The photograph above is the Green Headed, or Cutleaf Coneflower. It blooms all along the roadside in the middle of summer up near Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park .
Here’s a fun photo tip for taking a picture like the one above. One of my favorite techniques is to take the photo twice: once in a normal mode with your subject in focus, and a second time with the picture out of focus. You will need to have a camera or lens that allows you to turn the auto-focus off. Then you will need some basic Photoshop skills to blend the two images together. With this fairly simple technique you can create images with added depth.
The photo below is the blurred version that was blended into the image above to help create the dreamy effect.
Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. The Gallery is located along the historic Arts and Crafts Trail along Glades Rd. In addition to framed and matted prints, there are magnets, mugs, and notecards to help you take a Smokies memory home.