Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 10/24/2020
    • 7:20 AM (EDT)
    • Foothills Parkway - Registrations for this event have reached the capacity limit for the parking area. For an alternative, go to the SANP website Events page and register for a similar event titled, “Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP.”

    Registrations for this event have reached the capacity limit for the parking area.  For an alternative, you may register for a similar event titled, “Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP.”

    Leader:  Joe Rentz
    E-mail:  drjoe77749@gmail.com 
    Phone:  865-659-2721
    Meeting Place:  See Directions below.

    Description:
    The “Missing Link” section of the Foothills Parkway opened to the public in mid-November 2018. It’s an extension of the Foothills Pkwy West section that’s been there for a long time, and goes 16 miles from near Walland to near Wears Valley. There are spectacular views of different things at different elevations. I’ve found a good pull over for sunrise. If conditions are right, a thick blanket of fog forms over the Little River, which runs along the base of the mountain, and the fog is visible from several pull overs. There’s a panoramic view of Clingman’s Dome, Mount LeConte, Rich Mountain and more, with Townsend down below. There’s a long curved bridge (similar to Lynn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway) that I think is actually 5 bridges joined together. Many like to use the bridge in their compositions.

    After shooting from the Pkwy, we will decide on the option to go to the Middle Prong of Little River in GSMNP (Tremont) for stream photos.

    Recommended Equipment:
    Take what you have. I recommend something fairly wide for the vistas (I’ll use my 24-70mm). I’ll also take my 70-200mm for zooming in and closeups of leaves and woods. I’ll even take my 200-500mm. On a clear day I’ve gotten a photo of the Clingman’s Dome structure from there, and at the Wears Valley end there’s a view of Little River coming down from the mountain. But my all purpose 28-300mm lens would do just fine, as will a good smart phone. A polarizing filter is a great idea, as it knocks the glare off the leaves and enhances color. A tripod is recommended.

    Directions:
    Do not rely on GPS to get you there. From Maryville, take U.S. Hwy 321 (Lamar Alexander Parkway) about 10 miles to the Foothills Parkway entrance on the right. It’s about ½ mile past the Walland Post Office. Turn LEFT to get on the new section of the Parkway. Go about 10.5 miles and there’s a good sized pull off on the right with a big boulder. That’s where we’ll meet and shoot sunrise. (A landmark is, about a mile before that, there’s a big pull off on the left, Caylor Gap, that may have a sign. None of the other pull offs are named). From Wears Valley, Take U.S. 321 toward Townsend and go a mile or two to the Foothills entrance. I’m guessing the pull off with the boulder is about 5 or 6 miles.

    Note:
    There are no restroom facilities on the parkway.  It’s not too far from Walland or Wears Valley though. We will practice social distancing, or masking if we are closer together than 6’.  Due to Covid, I will not be carpooling.  If you plan to go, please click the Register button on the web page, or click the Yes button on the email announcement.  Sunrise is at 7:50am that day so I set the time for 7:20am.

    Registrations for this event have reached the capacity limit for the parking area.  For an alternative, you may register for a similar event titled, “Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP.”
    • 10/24/2020
    • 7:20 AM (EDT)
    • Foothills Parkway West - First overlook west of Hwy 321 at Walland. See Driving directions in Event details.
    Register

    This event has been added to satisfy the overwhelming response for the Sunrise and Fall Foliage event which has exceeded its registration limit, and it is now closed.  This additional event on the same day will offer a similar experience.  Both locations are excellent photographic view points.

    Leader:  Brad Cottrell
    E-mail:  cottrelb@bellsouth.net
    Phone:  (865) 235-8350
    Meeting place:  See Driving Directions below

    Location description: 
    The Foothills Parkway is a great place to view the ridge line of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Combined with a beautiful sunrise, the view can be spectacular.  Layers of blue mountains laced with drifting chains of mist lead the eye to the radiant orange and magenta of the twilight sky.  On the slopes just below the overlook, the foreground is warmed by hardwoods decorated with fall color.  There is potential here for great photographs.

    When the sunrise shoot is completed, we may decide to move to the Middle Prong, upstream from the Tremont Environmental Education Center.  Many lively cascades tumble through the boulders in the Middle Prong as they hurry toward the quieter waters of the Little River.  Layers of fallen foliage should add colorful accents to your compositions.

    Recommended equipment:
    Lenses in the normal to telephoto range will be most useful for making large images of the rising sun.  Wide angle lenses work better for making starburst images.  Single focal length wide angles (as opposed to wide angle zooms) are best for starbursts.  A split neutral density filter can help you get good exposure on the sky and the foreground in the same shot.   A polarizing filter will reduce glare and produce more saturated colors.  Tripod and remote shutter release are essential for the sharpest images.

    Driving directions:
    From Maryville, take U.S. Hwy 321 (Lamar Alexander Parkway) about 10 miles to the Foothills Parkway.  The Parkway intersection is about ½ mile beyond the Walland Post Office.  Turn right (west) onto the Foothills Parkway, and drive approximately 2 miles to the first overlook.  Sunrise will be at 7:50am, so plan to arrive by 7:20am so you won't miss the dramatic skies that sometimes occur before sunrise.

    Due to Covid-19, carpooling is not recommended.   We will practice social distancing and masking.  

    Registration:
    If you plan to go, please click the Register button on the web page, or click the Yes button on the email announcement. 

    • 10/27/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual meeting via GoToWebinar

    Tim Grey - photographer, author, educator and international traveler - will share workflow tips related to both organizing and optimizing photos using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, in a live online webinar presentation. Along the way you'll see some of Tim's favorite photos from his travels around the world. Tim will also address questions from those who attend the live online presentation.

    To attend this meeting, you must register here:
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5896239265778414608

    A confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting will be sent to you.   Before joining the meeting, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connections issues. 

    Tim's bio is available here and in the October newsletter.

Past events

09/29/2020 September 29 Club Meeting
08/25/2020 August 25 Club Meeting

Contacts:     Kendall Chiles, President       Brad Cottrell, Membership       Website (sanpinfo@sanp.net)

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