EOS 60D | EF-S 15-85 @50 | 0.5s | f/8 | ISO 100 | Lee 0.9 HE GND
I think the title and this photo pretty much sum up that wonderful autumn feeling as it can only be experienced in the Appalachian mountains. This is what I think of when I think of autumn. A road through the mountains, the changing leaves on the trees, the haze obscuring the distant peaks... and then topped off with the glowing orange clouds illuminated by the just risen sun.
Captured near the southern reaches of the Blue Ridge mountains, this was taken in the Great Smokies, from on top of the observation tower at the top of Clingman's Dome, in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, looking east into North Carolina.
11-30-2011: Updated with a warmer version. After viewing the original, it felt a bit cold and uninviting. Although the seasons are changing and things are getting colder, this was supposed to be an inviting, nostalgic type image and the cold tones just werent doing it for me. Also did my best to lessen the bright yellow strip in the sky.
West Virginia highlands in September 2001 on slide film. Yes, just a few days after that notorious day. I had to get out of the city (Washington DC area) and what better way than to go up into the quiet and remote mountains and enjoy their pervasive peace. I like how the sun here reflects on the clouds above it as if it was a lake. I snapped this exposure in-between 40+ mph wind gusts but the tree was moving some.
EOS 60D | EF-S 15-85 @53 | 1.6s, 0.5s, 1/8s | f/11 | ISO 100
This shot is a sort of like a bittersweet goodbye for me. It was the end of the day (obviously) and was the last evening of my trip out to Yosemite, although I had another morning there, it was back to town after this shot then back home to MD. This shot was taken from Olmstead Point, which was as far as we made it up towards Tioga Pass before the sun started setting. So we settled in and got shooting until the sun set. Managed to capture some great colors of the setting sun on the sides of the mountains. Half Dome is the mountain seen in the distance on the right hand side.
HDR created from 3 images in Oloneo PhotoEngine. I tried to keep the processing as natural as possible and not overdo the "HDR look", hope I succeeded.