Lauren Heerschap  


Roaring Fork Cabin by Lauren Heerschap

November 2020 - Roaring Fork Cabin

About the Image(s)

We just got back from a trip to Tennessee, and the Smoky Mountains. This photo is taken in the Smoky Mountains National Park at Roaring Fork, where there are some original settler cabins. Taken on my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2, ISO 200, 20mm, f9, the shutter was open for 2 seconds, and I had a polarizer on the lens. This gives the smooth water effect. I wanted to try some ND filters, but found the polarizer did the job given the low light anyway. I also processed this in ON1 for color dynamic range to get the autumn leaves to pop.


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7 comments posted




Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Lauren, beautiful! I can almost smell the damp forest scene and hear the water flow over the rocks. I love old cabins as well. What a lovely postcard image!   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:08:55



Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Lauren.....a stunningly beautiful image! The Autumnal colours, the serenity, the long exposure to slow the frantic water, the tree trunks framing the cabin, all combine to produce a delightful image. The colours have popped! The water leads you toward the cabin....great composition. Wonderful, I love it.   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:54:39



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Lauren, BEAUTIFUL! The image has the look and feel of a crisp autumn day. The silken water contrasts pleasingly with the sharp rocks. The composition is great. My eyes are drawn across the stream and up the rocky path to the cabin and the light. A perfect prelude to Thanksgiving.   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:47:13



Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous! So perfect and beautiful, it's hard to believe it's really a photo, and not something done with software!   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:06:06



Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lauren,
Thank you for showing us this beautiful place. I do not see your image as a picture of a place, but rather as a pictorial representation of the mood in that portion of the Smokies. It brings back the feeling that I get when visiting there.
Well done.   Posted: 11/13/2020 14:58:38



Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, This is a great composition of a nice scene. Your post processing for color is well done, effective yet subtle. Excellent job.
You don't always need an ND filter. Choosing the minimal native ISO, a polarizer which helps the colors too, and stopping down can often provide exposures long enough for velvet water. At 20mm a variable ND filter will cause strange effects that are usually undesirable. Use single value ND filters instead. Karl   Posted: 11/14/2020 11:00:47
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Karl, I use a variable ND filter on my 16-35. To minimize the issue you mention I use an 82mm filter on my 77mm lens. I found that otherwise my widest usable focal length was 28.   Posted: 11/14/2020 11:17:10