Barbara Gore  

Stillness at Dawn by Barbara Gore

June 2021 - Stillness at Dawn

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken last month near Mount Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was hoping for a more dramatic sunrise however in the mountains the weather is so unpredictable, and the clouds came in a bit heavier than I expected. I didn’t anticipate any breakthrough but was pleasantly surprised as the sun began to slip under the clouds for a few minutes

In photoshop, I cloned out a few lights in the valley and did minor highlight and shadow editing. I also cropped the image to add a more panoramic view.

Canon 5D Mark IV
Lens 24-70 @ 70mm
Gitzo tripod and RRS ball head

6 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I know this location quite well. It is one of those iconic settings for those amazing Smoky Mountain sunrises. You have a fine composition, with the sun being balanced by the trees and you have enough color in the sky to make the scene work. You have a nice composition here using the 24-70mm lens which brings more emphasize to the trees and I like the "hint" of green to balance the color of the sky.

Unless the clouds decide to grace you with something extra special (sadly they rarely do) this is about as good as it gets. I appreciate that you resisted the temptation to over saturate this scene.

The only suggestion is really a question. Have you considered shooting these sunrises with a longer lens? I done several with a 200mm and a couple with a 300mm lens. The compression factor sometimes adds a bit of drama.   Posted: 06/10/2021 08:34:15
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Larry. When I pulled over on the parkway I left my second camera with a 70-200 lens in my jeep which was parked further from where I was set-up. As the sun started to peek through the clouds I immediately thought about running to get the camera/lens but knew my window of opportunity would move away quickly. I did run to get it anyway but wasn't able to get the shot.   Posted: 06/17/2021 19:49:09

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I think this is a nice well composed panorama. I like it the way it is, but if you wanted to add more drama you could experiment with trying to bring the greens out in the foreground trees, and perhaps sharpening them a bit. I would also be interested to see what a dehaze would do in the midground, although the haze adds to the image, so I'm not sure I would change it and definitely not on the background mountains.   Posted: 06/11/2021 23:09:52
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks Bill. If I remember correctly spring didn't start yet at the higher elevations. I agree the trees could use a bit more color and will give it a try!
  Posted: 06/17/2021 20:04:41

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I agree with most of the previous comments. Great color, nicely processed. I like the sharpness of the trees and the distant mountains not being sharp to confirm the sense of distance. The foreground trees provide a sense of depth. The sun and large trees on the right provide balance in the composition.   Posted: 06/13/2021 21:00:54
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thank you Michael!   Posted: 06/17/2021 20:05:27


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