I attended my photography's club 2nd annual Fall Colors workshop in the mountains of North Carolina. Last year 8 of us went on this workshop and rented a cabin for 5 days 4 nights and we had a ball traveling around the mountains taking in the fall colors and working on our technique of photographing waterfalls and wildlife. The trip last year was so go that this year we went again but 12 of us went and we rented 2 cabins. Again we had our daily events set up for us by our club officers and we had a good mix of wildlife photography and landscape photography with the fall colors in full bloom. Photography Technique's were shared by the more advanced photographers to the newer photographers and equipment was shared by all. This is a very unique experience for most and we all learned a lot and got great photo's. But that wasn't the best part of the trip.
The fellowship of like minded people (Photo Nuts) and being able to talk about our craft and our perspective on how we see the world was the best part to me. We had many people from different walks of life different ages,backgrounds,ect... But we all had one thing in common. The love of photography and being out in nature with each other. We were like little kids out playing in the school yard with enthusiasm and we were as excited as we could be. Leading up to the workshop people started getting
excited and group text started with what to bring and going off on all sorts of tangents. After we arrived the excitement level didn't slow down any and we were excited on what we were doing and looking forward to the next days adventure. We ate together photographed together stayed together in the cabin and traveled together yet our photographs were very different because we all see the world in different ways. We became very close as a group and nicknames started to be given. Some of us had nicknames from the trip last year that carried over to this year and new members got nicknames. Usually for things that have gone wrong. Like "Splash" for falling in the water or "Crash" for someone who fell down. But it was all in good fun. Decisions that had to be made were discussed with members of the group and final decisions were made by our officers. We all picked fun of each other but never seemed to get on anyone's nerves. We had no personality conflicts among members. Fun was had by all. This was our shooting itinerary.
Day 1- Travel to Cabin and Soco Falls in Maggie Vally
Day 2- Cades Cove Tn. and Mingus Mill
Day 3- Looking Glass Falls , High Falls, Triple Falls, Cabin
Day 4- Elk at Cataloochee NC and Shoal Mill Falls at Living Waters
Day 5- Rainy day and ride back home