Springtime in the Smokies
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also known as “Wildflower National Park,” and April is the best month to experience and photograph the wildflower bloom at its peak, as well as green foliage, rushing mountain streams, and some of the best mountain scenery east of the Mississippi River.
This is Richard Bernabe’s “home” park, and he, along with David Rosenthal, will teach you how to best capture intimate landscapes of the forest, rivers, streams, and waterfalls. We’ll also photograph close-ups of the many varieties of wildflowers blooming at this time. Photograph the big-sky landscapes at sunrise and sunset with the iconic layered blue mountains and misty valleys below. There will also be plenty of time for image reviews and critiques and post-processing instruction.
If you are a landscape photographer and want to go to one of the most photogenic locations under the guidance of exceptional pro photographers to help you capture your images—this is the trip for you!
April 26–30, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
April 26, 2021: Arrive into Knoxville, Tennessee Airport (TYS) before 1:00 PM today. Pick up available at 1:00 PM for all who need a ride from the airport to the hotel. We meet in the hotel at 3:00 PM for orientation and Q&A before going out into the park for an evening photography session along the Little River. Dinner.
April 27, 2021: Early wake-up call and sunrise shoot on Foothills Parkway-West. After breakfast, we will do a morning shoot in the Tremont area of the park with river scenics and wildflowers. After lunch, we will drive to Greenbrier for more river scenics, macro photography, wildflowers, and finish up at Clingmans Dome for sunset. Dinner.
April 28, 2021: Sunrise shoot at the Oconoleftee Overlook and then breakfast in Gatlinburg. The remainder of the morning, we will photograph a local waterfall or wildflower patch at Hardwood Cove Trail. After lunch, we will do some forest scenics and sunset at Morton’s Overlook. Dinner
April 29, 2021: Sunrise shoot at Clingmans Dome and breakfast in Gatlinburg. Afternoon critique and Lightroom/Photoshop session and lunch break. In the afternoon, we will do literal and abstract river reflections and either more river scenics in Elkmont or a nearby sunset location. Dinner
April 30, 2021: Sunrise and morning shoot in Cades Cove photographing flowering dogwoods, country roads, and old homesteads from the 1930’s. Final critique session at the hotel and finish up at noon. Flights home can be anytime after 3:00 PM from Knoxville Airport (TYS).
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
All meals, soft drinks and snacks during the workshop
All transportation during workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!