Smoky Mountain Sunset

During my Spring Smokies Workshop this past weekend, I took the group up to Clingman's Dome for a sunset shoot on Friday evening.  That turned out to be a total bust.  There was so much fog we could not even see the mountains!

That kind of thing happens often when dealing with nature.  I like to say we are paying the "photo gods".  The idea is that once you make a payment to the gods, then they will reward you with something spectacular on a future outing.  What I didn't realize was we would get a double reward.  

We had a fantastic sunrise that following morning in Cades Cove.  We decided to try Clingman's again for sunset because I really wanted the group to have sunset shots from there.  This second time...we hit pay dirt.

It was a fantastic sunset and we enjoyed photographing it so much that all the other workshop groups were long gone and we were the last ones left.  We got some really great shots after the sunset, too.

This shot was taken with my Sony A7R, Metabones EOS Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.  I also used my Vanguard Abeo Pro 284AT Tripod with BBH-200 Ballhead.  The settings were F/16, ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second.  Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC and Onone PhotoSuite.