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One Misty Magical Day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  
 
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When I arrived just before sunset at the Park I could see that low misty clouds had descended over much of the mountains and I had hopes of foggy forest possibilities the next day. As I set out from camp that following morning it had indeed become a wonderland of moody forests and overlooks as the foggy clouds added so much atmosphere, including later in the day when the mist was beginning to lift at higher elevations. It made for the most productive landscape photography day of my life and set a standard for magical conditions that will be hard to measure up to on a normal clear day. In fact the very next day following a hard overnight freeze it was clear with no more moodiness and most of the colors gone. I am very grateful for that single day!










































Jan 15, 2024 at 10:43 AM
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What's not to like about woods in the mist!!
Lovely, they are.

russell



Jan 15, 2024 at 12:04 PM
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That's quite an amazing day you had. Beautiful series of images.

Gero



Jan 15, 2024 at 12:19 PM
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russelle wrote:
What's not to like about woods in the mist!!
Lovely, they are.

russell


I sure do agree Russell! As much as I enjoy shooting the grand landscapes of the West, a foggy Eastern forest is just about the most special place for me to hang out and make images. Thanks for viewing!



Jan 15, 2024 at 04:25 PM
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I see why you are so excited about that event. Fabulous light and imaging.


Jan 15, 2024 at 04:45 PM
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Wow, I’m a sucker for moody scenes…these really are great. The compositions and processing of no. 6 and 8 are just superb. They really provide an intimate feeling…like it’s only you and nature, nothing else.


Jan 15, 2024 at 06:28 PM
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Wonderful set of magical photos.


Jan 16, 2024 at 08:08 AM
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gerov wrote:
That's quite an amazing day you had. Beautiful series of images.

Gero


Thank you Gero! I made about 24 different compositions that day which is way beyond what I could normally find under ordinary conditions.



Jan 16, 2024 at 12:15 PM
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Jeffrey wrote:
I see why you are so excited about that event. Fabulous light and imaging.


Appreciate your feedback, Jeffrey! I’m craving more of that fog on a future trip.




Jan 16, 2024 at 03:42 PM
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chez wrote:
Wow, I’m a sucker for moody scenes…these really are great. The compositions and processing of no. 6 and 8 are just superb. They really provide an intimate feeling…like it’s only you and nature, nothing else.


Very much appreciate your comments, Harry! I really like your word about the intimate feel. I crave that feeling of it being just me and the landscape, and when in that mental/emotional space I think it helps the focus on finding and making meaningful compositions.

Where are you traveling to in 2024?




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Ross, what a beautiful set! Love the moody feeling in each one of them. Love the last image. Great work 👍🏻


Jan 17, 2024 at 10:37 AM
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Great work for one day! #3 wonderful layering and whispy clouds. #5 perfect disappearing into the fog at top.


Jan 17, 2024 at 01:17 PM
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stanparker wrote:
Wonderful set of magical photos.


@stanparker Thanks much Stan! I’m grateful to have been there.



Jan 17, 2024 at 06:40 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Ross, what a beautiful set! Love the moody feeling in each one of them. Love the last image. Great work 👍🏻


Hi Parul, hope you are well! Really appreciate your positive feedback.



Jan 17, 2024 at 09:05 PM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
Great work for one day! #3 wonderful layering and whispy clouds. #5 perfect disappearing into the fog at top.


Appreciate your positive feedback, thank you Jim!



Jan 17, 2024 at 11:27 PM
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I kept viewing these photos for a while. The nuances are significant. The punchy fall colors subdued by the fog create a fabulous balance. 2, 4, 5 especially for me.


Jan 18, 2024 at 07:24 AM
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Beautiful work Ross. Congrats on capturing such gorgeous imagery.


Jan 18, 2024 at 12:06 PM
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dugaut wrote:
I kept viewing these photos for a while. The nuances are significant. The punchy fall colors subdued by the fog create a fabulous balance. 2, 4, 5 especially for me.


Doug, thanks for checking them out and for your insightful feedback! I wish I could return there with camera in hand again right now...



Jan 18, 2024 at 02:51 PM
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Ross Martin wrote:
Very much appreciate your comments, Harry! I really like your word about the intimate feel. I crave that feeling of it being just me and the landscape, and when in that mental/emotional space I think it helps the focus on finding and making meaningful compositions.

Where are you traveling to in 2024?



Ross, so far I have a couple trips planned. Heading to Mexico ( SAN Miguel and La Manzanilla ) in mid February for a couple months. I’m also planning out a photography trip to the Big Island, Hawaii. My wife’s sister / brother-in-law live there and we are planning on visiting and photography adventures from their place. Brother-in-law knows the island inside out…should be good.



Jan 18, 2024 at 03:26 PM
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Great work, Ross! These are all beautiful -- the Smoky Mountain National Park is a magical place.
Image #'s 2 & 4 would make a great large print set on any wall.

Greg



Jan 18, 2024 at 06:06 PM
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