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Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Mist Rising

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On the second morning after I visited Second Falls, I drove to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see how the front had affected the high ridges of Thomas Divide. The wind was still gusting strongly as I wound up the east face of the ridge. Looking down into the valley of Beech Flats Prong and across into the lower slopes of Mt. Kephart I watched as the mists rose thickly from the bottomlands toward the high ridges along the crest of the Smokies. Occasionally the fog would thin enough for me to see clearly into the colored slopes opposite my position. It was like a game of hide and seek, waiting for clarity and stillness to occur simultaneously; part of the joy of being a nature photographer. I picked out an area where the counterposed ridges became lines intermingled with the colors of hardwoods and the shapes of dark firs; and then I waited for the mists to part in a way that added interest to the scene. A focal length of 232mm gave me the angle of view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 gave depth of field, and a shutter speed of 0.3 seconds at ISO 200 stopped the distant motion enough to create apparent sharpness. 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:55 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hello Everyone. Thank you all for joining me. Wow, what a diversity of expression on the idea of patience.I wish I could say that it is something I have mastered in all of its many forms; but alas, it is not.Sometimes I can outwait Mudjekeewis, and sometime he outwaits me. Chuck, I hope your healing is coming along well and you'll soon be climbing up and down the mountains of Macon County.And Mark, I'm really enjoying all the videos you've been posting. I can't imagine where you find them.I appreciate the kind words from both of you. Nancy K. I'm glad you enjoyed this image; and Nancy T. I am grateful it could evoke such a wonderful memory. I recall that occasion as well. Thanks Don and Shack for your kind comments. You are so right about the reward, Don; and Shack, I hope you've been well and being creative regularly. And Dee, it's always good to have you join us. Thanks for your thoughtful comments; I hope the captcha numbers have been lighter. I'm afraid I don't have much control over how they are generated. Thanks, again, everyone. May our work always reflect the patience with which we have approached it.

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Monday, 17 November 2014 09:15 posted by Chuck Coburn

    Your patience surely paid off and the fog being in the right place at he release of the shutter accented the ridge angles, making this a wonderful image. Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment Link Mark Jordan Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:44 posted by Mark Jordan have been aware of adapting your soul, Don, to whatever the moment may reveal...

    ...patience is the finest pleasure of one at nature...

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 16 November 2014 15:41 posted by Nancy Kelly

    LOVE this image

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 16 November 2014 12:32 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This is beautiful and reminds my of my first workshop on Purchase Knob. The fog and color were similar to this. Your patients did indeed pay off and it looks like the fog moved to all the right places to remind us why we love the those mountains. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Don Newsom Sunday, 16 November 2014 10:28 posted by Don Newsom

    Thanks for the lesson in patience described in your story. Watching and waiting are difficult, but the moment that you captured shows the reward that you gained.

  • Comment Link Shack (John Schakel Jr) Sunday, 16 November 2014 08:34 posted by Shack (John Schakel Jr)

    Hi Don,

    Great shot. I was up there last month shooting the fall colors and the water falls. Had a great time and got a few nice photos. You photo shows why they call them the "Smoky Mountains". Take care.

  • Comment Link Dee Sunday, 16 November 2014 08:30 posted by Dee

    Couldn't be more beautiful. Thank You.

    Asking for the two words - very difficult to see.

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