Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:29


There are so many beautiful stretches of water in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that it is truly impossible to choose a favorite; but I can say for certain that Little River (or as it is more accurately described, East Fork of Little River) has to be right up at the top of the list for any number of reasons. It is a wildflower haven in spring; it has beautiful foliage in autumn; its winter wonderland is wonderful; and in summer (and throughout  the year) it is a paradise for reflections. Knowing the time of day to be there and the best direction in which to travel can be discovered accidentally, or it can be learned from years of observation.

A focal length of 200mm from the edge of a fairly high bank gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/11 from that distance provided depth-of-field, and this aperture at ISO 100 allowed for a shutter speed of 1/5th second to provide some detail in water that was moving fairly rapidly. The color came from reflected light on the opposite bank into a shaded area below where I stood.

Having this much fun being abstractly creative can encourage hours of joy in a place already more joyful than is hardly imaginable.


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