Friday, 27 April 2018 23:07

Down the Notch

In mid-April, just before the sun slips behind the slope of Welch Ridge and into the fastness of the Sugarlands, making Morton Overlook into the premier sunset location in the Smokies, it sets down the notch formed by Welch Ridge and the far ridges of the Smokies Crest rising and falling toward Thunderhead and Mount Squires. For those few days the prominent lines of the Crest make for images of stark graphic beauty filled with color and shape, a reminder of the changing seasons and what they bring to Nature's exotic dance.

A focal length of 135mm, short telephoto to be sure, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted from the parking lot of Clingman's Dome. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly darker-than-medium exposure.

Sometimes simple graphics are the only elements needed to tell the story you see in your mind's eye.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:21 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. It's incredible how time just slips by and before I know it another week has come and nearly gone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. The 2018 Smokies spring has been a most interesting affair: the weather swings, the temperature variations, the blooming cycles, all have colluded to make for a mighty interesting sequence of days and weeks; and we're hardly more than halfway through it.
    Hey Ron. I know you folks in New England have also had a tumultuous spring, so I hope this finds you well. Thanks, very much, for your kind words. I hope you've had plenty of water (just kidding) in all of those wonderful waterfalls.
    Hi Nancy T. Indeed, you were here with us just about a year ago enjoying a sunset much like this one. We have had some fine sunset opportunities over the years, and I hope we have the chance to share another one before very long. Walk in Beauty.
    Howdy Michael. It's always good to hear from you. And you hit it right on the head: golden light + Smokies atmosphere = magic for certain. I hope you're having a beautiful spring along that amazing Rhode Island coast. I've got to think about being back up there one of these days soon.
    Ah Pat, thank you for joining me on the journey and for your kind words. We getting closer to that Acadia adventure, and I'm getting more and more excited. We're looking forward to seeing you.
    Hey Boss, what a very pleasant surprise. Thank you for joining us and for your thoughtful comment. It's good to be able to share a bit of home with you. Enjoy your adventure in the Big Apple.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Bonnie and I are headed to Henderson County to join in a Mindfulness adventure there. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Gordon Monday, 30 April 2018 13:53 posted by Gordon

    Wow. Absolutely beautiful

  • Comment Link Pat Crutchfield Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:34 posted by Pat Crutchfield

    Another awesome capture. Thank you for seeing!

  • Comment Link Mike Di Stefano Sunday, 29 April 2018 16:03 posted by Mike Di Stefano

    Howdy Don, Absolutely beautiful. You got to love the Golden Hour for light, and the atmospherics that make the Smokies.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 29 April 2018 12:19 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Wow! This looks very familiar. I guess it's been a year now since I was in the same spot with your workshop and a beautiful sunset. The lower clouds had a parade on that day too! Of all my images of sunsets over the years (including beaches) some of my favorites are from Clingman's Dome. There are so many layers of beauty there. I need to get back there! Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 29 April 2018 10:26 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Beautiful Don!

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