The creeks are one of the things that make the Smoky Mountains great. 

Tremont Creek, Smokey Mountain National Park

Tremont Creek, Smokey Mountain National Park by Richard Lewis 2014

Little River Gorge in Smoky Mountain National Park

Little River Gorge by Richard Lewis 2014

Dogwoods On Tremont Creek

Dogwoods on Tremont Creek by Richard Lewis 2014

Dark Waters in the Smoky Mountains

Dark Waters in the Smoky Mountains by Richard Lewis 2014

Waterfall by Tremont Creek

Waterfall by Tremont Creek by Richard Lewis 2014

My week in the Great Smoky Mountains was spent being overwhelmed by the beauty of the Dogwood blossoms and the Smoky Fog. However, another stunning aspect of this place was the water. While nothing can compete with my favorite local creeks like the Tohickon and Glen Onoko Falls, the abundant flowing creeks in the Smokies were beautiful to look at, photograph and just sit beside.

How I Did It – The technique of photographing flowing water uses a slow shutter speed, usually around 1 second, which may require a neutral density filter. A polarizing filter is also useful to control glare and reflection. Once you master the techniques to create images of beautiful silky flowing water,  you will need to look at the rest of the scene you are creating. If the area surrounding the creek or the creek itself is full of unsightly debris or if the entire scene is compositionally challenging, you might need to find a better spot. Depending on your feelings about altering a photograph, removing less flattering things with a little “digital landscaping” might also be something worth considering. The difference between a really good photograph and a really great one is paying attention to the details and controlling the composition of the scene you are capturing.

Flowing water is something that has fascinated me since I first picked up a camera. In a previous post I talked more about my “love and fear” of water. Click here to see that post.


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