Sunday, April 3, 2011


Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Canon 50mm 1.8 II, Polarizer Filter, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

  Saturday was mine and my brother Jim's 45th birthday.  My wife asked me that morning, "Where do you want to go and take pictures today?"
  What a wonderful woman I am married to.
  I have always wanted to drive the entire length of Little River Road.  This is a scenic road that starts in Townsend, TN and winds through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ends 18 miles later in Gatlinburg, TN.  The entire way, the road follows different branches rivers with several cascades and a couple of waterfalls. 
  After I got a alternator installed into my truck, we went to Shoney's and ate breakfast.  We then drove to Townsend and began our journey.  Even though it was in the middle of the day, and the light was not ideal, I relished the idea of shooting the river and taking shots of my family along with it.
  Our first stop along the river was just outside of Townsend before the entrance of the park. I was attracted to some small cascades so we pulled over.  Thank goodness for my 3 stop Black & White ND filter.  It combined with the clouds occasionally blocking the sun allowed for enough shade to get some 0.5-1 second exposures. It was great.
  When we were about to leave the spot, I was standing on the rocks that lead down to the water when I noticed the blue sky and white clouds reflecting in the water when the sun was behind the clouds.  I had never seen the true blue sky reflected in such a way so I naturally stared shooting.
  When thinking of a title for this post, Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The Sky Is Crying" popped into my head.  I liked it, so I went with it.
  What a great birthday.  More posts from this trip to come.


  1. Sounds like a great birthday. You realize of course that you have to make this image into a birthday card don't you?

  2. It was a great time, thanks Scott. Hadn't thought of making it into a birthday card. Thanks for thinking it's worthy.

  3. Great reflections and composition, Jerry. Well done!

  4. Nice use of the filter. Belated happy birthday!