While in the Smoky Mountains for our workshop we decided to go up to Clingman's Dome for sunset. The idea was that the full moon was rising 15 minutes before sunset, so we were going to photograph both the moon rising and quickly adjust for sunset. The weather had a different idea. We stuck with our plans, though and waited it out at Clingman's Dome. It's a good thing we did, too. About thirty minutes before time for sunset, there was a small break in some clouds near the horizon that allowed these amazing sun rays to display. They lasted for about 15 minutes or so. There was no real sunset, but seeing these rays light up the mountain tops was a pretty decent trade off.
I shot this with my Sony A7RII, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tamron 70-200mm Lens all resting on my Sirui W-2204 Tripod and G-20 Ballhead. The 70-200 is my favorite lens for Clingman's Dome. I use it to compress the scene and get that nice layering effect in the mountains.
No real trick to processing this image, but I will tell you using the Dehaze slider in Lightroom CC helps enhance the rays a bit.
Aperture Priority, 1/60th second, F/11, ISO 100, Exposure Compensation -2