Getting on/off a motorcoach. Dress in layers for possible chilly and damp conditions during our afternoon field trip in the Valley.
In the hotel dining room, choose what you like from the hearty breakfast buffet with hot and cold choices such as eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cereal, seasonal fruits, orange juice, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Our photography instructor will teach a Composition program. We will learn how professional photographers create powerful, emotional and otherwise interesting images. Good photographs rarely happen accidentally. Composition in photography is much like constructing a house, design decisions are made each step of the way. Following the Composition program our naturalist will give a Power Point on wildflowers of the southern Appalachians to prepare you for the blooms you will encounter and photograph during this week in the Smokies.
In the hotel dining room, choose what you like from the delightful lunch buffet that includes soup and salad bar, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
After lunch our naturalist acquaints us with the history of Cataloochee, our afternoon/evening photo shoot destination. Then our photography instructor leads us through his Sunrise-Sunset Program to show us how to take creative advantage of the light unique to these times of day. The golden light: Twice each day every place on earth is bathed in it (unless, of course, it’s overcast). It’s what makes our sunrises and sunsets so dramatic. What is it; how can we see it; and how can we use it to our creative advantage? In this program we learn how. With our instructors, we’ll board our chartered motorcoach and head out on a field trip to the Cataloochee Valley, nestled among some of the most rugged mountains in the southeastern U.S. Surrounded by 6,000 foot peaks, this isolated valley was one of the largest and most prosperous settlements in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some 1,200 people lived here in 1910. A variety of historic buildings have been preserved, including two churches, a school, and several homes and outbuildings. This is the best place in the park to see historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and afford us excellent photo opportunities. .
We will have a picnic dinner in Cataloochee Valley.
We linger in the valley, the evening is the best time to see elk. Get a good night's rest. We’ll be up very early tomorrow to capture the sunrise!