Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cascading Water, Little Pigeon River, Part II

As a photographer who enjoys photographing cascading water, traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where there is nothing but rivers and streams with rushing water, well, it doesn't get any better than that. On Sunday I attempted to photograph water in a much higher light level. The images I captured were not to my liking. It happens. And since I am intent on photographing water, I know I have to take the good with the bad. But does there have to be so much bad? Sorry, I had to ask.

Hence, my next attempt out to photograph water, I opted for a lower level light and a much less complex setting. The result was the image I posted yesterday and the image today. Both were captured on the Little Pigeon River in similar light levels.

As the water hits a boulder and spews out in tiny vertical streams falling down into a milky white pool before being diluted back to the depths of the river, well, that just makes my heart pitter patter. And I thank God you folks are happy to indulge me by allowing me to show you these images. It's the little things in life. Seriously. ENJOY!


  1. I love the flow, and I love the leaves on the rock. I'd like to know what your shutter speed was. I can never get this effect, because I never have a tripod with me when I hike. Carrying the camera and a backpack are about all the weight I want. However, this beautiful silky water makes me sigh!

    1. Barb, thanks so much for the lovely words. I hope you'll give this a try soon. I set my camera on Shutter Priority and here's the settinggs: 70 Focal Length, F Stop was at F/22, ISO was 100, Exposure was 1.6s. I could shoot on manual but I prefer to let the aperture be on auto and only adjust shutter speed. Good luck. Carol

  2. This photo and the one from yesterday are both beautiful. I've never tried to do that 'setting' yet as I guess I haven't been near any waterfalls and I also haven't learned how to do it. :)

  3. Carol, this is great. I could even use the word perfect.. I have tried this one time in the Smokies using a neutral density filter.

  4. Thank you ladies for all of your lovely comments. Give it a try some time and you'd be amazed what you can do. Carol

  5. Perfect shot of the cascading water.