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Old Jan 11, 2013, 7:33 PM   #1
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Up on Holston Mt again recently, checking trail conditions for future guided hikes. It was a day of very interesting weather - the hike on up was thick with fog, and each stem was gemmed with condensation.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 7:36 PM   #2
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Time was short, so we didn't stop at all on the way. But we had to take some time to stop and enjoy the view up at the tower.

Here we were well above the low clouds, and could admire them rolling across the nearby ridges.
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The sun was amazingly intense up at the tower - made a winter day feel like summer, and made for some fascinating cloud shadows...
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We also enjoyed the fine views down into Stony Creek valley - looked so lush and green compared to the leafless trees...

It was fun to try the same basic view with 4 different lenses - DA 15, DA 21, FA 50 and DA 70. Which do you prefer?
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Clouds and sun (and height of tower) also made for some fine views in the opposite direction - across South Holston Lake.
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A quick hike with a quick return, and with plenty of possibilities for future guided hikes. Hope you enjoyed the view, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Awesome photo's Thanks for sharing.
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At first, I thought the DA50. Looking at the photos a bit more, I found the 15 and 50 gave a blue cast to the distant hills, while the 70 gave a better representation of grey, brown, and green elements, even in the foreground. I am not a WA sort of fellow, though, and would choose a telephoto aspect in many instances.

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We also enjoyed the fine views down into Stony Creek valley - looked so lush and green compared to the leafless trees...

It was fun to try the same basic view with 4 different lenses - DA 15, DA 21, FA 50 and DA 70. Which do you prefer?
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I like the 21 view, could be the framing, composition I like better. I like all the shots but the ones from the tower best

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Nice series, an interesting look at your beautiful area. I like the 15 and the 70, mostly because I like the extremes. I like both the whole view because it gives you such a feel of the whole thing, and the relative close up because I always want to see the details.
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