Friday, 17 November 2017 08:58

I'll Fly Away

Not so long ago I was visiting the Southern Appalachian Highlands Learning Center at Purchase Knob, one of my favorite places in the Smokies. It was almost too foggy to consider the sun rising above the distant ridges, but what easily caught my attention was one of the deteriorating birdhouses anchoring the endpost in the fence at the edge of the cleared yard, looking into the thickly growing grasses and wildflowers on the hillside beyond. "Poignant" was the word that came to my mind, which expressed itself in a small portion of the fence with its birdhouse and the thick grasses laced heavily with the foggy morning. A focal length of 75mm, very short telephoto, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 1/13th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-darker-than-medium exposure. Sometimes being in the right place means forgetting why you came to that place in the first place.

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