Downtown Knoxville in Fall Colors
Downtown Knoxville in Fall Colors

Well happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there, and to everyone else, I hope you’ve had a nice day.  Last week I kicked of a quick little series on the Smoky Mountains, and specifically sunrise in the Smokies.  I noted then that some of you might not be happy with my choice of black and white for a sunrise shot, so this week we’ll celebrate the mothers with a nice colorful image of the Smokies at sunrise.

One of the things I’ve grown to appreciate about the 300mm lens, which this image was taken with, is the ability to pick and choose your scenes, limiting the viewers eye to the “scene with the scene”.  This picture was taken along the Foothills Parkway, which offers grand vistas, vistas that can be a little hard to shoot really wide if not much is going on in the sky.  On this particular morning, for example, the color from the sunrise didn’t extend much further into the sky than this view shows, otherwise it was stark blue skies.  The worst, if you’re a photographer (not much exciting to a bare blue sky).  At 300mm though, the action is all the viewer sees!

More next week! 

–Dan Thompson

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Foothills Parkway
P574+HG West Millers Cove, TN, USA

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