Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 05/08/2021
    • 5:30 AM (EDT)
    • Luftee Overlook, Highway 441
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    SANP Field Event

    2 in 1, Sunrise at Luftee and Mingus Mill

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

     

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

    Meeting place: Luftee Overlook, Highway 441

    Time:  5:30 am

    Registration available:  Beginning today



     

    Location Description: Luftee Overlook, with a parking lot on the right about 8 tenths of a mile past Newfound Gap as you go toward Cherokee. This is known as the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook, one of the best sunrise locations in the Smokies.  This is a large parking area for us to use with the overlook for the sunrise being on the left. Sunrises from this location can be amazing.  Sunrise is at 6:34 am but you will want to be setup for the Blue Hour which is 5:44 am.


    After photography the sunrise, we will take a short drive down the road to Mingus Mill.  For information about Mingus Mill visit here.  We should get at the mill at a good time for some photogaphs. For those interested in photography inside the mill, it should be open at 9:00 am.


     

    Learning opportunities:  This will give you a chance to practice your landscape photography at the blue hour and the golden hour, along with working with capturing the sunrise at different phases as it comes over the horizon.  Yes it is early but sunrises are always early.  Come join us as you experience the sunrise.  Afterward we might decide to visit some other locations nearby.


    For some information about photographing sunrise check out these links:

    Sunrise Photography: The Definitive Guide    

    15 Easy Tips For Better Sunrise Photography

    The Complete Guide to Sunrise & Sunset Photography


    What to bring:

    • Your favorite DSLR camera and best wide angle lens. You may want to bring your zoom lens also.
    •  Any neutral density filters you want to use. 
    • Remote shutter release, extra batteries. 
    • Bring cold weather gear, hand warmers depending on the weather. 
    • Tripod 


    COVID-19 precautions:

    We will practice social distancing and wear masks to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.  Carpooling is not recommended.

     

    Driving directions:  We will meet at Luftee Overlook. See Google for driving directions. Bathrooms are available at Newfound Gap.

    How to Find Me: Red Jeep Wrangler

    • 05/15/2021
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • Upper Tremont Road at Middle Prong Trailhead
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    SANP Field Event

    Indian Flat Waterfall Cascades & More

    Saturday, May 15th, 2021

     

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

    Meeting place: Middle Prong Trailhead on Upper Tremont Road in GSMNP

    Time: 7:00 am

    Registration available:  Beginning today 


    Description: Indian Flat Falls are not on the trail maps, but the falls are one of the more photographed falls in the smokies. The falls consist of four cascades. One is easily access by a short off trail, the others require a little more effort.  This is an easy to moderate, 7.5  miles walk roundtrip on an old road bed up Middle Prong Trail. Elevation gain: 1100 feet.

    We start at the end of Tremont Road where Old Tremont, the 1920s logging town, once stood. The Middle Prong Trail follows an old railroad grade along beautiful Lynn Camp Prong. In places the trail will be somewhat rocky. Panther Falls can be seen within the first mile. At 3.0 miles there's evidence of the old CCC dining hall and a furnace. Further up, the trail crosses Indian Flats Prong on a wide bridge. Less than half a mile up is a short side trail to Indian Flats Falls. We will follow a side trail about 150 feet to the uppermost falls. The side trail isn't marked. The first type I led a group to this location in 2010, I was told that the falls did not exist by another hike leader. Since then more people have discovered the falls, especially photographers.  It is a great location to photograph from in the fall.  Some of the better photos require you getting in the water.  Four falls in all that drop 65 feet and run 170 feet. 


    Learning opportunities: 

    This is a good location to work on your technique for getting pleasing images of waterfalls and fast water.

    How to meter for the best exposure

    How to interpret the histogram for the best exposure.

    What shutter speeds to use for the look you want

    How to use polarizers and neutral density filters

    Lenses of any focal length from 20mm to about 300mm will be useful. Tripod…..mandatory.

    What to bring: Shoes that you are comfortable getting your feet wet in. You can change at the falls if you so desire but you may want to stop along the walk to the falls to get some other photos in the water.

    Bring water and snacks.  

    An overcast day would be ideal for this trip.  An early start allows us to get to the Falls without a bright sun.

    Walking required: The trail is an easy to moderate 7.5 mile in and out trail.  It is an old road bed for most of the way.  

    Bathroom is available at Tremont Institute if you want to stop before heading up the Upper Tremont Road. 

    COVID-19 precautions:

    We will practice social distancing and wear masks to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.  

     

    Driving directions:  From the intersection of Little River Road and Laurel Creek Road, go 0.2 miles toward Cades Cove and turn left at the Treemont sign. Follow Treemont Road, it will turn into a gravel road, follow it 3 miles until it ends at a turnaround.  You can Google Middle Prong Trailhead, Townsend, Tn.   I will be in a red Jeep Wrangler.


    • 05/25/2021
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom video meeting - SANP club members do not need to register. Guests must register to receive the Zoom link in email.
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    On Tuesday, May 25, Darrell Gulin will join us for a Zoom meeting where he will be presenting a program titled, "Western Landscape and Cowboys/Cowgirls." In this program, which has a western theme throughout, Darrell will share images of landscapes from the western third of the United States along with images of cowboy horse drives, such as the one here (copyright Darrell Gulin) over almost the last 25 plus years. He will also share information about the equipment used and why along with information on how the images were taken, including his thought process in creating some of these images.

    Join us on May 25 for what promises to be a most interesting presentation. 

    SANP club members do not need to register.  The Zoom link will be automatically emailed to you. Guests who are not SANP club members must register to receive the Zoom link in email.

    Read Darrell's bio.

    • 06/19/2021
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • Greenbrier Ranger Station GSMNP
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    SANP Field Event

    Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

     

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

    Meeting place: Greenbrier Ranger Station GSMNP

    Time:  7:00 am

    Registration available:  Beginning today 


    Description:  This will be an off trail adventure for those who want to visit some cascades that most do not get to see. There will be one stream crossing which should be easily managed. You may want water shoes, but you may just want to enjoy rockhopping.  Have you visited  Alpenrose Falls, Kurume Falls, Glenn Dale Falls, Mountain Laurel Falls, Pinxter Falls, Rhodora Falls, & finally Oldhamii Fall?  These cascades are collectively known as Rhododendron Creek Falls.  The names of the falls vary depending on who you are talking to. Do not expect me to be able to tell you the names of the falls. I only promise to get you in and out of the area.

    You can visit Jerry Whaley's description of the area starting at page 44 here and see some of his pics of the area.
    For more information about the area vist this page as they 

    We may visit a cemetery in this area.This area is an off trail, so you may want to bring a hiking pole for maintaining your balance and assistance on rock hopping the one stream.  

    Learning opportunities: 

    This is a good location to work on your technique for getting pleasing images of waterfalls and water.

    How to meter for the best exposure

    How to interpret the histogram for the best exposure.

    What shutter speeds to use for the look you want

    How to use polarizers and neutral density filters

    Lenses of any focal length from 20mm to about 300mm will be useful. Tripod…..mandatory.

    What to wear:  It is June. Do the nature of this event, you are best to wear hiking type clothes that are air wicking and quick drying.  Cotton shirts and jeans will just retain the moisture and make you miserable.  You may want to wear a hat.  Bug Spray may be helpful.

    What to bring:  Bring lunch, snacks, and water.  We may be off the trail before lunch but if we decide to visit the steam engine on Injun Creek you may want lunch due to the early start.

    Walking required: The trail is an easy to moderate. If we do the trail as a loop it will be about 6.9 miles.  At a minimum 3 miles.  Moderate Elevation.  Our pace will be slower due to stopping along the way.

    COVID-19 precautions:

    We will practice social distancing and wear masks to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.  

     

    Driving directions: Greenbrier Ranger Station off of Highway 321. It will be on your right about a mile off 321.  This is the same road that one takes for Ramsay Cascades and Porters Creek.  Google or Waze should get you there.


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

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