Lots of walking at the Vance Birthplace
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast
We spend the morning learning about an essential, often overlooked, part of digital photography --post-processing. This lecture will provide a survey overview of image cataloging, viewing, editing, and preparation for print and monitor display. Specialty techniques such as layering, increasing dynamic range (HDR), noise reduction, sharpening, and plug-in photo-filtering will also be discussed. We will download a (free) editing tool to illustrate many of these techniques. The morning's discussion will provide a platform for the selection (and editing) of photos for our end-of-week photo critique. Lecture notes will be provided.
12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
Our afternoon photo-excursion is to either a pioneer mountain farmstead, which was the birthplace of Zebulon Vance, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and a U.S. Senator in the mid 1800s and Civil War era. The five-room log house--reconstructed around original chimneys--and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795-1840. Clustered about the grounds are six log outbuildings: the corn crib, springhouse, smokehouse, loom house, slave house, and tool-house. This site offers an opportunity to produce a photo-document of pioneer life in this peaceful valley setting of the Blue Ridge. OR a visit to the farm area Warren Wilson College, in Swannanoa. After departing either the Vance homestead or Warren Wilson, we travel through an area of farms and tobacco barns as we return to the Blue Ridge Parkway. After several scenic photo-stops we arrive at our final destination for the day -- the "Folk Art Center", home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This is the most visited site on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The center showcases traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library and the Allanstand Craft Shop.
5:30 - 6:30 dinner is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
This evening will be a musical or storytelling concert.