Saturday, September 17, 2011


Canon EOS REBEL XS, Promaster 19-35 lens @ 19mm, ISO 100, f/20, 10 sec.
  What a fantastic morning spent photog'ing with my good friend Tim Owens on the Middle Prong Little River in Tremont of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  It was an overcast morning, and actually sprinkled a bit on us, which is ideal for photographing on the river.  The first spot we came to was approximately 1-2 miles past the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont on Tremont Rd. This was a gold mine for us. There was a steep rock barrier built into the road side right at a small chute waterfall that was barricaded by rock walls of it's own.  I will post a shot of this waterfall in a later entry.
  There were a couple of neat cascades just down stream from this waterfall that were extremely interesting based mainly on the huge white rocks that the river has formed over the years.  They almost look like they have veins and patterns cut into them and most of those veins were filled with green moss. Endless possibilities.
  The shot in today's post is looking straight down one of these small cascades down stream.  You can see the early yellow colors of fall on the overhanging trees as well as the green leaves and all of them reflecting in the pools of water in the river.
  With the overcast conditions, shutter speeds tended to be a little longer than I normally use, but the advantage to this is finding eddies where cascades meet in these pools. If you look just past the large rock on the right foreground you can see one of these swirling eddies. Usually it takes 8 seconds or more to capture one of these in the camera and with the 10 second exposure in today's image it was plenty of time.
  Plenty more to come from Tremont in the next few days.

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