Wildflower Workshop Details

Well, thankfully, the Government resolved the budget issues, so we don’t have to worry about the National Park being closed this week.  We are so excited about the wildflower workshop which is coming up this next weekend!  We are fortunate to have Brett Wells teaching with us this weekend.  For those of you who were with us last year at the wildflower workshop, you had the pleasure of working with Brett.  He is an accomplished photography instructor as well as our representative for several product lines that we carry.  He is bringing all kinds of samples for the class to try and examine. 

Here is a breakdown of the agenda for the weekend:

Friday, April 15th– 7pm-9:30pm

We will meet in the Rec Hall at Tremont Outdoor Resort for a meet and greet to get to know everyone will we be spending the next 2 days with.  This is the time we’ll get to know your skill level, what type of equipment you will be using, and what wildflowers most interest you (if you have some favorites).  We will work out carpooling arrangements and talk about equipment that you are welcome to borrow for the duration of the workshop.  Of course refreshments will be provided!

Saturday, April 16th

8:00am-9:30am – For anyone interested, we will be meeting for breakfast at a local restaurant before heading off to our first wildflower excursion.

10am-2pm – Elmont – Cucumber Gap Trail(will require some hiking – nothing too strenuous)

2pm-3:30pm – lunch on your own (we will be close enough to go back into town for lunch or you are welcome to pack your own for a picnic.)

4pm-6pm – White Oak Sinks (more easy hiking)

6pm-9:30pm – Image evaluation with BBQ dinner.  We’ll meet back in the Rec Hall at Tremont to review your images, eat a yummy dinner, and discuss the plan for the next day.

Sunday, April 17th

8:00am-9:30am – Breakfast at the Back Porch Restaurant for those who are interested.

10am-2pm – The Chimney’s Nature Trail and/or Porter’s Creek Trail

2pm-3:30pm – Lunch on your own

4pm- Close and evaluation.  We’ll meet in the Rec Hall one last time to evaluate images and answer questions.

*Exact locations and trails that we visit may change due to weather conditions and amount of blooms, but the ones listed above are the ones we intend to explore.

Workshop Cost

If you are staying at Tremont Outdoor Resort on Friday, April 15th and/or Saturday, April 16th, the cost for the workshop will be $90 per person (spouses who tag along for the ride are not charged:)).  If you are staying somewhere other than Tremont Outdoor Resort, the cost for the workshop is $125 per person.  Snacks for evaluations and the meet and greet are provided as well as dinner on Saturday evening.  All other meals are on your own.  Transportation into the National Park for the workshop sessions is also on your own, but we do recommend carpooling which can be arranged at the meet and greet.  It not only saves gas, but it’s much more fun!  We will have walkie talkies in each car so that we can stay in contact and no one gets lost or left behind.


Accommodations at Tremont Outdoor Resort

If you choose to stay at Tremont Outdoor Resort while attending the Wildflower Workshop, we have several different types of accommodations.  You may choose from an RV site, a tent site, or one of our 4 different types of cabins.  For descriptions of cabins, please visit our website at www.tremontcamp.com.  For this particular workshop, we are discounting our Standard and Premier cabins for participants.  Premier cabins will be $180 for two nights with an extra night at $90 if you would like to stay.  Standard cabins will be $140 for two nights with an extra night at $70.  Discounted rates for other types of accommodations will also be given to workshop participants, just ask for these when you call for reservations. For anyone participating in the workshop and staying Friday and Saturday nights checking out on Sunday, checkout time will be extended to 7pm (or later if needed)  on Sunday with our compliments due to the finishing time of the workshop.  To make your reservation, please call 865-448-6363 and be sure to tell them if you are participating in the workshop.

Equipment to Bring

Digital SLR cameras are recommended, but not required.  If you have any of the following equipment, please bring it with you – a tripod, a macro lens, a 24-70mm lens, a 70-200mm lens, and a monopod.  Again, this equipment is not required, but is recommended if you have it.  Also bring your laptop along if you have one.  Be sure to wear comfortable, yet sturdy shoes (preferably hiking boots) as we have a tendency to wander off the beaten path from time to time :).  We will have tripods and an assortment of lenses for Canon and Nikon bodies that you are welcome to try and use throughout the workshop.  If you do not have a macro lens, don’t worry, there are several other lenses that are not specifically macro, but have a relatively close focusing distance (for example, the 24-70 lens for both Canon and Nikon or the 18-200 lens for Nikon).

How to Register

Simply call Tremont Outdoor Resort at 865-448-6363 with your Name, address, phone number, and email.  Let them know that you are calling to sign up for the Wildflower Workshop with Wilson.  This would also be the time to make your reservation if you are staying at Tremont.  Payment for the workshop can be easily added to your reservation.   If you are not staying at Tremont, payment can be made at the meet and greet on Friday night.

Don’t forget that the workshop is limited to 12 participants, so don’t wait to register!  As of this time, the Wildflower Workshop is full!  If you are still interested, you are welcome to call Tremont to put your name on the waiting list in case a spot happens to open.

We look forward to seeing everyone!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email April at april@f32photo.com or call f/32 Photo at 865-934-0909.


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