There are three nice waterfalls in the Deep Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This post covers the Juney Whank Falls. I will cover the other two waterfalls, Tom Branch, and Indian Creek in my next post.
The NPS says the “roundtrip distance to the waterfalls is 0.8 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. It takes about 1-2 hours to hike to the waterfall and back.”
I would rate the trail as easy.
Feature Image Details
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon 16-35MM F4 L Lens: at 16mm, F16, ISO 125 for 2 seconds.
To capture scenes like these you need a long exposure. Depending on how fast the water is flowing, the range may be between 1/4 second and several seconds.
To make the feature image, I scrambled down to the base of the falls or perhaps a spot on a ledge somewhere. I do not recall which.
Here is a more standard and rather unexciting image by comparison.
Creating good waterfall images is easy. You need:
- Bright overcast or shade
- A good angle
- Slow shutter speed
You cannot do anything about 2. You have sufficient water or you don’t. In regards to light, you can go on a cloudy day or time your visit so that the waterfall is in the shade when you get there. Bright overcast light is nearly always the best.
Points three to five are in the photographer’s control. A good angle can be a make-or-break affair. Just don’t do anything too silly.
This is the third in a series of Great Smoky Mountains images.
Please check out:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Little Pigeon River – Spring.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Rainbow Falls – Spring
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Are you standing on the rocks to get this shot? It’s a good one.
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I am unsure where I was standing. I thought at the bottom but the perspective does not seem right. I wanted to crop out that fallen tree. I do not recall if I could remove it from the bottom or not. I can tell you that I did not photoshop it out. I suspect I was able to toss that tree aside and was likely standing on or near those rocks in the foreground in the second shot. I took the feature image second. I was unhappy with the other angle. As I am typing I seem to recall the view from the bottom was not that great either so standing on those rocks is likely. 16 mm is quite wide so I was very close to the falls.
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