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November 21, 2011
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Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
1/2 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 9, 2011, 7:31:52 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Autumn in the Appalachians by Mashuto Autumn in the Appalachians by Mashuto
EOS 60D | EF-S 15-85 @50 | 0.5s | f/8 | ISO 100 | Lee 0.9 HE GND

I think the title and this photo pretty much sum up that wonderful autumn feeling as it can only be experienced in the Appalachian mountains. This is what I think of when I think of autumn. A road through the mountains, the changing leaves on the trees, the haze obscuring the distant peaks... and then topped off with the glowing orange clouds illuminated by the just risen sun.

Captured near the southern reaches of the Blue Ridge mountains, this was taken in the Great Smokies, from on top of the observation tower at the top of Clingman's Dome, in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, looking east into North Carolina.

11-30-2011: Updated with a warmer version. After viewing the original, it felt a bit cold and uninviting. Although the seasons are changing and things are getting colder, this was supposed to be an inviting, nostalgic type image and the cold tones just werent doing it for me. Also did my best to lessen the bright yellow strip in the sky.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have stood here many times. These are my mountains. You captured them well, my good fellow.

One of the things I want to draw attention to for others who see this image are the many dead trees. THese are Frazier Fir trees. They all died from an infestation known as the Wooly Adelgid, a very small aphid like insect brought over from Asia on camping firewood. The creatures scuk the sap from the needles, starving the trees to death, causing the needles to fall off. Soon, all these trees will be gone. There is no way to save them...
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! I read about that infestation, it was kind of sad to see those trees all pretty much dead at those altitudes, everyone always assumes its fire...
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
The good news is a non native tree, the Norwegian Fir, is taking the place of the Fraziers. So the atmospheric generator will keep going...
jonathanjessup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Congrats Mashuto this is a fantastic capture.
chillells Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
oh my god this photo is gives me chills!
Mashuto Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! It was a wonderful place with a wonderful sunrise!
chillells Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:)one of my favorite photos ever
JamesHackland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   Photographer
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Mashuto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for the delay, but thanks for the feature!
JamesHackland Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Photographer
No problem.
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