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Location: Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Date/Time Captured: 10/22/2013 @ 08:38
This image carries with it a memory I'll always enjoy. Planned to be a sunrise session, I had arrived a good half hour prior to sunrise and the initial shooting resulted in mostly 'bleh' images. Ok, but nothing that really tripped the trigger. I had actually become more attentive to a smallish workshop group whose leader was flitting between the attendees and having brief discussions with each. He was doing a really nice job of spending time with each and I admired that. As I turned back to the scene/shooting at hand, I noticed a small 'sunbeam' peaking through one area of the cloud cover. Disappeared quick, but was also followed up in short order by a trio a short distance from the original one...which were shortly joined by a rather large 'floodlight' of a sunbeam. By this point, my previous interest in the workshop group had disappeared as I was now intent on capturing something with the sunbeams. But I did pick up on the w/s leader getting very excited about the sunbeams as well, and making sure every member of his group was seeing the show. And a show it was. There are 35+ minutes pass between my first capture with a visible sunbeam and the last....with the show being a few visible ones on occasion, sometimes just one, a couple with a handful visible, and then this scene appeared as though we were watching a broadway show and the entrie theatre's banks of floodlights were all turned on simultaneously. Typically, when I've had sunbeams appear in a scene, they generally last a couple minutes at best. To have this show just go on and on and on the way it did was a real treat and certainly a unique experience...at least for me.