Audio recorded on the banks of Laurel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, a field recording from a recent landscape photography trip to the banks of Laurel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee.
The Fine Art Photography Podcast episode 63 complete transcript
In this episode, the sounds of Laurel Creek, in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee
Hey everybody, welcome back to another episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast. You know, one of the great pleasures of landscape photography — and this is something that people who aren’t photographers can’t grasp from looking at prints — but one of the great pleasures of going out to shoot landscape photographs is the sound of the landscape. That’s why I make these field recording episodes.
In this episode, we’ll be hearing the sounds of Laurel Creek, a lovely stream that runs alongside the road from the little village of Townsend to Cades Cove. We are on location early on a chilly autumn morning.
Imagine the light — it’s the blue hour in the shade of the mountain valleys. but the sun is rising and just the tops of the trees on the opposite ridge are glowing golden with first light. Some of the ambient light from that golden glow is beginning to reflect onto the surface of the stream.
The audio clip begins with me walking through the carpet of fallen leaves to the creekside where we will be shooting a series of small waterfalls — really more like rapids. And we will linger along the shore, listening to eddies and trickles as the water pours over and around boulders and rocks. The surface of the water in places was slightly viscous. It was just almost to the point of beginning to freeze, but not quite.
You might hear the caw of one or two crows, and at four minutes and 25 seconds, you’ll hear the sound of a startled deer as it bolts past me through the woods.
OK enough talking, now please enjoy the sounds of Laurel Creek. Thanks for listening, and I’ll talk to you again real soon.
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