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Great Smoky Mountains In Fall (Autumn)

 
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Oct 24, 2010 22:14 |  #1

Just got back from a weekend in the GSMNP, and thought I'd share a quick edit....

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Its a pain there isn't a straight line anywhere....

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Oct 25, 2010 07:59 |  #2

Who needs straight lines when you can compose a beautiful shot without them? Nice going!


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Oct 25, 2010 08:41 |  #3

Nice shot, Daniel.


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Oct 25, 2010 10:32 as a reply to  @ sparker1's post |  #4

I just love shots like this. Makes me wish I was there.


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Oct 25, 2010 18:00 as a reply to  @ AeroSmith's post |  #5

Thanks. This shot made getting up stupidly earlier to get to Cades Cove for sunrise worth it. Admittedly this was taken around 8:30am, but its a fair way around the cove, and you never really know how long it'll take to get there. Only a slight brightness adjustment (-0.33), sharpen, and 1 point of color saturation that I might back out when I print it.

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Oct 25, 2010 19:34 |  #6

How crowded was the Cove and was it a weekend?
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Oct 25, 2010 20:57 as a reply to  @ pttenn's post |  #7

Love them fall colors. Great shot!


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Oct 25, 2010 22:00 |  #8

pttenn wrote in post #11164079 (external link)
How crowded was the Cove and was it a weekend?
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I believe the phrase is stupidly busy. I overheard one of the rangers commenting that the third week of Oct is the busiest time of the year. I was in the park as a weekend trip from Atlanta. The photo was posted about 2 hours after I got back to ATL (I really wanted to see how that one turned out).

From what I learnt.
1. Be in line at dawn for the best chance of decent photos, and less chance of getting trapped in traffic. I was in the queue at 7am each morning, with the cove opening to traffic around 7:30am. This meant getting up at 5:30ish if in Pigeon Forge. Was still not inside the initial parking area either day.
2. Early Morning only - Dont bother with cades cove later than about 10:30-11am. Mid day hours the light is just too harsh, and the late afternoon/early evening during fall - there are just too many people there (took approx 3 hours to get around an 11 mile loop with only 3-4 5 min stops) and in fall, there are too many acorns etc in the forest that a lot of the wildlife doesnt come out in the open in the evening. I found the photos to be a lot less clear - perhaps as the haze is worse due to the forests heating up during the day.
3. If trying for cades cove mornings - consider staying in townsend - it'll save 30-40 mins in the morning, which can be spent sleeping instead.
4. Polarizing filter a must.
5. Luck plays a big part. Day 1 - was actually a lot more scenic, but wasnt in the right places at the right time. day 2 - was windy overnight, and the difference in the leaves was amazing - some trees that had mostly leaves the day before, were twigs the second day.
6. If travelling Pigeon Forge -> Cades Cove or V.v., then use 321 outside the park - it's a good 20-30 mins shorter than using the road inside the park. Still do the inside the park round once to get the full view of what the park is like.
7. newfound gap + clingmans dome. if near the end of the week it's may not be worth the effort photography wise. The higher elevations drop their leaves earlier - so not as dramatic (especially with all the dead trees at the moment).

lastly. Nothing photography related, but Americans in general have no idea how to drive mountain roads... or at least there is enough that cant drive them to give the rest a bad name, so be prepared to drive 1/2 the 30-45mph speed limit (on the main park roads), and the people wont pull over to let you pass...

Purely based on what I experienced - and given nature is nature - next year the timing might be completely different for when the leaves turn - comes back to 5 -Luck.

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Nov 01, 2011 22:31 |  #9

Great Shot!

I have always found the best colors in the cove are around Halloween. This could always vary a week or so either way depending on how much rain we have received and how many frosts the cove has received also. The Whitetail Bucks are normally still in bachelor groups also.


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Nov 10, 2011 22:52 |  #10

Here's one from I-40 earlier today in Western North Carolina / Eastern Tennessee...

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Nov 10, 2011 23:09 |  #11

Gorgeous shot, Daniel!!


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Nov 11, 2011 06:50 |  #12

Daniel, that is one beautiful shot! Colours are radiant. Just lovely.


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Nov 11, 2011 16:53 as a reply to  @ Levina de Ruijter's post |  #13

Wow a bump from a year ago. Thanks guys. Didnt manage to get up there this year. Had hoped to get a shot of the Linn Cove viaduct in fall, but timing wise didnt work out - perhaps next year.

This has been gracing my wall for the last year or so, and I still like it. The shot here looks a little too sharp, but the print looks just right.

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