Andrew Klein  

Smokey mountain high by Andrew Klein

January 2022 - Smokey mountain high

About the Image(s)

I live near the smokey mountains - the Appalachian chain - but the smoke-like mist in the valleys gives the place it's name. When there is significant difference between the cold and warm air, the clouds and mist lay heavily on the mountains. A storm had moved in adding drama to the scene, and a pre-sunset darkness.

This was taken a while ago, but never processed. Originally shot on a 200 ASA slide film. Remember those. Not sure of the camera settings.

5 comments posted

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Good old film - I remember those days! I still think film has some major advantages over digital. As you know, the photographer needs to be very astute and creative when shooting film because there is limited latitude for enhancing the images in the development process.

As for your photo, this is a really beautiful landscape. I really like the cloud cover over the mountains, and your foreground gives the image a sense of depth. Also, the slight grain in the shot gives it a vintage look.

Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/01/2022 13:27:55

Kathleen Colligan
Very interesting and what a view! I am newish to photography so never dealt with film except for family photos on easy auto set cameras. Capturing the different mist/ cloud layers along with the curve of the mountain side is what I especially love about this photo.   Posted: 01/02/2022 06:24:33

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
Love the scene, rolling hills and clouds / fog is always a winner for me. I might be tempted to crop a portion of the sky to put more emphasis on the curves of the hills and the interaction of the clouds wit them.   Posted: 01/08/2022 19:24:55

Lena Sha
Andrew, I love the curves and drama in this intimate landscape capture. Never had an experience in a film developing, and that why it adds more value to creation of this image. Certainly, i appreciate the natural grain.
Just wondering if you would dark the bottom more and remove the distraction from fog on foreground, it might make the image stronger, by creating more minimalistic look to it.   Posted: 01/13/2022 21:28:43

Laurie McShane
How wonderful that you live near such a gorgeous area! Great contrast between the layers makes it really intriguing. Nicely done!   Posted: 01/15/2022 20:24:39


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