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Foto Fridays | Pass Mountain Overlook at Shenandoah National Park | Virginia Landscape Photographer

Stacy Smith Evans Photography | Virginia Landscape Photographer

The Technical: ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/160 of a second

The Equipment: Nikon D750, Tamron 15-30mm

The Story: When I was growing up, we picnicked at Shenandoah to escape the hot summers in the suburbs.  We’d scan the woods for black bears along the Drive, eat fried chicken at Elk Wallow, and start a fire when the sun went down.  When my husband joined our family, we kept this tradition and still picnic with my parents at our same spot every year.  Last summer, we met for an early dinner and then stopped at Pass Mountain Overlook on the way home.  It was July so the grass was tall and glowing in the golden light.  Just before the sun dipped below the mountain range, I got down low to place the grass in the foreground.  If you know Skyline Drive and its elevation, you know it is generally 10 degrees cooler and it can get pretty windy at the overlooks.  I snapped about twenty frames of this same scene to capture the grass blowing in the wind and out to the edges of the frame.  Some of those shots have some undesirable lens flare, but I was happy with this one!

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to comment below, and if you haven’t heard, it’s National Park Week which means free admission to the parks this weekend!

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