Sunday, February 7, 2016

Smoky Mountains Super Bowl

Well, not really the Super Bowl, but at least it got your attention! Actually this is a Great Smoky Mountains National Park super stream. It is gorgeous, with lovely overhanging trees, fast-moving water tumbling over rocks and around deep pools, and it is positioned perfectly to capture the reflection of the setting sun.

This special spot is tucked away on a little-known road in the park. We will be here, and many other unique and beautiful places in the park, on the upcoming photo tour April 22-27.

I was honored that this image won high acclaim from a national professional photography association. While that sort of recognition is very gratifying, it is more important to me that it is one of my personal favorites. It is always nice to hear good things about any image, but it is even better when one of your images touches your own heart and brings you joy. After all, it is the personal love and passion for photography that drives most of us to create the best images we can.

When photographing moving water, I prefer the look achieved by using a slow shutter speed. The shutter speed that works best will vary widely, depending on how fast the water is moving, and whether it is moving toward / away from you, or is moving across your field of view.

Shoot a whole series from the same vantage point using different shutter speeds. Start with a shutter speed of about half a second, and then increase the length of time with each successive shot. So do the first shot at half a second, then next one at one second, then 2 seconds, and so on up to about 5 or 6 seconds. Then, after you download the images at the end of the day, you can see the differences and select the one(s) that you like best.

Set the ISO at 100 and shoot early or late in the day for the best light. At those times of day it is easy to use slow shutter speeds. If you shoot around mid-day and the light is too bright to allow you to use slow shutter speeds, use either a polarizer or a 9 or 10-stop neutral density filter to reduce the shutter speed.

To perfect your skills at this, and to see some of the best wildflower displays anywhere in the country, join me on the Smokies WILDFLOWERS AND WILDWATER photo tour. Only 2 spaces left. Details here

Shutter Speed 2 seconds.  Aperture f/32.  ISO 100.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS, set at 93mm.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick.

TODAY'S QUOTE: [applies to both the Super Bowl AND photography]
"Some days are simply meant for playing."  --Mary Ann Radmacher

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