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Roaring Fork Cascade



The Roaring Fork area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is especially lovely with raucous creeks and branches falling over huge boulder filled streambeds...
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The Roaring Fork area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is especially lovely with raucous creeks and branches falling over huge boulder filled streambeds
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THowephotos
 
THowephotos September 08, 2016
I used to live a few miles from here. My favorite place. Beautiful shot
amyholley
amyholley November 05, 2016
If i lived close enough I would be there all day every day! It is an amazing place! Thank you!
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Alwolfe October 19, 2017
Beautiful autumn photo!
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Eli171 November 10, 2017
Beautiful shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the Roaring Fork area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Roaring Fork was one of the settled areas of the park before it became a National Park and there is much history to be found here. It is also one of the most beautiful sections still retaining a bit of its "wildness" despite the heavy flow of visitors.
Time
Roaring Fork is an amaziingly magical place at any time of the day. This particular photo was shot in the late morning under a threat of rain.
Lighting
Most people stay indoors when rain threatens, but cloudy skies make for the best diffuse lighting to shoot slow shutter speed water shots! I love the challenge of seeing just how long i can leave the shutter open and still get both detail in the water and sharpness to the surrounding features.
Equipment
I am a Nikon girl and this was shot with my trusty D300, Manfrotto tripod (a MUST for slow shutter speed shots) and a 17-35 lens with circular polarizer and variable neutral density filter.
Inspiration
The Smoky Mountains are endlessly fascinating to me. Every rock, every leaf, every minute detail speaks volumes to me and I love losing myself there for days seeking out not only the grand vistas, but the intimate landscapes like this particular shot.
Editing
As with most digital shots, some post is required. This shot has some tonal contrasting done to bring out shadow detail and selective dodging done throughout to create more depth and layers.
In my camera bag
EXTRA BATTERIES!! A wide angle lens, good long range telephoto and various filters. A good lens cloth and protective rain gear (for me AND the camera) are necessities as well!
Feedback
Get dirty! Good shots can be captured from a "safe" distance, the shots that make people say "WOW" are the ones you end up dirty from. Crawl down the bank, under the bushes, up the rocks...stand in the stream! Changing your perspective just that little bit can make all the difference!

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