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New Years Day at the Little Pigeon River - GSMNP | by Michael Pancier Photography
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New Years Day at the Little Pigeon River - GSMNP

This is from the Greenbrier Section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Yesterday was my last day of spirit washing in the Smoky Mountains. It's been a year and a half since my first visit there. What a difference it is visiting the Smokies in the Summer and then in the Winter. The lushness and greens are replaced by bare trees and so much light. Still it's a great place despite what Mike Jones says.


I saved the Greenbrier section for the morning of 1/1/12. It was supposed to be overcast and cold and I figured that no one would be there on New Years Day. I was partially right. I got there and the damn clouds broke and it was sunny and given that the trees were bare, too contrasty. This particular section near the entrance I saved for last and I'm glad I did. The clouds rolled back in. I then threw on an 8X ND Filter atop my polarizer to get really long exposures in the middle of the day (even with overcast skies, the fastest speed you'd get even at ISO 50 and ƒ22 would be 1/25. So in turn I got a 15 second exposure at f/13 at ISO 100.


Hope everyone had a great holiday and new year, and now back to work.


Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L + Polarizer + 8x ND Grad Filter (B&W)

Exposure 15

Aperture f/13.0

Focal Length 50 mm

ISO Speed 100

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Taken on January 1, 2012