Great Smoky Mountains, TN Photo Tour and Workshop
Clingman’s Dome | Laurel Falls | Cades Cove | Newfound Gap
Join World Wide Photo Tours in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN for a unique photography workshop experience.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingman's Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains. This 4-DAY guided tour and in-field workshops will immerse you in a photographer's paradise surrounded by natural beauty in every direction. This tour will be lead by Rick Berk and Jessica Lempin. Rick and Jessica look forward to exploring this special national park with you.
May 20th - 24th 2017
Rick Berk and Jessica Lempin
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Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park, Tennessee Photo Tour
Begins: Sat., May 20th 2017, 4:00 PM
Ends: Tues., May 24th 2017, 4:00 PM
Closest Airport: McGhee-Tyson Airport
Hotel of choice: Hilton Garden Inn, Gatlinburg
4 Day Guided Tour | Limited to 10 Participants
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Your Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park Photo Tour Itinerary
SATURDAY, MAY 20th, 2017
Arrival & Check-in
Meet & Greet, Tour Overview, Q & A
SUNDAY, MAY 21st, 2017
We’ll start the workshop by photographing sunrise at Clingman’s Dome. This is the highest spot in the park and provides breathtaking views in all directions. Rick & Jessica will instruct on photographing these vistas effectively, capturing the color and detail you will see in the valleys below. After that, we’ll head to the Chimney Tops trail. We won’t be hiking the entire trail, but there are several small waterfalls here that are worth hiking to on the trail. After a late morning break for downloading, and lunch on your own, we’ll head back out and visit Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls features a 5.5 mile round trip hike, winding along next to LeConte Creek, providing plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Rick will explain his techniques for using neutral density filters to photograph rushing water, as well as his techniques for dynamic compositions.
MONDAY, MAY 22nd, 2017
We’ll be up before sunrise again to head to Cades Cove, an isolated valley on the Tennessee side of the park. Cades Cove provides opportunities to capture wildlife, stunning landscapes, and images of the 19th century settlement buildings that remain there today. We’ll also explore the Lynn Camp Prong Cascades, a series of waterfalls that follow an old logging trail. This trail features a 1.6 mile easy round trip hike, and in springtime features a variety of wildflowers along the way. After we break for downloading and lunch, we’ll meet up again and head to Clingman’s Dome to capture the spectacular view at sunset. Our leaders will instruct on using graduated neutral density filters to capture the full range of tones from the bright sky to the darker mountains in the foreground. After the sun sets, weather permitting, we’ll wait for the night sky to light up and learn some astrophotography techniques to capture the Milky Way, star fields, and star trails.
TUESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2017
We’ll head to Cataloochee on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains to photograph over there for the morning. Cataloochee features spectacular wildlife, so bring your long lenses, as we’ll have the opportunity to photograph elk and other animals in the area. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph historic structures such as the old schoolhouse, a church, a barn, and more. As we head back to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area in Tennessee, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph some of the breathtaking views along the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. After a break to download and recharge a bit, we’ll head to Laurel Falls to capture this stunning 80 foot cascade. It’s a 2.6 mile round trip moderate hike, with the opportunity to see wildflowers and wildlife along the way.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th, 2017
We’ll complete our workshop with sunrise at Newfound Gap, straddling the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee as the sun rises over this mountain pass. Once we finish the sunrise, we’ll head back to the hotel and say our goodbyes until the next photographic adventure!
Weather and trail conditions will be considered each day, so we may be having to switch days and locations around for an optimal photographic and travel experience. Breakfast is included each day at the hotel. Lunch and dinner are your responsibility. We recommend that you pickup and bring your own waters and snacks for your room and for in-field shooting.