Great Smoky Mountains, Spring April 15-19  2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Spring

Spring is an incredible time to photograph the most visited National Park in America.  With 1600 plant species, over 60 mammals, and one of the highest black bear densities in North America; the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best locations in the Southeast to capture spring at its finest.  As the flowers in the lower elevations begin to bloom; deer, birds, and the predators come to life.  Spring is a fantastic time to capture the essence of this National Park as the rivers rise, waterfalls roar and mammals begin to show off their young.  Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains in both Spring and Fall and know the exact locations to capture stunning landscapes, trails to hidden falls, and predictable wildlife engagement. We also work on photographing deserted buildings and churches which give unique perspectives against the right lighting and flora backdrops. We beat the sweltering heat and humidity of summer and get our clients into key places where weather is mild and animals are active, a perfect combination.  We stay near the entrance of the park which ensures we get in and out at the best times to capture nature without hassling potential crowds.  

 

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, Spring April 15-19 2020

$1,699.00Price
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  • Trip Highlights


    Dates: April 15 – 19,  2020
    Origin: April 15: Knoxville, TN Airport, land before 3p
    Departure: April 19: 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.

    April 15: 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.  

     

    April 16: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph sunrise, continue in park to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch in the park. Continue photography. Dinner 430p, return to park for wildlife, sunset in the park

     

    April 17: 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.

     

    April 18: 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.

     

    April 19: 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




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