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The Grand ~ Quarta Sunset 75 by PelicanPete

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Grand Tetons ~ #93 in Explore 8/2/11
Beaver Creek, Wyoming U.S.A.

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first tier by Ed Karjala Photography

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Sabbaday Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Posted July 12, 2015 by dranilj1 in Landscape

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Sabbaday Falls by Maurice huang

Posted July 12, 2015 by dranilj1 in Landscape

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Sabbaday Falls by Michael Juvet

Posted July 12, 2015 by dranilj1 in Landscape

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Cade’s Cove Drive by Phil Varney

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Being from Atlanta, Cade’s Cove is a location in the park that has been just far enough of a drive that I often don’t make it, let alone at a time of day permitting the best photography. Maybe this has been a mistake on my part – Cade’s Cove is filled with awesome photo opportunities! Wildlife and history combine under impressive views of the intimidating ridge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Intimidating, that is, if you’ve ever hiked to the top from the bottom – there aren’t many hikes east of the Mississippi with as much elevation gain as hiking from Fontana Lake or Cade’s Cove to Clingman’s Dome.

We were stopped waiting for some cars to go by when this sign and tree caught my eye. I’ve been trying to be more intentional lately about recognizing why good pictures actually look good, and my conclusion is that you’ve got to have two elements: a sense of balance (i.e., objects that anchor portions of the image) and a sense of flow (something to add a dynamic element to the shot that keeps your eye moving). Here, the ‘balance’ is given by the sign, tree, and road, while the ‘flow’ is provided by the fence, sky, and also the road. Looking back at my favorite pictures, I realize the best shots always seem to have objects that connect to form triangular shapes.

On a different note, fall has been very strange this year, and maybe even a little disappointing to some. As you can see here, the grass is still vibrantly green – but the tree has lost all it’s leaves! Conditions around the park seem to mirror this. If you drive up 441, you note that the trees pretty suddenly transition from green to bare. A large storm a few weeks ago blew down most of the changed/changing leaves, unfortunately. What this means is that I’ve traveled to the park to get fall shots, but my favorites have mostly ended up not having any fall color in them!

Blue Ridge in Gold by Phil Varney

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The Blue Ridge isn’t always blue, but it’s almost always hazy! If you catch the sunset/sunrise light just right, the mountain ridges disappear into awesome gold shapes. This shot was taken this past October on the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I used an old 75 – 300 mm lens for this shot (the really cheap one that came with my first DSLR, a Canon T2i), and it did pretty good since there wasn’t much detail in the shot. I’m looking forward to when the BRP opens again in the spring, so I can try the new telephoto zoom lens on some of these mountain ridge pictures.

Georgia Mountains Fall Color by Art Mullis Photography (All Images Copyrighted) on Flickr.

Posted April 29, 2015 by dranilj1 in Landscape

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