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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.

Pulling off on the side of the road to shoot a photo that I wish Subaru would use

Pulling off on the side of the road to shoot a photo that I wish Subaru would use

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.

The river on Alum Cave Trail

The river on Alum Cave Trail

A view from one of my favorite pull-offs in the park

A view from one of my favorite pull-offs in the park

Overlook off the road

Overlook off the road

Perfect roads

Perfect roads

More perfect roads

More perfect roads

The images above are literally just from driving the road and pulling off on the side. No hiking involved. The next set of images are going to be from hiking Leconte one morning with Blake, Ryan, and Kate.

Blake standing at the top of Mt Leconte

Blake standing at the top of Mt Leconte

Blake inside the lodge

Blake inside the lodge

Ryan at the edge of the bluffs. Halfway point in the hike

Ryan at the edge of the bluffs. Halfway point in the hike

Another angle of Ryan

Another angle of Ryan

Blake taking a photo of me taking a photo, lol

Blake taking a photo of me taking a photo, lol

Cabins on the top of the mountain

Cabins on the top of the mountain

Fog drifting through the trees on the hike back down

Fog drifting through the trees on the hike back down

Pops of color among the fog

Pops of color among the fog

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.

@lvcaswiman