From Gatlinburg, TN to the north, or Cherokee (and Atlanta) to the south, this park is easily accessible via US 441. Clingman's Dome is at the very heart of the park, around 7 miles off the main road.
One of the biggest challenges in photographing such a luminous landscape is metering correctly. To offset the compressing effect of the lens, I changed the camera's contrast settings to +3 and Saturation to +4. This shot was hand-held at around 1/40 second.
As is typical from the highest elevations of the Smokies, morning fog moves along the valleys and sweeps across the peaks below. With no filtering, no HDR, and nothing more than slight adjustments in photoshop, hopefully the original feeling of the scene is kept intact.