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Canon 1Ds Mk III, 1/1000 @f/8, ISO 200, 20mm

The variety of shapes, colors, shades, textures, and subtlety in the Great Smoky Mountains is a goldmine for creative photography. Using a long lens – 120mm or longer – is a great way to simplify the landscape, and look for patterns and color relationships. I played with the composition in this image as I looked through the viewfinder, but settled on one that I felt was the strongest in leading the eye from bottom to top. I wanted to photograph to have a calming effect, yet remain dynamic in nature. The vertical orientation helps with both of these in my opinion.

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