Rapids Along Tremont Road, Smoky Mountains - Before
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Photo Story: Tremont Road Rapids, Smoky Mountains

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.

Rapids Along Tremont Road

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:

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.

Rapids Along Tremont Road Photo Details

Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO:  400
Aperture:   f/22
Shutter Speed: 1.3 seconds
Exposure Compensation: 0
Lighting: Shady, Diffused Light

Photo Processing

  • 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

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