My Favorite River

My Favorite River.
 
I don’t know if its possible to have a “favorite” river, and if you can, you would think it would be some grand river like the Snake or the Colorado. Not for me though. It would have to be the Tallulah River, more specifically, the Upper Tallulah River in Rabun County and up into North Carolina. I first found the river with some High School friends back in the late 70s and have been going up most every year since. I have spent many a night camping alone or with family and friends. I have pulled many trout out of the river and cooked them up either over a campfire or on a portable stove. My preferred preparation is to clean them, place some butter and lemon slices in and on them, a little salt and pepper, then wrap them in foil, cook for a few minutes, then enjoy! I have hiked many miles around the river, taken my old Toyota Landbruiser on the trails and been stuck when some freak snow storms kept us there. I have seen bears, deer and even mink along its banks. Through it all, I always think on the emerald water that flows between its banks. You see, its much more than a river, its a lifetime of memories. My favorite river.
 
I spent the morning photographing with a good friend, George Mraz. My initial goal was to shoot the entire time with the Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens, which I did except when the sun crested the mountains and then I switched to a longer lens to isolate details in the river. The new G2 lens is very similar to the original, but with some advances in coatings the images were all extremely crisp and sharp. Ultra-wide angle lenses can present some obstacles, but Tamron’s engineers seem to have found the formula to eliminate or at least severely minimize distortion, flare and chromatic aberration. I used manual focus on the lens for the river images and was impressed on how easy it was to see the sharpness and contrast through the viewfinder, making focus very easy. Tamron continues to amaze me as to how they can take a great lens and improve on it to make it even better.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 3 seconds to give the water a flowing appearance, Fotodiox Circular Polarizer to reduce glare on rocks and slow the exposrue, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron1530mmG2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

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