Wilson’s Fall Foliage Photography Workshop!

It’s that time of year again…the air is finally getting cooler and people here in East Tennessee are looking forward to a beautiful Fall after an extremely hot Summer.  Cooler air means that magnificent Fall colors are right around the corner, so we thought it was time to put our annual Fall Foliage Photography Workshop on the calendar.  For those of you who have been waiting for the dates, it will once again be the last weekend in October – the evening of Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th.

We know generally when the leaves are going to turn, but it’s next to impossible for us to know dead on, so we make our most educated guess and go from there.  There is always something to shoot in the Smokies, so it’s not a problem, we just have to be flexible!  Usually, I post all kinds of details about scheduling and where we plan to go and what we plan to photograph.  However, Mother Nature always seems to rearrange our plans and laugh at my schedules, so I’m just going with a general outline this year:).

Friday, October 28th – 7pm-9pm

We will meet in the Rec Hall at Tremont Outdoor Resort for a meet and greet to get to know everyone and talk about equipment and the game plan for the rest of the weekend.  This seems to have become a reunion for several folks who return year after year, so it’s always a lot of fun.  Also, snacks are provided of course!  If you can’t make it Friday night, not to worry, you are welcome to meet up with us on Saturday morning.  But you will not want to miss Friday night unless you have to!

Saturday, October 29th – 8am – 10pm

Yes, Saturday is a LONG day, but so much fun.  For anyone interested, we will meet at a local restaurant for breakfast at 8am (probably Riverstone Family Restaurant) and then meet back up with everyone at Tremont outside the office at 9:30am to head out into the Park.  We will make carpooling arrangements that morning for everyone so we have as few cars caravanning as possible.  At some point in the day, we will break for lunch.  We will be close to some part of civilization, so you can opt to eat out for lunch or pack your own.  Either way, we do recommend bringing snacks along for the day since it is such a long one.  After lunch, we will head out again and aim to make it back to Tremont by 6pm so we can meet in the Rec Hall to eat dinner (BBQ) and go over our images from the day.  This usually goes on until 9 or 10pm.

Sunday, October 30th – 8am-5pm

We will again meet for breakfast for anyone who is interested and then meet up with everyone at Tremont at 9:30am.  The schedule for the rest of the day will be similar to Saturday, except that we will return to Tremont a little earlier and have a shorter gathering concluding the weekend.  If anyone needs to leave earlier on Sunday, that is not a problem, just let us know so that we can plan accordingly for transportation.

Workshop Investment – If you are staying at Tremont Outdoor Resort on Friday, October 28th, and Saturday, October 29th, the cost for the workshop will be $150 per person.  If you are staying somewhere other than Tremont Outdoor Resort, the cost for the workshop is $300 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!

Accommodations at Tremont Outdoor Resort

If you choose to stay at Tremont Outdoor Resort while attending the 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 atwww.tremontcamp.com.  For this particular workshop, we are discounting our Standard and Premier cabins for participants.  Premier cabins will be $190 for two nights with an extra night at $95 if you would like to stay.  Standard cabins will be $160 for two nights with an extra night at $80.  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 until we finish!) 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, a cable release,  a circular polarizer, a neutral density filter, and a monopod.  If you have waders and want to be a little adventurous, bring them with you as well 🙂  Again, this equipment is not required, but is recommended if you have it.  We will have some camera equipment and tripods available for loan as well, so you can try out some new things if you want.   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 :).  Since the weather is always unpredictable, please bring an umbrella (or other rain gear) as well!

How to Register

Simply email April at april@f32photo.com or 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 Fall Foliage Workshop with Wilson.  This would also be the time to make your reservation if you are staying at Tremont.  Once you have registered for the workshop, you will receive an invoice for your registration fee.  This will be separate from your registration for accommodations at Tremont.

Don’t forget that the workshop is limited to 12 participants, so please don’t wait to register!  Can’t wait to see you all at the end of next month!

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2 Responses to “Wilson’s Fall Foliage Photography Workshop!”

  1. Gail Patton Says:

    See you in October. Gail and Harold Patton.

  2. Zach Mashburn Says:

    hope to see you in October as well! miss you Gail And Harold, April and Wilson! you too Danny!

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