The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in America. Join Jim for a wonderful experience in landscape and nature photography. Spring is a time of rebirth, and it is especially beautiful in the Smokies. There are over 1500 species of flowering plants, so this is also an adventure in macro photography. Columbine, various species of trillium, fire pink, pink lady slippers, and so many more wildflowers can be seen commonly. Other wonderful features of the park include Cades Coves (beautiful at sunrise), Clingmans Dome, an old grist mill, and the incredible Roaring Forks where you can capture myriad magical scenes of fast moving water flowing past moss-covered boulders. The park straddles North Carolina and Tennessee, and May is the peak time for spring greens and wildflowers.
Workshop fee: $1595. This fee covers photography instruction with respect to macro, composition, HDR, shooting the Milky Way, Photoshop, and any other aspect of picture taking you want to learn.
Lodging, food, and transportation is not included with the exception of a welcome dinner. You will need your own car, and at the first meeting people can make arrangements (or not) to carpool. You can reserve a hotel room in Townsend, Tennessee which is just outside the park entrance. Another option is Pigeon Forge, a large city that's about 15 minutes from Townsend.
If you are flying into Tennessee for this workshop, the closest city to the park is Knoxville (airport code TYS). If you opt to fly into Nashville (airport code BNA), the drive to Townsend is about 3 hours.
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Visit the photo gallery
Day 1: May 5, Wednesday.
We meet for the first time as a group in a hotel in Townsend that Jim will designate in the eBooklet he sends to everyone. We will meeting at 4pm on for an instructional slide show. Topics covered will be macro photography, HDR, making panoramas, shooting the night sky, composition, dealing with the wind, and more.
Days 2, 3, and 4: May 6 - 8, Thursday - Saturday.
We get up early each of these three days to take advantage of the best light. Jim will bring the group to the best locations in the park to capture the best images possible. Spring is a great time to see low lying fog, and this always makes amazing photographs. If we have a clear sky on any of the nights we're there, we will photograph the Milky Way combined with light painting. Every day, we will be on the lookout for beautiful wildlife flowers as well as elk, foxes, black bear, deer, bobcat, and coyotes. There will be two critiques in which you are free to share images taken during the workshop. Jim will give you his thoughts on your work as well as suggestions where Photoshop can be used to enhance and embellish your pictures.
Day 5: May 9, Sunday
You can depart for home at your leisure after breakfast.