They are called the Great Smoky Mountains because on cool moist evenings fog develops in the low lands that looks like smoke in the morning. It is a beautiful thing to behold. The fog can change from minute to minute creating quite a show.
If you are in the low land valleys, you get to be part of the fog developing. In the photograph below the mountains are barely visible through the forming “smoke”.
Even on clear days haze in the valleys gives the impression of smoke.
Of all the things in the Smokies that I fell in love with, this was by far the most beautiful.
How I did It – Be in the moment. When you are in such overwhelming beauty it is great to let yourself go into the moments you are experiencing. When that happens, the way to make photographs is to know your equipment, and the rules of exposure, well enough to put the technical part of photography on auto pilot and just create. It is important to be able to get lost in the beauty and not in the technical details of exposing an image.