Changes In Altitudes

The heat that has descended on our area the last few days has been pretty intense with the highs reaching 90F, pretty hot for this region and this time of year. So, taking a queue from Jimmy Buffett, I decided to make a change in my altitude and take off to the mountains where the the temperatures and the scenery were much more enjoyable!

I’m lucky enough to be within 45 minutes of two of the highest points in the Appalachian Mountains, Mount Rogers and White Top Mountain. The closer of the two is White Top Mountain so that’s where I headed to catch some late day light and hopefully a few sunset photos. Another plus for this area is that there is no cell phone coverage so you can really unplug and decompress! This location is one of the more popular spots on the mountain and also has the added feature of the Appalachian Trail meandering across it.

Taken less than 20 minutes before sunset this view is looking to the east over Grayson County, Virginia. The sun was already setting behind me casting an red and orange glow on the haze in the lower elevations.

This is just one of many shots that I took away from the evening and the sunset I was hoping for did not disappoint…but more on that later in the week!

Camera settings: Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens, 18mm, ISO100, f/8, 9-brackets

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro, Topaz Adjust

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