The Tremont area of The Great Smoky Mountains is one of my favorite areas to visit. I love shooting the water and rivers of the smokies and Tremont is a fantastic place to do just that. The river snakes along side the road offering many opportunities for lovely cascades and mini waterfalls.
We visited this area just after a rain, which is a fantastic time to do this type of photography. Notice how the rocks are wet from the rain. Everything being wet offers much more contrast than under normal, dry conditions. Be sure to pack in your circular polarizer though. Wet also means reflective, so you'll need that polarizer to cut through the reflection and glare.
I like to get down very low on a scene like this, which means putting my camera and myself in some unusual positions. This is where a few things come in very handy. First, my Sirui tripod...I can always get it in the spot I want no matter where that spot is. Secondly, the tilt screen on my camera...sometimes because my camera is in a position that doesn't allow me to look through the viewfinder, the tilt screen comes in super handy.
Image made with Sony A7R II, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter, Tamron 24-70mm Lens, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Sirui W-2004 Tripod and Sirui G-20 Ballhead.