Location: Looking Glass Rock Overlook, Milepost 417
The morning sun peeks over the cloud line at Looking Glass Rock Overlook near milepost 417.
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor 18-105
Focal Length: 26mm
Filters: graduated ND filter
How I Got This Shot: My original intention Sunday morning (October 6) was to shoot a sunrise at Black Balsam then mill about Graveyard Fields, but fog and clouds engulfed Black Balsam, so I decided to drive down the Parkway a bit further to Looking Glass Rock overlook and try to salvage something. Luckily I arrived just in time for the rising sun to peek over the distant cloud line. I used a graduated neutral density filter to hold back the sky and balance the exposure. I set the hard edge of the filter along the cloud line. The shutter speed (1/15) dictated my use of a tripod in shooting this scene. In composing it, I placed the sun at upper middle left with Looking Glass Rock at lower middle right, providing opposite points of focus with the nearby foliage giving a nice foreground.
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