A Meandering River

A day in the Smoky Mountains is always relaxing. There is so much there to help you relax. You can always find a place to be isolated if needed. There is plenty of wildlife to view, especially if you know where to look. For me the small things are great. Dew covered spider webs, flowers, and lots of patterns. One calming element for me has always been the rivers. There is something peaceful about sitting and watching or photographing a river that soothes the nerves.

When I photograph the rivers I like to slow the water down to created that soothing feeling. The mood a slow exposure is what I think of when you hear something about a river or creek meandering through the landscape. It has a direction, a purpose, but it seems to do it at the right pace, no rush, just moving as gravity draws it towards it’s destination. In order to do this I use an f-stop around f16 or f22 and a circular polarizer to remove glare and slow down the exposure. Ideally you want an exposure of at least 1 second. A good sturdy tripod is really needed, a tripod that lets you capture at any angle is even better. I prefer cloudy days or even a slight rain or drizzle as well.

Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD Macro lens on a Canon 7D, Aperture Priority, f16, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 2 seconds, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Vanguard Abeo Pro tripod and BBH-200 head, processed in Lightroom 5.

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