Fall Smoky Mountains wildlife photography workshop

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. 

 

 

Important Details

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

$1,599.00Price
Price per Person, Double Occupancy
  • Trip Highlights


    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

     

    If you have any questions please contact us at info@tripodtravelers.com
     

Frequently Asked Questions

Double or Single Occupancy Client?


We price all of our workshops on a per person, double occupancy basis. Simply put, if you are planning to share a room then you are double occupancy clients. If paying together choose: min deposit, remaining balance, or payment in full Qty 2.. If you are sharing a room yet paying separately, you would each choose the above selections, Qty 1. If you are traveleing solo, a single occupancy charge is applied as all hotels are booked as double occupancy. In this case you would select min. deposit, single occupancy remaining balance, or single occupancy payment in full. If we have Single Occupants who both agree to share a room (same sex), Tripod Travelers can help coordinate to save both people money. This will only occur if both parties agree.




How does the payment and deposit process work?


Payment Types We accept payment using both Credit and Debit cards; VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover payment types. Our website allows for deposits, remaining balance payments, or payments in full to be conveniently transacted online. If you would like to pay by check or you have other questions regarding our payment process, please contact us directly. Deposits and Final Payments A deposit is required to reserve your spot on the trip. We ask for a $500 deposit per person. Most trips are held to six photographers, the sooner your deposit is secured the better. Once you have paid your Deposit, you will receive a receipt. You then must return back to our site and pay the Remaining Balance 90 days before the workshop begins. Tripod Travelers will send reminders along the way. Deposits for unique or international trips may vary. Full payment for your trip is due 90 days prior to the first day of your trips itinerary. If you reserve a trip within 90 days of the trip's first itinerary date, no deposit is needed; we only accept payment in full.




What is included in the pricing?


Our all inclusive itinerary cannot be beat. A lot of our competitors leave the burden on their customer to arrange hotel accomodations, ground transportation, meals, snacks, and even coordinate their way to the actual workshop. At Tripod Travelers, we have both the experience and capacity to completely take care of you. Our clients spend zero time managing a vacation and instead focus on relaxing and engaging nature while learning photography. This is what makes Tripod Travelers different, we place our customers first! Incuded Photography Workshops Quality Hotel Accomodations All Ground Transportation Meals, Refreshements, Snacks All Fees Not Included Airfare Alcohol Hotel Incidentals Travel Insurance




Can I bring my significant other, even if they don't participate in photography?


Yes of course. We love having spouses or significant others join us and we believe they will thoroughly enjoy being part of our group. Pricing discounts are available and will vary by trip, please contact us directly for details. Email: info@tripodtravelers.com




What if I live local to a workshop and don't need hotel or meals?


Please call us directly to discuss discounted pricing.





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