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Dimensions1600 x 1600
Original file size1010 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken4-Feb-17 11:19
Date modified22-Oct-17 18:40
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D800E
Focal length29 mm
Focal length (35mm)29 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure2.5s at f/22
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
Highlights, Jakes Creek

Highlights, Jakes Creek

Photo by Spears McAllester
Normally, when the sun rises over the ridgelines and hits the creeks in the Smokies, it means an end to my photography session. The highlights are just too bright.

When this happened one day in early February 2017, I simply was not ready to leave beautiful Jakes Creek, in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rather than be defeated by the bright highlights, I decided to explore them using various shutter speeds, apertures, and focal lengths.

To my surprise, I found that details seen in the highlights and through them to the creek bottom became wonderful abstract compositions.

This 2.5 second exposure at F22 is the first of what I hope will become a series of images exploring and "celebrating" the formerly dreaded highlight hot spots!