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Outside of Gatlingburg is one of the most scenic areas of the Great Smoky Mountains called Greenbrier. It is a valley with a beautiful river running through it. While we were doing our class session there on Saturday morning, the conditions were not the best being sunny with the clouds offering shade on occasion. I was talking with several students about the advantage of using an ND filter vs. just a Circular Polarizer in this situation. The advantage of the one I use, Tiffen’s XLE APEX filter, is the IR blocker. It allowed me to get a nice 30 second exposure while balancing hot spots with the long exposure. One of my students was studying this scene and saying she was struggling with her composition. She knew what she liked but when she started setting up it wasn’t there. I helped identify with her the problem, she had admired the scene while standing up but when she got low, it changed the perspective. Her tripod was set up prior to getting there and was fairly low. When you see a scene that you like, find the perspective that is the right one before setting up your tripod and camera.
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure Mode, f22, ISO 400, resulting in an exposure of 30 seconds, prefocused before attaching filter, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X head, Lowepro photo backpacks, Tiffen XLE APEX 10 stop ND filter, processed with Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

2 Responses to “Greenbrier”

  1. I need to remember this advice myself. It seems I can’t remember to get low. 🙂

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