SMSOP Field Schedules

Our workshops and tours are tailored to your needs! Would you like to learn macro? Then your day will consist of everything macro. Want to learn how to shoot waterfalls, just let us know and your day will be full of techniques on shooting water. You plan your day and what you want to learn or see in the Great Smoky Mountains and our knowledgeable instructors will teach and guide you. Come alone or bring a couple of your photography friends along to join in on the fun of learning.

January / February

January / February
January / FebruaryWeather, Sunrises, Sunsets, Hoarfrost & History
Snowfall can close the roads in the Great Smoky Mountains, but it makes for beautiful photo opportunities. Absent snow, moss covered rocks and decaying trees covered with moss make graphic image subjects in this temperate rainforest environment. When the temperature turns cold, ice forms in the mountain streams, and at times as Hoarfrost on the trees at higher elevations. Winter sunsets & sunrises vary greatly and are often dramatic. There are many great subjects to fill out your day, including the historic cabins and barns in this park. Being local photographers, we can be available on short notice for snow events.

Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Winter images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

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March / April

March / April
March / AprilSunrises, Sunsets, Wildflowers, Streams & Spring Foliage
Few places can rival the diversity of Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains. Forests begin to awaken from the Winter slumber in late March to early April and produce a full blown eruption of wildflowers in mid to late April. Bloodroot, Trillium, Jack-in-the Pulpit, White Fringed Phacelia, Wild Geranium, Crested Dwarf Iris and many, many others carpet the forest floor at this time. Ferns emerge among the fresh green mosses, and mountain streams are in full flow. If weather conditions are optimal, we can photograph sunrises and/or sunsets from the highest mountains in the Smokies, then move on to other great subjects to fill out your day. So many subjects, so little time.

Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Spring images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

 

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May / June

May / June
May / JuneSunrises, Sunsets, Pastel Buds, Green Spring Foliage, Fireflies & More Wildflowers
Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains continues making its way up the forested slopes to the highest elevations. Temperatures have climbed, making May the time of flowing mountain streams, wildflowers and misty morning sunrises. Trees are budding at higher elevations and display their best Spring greens at lower elevations. Ferns and mosses are at their seasonal best. Forests & foliage are lush and beautiful. The eruption of wildflowers tapers off at the lower elevations, but some of the best flowers are yet to come, like Ladys-Slipper, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and more Trilliums. Rhododendron and Azalea begin to bloom in the higher elevations in mid June. Synchronous Fireflies, unique to this region, put on their display in June. Sunrise and sunset from the highest mountains in the Smokies can be a real treat.

Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Spring images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

 

Email Tyson to schedule your day then pay with PayPal or your credit card!

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July / August

July / August
July / AugustMoody Sunrises & Sunsets, Hazy Mountains, Deep Green Forests & Dramatic Skies
July & August are busy months here in the Smokies when tourism peaks. This is the warm and wet time of year, which means clear mountain streams, misty morning sunrises, hazy sunsets and the ever present chance for afternoon thunderstorms. These mountains aren’t called the Smoky Mountains because they’re dry! Moisture is everywhere in the Summer months. In July we look for Crimson Bee Balm, Rhododendron and Turk’s Cap Lilies at various elevations.

Water is the life blood of the Smokies in all it’s forms, from the mists lifting from the ridge tops to the high mountain creeks that merge to form the lowlands rivers. The Smokies are a temperate rainforest whose annual rainfall can exceed 80 inches but most of that moisture comes as light rain or drizzle spread over the calendar year. With over 800 square miles of land, 95% forested, the Smokies is a vast ecological island covering Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Home to more than 17,000 documented species of life including 100 species of trees and 1,500 flowering plants, the Smokies is unlike any other place on earth. Here there are over 2,100 miles of mountain streams with unknown numbers of waterfalls and cascades.

Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Summer images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

 

Email Tyson to schedule your day then pay with PayPal or your credit card!

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September / October

September / October
September / OctoberSunrises, Sunsets, Autumn Colors
Beautiful Autumn colors make the Great Smoky Mountains a photographer’s dream location. Fall starts as a whisper in the high country as the leaves begin to show a subtle trace of color here and there. Soon the colors become more obvious and begin their annual progression down the mountains. The timing of the leaf color change varies from year to year, but the coming of the colors to the Southern Appalachian Mountains is a given.

In 2001 the haunting bugle of the bull elk was once again heard in the Great Smoky Mountains. Reintroduction of these large mammals occurred over several years and now the herd stands at a comfortable 140 strong. Bulls that can weigh up to 700 pounds with an antler spread of five feet can now be routinely viewed and photographed in two distinct areas of the Smokies. Shedding the velvet from their antlers in August, the bulls begin herding their harems of cows in September and the annual rut can last through October. During the rut the bulls are kept very busy defending their territories and harems from other bulls wishing to form their own harems. Exciting confrontations can occur between competing bulls – well within camera range.
Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Autumn images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

 

Email Tyson to schedule your day then pay with PayPal or your credit card!

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November / December

November / December
November / DecemberSunrises, Sunsets, Autumn to Winter Scenery & Elk
The best Autumn color of the Smoky Mountains is in late October and early November. Yellow, red, orange, purple and all shades in between come to the Smokies in October and November. They often litter the ground with a carpet of color. In fact, the large variety of hardwood trees produce a kaleidoscope of color few places can match. Sprinkle in the streams, mosses and mountain vistas and you quickly see why the Great Smoky Mountains are such a prime destination for Fall color viewing and photography. While the amazing colors of the forests will be the centerpiece of the action, we can also shoot dramatic sunrises and sunsets and the majestic bull elk are in the rut. Being local photographers, we can be available on short notice for snow events.

Join Tyson, Jerry, Roger or Kathy and let us help you find & photograph the best Autumn & Early Winter images to be had in the Smoky Mountains.

Pricing

$250   -6 hours and up to 3 participants

$50     -for each additional participant up to 6

 

Email Tyson to schedule your day then pay with PayPal or your credit card!

Select Number of Participants
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