jmiguez Lafayette, US Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010
Sun 28-Oct-12 06:53 PM
"Eric Bowles and the Smoky Mountains Workshop"
If any Nikonians have the Smoky Mountain National Park on your places to photo list, may I suggest Eric Bowles, known as ericbowles on Nikonians. Eric runs workshops throughout the area. I have just recently returned from three days of photographing the Smokys with Eric as my guide.
He knew all the places for the "must get" shots and when to be there. We photographed Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove, including Sparks Lane, Tremont, etc. His knowledge of photography, camera, and the area made him invaluable. He even knew the best places to eat
So, if you are planning a trip and wondering what to shoot and where to go in the the Smoky's, I highly recommend you contact Eric.
phfcpa Boca Raton, US Nikonian since 04th Nov 2007
Mon 05-Nov-12 01:56 PM
#3. "RE: Eric Bowles and the Smoky Mountains Workshop" In response to Reply # 1
Eric, Have you taken photos of the black Bears in April, May or June in Cades Cove. What in your opinion is the best time of year for that. You also do a wildflower workshop, do you have the 2013 dates yet? Do you also do any waterfalls then? Thanks. Phil
ericbowles Atlanta, US Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Mon 05-Nov-12 02:40 PM
#4. "RE: Eric Bowles and the Smoky Mountains Workshop" In response to Reply # 3
Early in the year the bears don't look very good. They are lean with spotty coats after going through a long winter. I have never gotten a good adult bear photo in early spring. The same is true for the deer - they are just a bit ratty in April and don't have antlers. Deer and bears are a lot better in late May or June through September - but then you end up fighting crowds a bit more.
The Wildflower Workshop is still being finalized - it will be in mid-April. That's a great time of year for streams and a lot of wildflower photos are around water. When timing is right, you get tiny bright green leaves on the trees. There are lots of great places for wildflowers. Cades Cove is not as important in the spring - we visit the area, but most of the wildflowers are in other areas.