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Stairway To Heaven -- Great Smoky Mountains, TN

I camped on the summit of Tennessee's Mount LeConte (~6,500 feet) in the Great Smokies during a late winter storm last March. I was hoping the storm would move out, winds would calm down and to have an opportunity to shoot the sunrise with fresh snow on the ground the next morning. Well, the wind was still ripping but fresh snow and a spectacular sunrise made the cold, lonely night worth it.


To shoot this, I placed the freshly risen sun in the dead-center of the frame to give the feeling of light shining down on the incredible landscape. No filters were used and this is a single exposure.


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Taken on May 5, 2011