Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sunset at Clingmans Dome

A favorite sunset place for photographers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the summit of Clingman's Dome. Photographers begin to gather and line up to get the "best" spot an hour or more before sunset.  It is the tallest peak in the park, the tallest peak in Tennessee, and the third highest peak east of the Mississippi.  At 6,643 ft on a clear day you can see for 100 miles!  It is a wonderful place to catch the multiple ridges.  When I visit the Great Smokies I try to be there at sunset at least once.  


Each evening will be different depending upon the clouds, the natural haze or air polution.  


This pair was shot the same evening, seconds apart but with different compositions.


I used my new HDR software to create this version to capture the sky, the sun and the ridges.

2 comments:

Michael Ziegler said...

Really beautiful photos, Mary Ann. I like the way you used HDR without going "scary-crazy" with it. Great job.

Mike Z

Mary Ann Melton said...

Thanks, Mike!