Magic One Morning

Uploaded: March 02, 2007 11:52:56


Taken just after dawn at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is a resubmit, after reworking, of one of the first images I uploaded to BetterPhoto and a long time favorite. I reworked it after some excellent suggestions by a BP friend. Thank you, Steve.

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Lisa R. Buffington level-deluxe March 02, 2007

This is a beautiful scene. Lisa #614359

Steve M. Harrington March 02, 2007

Beautiful lines and depth, Mitch. You've done some fine work here.
Steve #4015359

Stan Kwasniowski March 02, 2007

Mitch, beautiful #4015391

Mitch Spence level-classic March 02, 2007

Lisa, Steve, and Stan, your encouraging comments are very much appreciated. I thank you. #4015410

Brinn MacDougall March 02, 2007

Excellent work,'s beautiful! #4015411

Mitch Spence level-classic March 02, 2007

Brinn, thank you much. #4015533

Jeana Clark March 02, 2007

The softness of this image really draws me in! Excellent lighting colors and composition!! LOVELY work Mitch!!
~Jeana~ #4015570

Melissa G. Meiselman March 02, 2007

Mitch, this is an exquisite scene with a wonderful sense of perspective both from the fence and the softening of detail!!! #4015578

Mitch Spence level-classic March 02, 2007

Jeana and Melissa, thank you both very much. You might be interested to know that one of the changes I made, based on a suggestion, was to flip it. And I did. And it made a bigger difference than I would have first thought. It's the leading lines of the fence now coming in from the left instead of the right. #4015640

Laurie Daily level-deluxe March 02, 2007

I didn't see the first image, but this is exceptional, Mitch. I do agree with lead lines coming in from the left as opposed to right. There are times when I do a flip, and left just seems to work better for my eye, anyway. I love everything about this...beautiful soft colors and you hit it right on with lighting. #4015678

Mitch Spence level-classic March 02, 2007

Laurie, thanks a lot. I think sometimes we get so taken, or at least I do, with what we've done initially that we don't consider other possibilities, and I keep trying to remind myself of all that. #4015701

Kathy Radford March 02, 2007

I love this stunning shot. Wonderful lighting and composition. Kathy in NH #4015710

RD . March 02, 2007

Mitch excellent capture! Love the mist, POV,tones,fence lines and contrast. Beautifully well done! #4015815

Patricia A. Stalter March 02, 2007

I am Gob Smacked! Pat #4015901

BILLY R. PARKER March 02, 2007


Mitch Spence level-classic March 02, 2007

You are all wonderful for leaving such great comments--Kathy, Richard, Pat, and Billy. Man, Pat, I love "Gob Smacked." Billy, I'll check out your Cades Cove shots for sure. And oh dear, I just realized I misspelled "Smoky." Smokey, however, is as in Smokey Bear. Ah, well. #4016184

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic March 02, 2007

Nice capture. Love the effects. #4016252

Janine Russell level-deluxe March 02, 2007

Mitch, excellent tones, detail, lighting, textures, composition and DOF. #4016520

Nikki McDonald level-classic March 03, 2007

This is beautiful, Mitch. And thank you for sharing about flipping the image. I can mentally imagine it the other way and the difference is amazing. Reading comments such as this is one of the great things about participating in BP discussions. #4017479

Mitch Spence level-classic March 03, 2007

Hi, Kay, Janine, and Nikki. Thank you all very much. Nikki, I'm with you on the BP discussions. They are always so helpful to me, and I try to remember to mention details if I think they might be helpful or interesting to someone. #4017907

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett March 08, 2007

Love this fog and the various tones and lighting, Mitch ... nice work #4033229

Mitch Spence level-classic March 08, 2007

Steve, thank you. I do appreciate it. #4034366

John Caruso March 08, 2007

Beautiful light, beautiful color, and beautiful comp all add up to a great photo! Nice job, Mitch! #4034755

Mitch Spence level-classic March 08, 2007

It was, indeed, a some kind of gorgeous morning. I am most definitely not a morning person, so I think I was rather impressed with myself that I was out there that early and actually able to see the camera buttons. :) Thanks, John. #4034904

Susie Peek-Swint March 08, 2007

I love the colours and comp in this shot Mitch ~ the varying layers of mist add a lovely early morning feel ~ great shot! #4035211

Mitch Spence level-classic March 08, 2007

Susie, thanks a lot for stopping by and for your comment. It is much appreciated. #4035265

Holly Shao March 13, 2007

This is really beautiful, Mitch! Love the tones and dreamy feel in this terrific composition!

Holly #4051149

Mitch Spence level-classic March 13, 2007

Thanks a lot, Holly, for your great comment. #4051450

Alana Ibe March 20, 2007

This is beautifully captured! Love the morning fog, and how the fence draws the dye! Nice work! #4073894

Mitch Spence level-classic March 20, 2007

Alana, thank you. Hey, don't we all wish we could just bottle the fog like this and let it loose whenever we wanted to? :) #4074072

Steve M. Harrington April 24, 2007

Aha!C! Richly deserved, Mitch! I have time available if you are looking for a manager. :)
Steve #4204984

Patricia A. Stalter April 24, 2007

Well, Ms... Finalist! yea! Pat #4205396

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe April 24, 2007

Congrats Mitch on this outstanding Finalist! Jeff #4206600

KV Day April 24, 2007

One of my favorites in March, Congrats #4206674

Jeana Clark April 24, 2007

Well done and congrats Mitch!!! WOnderful finalist!!!

~Jeana~ #4207697

Colleen Farrell April 24, 2007

This is really beautiful, Mitch! Congratulations on your finalist! #4207863

Margaret Sikora April 25, 2007

Congratulations Mitch on this beautiful capture,the best of luck in the next round. #4208614

Mitch Spence level-classic April 25, 2007

Steve, Pat, Jeff, Vicki, Jeana, Colleen, and Margaret--Thank you all for taking the time to stop and leave your hugely appreciated congratulations. #4211898

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett April 25, 2007

Congratulations on making the Finalist level, Mitch ... Good luck in the next round ... Hurk #4212033

John Caruso April 25, 2007

Beautiful work, Mitch! Congrats on the well deserved finalist! Now go turn your silver into gold. #4212064

Karen Slagle April 25, 2007

Congrats Mitch on this very pretty finalist. It has a mysterious feel to it and I really like the fence leading my eye into the scene and the light shining on the wire. #4212417

Mitch Spence level-classic April 25, 2007

Steve, John, Karen, thanks, thanks, thanks. #4212603

Holly Shao April 25, 2007

Congratulations, Mitch, on this beautiful Finalist!!

Holly #4213135

Mitch Spence level-classic April 26, 2007

Holly, your congrats are much appreciated. #4217673

Carol Teal April 30, 2007

Very beautiful image and it has such a serene, peaceful feel. I used to live 45 min from Sevierville so I know the area well. I love Cades Cove and wish I lived nearby now to capture some of the beauty! Even though I didn't see the original, I like the fence coming in on the left. Love the fog and lighting too. And funny about not being a morning person; neither am I so I know what you mean! And congrats on your finalist! #4233461

Mitch Spence level-classic May 01, 2007

Thanks a lot, Carol. Yes, what we do for photography, huh? Even to the point of getting grumpily up in the dark. #4236147

Susan Jane Allen level-classic May 06, 2007

Superb. The feeling to this is very powerful! #4253591

Mitch Spence level-classic May 06, 2007

Glad you like it, Susan. It was kind of a special morning, grumpy or not. #4253788

Lynn Haack May 13, 2007

I love the misty quality and the perspective is very craetive! Lynn #4277496

Mitch Spence level-classic May 14, 2007

Hi, Lynn, I appreciate it. #4282073

Jenny Bosmans May 18, 2007

Absolutely gorgeous image, Mitch...I love the feeling and the fog! Congratulations! :) #4297517

Mitch Spence level-classic May 18, 2007

Thanks much for looking, Jenny. It's appreciated. #4297989

Sylvia Rossler May 27, 2007

Wow Mitch !! This one really deserved its finalist medal, so beautiful !! I love mist/fog pictures ;) #4336599

Mitch Spence level-classic May 28, 2007

Sylvia, thank you very much. #4339190

Crystal L. Craig October 14, 2007

This is absolutely fabulous Mitch! I don't know how I missed it the first time through your gallery! I would hang this on my wall ... a beautiful morning full of fabulous details. Love your choice of composition, leading fence lines, water reflections from the dew, great morning light, wonderful mist ... I mean, WOW Mitch, this is truly spectacular work! #4925229

Mitch Spence level-classic October 15, 2007

Crystal, thank you so much. I kind of had stuff spread out before I did a little rearranging of the gallery. I haven't printed this one for myself, but my son wants one printed (I was flattered by that), so that's on my agenda. :) #4929042

Daniella Puente December 29, 2007

I just have the time to see this one Mitch, congrats is simply fantastic and with so much beauty on it....awesome finalist :o)))))
A big hug,
Daniella #5265775

Mitch Spence level-classic December 29, 2007

Daniella, thank you. And big hugs to you too, and a happy, happy new year! #5265995

Nancy L. Barrett January 18, 2008

I want to walk along this fenceline and see what lies ahead....Mitch, I've truly enjoyed your gallery! #5359644

Mitch Spence level-classic January 18, 2008

Thank you very much, Nancy. I appreciate your comment. #5359873

Raymond E. Reiffenberger level-deluxe February 22, 2009

I love this one. I have been looking through your gallery and you have some awesome photos. #7195177

Mitch Spence level-classic February 28, 2009

Thank you so much, Ray, for looking and for your wonderful comment on the gallery. #7226072

Richard D. Love March 29, 2010

Wow! Wonderful comp, light, and effects. I really like the "mood". Well done, Mitch.

Rick #8493972

Mitch Spence level-classic April 01, 2010

Thank you much, Rick. :)This one was from a long time ago, after I got my first DSLR. #8502836

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe July 25, 2010

So warm and beautiful. #8786107

Mitch Spence level-classic July 28, 2010

Thank you very much, Phyllis. #8791432

JO ANN CLEVELAND August 22, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous Mitch..

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