Light morning exercise before breakfast. Getting on/off a charter bus; driving 23 miles, approximately 1 hour to the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Walking short distances in multiple Valley locations; level terrain. 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. Soft drinks may be purchased in the hotel lobby.
Good photographs rarely happen accidentally. Our photography instructor will teach us how professional photographers create powerful, emotional, and otherwise interesting images. 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 presentation on the flora of the southern Appalachians to prepare you for the trees and flowers you will encounter and photograph this week in the Smokies.
In the hotel dining room, choose what you like from the plentiful lunch buffet that includes a soup and salad bar, coffee, tea, water and lemonade.
After lunch, our photography instructor will lead us through a Sunrise-Sunset Program to teach us how to take creative advantage of the light unique to these times of day. Twice each day, every place on earth is bathed in golden light (unless it’s cloudy); this is what makes sunrises and sunsets so dramatic. We’ll learn what golden light is, how we can see it, and how we can use it to our creative advantage. En route to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our instructors will acquaint us with the history of the Valley, our afternoon and evening photo shoot destination. Surrounded by 6,000-foot peaks, this isolated Valley was one of the largest and most prosperous settlements in what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some 1,200 people lived here in 1910. A variety of historic buildings have been preserved, including 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 will afford us excellent photo opportunities.
We will have a picnic dinner in Cataloochee Valley. This will be a hot plated meal with meat and vegetable dishes and options for vegetarian and gluten-free participants.
We’ll linger in the valley a bit longer, as the evening is the best time to spot elk in this area. Get a good night's rest; we’ll be up very early tomorrow to capture the sunrise!