Western North Carolina fall photography

I intended to spend 4-5 days in the mountains of west North Carolina. In typical fashion, I went up during weekdays to avoid insane weekend crowds; nothing seems so counter to the natural beauty of autumn colors than two hours worth of traffic backup along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you know? Unfortunately, due to how early the fall colors arrived and oncoming rain, that trip got cut short to 2 1/2 days. I only had time to see half of what I wanted to see, especially the waterfalls, which I’ll likely save for a spring or summer trip. Fortunately, colors were about peak in the Asheville area and further south. This is some of what I did get to see and shoot with the limited time I had.

I made attempts with panning by strapping on an ND8 filter, narrowing my aperture, and shooting long exposures between 1/2 and 2 seconds.  It seemed like an interesting idea so figured I’d give it a whirl.

Really not sure how I feel about them, so I was happy to go back to some more traditional stuff.

Reach Out (2011)

These were some waterfalls I was able to drive and hike to. First is Cove Creek Falls:

Looking Glass Falls (2011)

Standing on Triple Falls (2011)

Cascades III (2011)

French Broad Falls

Of course, it was just a matter of time before I swerved from nature towards a combination of environment and built structure.

Living Waters (2011)

Though disappointed in cutting my trip short, it was beautiful and I had fun on my little break. Catch you around next time. 🙂

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