|Great Smoky Mountains National
Autumn in the Smokies
October 22 - 27, 2019
October 22 - 27, 2020
Below is information for 2019, after this workshop passes it will reflect 2020 information.
Instructor: Andy Cook
us as we photograph the truly remarkable Great Smoky Mountains National
focus on shooting fall colors, streams, cascades, waterfalls and
workshop will concentrate on exploring and shooting locations. Some
days we may spend all day in the field, on other days we will have a
midday break and provide post processing
assistance. This workshop is geared for
the intermediate to advanced photographer. However, beginners with a
working knowledge of their camera can gain a lot of experience and
instruction. Each participant is assisted at their level. We focus on
helping participants create the most appealing compositions of each
location we visit. As needed we'll delve into extensive discussions on
equipment, exposure, metering, filters and personal tips. This is a
workshop environment, the instructor is present to aid in the field and
teach his techniques for landscape photography. If you're an advanced
photographer he is happy to help or stay out of the way.
Participants should check in with
Andy on Tuesday, (Oct. 22nd, 2019) in the hotel lobby at 7:30 P.M. We'll have introductions and a
discussion. We start shooting at first light Wednesday morning.
can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay in the
field well into the morning. We will provide breakfast bars and water
for the early mornings. We will have a meal after the morning
shoot. On some days we'll continue to shoot throughout the day, on
others we've scheduled midday time at the hotel to download, rest and
answer questions before returning to the field for the evening shoot.
Note: We do not schedule a group meal for every evening. Gatlinburg
offers many diverse restaurants in walking distance from the hotel.
Because the town is very busy, there are often waits at the restaurants
and the waits get even longer with a large group. Therefore, we usually
find it to our advantage to separate into smaller groups for most
evening meals. The hotel has refrigerators and microwave ovens, some
participants return to their rooms and dine on pre purchased meals
while downloading and preparing for sleep.
Formal workshop ends after shooting Sunday evening.
|COST: $1,395.00 per
Deposit Amount: $300.00
due at time of registration. This deposit becomes non refundable 90
days in advance of the workshop.
Full payment of the
workshop is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. If final
payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the
reservation as canceled, please review the cancellation policy on the
this workshop many shooting
locations will be just beyond the parking lot, but some will involve trail
hiking and a fair amount of elevation gain. Some of the trail hiking may deemed
vigorous activity or moderate activity based upon one's condition. Our
longer trails will range between 1 and 2 miles each way.
Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven,
with trip hazards. Hiking boots are recommended. At some locations participants will seek
vantage points amongst large boulders and rocks, this increases
one's risk of falling. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a
participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and
preparation. Please consult with a doctor before attending our workshop.
Be prepared for
possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be
aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in
darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We
plan to arrive at our morning location each day no later than 7:20 A.M.
Sunset is approximately 6:45 P.M.
LODGING: For this workshop the
instructor's hotel has been selected for ease of access in and
out of the park during a very busy season. There are other hotels in
walking distance of this hotel, feel free to stay at the instructor's
hotel or select a nearby hotel. Because of heavy afternoon traffic,
participants staying at a different hotel may wish to walk to the
instructor's hotel for car pooling. Upon arrival, participants
staying at or in walking distance to the instructor's hotel are highly
access via Townsend and then through the National Park to Gatlinburg. Avoid the
apparently shorter route through Pigeon Forge as it will take twice as
long due to traffic. Participants need to contact hotels directly and reserve their rooms
upon registering for the workshop. This
is a busy time of the year in Gatlinburg, hotels will fill to capacity.
If you are considering this workshop please make hotel reservations as
soon as possible. Perhaps, even before registering for the
Instructor's Lodging Location: Hampton Inn, 967
Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Phone # 865-436-4878
Oct. 22nd, 2019; Check-out Monday, Oct. 28th, 2019.
Lower Cost Lodging Alternative: Directly across the street from the instructor's hotel is Quality Inn Creekside Resort, 125 LeConte Creek Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Phone # 865-436-4865.
Driving conditions will consist of paved
roads and maintained dirt roads. When possible we
prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our
impact and get to know each other. A standard rental car will be
Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend
using a polarizing filter with most photographs on this workshop. Andy
combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will
be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques
for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras).
A lens range from 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is
participants should bring their entire range of lenses. A macro lens or
tubes or diopters for shooting close-ups may also be useful. To blur
water motion on a bright day, consider bringing a 6
stop or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on
type. Note: Many variable ND filters have issues with banding and
differential darkening, Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters.
Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards
for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from
standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the
ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments connecting the
the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a
cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid
camera shake. Unless your camera has a built-in level, we recommend
having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level, it is the easiest way to make
sure photos are level.
Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run
do not guarantee the weather or that every location we visit will be at
peak during our visit. However, this workshop's time table has been
carefully determined to maximize our chances of good color. Photo locations visited may vary year to year. Workshop
fee does not include transportation, lodging or meals. Maximum
number of participants is 10. We require an acknowledgment of risks be
signed before going into the field. We will send the acknowledgment of
risks upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop.
In the event Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI)
cancels a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances such as inability to
obtain permits, instructor injury, death... Then, RMRPI will refund fees
collected by RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural
disaster, government closure or other happening of this nature that
causes a workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund
workshop fees. If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be
applied as credit toward a future workshop of the participant's
choosing. RMRPI will not be held responsible for other expenses
(airline tickets, hotel deposits, rental car...) that may be associated
with any canceled workshop.
Rain is a real possibility. Yes, we may shoot in the rain, bring an
umbrella and rain proof cloths. We have a few wet stream crossings, bring foot wear that can be submerged.
Spare Camera Batteries
Lots of Memory
Extra Shoes and Socks
Shoes for wading in water, yes, it's cold, but worth
Very Warm Clothes
be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2
videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF
handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download
to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field
digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our
workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field
digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field
digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already
have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to
digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod
use or is considering a tripod purchase.)
videos & photos.
Membership not required.
"Thank you for the
great job on your workshop, I enjoyed the entire week and learned a
tremendous amount and enjoyed the other participants. The experience is
still sinking in! I would recommend your workshop to anybody! and look
forward to attending another in the future...
Many thanks!" Barry V. Downers Grove, IL
2018 Group Photo
Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct
services in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.