Field Reports

Springtime in The Smokys

George Theodore, May 3, 2016

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of those “great at any time of year” places to shoot. Our spring workshop, which sold out well in advance, took us from the serenity of Cades Cove to the top of Clingmans Dome and a few locations in between. While we had on and off showers, the shooting was pretty good and, in addition to landscape, we were treated to several black bear encounters.

From our lodging in Townsend, TN, a short drive to Foothills Parkway provided us with sunrise images and Clingmans Dome gave us a pleasing sunset complete with the famous ridges of the Smokys. Cades Cove was, as always, a wonderful place to spend time both early and late and it was in the Cove that we spotted black bear relatively close – and cooperative – on several occasions. Dogwood was in full bloom and provided a great background to some of the old structures like John Oliver Place and the Carter Shields cabin.

Tremont gave us rushing waters and wildflowers and the Elkmont Historic District offered rustic vacation homes dating back to the early 1900’s. The “quiet side of the Smokys” delivered.

In between shooting we held classes on fundamentals and Lightroom and provided critiques for six images for each participant.

Here are samples of the fine work of our workshop attendees