Before I experienced this, I was sure that the best thing you can hope for when going out for a morning shoot is a beautiful sunrise and a clear sky. Now, I’m thinking that a foggy morning is an awfully good alternative.
On our trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the group was out taking advantage of the misty beauty of a morning. The original stop here was to grab a few shots of an iconic view of one of the roads that cuts through the park.
We got those shots but, as it often happens, the unexpected opportunity appeared. Just a few steps from that iconic spot, was this road running off into the fog – even better! And then, in the distance, the sun starts to burn through the fog. Not a bright sunrise but this hazy-bright spot in the sky. Eerie and beautiful all at once.
Another lesson in being sure that you look around before you give up on a location. It’s called working a site and it often gives you results that are not what you planned. Planning is great and can give you excellent results but keeping your eyes open can give you even more.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/11 – 1/15 sec – ISO 100