Stairway To Heaven -- Great Smoky Mountains, TN

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    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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    1. alpenglowtravelers 48 months ago | reply

      We stayed in a cabin there in the summer 1966 and it is a neat place but it sure didnt look like this

    2. [Adam Baker] 48 months ago | reply

      Very nice, hope that golden light warmed you up a bit.

    3. Tannachy 48 months ago | reply

      Fantastic warm light.

    4. simonsl8er [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot. I'd love to be there almost as much as I'd love to have taken that picture!! Keep 'em coming!

    5. ChristopherLeeHewitt (Away) 48 months ago | reply

      Breathtaking landscape! I have camped in the same place with as much snow. A beautiful place!

    6. Daedalus_T 48 months ago | reply

      Nicely controlled... I have no idea how to get something like that out of one exposure!

    7. ShuhuaQQ 48 months ago | reply

      wow, fantastic absolutely!!! great sunlight capture!!! :)

    8. Qais Alamar 48 months ago | reply

      amazing shot
      great colors

    9. Tiny_ninja 48 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous light! Nice capture.

    10. coach48 48 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful and very well captured................!!


    11. pitt6rngs 47 months ago | reply


    12. anitamontg 47 months ago | reply

      there are no words to descripe how beautifull this is.

    13. khwphoto 47 months ago | reply

      The lens flare/sun rays is awesome. Love the coloring.

    14. Nick Chill Photography 47 months ago | reply

      Beautifully captured!

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    15. Leman's Studios [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Bad Ass!

    16. BLU HIWAY 47 months ago | reply

      u must like to be cold . nice image

    17. Todd & Sarah Sisson 42 months ago | reply

      You have 'the eye' my friend. Love how you can re-interpret shots in a unique way. I have learned from your photostream - keep it up! :)

    18. Caz 71♥ 38 months ago | reply

      Hi, im an Admin for `Howards Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
      This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is an easy place to belong to and participate, yet you have to have exemplary work to be invited here, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will post this picture of yours with pride into the Gallery..…and we look forward to seeing more of your talent in the future......Kind regards..Caz (A)

    19. Mathijs Delva 36 months ago | reply

      Glorious light!

    20. Philip Michael Photo 16 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! I love the sunlight on the snow.

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