Sunrise Spoiled?

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.

Nikon D7100
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

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Dan Lawson’s place Cades Cove

Dan Lawson’s Place is the second oldest of the historic cabins that remain standing in Cades Cove.  Built around 1840, this was the home of the cove’s wealthiest resident.  Only the John Oliver cabin (1822), home of the cove’s first European settler, is older than this one.

Cades Cove was first settled during the 1700’s by Cherokee Indians and is named after a Chief Kade. The first European settlers came during the 1800’s eventually reaching a population of 671 around 1850.

In the 1920’s the residents were forced out when the State of Tennessee gave the Park Commission power to seize the cove properties and make them part of the National Park system.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/10 – 1/50 sec – ISO 100

Foggy Day in Cades Cove

Our last morning of the Spring in the Smoky Mountains Workshop was a return to Cades Cove.  We were hoping that the sun might peek out after the rain showers had finally stopped but no such luck.  We did however get treated to a wonderful foggy morning which shrouded the mountains and gave the landscape a beautiful white backdrop.

I got this image on one of the many roads that are lined with split-rail barbed wire fencing.  The light was beautiful as the early morning sun broke through to warm things up but the fog was still covering everything in the distance.

We were a bit sad to leave the area as Sunday was turning out to be beautiful.  Wish I could have stayed longer and we had the chance to go up to Clingman’s Dome but the elevated roads were still iced over and there was snow at the top of the mountains the night before.

Have to get back up here more often!

Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
26mm @ f/10 – 1/30 sec – ISO 100

Chattahoochee fog

Last week offered some interesting weather to try to photograph.  The week started with the rainy, foggy weather you see here and ended with ice and snow.  Oh well, it’s supposed to be into the 70’s this week.  This is change of seasons in Atlanta – the season changes every day!

This view is actually from the new River Walk boardwalk near the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  It is a very nice walk which I expect will be great to explore as the seasons actually change over the year.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
22mm @ f/16 –  1/25 sec – ISO 400

Roswell Mill on a Foggy Day

I wanted to see what the Roswell Mill waterfall looked like when it was foggy so, I stopped by on Monday.  Things are certainly on the monochrome side in the winter and on a foggy day with rain about to start.

Luckily, I brought my Sirui P-204S monopod along on this trip.  My main intent was to go out to the River Walk along the Chattahoochee so, I brought this with me to help steady the camera for nature shots.  My stop at the mill was unplanned but the monopod worked well to let me take this exposure that would have been pretty blurry when hand-held.

The Sirui monopod is great in that it has collapsible legs that allow you to stand the camera like a tripod and get long exposures.  I had to use the shutter timer to avoid shake (since I didn’t bring my cable release) but it worked well.

Roswell Mill on a Foggy Day
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
52mm @ f/32 –  1.3 sec – ISO 100