A Shot A Day – 2018(LMM) (02/09/2018)

by | Feb 9, 2018 | A Shot A Day 2018, A Shot A Day 2018 (LMM), Daily Blogs |

“Morning Glory”

They are called the Smoky Mountains for a reason, and every photographer hopes for a smoky morning just like this. The God Rays were beaming through the clouds and we had an ideal perch up on Clngman’s Dome.

A Shot A Day - 2018(LMM) (039A of 365)-(08-02)

A Shot A Day – 2018(LMM) (039A of 365)-(08-02)


Canon 5D MarkIV


Tamron SO 24-70mm f/2.8


Really Right Stuff L-Bracket,
Really Right Stuff Series 3 Tripod


ISO 200 , 1/125 (-1.0) @ f/16.0 – 45 mm

Technique And Composition:

For the most part this is a monochromatic scene, so exposure is very important here. Being off a stop or two in either direction have a disastrous effect on tonal quality. Thus the careful monitoring of the histogram and -1.0 exposure compensation you see here.

That are lots of different ways to frame this composition and from the vantage point I was at that would have been all about focal length. Using the 24-70 that I had on, I elected for a somewhat traditional field of view. Using the focal length I chose, I elected to use the trees as a foreground element, drawing me into the layers of the mountains, and ultimately into the rays of the sun in the clouds themselves.

There is divisions of thirds in both directions here, though they are subtle.

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