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Machine Falls

This past weekend I got the chance to meet up with a friend that was traveling from New York to Texas and show him a few waterfalls in Tennessee.

This turned out to be a much better trip than I had ever anticipated.  We've had so little rain here in the last several months I didn't really expect there to be much water anywhere.  The water level at our first waterfall, Rutledge Falls,  was OK.  It was definitely low, but it was still good.  Then we moved onto to one of my favorite falls, especially near my home, Machine Falls.  Machine Falls still had a pretty good amount of water, which made for great shooting.

I've been to and photographed Machine Falls more times than I can count.  It's always a bit of a challenge to come up with something different while I am there.  

Aperture Priority, F/16, ISO 100, 6 seconds

I tried a composition I have tried in the past, only this time I was able to do it with a very wide angle lens in the Tamron 15-30.  I basically climbed right up next to this lower fall and shoved the lens right in it's face.  Then I used a circular polarizer by Vu Filters to cut all the glare off the rocks and water.

Canon 5D III, Tamron 15-30, Vu Filters, Sirui W-2204 tripod and K-20 Ballhead

 

Spring Fever

Over the last few days here, when it hasn't been raining, the weather has been off the charts good.  That has brought on a huge case of Spring Fever for me.

I have a few trips upcoming to focus on the plants and animals coming to life again, but I'm also super stoked about our upcoming Smoky Mountains workshop.  With all the rain the area has been receiving the rivers and streams should really be flowing this year.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16 @ 1.3 seconds

This is an image from The Roaring Fork Motor Trail.  It is always a hot spot for nice flowing water against the green, mossy rocks.  Using a circular polarizer not only helps to reduce glare and reflections, but also helps to boost contrast, which makes the greens pop a little more, too.

This image was made with my Sony A7R, LA-EA4 Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.

Smokies Stream

If you missed the news on my Facebook page earlier today, I have announced a new workshop website/company that I will be using for all of my photo workshops going forward.  There will be several other instructors helping out and hopefully we can offer may workshops and more genres of photography from time to time, too.  Check it out here, it's called Nature In Focus.

One of the workshops listed was a Springtime In The Smokies Workshop.  I love The Smoky Mountains in the spring!  Life is starting to awaken after the winter, rivers and streams are usually flowing well, flowers are blooming and greens are popping.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 2 seconds

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 2 seconds

Here's an example of what Spring can hold in the smokies.  This is one of the streams we will visit during the workshop.  This area of the park offers so many vivid greens that pop, especially in the Spring!

This image was taken with the Sony A7r and Tamron 24-70mm Lens (my favorite) via a Metabones lens adapater.  All held stable by mt Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod.  And anytime I'm photographing water, I'm using my circular polarizer!