Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photographs

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Last week I moved from the Washington, DC area down to Orlando, FL. The moving truck headed South and I headed West. My plan was to drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and film away. It was a long drive but I set up in a hotel in Gatlinburg, TN and started my shoot the next morning.

I began by driving through the park and I noticed that most everything had grown back from the wild fires. I headed directly to Cade’s Cove which is a one way road through a valley at the bottom of the mountains. My hope was to shoot up and go after some shots that would explain how big everything is around you. I was able to visit a number of historical sites but I was unable to capture the types of shots I wanted to show others. I grabbed lunch and continued on…

I got back out to 441 and headed South. I found the types of shots I was looking for along the scenic drive. It was foggy with little sunlight which is why most of my shots are in black and white. It took me the rest of the day to do the full drive, hike up to Clingman’s Dome and stop at most of the scenic overlooks.

There was no entry fee to the park and the drive was beautiful. I recommend this to all of my photographer friends.

Chris spends his time photographing and taking video of wildlife and nature. He spent 2 years in high school studying forestry (Gainesville, FL) and is currently studying to be an Advanced Master Naturalist at the University of Florida. His mission is to inspire others to get outside and learn.