Tuesday 21 September 2010

Smoky Mountains Day 3

Its amazing how much you can cram into 3 days, We covered 1200 miles and visited some primes sites in both Tennessee and North Carolina, Th e2nd evening we headed back up to Clingmans dome to watch and shoot the sunset, It was beautiful and very warm, There must have been 100 other people there to enjoy the views and the colours changed constantly even 30 mins after the sun had set, The best time for me was when the sun kissed the mountains and lost its power and flare stopped becoming a problem, The Smokys certainly are a magical and photogenic place and a must for anybody visiting the USA, The Fall colours are not as far ahead as we expected and i will go back in 2 or 3 weeks time when i think they will be at their best, Having the ND gards with me in the evening really made a difference-see here, Both images have identical exposures and were taken within a second or 2 the only difference being i used a 3 stop grad for one of them and no filters for the other, Both are totally unprocessed just resized for the web

Of course you can process filters etc in Photoshop but i much prefer to get as much done at the time of shooting and cut down on the processing
We moved on to Asheville on the NC side of the Smokys and visited lake Lure and Chimney rock, I tried to find a good place to shoot the late evening light which was fantastic and we drove for miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway but it was too late by the time we found a suitable viewpoint and it has now been noted for a future visit
All in all a lovely weekend and the weather was great, Cant now wait to revisit in a couple of weeks


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