Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 10/03/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918
    Register

    SANP Field Event

    DIY Mat and Print Assembly

    Monday, October 3rd 5:30 pm

     

    Leaders: Dale Potter   Phone:  (865)-773-8114    E-mail: dalepotter55@gmail.com

    Meeting place: Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918

    Registration available:  Beginning today 


    PLEASE REGISTER SPACE IS LIMITED


    After the last workshop about prints for the Salon there were requests for assistance on putting together a print.  For this event this is where you bring your print, mat board, and backing board to assemble your print so that you have personal experience for the print salon.


    We must be out of the room at the library at 7:30 pm. You are welcome to stay the entire time or you may leave after your questions have been answered. For those that cannot be there at 5:30 pm, arrive as soon as you can as we will start with those that are there early and continue until we finish or until we have to leave.


    This event will work best if you bring your own materials for putting together one print.  The materials that you bring need to be the Salon size image but does not have to be one you would enter in the Salon.  We will not be working on smaller images. We will not be using the PSX mounting board as it is too expensive for most to use for the Print Salon.  

    DO NOT BRING ANY SPRAY GLUE OR RUBBER CEMENT.  We are using a room in the library at Fountain City which limits what we will be able to use.  While I do not recommend using either spray glue or rubber cement, some do on occasion.  


    If you do not have a print, you are welcome to come and watch so that you will be familiar with the process.  


    Bring your questions about the Print Salon and we will try and answer them. However, we will not be commenting on what we think about a print being entered in the Salon.  


    Prints will be accepted from November 14 through the 23rd for the SANP Print Salon with judging in December and the winners revealed in January 2023.


    Salon Prints

    Prints must be sized between 80 square inches (minimum) and 252 square inches (maximum). (This maximum size is smaller than 16 x 20 inches). All prints must be mounted on a standard style mat board that is exactly 16 x 20 inches in size. Whether you use single or multiples mats, the mounting board must be 16 x 20 inches, and no adhesive may be exposed on the front, back, or edges of the mat boards. The photographer’s name must not be visible on the photograph or mounting/mat board when the print is viewed. The supplied SANP print entry form must be completed and attached to the TOP RIGHT corner of the back of the 16 x 20 inch mount board. Photo titles must not appear on the front of the mount board. Prints not meeting these requirements will not be accepted for the competition. Panorama images may be submitted in any category with the above dimension restrictions. (Note: Quality of mounting does influence the judges.)

    Print images will be accepted in the 14 categories listed below. The first place winners from each of the categories will compete for Best of Show.

    1. Scenic — Photos of landscape, scenery, sky, oceans, or lakes taken in any part of the world. The broad scene is the dominant subject of the image.
    2. Birds — Photos of birds of all species. Birds in controlled conditions are allowed. Domesticated birds are NOT allowed.
    3. Wildlife (Mammals) — Photos of scientifically categorized mammals photographed in a natural setting. Examples include chipmunks, deer, bears, squirrels, and mice. Subjects in controlled conditions are allowed. Common pets and domesticated mammals are NOT allowed.
    4. Wildlife (Other Animals) — Photos of animals scientifically categorized as other than a mammal or a bird photographed in a natural setting. Examples include insects, spiders, caterpillars, reptiles, snails, crustaceans, amphibians, and fish. Subjects in controlled conditions are allowed. Common pets and domesticated animals are NOT allowed.
    5. Nature Close-up — A close-up nature photograph shows the detailed and intimate view of a small subject, or a small part of a larger subject, to reveal and examine significantly more detail than the human eye usually perceives. Rather than an expansive view, a close-up image often emphasizes the intricate details and textures to provide a closer perspective on the smaller characteristics of the subject.
    6. Plants — Images where the plant is the dominant subject, including plants, flowers, fungi, mosses, and lichens. Trees should be in this category if the tree itself, or a part of the tree, is the subject of the photo. Otherwise, trees as part of a landscape are in the scenic category.
    7. Night Photography — Images that capture nature outdoors at night (the period after sunset and before sunrise). The images can be a long exposure, time-lapse photography, light painting, or astrophotography. Cityscapes or non-nature subjects, when they are dominant, are NOT allowed.
    8. People in Nature — Images that express the joys and adventures of people doing activities in the natural landscape. Like the Scenic category, these images can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but must also have at least one person doing something in the outdoors. Manmade objects are allowed. Examples are photographs of people kayaking on a river, people hiking, or people mountain climbing.
    9. Abstracts in Nature — Images of the natural environment that push the boundaries of creative expression through photography. This category is for creative compositions made in-camera and in-nature without unusual computer processing or manipulations.
    10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Nature photographs that are taken within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and meet the requirements of Salon categories 1 thru 9.
    11. Travel & Place 1 (travel images made in the region inside the Continental United States east of the Mississippi River) — Images that express the joys and adventures of travel, showcasing place as an essential part of the photo. Like the Scenic category, this category can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but it must also include people, manmade objects, or other cultural subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main emphasis for photos in this category is that they express a sense of place.
    12. Travel & Place 2 (travel images made anywhere in the world excluding the region inside the Continental United States east of the Mississippi River) — Images that express the joys and adventures of travel, showcasing place as an essential part of the photo. Like the Scenic category, this category can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but photos must also include people, manmade objects, or other cultural subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main emphasis for photos in this category is that they express a sense of place in the above area.
    13. Black and White Wildlife — Conventional B&W and infrared B&W images of subjects that fall within the guidelines of only Salon categories 2 through 4 (the wildlife categories).
    14. Black and White Other — Conventional B&W and infrared B&W images of subjects that fall within the guidelines for any of the allowed Salon categories except 2 through 4 and 13.

    Conditions

    Please note: The following conditions apply to all photographs entered in all categories:

    1.     All entries must be nature photographs, unless otherwise stated in the category description. The photograph’s main subject cannot be people, architecture, museum exhibits, trains, cars, common pets and domesticated animals, or other subjects that do not inherently occur in nature. These conditions do not apply to the Travel & Place and People in Nature categories.


    2.     For all categories, except Travel & Place 1 and 2 and People in Nature, any evidence of man or his creations, when included, should not be the main focal point of the image but an incidental part of it.


    3.     An individual cannot enter the same, or nearly identical, images in both the Digital and Print competitions in a given year. Images that have previously won first, second, third, or honorable mention awards in previous SANP Salon competitions are not eligible for entry in the current year’s Salon.


    4.     Images submitted may be enhanced or changed using any of the tools available in a post-processing graphics editing program, except one cannot copy or significantly alter the primary subject or primary parts of the image in any way, nor can one import items from another image. High dynamic range (HDR), focus stacking, stitching, and other similar techniques are allowed. The intent of the original image must be maintained. Replacing the sky is NOT ACCEPTABLE.


    5.     Number of Entries: Each SANP member may enter a maximum of fourteen (14)

    prints. The maximum number of photographs that can be entered in any category is two (2).


    6.     Titles:   To help track entries during the judging, each photograph must have a title that does not include your name. Untitled entries will be given an alphanumeric title by Competition personnel.


    What to bring:  Something to take notes on.  A print, mat, and backing board.  

     

    • 10/08/2022
    • 6:00 AM
    • Ranger's House in Cataloochee past the Cataloochee Campground
    Register

    SANP Field Event

    Cataloochee Elk in Early Morning

    NEW DATE

    Leader: Dale Potter    Phone:  (865)-773-8114      E-mail: dalepotter55@gmail.com

    Meeting place: Rangers House in Cataloochee

    Registration available:  Starting today


    Always Check SANP Website for the Latest About the Field Event


    There is nothing more enjoyable in the Smokies than the Cataloochee area. From the hiking trails, to the old homes, the elk and other wildlife. If you have never been before this is an excellent time to check out the area. There are several large bulls in the area and several young bulls. We will work our way between the various fields.  This should allow you to have some good opportunities with photographing the elk in the early morning.  After you have finished with the elk, you are free to check out the buildings located in Cataloochee. 

    This is early morning. You may want to consider carpooling with others.  It is important to arrive on time.  Early morning may allow you to get some fall shots with the elk in the fog.


    Learning opportunities: 

    This is a good opportunity to practice your wildlife shooting with various lighting while enjoying the elk. You will want a zoom lens for the elk.


    What to wear:   Bring a jacket as the temperature will be cool in the morning. Dress for the weather.

    What to bring:  Camera, tripod, water, snacks and whatever you need to be comfortable photographing.  

    Walking required: There will be some walking but most of it will be close to your vehicle.

    How to find me:  Red Jeep Wrangler 

    Driving directions:  After you leave the interstate you will follow a pave road that will turn into a gravel windy road that will turn into a pave road as you enter Cataloochee.  Use Google maps for direction.  Meet at the Ranger's House in Cataloochee. This will be the first house on your right after you pass the Cataloochee Campground on your left.  Look for my vehicle to be parked in front of the house.  There are a couple of dog pens to the left of the house.  It is important to arrive on time. 

    • 10/08/2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Oconaluftee Visitor Center parking area
    Register

    SANP Field Event

    Oconaluftee Elk in the Evening

    NEW DATE 

    Leader: Dale Potter    Phone:  (865)-773-8114      E-mail: dalepotter55@gmail.com

    Meeting place: Oconaluftee Visitor Center

    Registration available:  Starting today


    Always Check SANP Website for the Latest About the Field Event


    This is a Saturday afternoon venture into the Smokies.  Bring your zoom lens and enjoy photographing the elk. Be prepared to do some walking to photograph the elk.  The walking will be on mostly flat terrain or roadway areas. We will try to be in place for the elk as they cross the river from the Cherokee side to the Oconaluftee fields. We should be in place to watch the elk as they will start arriving after we arrive and should stay out until dusk.  This area has a bull with one of the largest antler racks. How many we see in this area will vary due to the hazy by the rangers. We may decide to venture to some of the other areas for viewing the elk.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Arriving on time is important.


    Learning opportunities: 

    This is a good opportunity to practice your wildlife shooting with various lighting.


    What to wear:   Bring a jacket as the temperature will drop as the sun goes down.  Dress for the weather.

    What to bring:  Camera, tripod, water, snacks and whatever you need to be comfortable photographing.  

    Walking required: Walking to photographed the elk will be necessary as the elk could be moving from the different fields along the river and road. It will be at a walking pace but might be a couple miles overall.  

    How to find me:  Red Jeep Wrangler 

    Driving directions:  Oconaluftee Visitor Center parking area.

    • 11/05/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The University of Tennessee Arboretum located at 901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37830.
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    Sponsor: Ron McConathy, mcconathy@aronsha.com, 865-387-8673 (mobile)

    Location: The University of Tennessee Arboretum located at 901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37830. All photographs must be made while the photographer is standing inside the Arboretum property boundary. Arboretum information is at  https://utarboretum.tennessee.edu/ .

    Date & Time: Saturday, 5 November, 2022, between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

    Maximum Number of Participants (5 minimum for judging): No maximum.

    Purpose of this Challenge:  The purpose of this challenge is to photograph fall colors and scenes at the UT Arboretum. The photographers should try to capture the feeling of autumn in their images. Any applicable subjects allowed in the 2022 Salon can be photographed (see Salon 2022 for categories).

    Challenge Procedure:  You must register for this challenge if you want to submit images for judging. You will receive a registration confirmation. You may submit up to three images for judging, following the guidelines below for file naming, file size, and deadline. Before the images are posted to Zenfolio for judging, the Administrator will replace the Participant's name with an assigned Participant Number to help ensure image anonymity during the judging. If you have questions, contact Ron McConathy, mcconathy@aronsha.com.

    If a Participant wants his/her images displayed on Zenfolio but not judged, that can be stated in the email with the submissions.

    Note: Challenge image submissions will be posted in a Challenge Gallery on the SANP Zenfolio website accessible to the public; winners will be displayed on SANP social media, the SANP website, and in the SANP Newsletter.

    Equipment Specifications:

        Camera: Any handheld type of camera is allowed. (Drones are NOT allowed.)
        Lens focal length: Only lens focal lengths from 14–300 mm may be used (35mm equivalent focal lengths).
        Filters: Neutral density, polarizing, and closeup filters may be used.
        Flash: On-camera or off-camera flash is NOT allowed.
        Tripod: Any tripod is allowed.
        Cell Phone: Any cell phone is allowed.
        Other: The photographer must get signed model releases from any people recognizable in a photograph.
        Photography Technique Specifications: None
        Processing Technique Specifications: None

    Entering Challenge Images for Judging

    Entries must be received by midnight, 12 Nov, 2022. Participants may submit up to three JPEG digital image files (not over 4 MB each). The Participant’s copyright information and the image metadata must be embedded in the submitted image files.

    Send your entries to mcconathy@aronsha.com. Entries received late, too large, or not in the proper file name format will not be judged. If you want your images displayed on Zenfolio but not judged, state that when you submit the images.

    Name the digital files in the following format:

        SANPPC-202211-a-A_Photographer

    Where:

        SANPPC stands for ‘SANP Photography Challenge’ (do not change this)
        202211 is the year and month (month is always two digits)
        a is the participant’s first entry (b = second entry, c = third entry)

        A_Photographer is the photographer’s first initial and last name

Past events

09/27/2022 September Club Meeting - Featuring Ken Jenkins
08/30/2022 August 2022 Club Meeting
08/24/2022 How to Assemble Prints For Salon
08/20/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
08/13/2022 Bears, Birds and Butterflies
08/07/2022 August Photo Challenge
07/26/2022 July Meeting - Speaker Steve Zigler
07/23/2022 Kyker Bottoms Adventure With Bob
07/16/2022 Birds, Flowers, Frogs and More
07/10/2022 Flowers of Cades Cove
07/04/2022 Sunflowers, Birds, Caterpillars, & Bees
07/02/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
06/28/2022 June 2022 Club Meeting
06/25/2022 UPDATED Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald by the AT
05/31/2022 May Club Meeting
05/30/2022 Cades Cove Memorial Day
05/29/2022 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find
05/28/2022 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades
05/07/2022 May Photo Challenge
04/29/2022 Florida Bird Trip
04/26/2022 Meeting April 26 at 7 PM, featuring Sharon Wright Cottrell
04/23/2022 Cades Cove Before Repaving II
04/16/2022 Wildflowers at Frozen Head
04/02/2022 Porters Creek Trail Wildflowers
03/26/2022 Cades Cove in the Spring
03/22/2022 Club Meeting Event
03/19/2022 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find In March
03/05/2022 Eagles at Douglas Dam
03/05/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
02/27/2022 Eagles at Douglas Dam CANCELED
02/26/2022 Cades Cove Pre-Spring
02/22/2022 February Club Meeting
02/05/2022 February Photo Challenge
01/25/2022 January 2022 Meeting
01/10/2022 2022 Digital Image Salon Entries
12/31/2021 Sunset with Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
12/26/2021 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/23/2021 November Club Meeting
10/26/2021 October Club Meeting with Ron McConathy
10/23/2021 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades in the Fall
10/13/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 3
10/02/2021 Cataloochee, Elk, Palmer Chapel and Old Homes
09/30/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 2
09/28/2021 September Meeting with Kendall Chiles
09/26/2021 Elk and a Sunset
09/23/2021 Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower
09/11/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
08/31/2021 August Meeting with Roger Trentham
08/28/2021 Cades Cove Early Morning Visit
08/14/2021 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
08/07/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
07/31/2021 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find
07/28/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop
07/27/2021 July Meeting with Mike Matthews
07/24/2021 Dragon Flies, Bees and Flowers,etc
07/17/2021 Sunflowers, Birds, Caterpillars, & Bees
07/09/2021 Milky Way Photography - Foothills Parkway
06/29/2021 June Meeting with David Swindler
06/19/2021 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades
06/12/2021 Lost Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls plus, Twin Falls
05/25/2021 May Meeting with Darrell Gulin, a Canon Explorer's of Light
05/15/2021 Indian Flat Waterfalls GSMNP
05/08/2021 2 in 1, Sunrise at Luftee and Mingus Mill
05/01/2021 Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole Waterfalls
04/27/2021 April 27 Meeting: Interpretive Photography In America’s National Parks
04/25/2021 Potluck Wildflowers
04/18/2021 Frozen Head Wildflowers
04/17/2021 Norris Dam Wildflowers
04/10/2021 Night Skyscapes Photography
03/30/2021 March 30 Meeting with Richard Bernabe
03/06/2021 What to do in March? Sunrise
02/23/2021 February 2021 Meeting--2021 Salon Reveal
02/20/2021 Little Pigeon River in Black & White
01/26/2021 January 26 Meeting Features Adam Jones
01/23/2021 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/24/2020 SANP November Zoom Meeting with Tony Sweet
10/31/2020 Sunrise and Fall Foliage Event - Missing Link, Foothills Parkway, GSMNP
10/27/2020 October Club Meeting - Tim Grey Presentation: Workflow Tips for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
10/24/2020 Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP
09/29/2020 September 29 Club Meeting
08/25/2020 August 25 Club Meeting

Contacts:     Ed Stickle, President       Brad Cottrell, Membership       Website (sanpinfo@sanp.net)

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Mailing address: 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Ste 107A-231, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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