Moody Smokies and Fall Colors by Lucas Wiman
Hey guys, Lucas here.
The Smokies are honestly quite beautiful pretty much year round, but as soon as the leaves start to change the beauty goes up another level. There’s nothing quite like driving from Gatlinburg to Newfound Gap during the fall and pulling off every 5 minutes to take photos.
This fall especially, we had tons of rainy and foggy weather that, in my opinion, makes shooting photographs even better. There’s something about a foggy day that makes the colors pop and the overall light is so smooth. You don’t have to worry about deep shadows and harsh blue skies. It’s a photographers dream.
I spent quite a bit of time this fall fighting the crowds in the Smokies to create as many photos as possible. I hiked Leconte for the first time this fall, spent a lot of time in Cades Cove, and sat in traffic all in hopes of seeing the colors change. And I succeeded. I’m going to share some photos here of some of these areas all inside the park and what they look like on a nice foggy morning.
All photos are shot on a Fujifilm XT-2 and either a 18-55mm 2.8 or 10-24mm f4 lens.
If you have any questions about the way I edit, how I shoot on the trail, more specific gear questions, leave a comment or hit me up on IG! Much love.