Landscape Photography Workshop April 24 - 27 and April 29 - May 2


     Spring in the Smokies offers a parade of photo opportunities beginning with the first wildflowers in early April and ending with the eruption of sarvis and maple buds at the higher elevations at the end of the month into early May. The timing varies from year to year but the 23rd through 25th should be in the prime window for dogwoods. The following weekend typically has a continuation of the bloom and while some trees will have faded, others come into full beauty. Additionally, budding trees at the higher altitudes offer a soft and colorful palette. The display varies from year to year with some scenes waxing and others waning but there are always gems to be found.

     Join Nye Simmons, author of the Smoky Mountains Photographer’s Guide and Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Jerry Greer photographer, author and publisher, for a creative excursion into the world of spring in the Smokies. The emphasis will be on landscape photography — “making, not taking” photographs. While there are iconic scenes to be explored, we will also look for more personal images – the undiscovered icon — the great image that no one else has taken. The thrust of the workshop is on creativity and the use of light.

     Spring is tough — the days are long, and sunset is deep into the dinner hour. Plan for the day to be broken into a morning and afternoon session with down time in middle of the day for siesta, lunch, image review, and group discussion. If sunset at an overlook is in the cards, an early dinner or sandwich on the go may be part of the plan. In the field we will discuss composition, light, and exposure, as well as logistics. As time allows, we will review images and approach to processing. Formal lectures are not planned. How do you plan a trip? What about the weather? How do you interpret the forecast? How do you work in bad weather (rain, snow, high wind)? What about blank blue sky (aka blue sky of death)? Come away with answers to these questions and more.

     To maximize individual benefit, group size is limited to 6 photographers. Jerry will join us if there are 4 or more participants. Due to the pandemic, non-photographic partners cannot be guaranteed accommodation until the last minute. National Park Service restricts number of vehicles to 4 per workshop, so if we are fully subscribed some carpooling will be required. Masks and appropriate distancing will be observed. To this end, formal discussions will be outdoors as weather allows.

     For the first workshop we will meet for introductions and orientation followed by dinner on the 24th . We will have a full day on the 25th and 26th followed by a morning session on the 27th before departing home. The second will mirror the first with informal gathering the afternoon of the 29th followed by full days on April 30th and May 1st and morning of May 2nd. Cost per participant is 425.00. Optional extensions may be available.

     The Highland Manor (865-448-2211) in Townsend is holding a block of rooms until April 20th. Lodging is up to you: Tuition covers instruction only. Call them to take over the reservation for your room. There are camping options if you are so equipped.

     Participants should have a thorough working knowledge of how to operate their equipment  buttons, etc. Bring curiosity and a desire to larn how to make better photographs, and improve your personal vision.

    Activity level is "easy," - we will be working from the vehicles with short walks less than 1/4 mile. However, uneven ground and scrambling on stream banks make hiking boots desirable. Bring rain gear— unless it's a washout we will work in "bad" weather (and learn some tricks how to do it).  It occasionally snows in April, so be prepared for possible cold weather; long range forecasts are notiosuly unreliable in the Smokies. It can be 70 degrees one day and snowing 2 days later.

Call with any questions — 865-556-7573.

Cost per participant is 425.00. Optional extensions may be available. Tuition due at registration, fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior, 50% credit if cancellation less than 2 weeks prior to start date to a future event.

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