Our World: Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. April 23, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Last Monday Betsy and I took a trip to the Smokies — a place we like to visit several times a year.  We decided to drive the Roaring Fork Motor Trail behind Gatlinburg since it had been several years since we had driven that road.

The road follows Roaring Fork (hence the name) for much of the way, so we stopped quite often to take in the beauty of the stream.  I was happy for the opportunity to try out my new variable density neutral filter, which allows me to use extremely slow shutter speeds.  The exposures for the photos in this post were from 15 to 24 seconds.

Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. April 23, 2012.

We were mostly interested in the flowing water and cascades of Roaring Creek, but the moss-covered rocks in and bordering the stream were also interesting and beautiful in their own right.

Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. April 23, 2012.

I’ve decided I rather like the way the long exposures smooth out the water while preserving the sense of motion.  I’ve got a lot to learn about using this filter effectively, but I’m pleased with the results of this first experiment.

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21 Responses to “Our World: Roaring Fork”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    George, I’m really impressed with the effects of that filter! The photos are GORGEOUS!

  2. MadSnapper Says:

    i like the way the water is smooth, but the photos are a tad dark, can you lighten the filter? what kind of filter did you get?

  3. rhiebert Says:

    I love the effects on the water. Yes,I agree,the moss is beautiful.

  4. readerwil Says:

    Your falls are getting better and better. Thanks for your always welcome visit. Yes, Queen’s Day wS pleasant. Royalty is important for a nation as it unites the various cultural groups in our country. For one day we are united and happy together. Have a nice week, kind regards to Betsy.

  5. Dorothy Pepper Says:

    Your new filter does a good job of letting you take pictures at a slower speed, hence smoothing out the water. I love the scenery!

  6. Leovi Says:

    A delightful place, beautiful pictures, delightful streams.

  7. Ginny Says:

    This is a really unusual effect. It is pretty and looks like paintings rather than photos. Or maybe in between.

  8. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Your waterfall captures are superb, George! I do love your new filter and the effect and these do look like paintings! Fantastic! Hope your week is off to a great start!


  9. ladyfi Says:

    Love the smooth effect of the water. Just beautiful!

  10. Maple Lane Says:

    George, The new filter is magnificent! Love these photos so much. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a good week.

  11. Gardener On Sherlock Street Says:

    Your flowing water photos look great. I’ve been trying to figure out how to set my camera best to capture running water this way. I don’t have a filter though. I read somewhere that shooting through a pair of sunglasses can have a similar effect. Beautiful photos!

  12. Beth Says:

    I love your photos, George. I hopped from Betsy’s blog to check your pics and I was amazed by your pics here. I love them all! I wish I was the one who took them. *wink

    Have a happy week!

  13. Judy Says:

    Wow! 15 to 24 seconds! That sure does smooth out the water, but the effect on the mossy rocks is out of thisworld! They are so crisp!

  14. MB Says:

    Roaring Fork is just beautiful. Love the look of the water. MB

  15. Rajesh Says:

    Beautiful scenic place. The flowing water looks great.

  16. alskamom Says:

    Oh my goodness George, you’re photos are exquisite! Roaring Fork is so beautiful.

  17. happyhilda Says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful river. I especially love the second photo because of all the mossy stones. Definitely looking forward to your other experiments with this lens.

  18. andrea Says:

    Hi George, i always love the silky effects in waterfalls, have been trying to do just that but i don’t have a very sturdy tripod, i suppose! What filter are you and Betsy talking about?

  19. andrea Says:

    Oh i now read it, variable density neutral filter, i dont know that yet. But i have ND filter, which i seldom use. That cascade on the mossy rocks is so very beautiful, i want to take something like that too.

  20. busy bee suz Says:

    I LOVE how the long exposure captured this river….it looks so soft and peaceful. Gorgeous!

  21. Donna Says:

    Those are beautiful! I especially love the silkiness of the second one! BRAVO!

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