Spring Flowering Dogwood Trees in Fog, Shenandoah NP

In an attempt to get away from the herp pictures for just a bit, this is an image I took while in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia a few weeks ago. In the higher elevations of the park, the dogwood trees were still in bloom, and the fresh spring foliage shown in bright shades of green. Additionally, it was a cloudy, rainy day, and the clouds settled onto the tops of the mountains like fog. These picturesque conditions were just about perfect, except for the fact that they were accompanied by strong winds. To combat the wind in an attempt to obtain a sharp picture, I used a slightly higher shutter speed than normal by using a wider aperture and higher ISO. The resulting image is sharp and looks flawless technically. While the gut reaction of landscape photography is usually to use the lowest ISO and a small aperture, don't be afraid to push your camera in an attempt to capture the image as you believe it should appear.

Spring Forest Foliage and Flowering Dogwood Trees in Fog, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States.