Tremont Road is a less traveled road in the most visited National Park in the United States – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tremont Road runs along side the Middle Prong of the Little River.
Tremont Road is a terrific place to photograph a mountain river using long exposures. Essential equipment for long exposure photography are a sturdy tripod, remote shutter release, a set of neutral density filters, and hiking boots with good traction for stepping on rocks in the river.
For neutral density filters, I use:
- Tiffen 62mm Neutral Density 0.3 Filter
- Tiffen 62mm Neutral Density 0.6 Filter
- Tiffen 62mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter
I also use a handy Tiffen carrying case that stores these three filters plus a polarizer, and attaches to my belt for easy access to the filters.
I used the .6 neutral density filter for the photo in this blog. I found the .6 worked in most situations in this shady area to give me the shutter speeds necessary to give the water a silky look.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1.3 seconds
Exposure Compensation: 0
Lighting: Shady, Diffused Light
- Cropped the photo in Lightroom CC.
- Removed a light colored, distracting dead branch from the scene using the Clone Stamp in Photoshop CC.
- Used Viveza 2 to selectively lighten and darken areas of the photo.
- Applied the Polarizer Filter in Color Efex Pro 4.
- Used the Landscape Pop 1 filter in Topaz Clarity to give the photo contrast and pop.
- Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise.
- Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC and reusing the layer mask filter from the prior step.
Written by Martin Belan