22927
North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer's Lens

See the Great Smoky Mountains’ beauty through the lens of your Digital Single-Len Reflex camera as a professional photographer lends his expertise on sunrise, sunset, wildlife and more!
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Program No. 22927RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,049
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

Join a naturalist and a professional photographer and instructor to practice and improve your photography skills with the Great Smoky Mountains as your subject. Learn about the national park’s past, present and future throughout the week, and capture its beauty by day as you explore the most famous nooks and crannies of the park, from Purchase Knob to the Newfound Gap. Get daily insights from your personal photographer on composition and techniques that will help you get the frame-worthy shots of the wildlife and landscapes of the Smokies.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
We will be standing and walking along rocky trails, beside streams and stopping at overlooks. We will immerse ourselves in each location to have plenty of time to get to know our photography subjects and experiment with our equipment.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Armed with sunrise photography techniques from your instructor, capture daybreak, historical structures and rushing mountain streams.
  • Learn about Cataloochee Valley’s Elk Preservation Project, then take a field trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph these majestic animals.
  • Learn to edit and process your photos, gaining valuable photography insight during the two critique sessions.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Don McGowan
Don McGowan has been a professional nature photographer for 19 years, including five years as staff photographer for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He currently lives in western North Carolina, where he operates EarthSong Photography, providing week-long and weekend nature photography workshop experiences around the country. He has been published in numerous magazines, books and other media. "My purpose as a photographer is to share, through my images, the great beauty of the natural world."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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