Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.
Objectives for the Trip:
- Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment in which you are shooting.
- Visit locations that place our photographers in the best viewing areas to capture animals in their natural habitat. This includes: Deer, Bear, Turkey, Horses, Birds, and other animals if presented. Horses are free ranging in the first mile of the park.
- There may be short walks involved in this excursion. Water and landscape photography opportunities are abundant. The maximum walk (on paths) are no more than 1 mile round trip.
- We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations we visit, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. We follow all park regulations and uphold the values established to protect you and the park we are visiting. Be careful booking any trip with travel companies that cannot provide proper documentation, it can end your trip very quickly.
Weather: Avg. day temps: low 70’s. Evening temps: low 40’s. Weather can dramatically change with little notice. We start our days early, and may end in some cases after sunset.
Clothing: Dress in Layers, bring winter coat, hiking boots, gloves, beanie and light jacket.
Equipment: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Wide Angle and Zoom Lenses. Tripod, Monopod, protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over a 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters to freeze water or achieve specific effects to landscape photos.
Activities: We will be driving to several locations. Most photgraphy opportunities occur outside of our vehicle. Walking on this trip will be no more than 1 mile round trip. Hiking Boots, and layers are recommended.
Meals: We will be eating breakfast at the hotel or local establishment. Lunches at a local establishment or picnic. Dinners will be at a local restaurant that has a variety of options. If you have a specific meal requirement, please let us know on the registration form.
Lodging: We will be staying at a hotel close to the entrance of the park.
Safety: Your guides are certified in First Aid and CPR. We also carry a Satellite phone as many locations we venture into have unreliable to no cell service. We follow all rules, regulations, and laws in all locations we visit. This helps keep you and the wildlife safe while preserving the beautiful nature around us for the next generation to experience. Bear Spray is carried by both guides at all times when in the park. If you would like to carry your own bear spray, this is optional. Tripod Travelers has a no Firearm Policy, guides and clients are not authorized to carry personal firearms at any time.
Great Smoky Mountains, Fall Oct 24-28 2020
Dates: Oct 24-28, 2020
Origin: Oct 24: Knoxville, TN Airport, land before 3p
Departure: Oct 28: Knoxville, TN Airport, depart after 1p
Total Photographers: 6
Ground Transportation: 10 Person Touring Van
Hotel Cities: Townsend, TN
Photography Subjects: Wildlife and Landscape
Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Presets, Post Processing, and more.
Oct 24: All Travelers meet at Hotel by 5p. Tripod Travelers will pick up all clients flying in to the airport. Orientation, dinner, meet and greet at local establishment.
Oct 25: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph sunrise, continue in park to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch in the park. Afternoon photography. Dinner 430p, return to park for wildlife, sunset in the park
Oct 26: 6a breakfast, sunrise in the park drive to key locations to photograph wildlife. Lunch outside of Park. 430p enter park return to wildlife locations and photograph through 8p, capture sunset. Dinner outside the Park. Picture review, post processing discussions before 4p.
Oct 27: 6a breakfast. Wildlife and Landscape against sunrise lighting. 12p lunch outside the park, break until 3p. Picture review and post processing discussions at the lodge. Early dinner then return to park for late afternoon wildlife and sunset.
Oct 28: 8a breakfast, photo reviews and post processing. Check out of hotel by 11a, return flying travelers back to Knoxville airport, flights after 1p
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