It’s great to be back planning my 2017 photography trips after a restful and productive holiday season. As I ponder all the places I’d like to travel to this year for photography, the Great Smoky Mountains remains on my list. Despite the fires late last year, I look forward to traveling to this area of Tennessee in October to photograph what I hope will be amazing Fall colors.
The image above was taken during my Spring trip to the Smoky’s. One of the places I haven’t spent much time is the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. I visited there on my last day in Tennessee where we dealt with intermittent rainy weather conditions. At the highest point on the nature trail, there’s a pulloff that provides the view shown above. My black and white photography skills are in continual development and I thought this scene presented a good opportunity to produce a monochrome image with the shadows and the cloud cover. I took a number of photos along the way, especially of the cascading brook that runs alongside the motor trail. This one was one of my favorites.
This image was taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the ever present ( and my favorite) 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Initial processing in Lightroom with cropping to a 16:9 aspect ratio then converted to black and white in Tonality CK.