Posts Tagged ‘Great Smoky Mountains National Park’

OMG Smokies Fall Color

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What a difference 2 days has made! From Thursday until Saturday the colors in the Smokies have gone from ho hum to OMG. Everything above 3000 foot elevation is ablaze with color. For all who were looking for the post from a few days ago, my apologies. That problem has now been remedied! Unfortunately Clingmans […]


Smokies Scouting from Monday October 28

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This will be a short report as I’m headed out again, this time to the Cumberland Plateau. Yesterday, Oct 28, I was in the Smokies.. Tremont area looked good in places, but lots of trees right on the river had lost their leaves. You could find some areas with good color. Weird thing is that […]


Smokies Hidden Gem

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White Oak Sinks About 20 years ago a friend of mine told me about White Oak Sinks in the Smoky Mountians. He even drew a map for me ( see below). It wasn’t until last year that I finally took the trip down the trail to see for myself. Now if you go look for […]


Smokies Fall Color Report October 18, 2012

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Yesterday I was out early and shooting along the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains NP. The color along the Parkway is gorgeous. The maples and hickories and gums and some oaks are really changing color. And the color doesn’t appear to be dull or washed out. I went as far as south of […]


Fall Color scouting: Foothills Parkway (GSMNP) and Cherohala Skyway 10/13/2012

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This is from Cherohala Skyway.. Compare to previous image in Scouting Yesterday was a big loop of scouting. I started out on the Foothills Parkway around 6am, planning to shoot star trails to sunrise. But being completely enveloped in fog put an end to that thought. I waited out the fog and then started about […]


Great Smoky Mountains – Fall Color Report 10/11/2012

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Oconaluftee Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains NP With the low for the TN Valley predicted to be around 40° F, I decided to head up toward Clingman’s Dome again. When I got to Newfound Gap, the temperature was still about 37°F, so I decided to keep going to the Oconaluftee Overlook. Got there sooner than all […]


Scouting Fall Color: Great Smoky Mountains NP

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Clingman’s Dome Sunrise this morning Today started out at sunrise at Clingman’s Dome parking lot. Driving up through the fog, I was hoping that it would be clear at the top. Around 5200 feet elevation, I broke through the fog and saw blue sky. I arrived at the parking lot just before the sun peeked […]


When to shoot Fall Color?

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I have been getting asked since mid summer about the best time to shoot fall color in the southern Appalachian mountains. The answer is yes. Anytime is good, depending on what you want to do. Last fall I started shooting fall color around east TN (Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cherokee and Nantahala NF, and Cumberland […]


How not to get burned shooting Fireflies.

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Ok, so Fireflies don’t give off any heat, but getting great images of them is still not easy. Much easier now, though, than when I tried with film years ago. The most interesting fireflies (lightning bugs) are the Synchronous variety found most numerous in the Great Smoky Mountains. Last part of May into June, these […]


Spring Flower Tips – Lenses and composition

When we talk about composition, we usually talk about “Rule of Thirds” and foreground/ background, diagonal lines, leading lines, repeating elements and so forth. Have you ever considered the composition effect that changing lenses would have on how your subject relates to its surroundings? I started doing Closeup Wide Angle images at least 15 years […]


Scouting Report Smokies March 28

This day was spent up in Greenbriar area. With numerous spots to pull off and shoot the Little Pigeon River or go up to the confluence of the Little Pigeon River with the Middle Prong, the shooting was great. I walked up the trail, past Porter’s Flats and up Porter Creek trail. After Porter’s Flats, […]


Spring Flower shooting tips- Multiple Exposure

Spring has come to the Smokies extremely early this year. I am hearing from friends around the country that they are experiencing an early spring also. Some teaching tips for spring wildflowers from today’s shoot. Consider using multiple exposure to achieve a dreamy look to go along with your images. Flowers images look good when […]


Smokies Fall Color Report

Ok, I just got back from cruising the Smokies, checking out the color. I started at Clingmans Dome at sunrise. It was a nice sunrise with fog down in the valleys. It wasn’t cold (about 50˚F) and clear skies. While up there I played with some multiple exposures, in camera. The Mountain Ash have lost […]