Reagan Mill, Smoky Mountains

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I shot this last Friday morning along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Great Smoky Moutains National Park.

It was built in 1895 by Alfred Reagan.

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That is gorgeous. Any metering tips or PP'ing tips to get such nice dynamic range?
 
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Thanks Joshua. The main tip I have is to shoot in the early morning light before the sun hits anything. I used a polarizing filter to reduce reflections on the water, ExpoDisc for white balance preset, matrix metering, and 1/2 second exposure for blurring the water flow. The only post processing was a little sharpening.
 
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great shot......i`m guessing you used a small aperture and long shutter length to get the lovely depth of field here....
do you also use a low ISO setting?
sorry i`m just learning this side of things really....
great composition as well...

kris
 
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That is a very nice image. I like how you can see what looks like fog in the distance and everything in the foreground is so crisp and clear.
 
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Thanks, Vern, Kris, and Sharon.

Kris, I set the ISO to 100, mode to shutter priority, shutter speed to 1/2 second (to give the flowing water effect), and the aperture ended up at f/6.3. You wouldn't think that f/6.3 would give much depth of field, but the focal length was 38mm, so maybe that helped. The lens used was a Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G.
 
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thanks, Keith, that`s excellent, really useful.....man that is interesting, that it would produce that much DOF.....
anyway, cheers...

kris
 
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Very nice shot, I like the serenity of the scene, very tranquil. Looks like a lovely place to just sit and enjoy nature.

BTW, your image looks even better in a color profile-aware application. Since it's Adobe RGB, most web browsers will make the colors look a bit undersaturated due to ignoring the color profile and assuming sRGB.
 
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Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Doug, I envy you living so near the park. I would probably be down there every weekend if I lived that close.

Jeff, thanks for pointing out the color profile issue. I always forget to change the profile to sRGB when posting to the web. I will update the image later today.
 
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may want to bring a bug tent just to sit in Jeff, since it is a rain forest, lol.

Keith, it's a big plus for the area. I grew up here, never left. I live on the Smokies side of Knoxville, so I can be in the park on Gatlinburg bypass or in Townsend in 30 minutes unless I get really logjammed by tourists on the Gatlinburg bypass. Townsend, well tourists can't slow me down getting there, because I go backroads. :)

Let me know sometime before you come down, maybe we can do a hike or something. Loved the sleeping bear cub picture in your gallery, among others. Depending on season, weather permitting, and my available time, I am in the mountains usually at least 1 day in a weekend.

Doug
 
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