Carter Shield’s Cabin

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2nd place Dpreview's Wooden Cabins Challenge (100 entries)
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I’ve been eyeballing this cabin for YEARS!

Each time I’d drive by Carter Shield’s Cabin on the Cades Cove Loop Road (Smoky Mountains), I would kick around ideas for turning it into a cool photo. I shot photos of it in the Spring, Summer, and even Fall, but never quite got what I was going for.

It finally occurred to me what was missing – the cabin always looked so “dead” in the photos. My first thought was that it would look really cool if there were an actual fire in the fireplace, but that idea was quickly followed by the thought of rangers taking me away in handcuffs.


Instead of an actual fire, maybe a simulated one would be a bit smarter.

So, we outfitted a flash with an orange plastic filter and, using a sophisticated radio controlled light setup (i.e. my wife with a walkie-talkie pressing the button on the flash), we waited till twilight and created this image.

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15 Responses to Carter Shield’s Cabin

  1. A. says:

    Thanks for the cabin foto!!
    Enjoy the summer
    Be safe

  2. A. says:

    Thanks for the foto of the cabin!!
    Enjoy the summer
    Be safe

  3. davis says:

    My brother hangs out in the Smokies with his camera and he will be intrigued with your clever maneuver.

  4. Joan says:

    Thanks for this latest photo of Carter Shield’s cabin, Steve. I’ve got one from Spring that I use as my desktop pic most of the springtime. I enjoy looking at it, studying it from time to time to find things I never saw at first. It’s very soothing to me even though you’ve always thought it was missing something. All the greenery in the Springtime version makes me feel happy. This new one is going to be another of my favorites. Have a safe summer traveling around taking beautiful photos.

  5. Donna says:

    So clever! A beautiful picture; makes me want to go inside and curl up to read a book. Peace!!! :)

  6. Suzanne Murphy says:

    I like the cabin picture. It will be one of my favorites.

  7. Rose Wunderlin says:

    I love the cabin picture. The man I was with wanted so bad to have a cabin like that away from city traffic. He passed before we had a chance. That cabin looks perfect. A beautiful picture.

  8. Bob Gibson says:

    I have this on my desktop monitor. It is Spring in the photo I have & there is a cedar rail fence across the front. I have been looking at it for several years now & still Love it as much as the 1st., day in installed it . Beautiful imagery and thank you !

  9. pat fentriss says:

    I have seen cabins like this in the great smokeys. I would love to spend some summers there again.

  10. Margaret Coleman says:

    Steve, you’re a wizard! I just love how you lit up this gorgeous little cabin! I’m a Premium WorldStart member, but YOU sir, are a PREMIUM photographer!!

  11. Bonnie Shields DeAtley says:

    Do you,sell the prints on canvas?

  12. Michael Atkinson says:

    Lovely shot! Well done Steve! Like those animals, but really appreciate landscape photography like this! Keep up the good work!

  13. Fritz Guth says:

    Great photo! Nicely done.

  14. Sam Britton says:

    Steve – I was in that very spot last week and my image doesn’t look anything like yours. Fantastic. Love the GSMNP. Wished we lived closer than we do (Michigan). Had a great week and made some wonderful images. Love your work.

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