Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
The hot summer season of Tennessee is still holding on with a vengeance, so I continue to dream of cooler weather. This week, I dipped into my photo library of the Smokies for a little bit of refreshment.
During a workshop last October, I tried many different techniques and compositions. It was an exercise to stretch and take some chances. Looking through the files, I see that I have a bucketful of misses. No worries. The world of digital photography allows you the freedom to experiment and not break the piggy bank. And among the multitude of shots that missed the mark, there are a few gems that stand out. Trial and error. Practice, practice, practice. That’s how anybody grows in a chosen craft.
In this case, I wanted to capture a circular swirl of leaves that were caught in the current of a mountain stream. And I wanted the vibrant autumn colors to be reflected in a painterly style within the stream. A low shutter speed setting was used, of course. A polarizer filter on the lens took out the light glare on leaves and water. And, I crossed my fingers for no breeze to blur the vegetation.
Among the many clunkers, I’m content with this one!