I love shooting these river and stream shots in the Smokies! The trouble I usually have at these scenes is I always want to get the wide angle view of these locations, but then I always see a little isolated cascade that I think looks good.
When I'm using my wide angle lens, I have to switch lenses if I want to isolate any of the small cascades...and usually the lens I need is back at the car. This year, however, I was armed with the Tamron 16-300 Lens. It served me very well at these scenes. I could take one lens and get the wide angle view as well as isolating a cascade in the stream.
The above shot was at 22mm. I wanted to include all of the water as well as the greenery in the background. Then I found one of those cascades I wanted to isolate.
This shot was made at 130mm. While that isn't all of the 300mm lens, it was enough that would have required me to change lenses had I been using my wide angle lens. No trip back to the car equals happy photographer.
These images were made with the Sony A77ii and Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Macro Lens. I also used a Hoya Circular polarizer to kill glare and reflections. All of this was mounted a top my Vanguard Abeo PLus 323 CT Tripod.