Mountain Sunset by Gary L   Suddath

Taking a few minutes before my “Days End”. The colors are much cooler showing why these are known as the lower Blue Ridge Mountains. The foggy mist is why these particular mountains became known as the Smokys the colors and layers of ridges drew me to this shot.

So often in making sunset/sunrise shots photographers shoot one or two shots and move on. This time of day is one of rapidly changing tones. Some of the most dramatic shots can be made after most have left or got there. When the clouds are illuminated by the sun after/before it has pasted the horizon. Those photographers willing to slow down an spend some time will be the ones fully enjoying this time of day when the warm/cool colors met, mingle, and drift apart. As you can see between the 2 shots 2 minutes make a dramatic difference.

Clingmans Dome Area Great Smoky Mountain NP
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Camera: Canon Rebel Xti
Lens: Canon 28-135mm
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4s
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Tripod: Bogen
Filters:Hoya Polarizer
Cable Release


  • Dogman
    Dogmanover 7 years ago

    This is a gorgeous scenery Gary…Well done!!! Those Blue Mopuntains are beautiful!!!

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 7 years ago

    Absolutely picture postcard perfect!

  • Laurel
    Laurelover 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot Gary!

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 7 years ago

    Gorgeous sky

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 7 years ago

    Aaaaaah, sigh……… breathtaking. =)

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserover 7 years ago

    stunnig work, love the colors , very gorgeous scenery

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 7 years ago

    One word perfection !

  • whitecrow
    whitecrowover 7 years ago

    Outstanding color! Beautiful composition as well.

  • tett
    tettover 7 years ago

    stunning blue intensified by the warm glow of the sun

  • Kim Roper
    Kim Roperover 7 years ago

    Beautiful layering of colour!

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