Well its time again to dust off our camera sensors for our annual Smokies spring workshop with good friend and co-leader Donna Eaton. Our workshop is April 17-21. We like to arrive a few days early to scout locations. This time of year, we always bring plenty of clothing to cover weather extremes. Hats, gloves, and winter coats are often used at Clingmans Dome at sunrise and sunset. Of course we pack sturdy shoes for walking and hiking. We visit our favorite streams, waterfalls, and cascades when the light is overcast or raining lightly. When there are scattered clouds or clearing storms we always head up to one of our favorite lookouts hoping for a spectacular interaction of light, clouds, and mountain vistas.
We use all our lenses into the photo shoot: from fisheye lenses for a worms-eye views of the forest, to 400-500mm lenses for wildlife and compressed mountain views. Since it will be spring, we’ll aim our cameras at abundant wildflowers, such as trillium, phlox, and phacelia often covering large areas near the Chimneys Picnic area.
Hope our paths cross in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains N.P. Adam Jones