Hazy Morning on Lake Seed by Chelei

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750 Views January 28, 2012
Lake Seed is a 240 acre (0.97 km²) reservoir with 13 miles (21 km) of shoreline located in Rabun County, in the northeastern corner of Georgia, USA. It is the second lake in a series of six lakes that follow the original riverbed of the Tallulah River. Each lake in the chain is created by hydroelectric dams operated by Georgia Power. Lake Seed is sandwiched between the northernmost lake in the series, Lake Burton, and Lake Rabun. Lake Rabun is followed by Lake Tallulah Falls, Lake Tugalo, and Lake Yonah. The reservoir elevation is listed as 1,765 feet on topographic maps, but Georgia Power considers the lake full at an elevation of 1,752.5 feet.

Lake Seed was formed in 1927 with the completion of the Nacoochee Dam, a gravity concrete and masonry dam that is 75 feet high and spans 490 feet. The associated Nacoochee Hydroelectric Plant has a capacity of 4,800 kilowatts. Nacoochee is derived from the Cherokee word that means “evening star.”
(From Wikipedia)

I stayed with the Grandkids camping on Lake Seed’s Georgia Power “Primitive” Campgrounds. It was a beautiful day until about 30 minutes after I arrived, then it hailed and rained with thunder and lightening. It did however pass over after everything and everybody was totally drenched. My camera was in a plastic bag thank goodness.

Since I’m not a morning person I decided to sleep over in soggy clothes just to photograph some nice spots on and around the lake during the early hours. This was the first series of shots.

Taken with my Canon Rebel, XTi, 3 photographs with -1, 0, 1 exposure settings, combined in Photomatix pro in the Grunge settings using High Smoothing. Then I used Picnik to bring up the contrast and color, then used PS4 to bring the resolution up to 300 before uploading to Red Bubble. Some folks like to know these kinds of things…..

You should VIEW LARGE for a really good effect!

Dedicated to the McJenkins clan who loves to camp at this site!


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I am The Accidental Photographer – anything you see here that you like is a product of my curiosity and creative mind, and the photography I have very much learned by trial and error. Please feel to critique as I have no other way to learn otherwise!

I’ve had my very own “real” camera for 1 year – and I’ve loved every day of them

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  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Carolyn! It was a strange afternoon and evening with the Hail Storm, and as hot as it was that afternoon it got just as COLD when nightfall came! I had to go back home and get the batteries that I had forgotten when I grabbed the camera, but it was well worth it!

    – Chelei

  • Tracy66
  • Wow! Thanks Tracy – this was nice to wake up to for sure!

    – Chelei

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayalmost 3 years ago

    Hi Chelei- found this in the Just Fun features.. I love the intense blues & greens, the reflection & mist. In other words it’s a favorite for sure! Aloha/~

  • Ahhh Thanks so much – did you see the photo that I took right after I left the lake? Go here I think it went viral after I posted it and I thought this one was the better photo!! Aloha backatcha!

    – Chelei

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 3 years ago

    fabulous misty capture ..with a real early morning mood .. nice one!

  • James Zickmantel
    James Zickmantelalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulation on your Feature in HDRI (No Holds Barred)!

  • This is so cool! Thank you soooo much!

    – Chelei

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...almost 3 years ago

    Congratulations, lovely colors and reflections. Very beautifully done!!!

  • Thank again Cynthia! Now I got my camera back, I feel ALIVE again!! LOL

    – Chelei

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago


  • carlosramos
    carlosramosalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous and beautiful image !

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 3 years ago

  • THANK YOU Vikram!!! I’m on vacation, and I snuck out to find a wi-fi spot so I could check RB and THIS is what I get!!!! Boy it feels good! Thank you so much for my first feature in your awesome group!!!! I may have to frame it myself like folks do the first dollar they ever make at a new store……. LOLOLOL

    – Chelei

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