Laurel Road Falls, Smoky Mountains, USA by Timothy Joyce

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This small waterfall is located in the Smoky Mountains just off of Laurel Road. Getting a good photo and composition requires some work. First, you must pick a day when the water is flowing high enough. The best time is usually a few hours after it rains. Too much or too little water and the beautiful "fanning out" over the finger of the falls doesn't happen. Second, you must climb down a steep embankment to the river and avoid making this a swimming hole run. Once you've reached the right location you then must decide whether to include the front rock in your photo or shoot over it.

On the day I visited the falls, all of the right elements fell into place including the beautiful back lighting in the forest which only happens in the early morning hours.


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