Nightly Night Image – Roan Mountain Highlands

Sunrise at Roan Mountain

Just before sunrise in the Roan Mountain Highlands in Pisgah National Forest, NC. I shot this image a few yards from the Appalachian Trail. Nikon F3? Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens? f/16 or 22, a few seconds for shutter speed, probably Fujichrome Velvia film.

Yes, this is a night photo. (See my definition of night photography.) I’ve been digging through some old film shots recently and dusted this one off to show you. I used a graduated neutral density filter (either 2 or 3 stops) to block light from the sky and hold detail in the foreground.

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