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Old Jul 11, 2009, 9:18 PM   #1
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Back from a few days at one of my favorite places in the Smokies. Had the great pleasure to teach a nature photog workshop/hike, and also to lead some good long hikes in the high country. As leader, could not take lots of photos myself. Here are a few, just to let you see why this area is so great for all who love nature & photography!
Have to start with the entrance sign, to be sure we all know where we are!
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Tremont is in Walker Valley, lower country of the Smokies. Lot of fine green land (LOTS of rain) - great for waterfalls, creeks, and an amazing diversity of plant & animal life. Here are two views of Spruce Flats Falls, and of Sam's Creek
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Here are a few of the common "critters" and plants of the Tremont area: (Forest Snail, Seal Salamander, Bee Balm)
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Had some fine folks out on the trail to test out a variety of photographic techniques. Here are a few candid shots of photographers at work:
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Our longest hike was about 12 miles - mostly on the Sugarland Mountain trail. Again, could only take a few shots, as my primary duties were keeping all safe, happy, and well-informed. But here are a few photos to illustrate this fine high-country hike:
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Hope you enjoy this brief taste of a lovely rich place. Be sure to give me some suggestions and criticism!
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Criticism? No, I don't think so. As usual these are great shots. I especially like your waterfall shots, as I never get the shutter speed quite right, and the water looks very unnatural.
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Mole,

Again, nothing to critique.

The falls are beautiful. Did you use a ND filter or was the setting dark enough to allow you to slow the flow.

The snail and Bee Balm were wonderful. No need to worry about motion blur on the snail!

Another question, do you use a circular polarizer with your 18- 250 and if so which one?

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Beautiful images as usual Mole...Smokies is on my list of places to visit and not too far from where I am.
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Mole - These are lovely. I love the waterfall shots. I had wanted to go up north yesterday to try to photograph some of ours, but we went south instead. I hope mine come out half as nice as yours.

I also love the snail. Am I seeing right? He's biting into the moss. Or, is it just my imagination?

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