the house after a hard rain the mist was lying in the valley.
 

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For me the best is picture of this giant American flag, the tones just work for me. With the rest I don't know, is this your conversion or they are a bit too flat. I wish you took the Mamiya loaded with Tmax 100.
 
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These were all originally color raw files and I "developed" them with a custom preset that knocked out the darkest and lightest tones. I find myself liking lower contrast landscapes, maybe I went a little too low contrast with these. Here's an original photo and also a redone B&W version with more contrast. Thanks for the comment!

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I'm from very close to Chimney Rock. :) I miss that beautiful area.
 
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It was my first time there, even though I live maybe two or less hours away. I was a little surprised it was $12 to get in, but the views were worth it.
 

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These were all originally color raw files and I "developed" them with a custom preset that knocked out the darkest and lightest tones. I find myself liking lower contrast landscapes, maybe I went a little too low contrast with these. Here's an original photo and also a redone B&W version with more contrast. Thanks for the comment!

Comparing the color to B/W, I have to say I like the color better. There just isn't the pop in the B/W image to make it interesting, just too flat. I do like the flag however. IMHO. Looks like a great place to visit.
 

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The view from the Opera Box does it for me!
 

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