We had several opportunities to visit and photograph the Little River during the Spring in the Smoky Mountains Workshop. It wasn’t really intended to be the biggest part of the weekend but apparently, this is what Mother Nature wanted us to see.
Right before we started the workshop, a big rain and wind storm came through, knocking down lots of trees and making the weather wet and cold. On top of that, the drop in temperature resulted in ice and snow at the higher elevations. These events delayed our visit to Cades Cove and prevented us from going to Clingmans Dome since the roads were closed.
Even though this was more river photography than planned, I got to practice long-exposure for the soft water effect and really learned how to use the circular polarizing filter (CPL) that I’ve had in my bag for a while. This really opened my eyes to how to compose these scenes and make them more interesting.
While I sometimes felt like we missed out on seeing all that this part of the Smoky Mountains has to offer, I feel like I learned new things that I can put into use in the future. That’s what a photo workshop is supposed to do so, I would rate this as a great success! Many thanks to David, Cecil and the Nature in Focus group and all the wonderful participants for a great weekend.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
18mm @ f/11 – 1 sec – ISO 100