El Conte at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.
El Conte draped in Fall colors, at Night, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
I happened to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last October. Fortunately for me, right then, fall colors were at their peak. We drove in on a Friday to the tourist town of Gatlinburg. That night, I decided to head out and try night photography. I had recently taken a night photography workshop by Harold Davis and was very eager to try the techniques and methods out.
By the time we reached the Sugarlands visitor center, it was getting dark. The ranger there talked about Campbell Overlook, on the NewFoundland Gap Road being a good sunset spot. So I decided to head there for the night shoot. An excerpt from the \”NewFoundland Gap Road Auto Tour” booklet: \”From here you are looking toward Mt. El Conte, the third highest peak in the smokies, but Bull Head in the foreground keeps you from seeing all of El Conte\”.
The Campbell Overlook is at Mile 4 from the Park entrance at Gatlinburg. It is 3.7miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There are two large parking areas on the left providing views of Sugarland Valley and Mt. El Conte. Of the two, the second pullout is named for Carlos Campbell, who wrote Birth of a National Park: Great Smoky Mountains. The book tells the story of how \”a citizen park movement in North Carolina and Tennessee made Great Smoky Mountains National Park possible\”.
This is the thing about night photography: its a lonely affair, especially for someone who likes company – the long time on spot taking the many really long exposures in the inevitable cold. Luckily for me, I had people to give me company while I was shooting.
This photograph is a combination of many exposures taken over 1 hr at the same spot. The photographs were then processed and stacked using Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4.
For more about night photography, you can read Harold Davis\’s excellent book titled Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Y
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: Stacked Exposure
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 24, 2009