“The Golden Glow of Fall”

It’s 100 degrees and I hate summer, so I thought I would post one from last fall, I shot this in the Elkmont section of The Great Smokey Mountains. The trees weren’t up to their usual spectacular colors, but after a lot of hiking I was able to come across this scene right about sunset, the stream was lined with a large group of beautiful maple trees that were bursting with golden yellow leafs that left this cascade baked with this golden glow.

The camera was set at f/16 with a ss of 1 second and the ISO at 160, I was able to get great color and detail, keep a nice flow in the water and not blow out the highlights. I got quite a few nice images from this one spot, after searching for 4 days and coming up empty, but if you are persistent good things or “luck” will fall your way. I will head that way again this fall, and hopefully the colors will be amazing, but if not I will just enjoy the time outdoors and I am sure something good will fall my way. Thanks for taking a look.



15 thoughts on ““The Golden Glow of Fall”

  1. aullori

    This is amazing – it’s like a river of gold. I betcha this kind of image is what was in the dreams of the boys who came over this way because of the gold rush. How do I say it? (words often time fail don’t they?) this is absolutely spectacular!

  2. Mark

    It is hard to keep up that persistence when it is this hot and humid out. I suppose that is a good reason why my photographi c day is ending around 9 am lately!.

    The gold colors here definitely give this a unique character Bernie. I like that you can also see some hints of the same color in the rocks.

  3. paintingartist

    A real beauty of a composition. Nice how you did not lose the colors while processing. I could look at water and clouds endlessly. I think you love water as much as I do clouds and I love water a lot.

  4. Mike Moats

    Hey Bernie, really nice image, the color pops in the water. I agree about summer it sucks when it gets over 80 degrees. I’m like Mark, I shoot from dawn till about 9:00 then head to the air con.

  5. forestrat

    Very nice Bernie. Shooting water without losing detail in the surrounding stones and at the same time not blowing out at the top end is a real trick sometimes.

  6. jolynna

    Your photography is awesome. I agree that the color on the water is amazing.

    It is also interesting that you are from Madison. I used to visit a relative there as a child, Mrs. Whitset. She lived in an old house perfectly preserved from the gay nineties with high poster canopied beds. I loved staying there.

    I also loved Clifty park. And even going along the roads with the falling rock signs.

    Visiting here brought back memories. Thanks.


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