The Smokies in November…

For those of you that may not know, Bill Lea actually lives in the Townsend area and so he is very familiar with the Smokies in all seasons.  We have had a couple of conversations about why we are excited to be having the Summit in the first part of November this year instead of the end of October and I just wanted to share with you here a written and visual interpretation of  Bill’s experience of  the Smokies in November…

“For those of you who have not been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first week of November to photograph fall, you are in for a surprise.  It is one of my favorite times to photograph scenery in the Smokies.  Some years, the colors can be simply amazing in early November at the lower elevations.  Combine that with the fact that we always seem to have a better than average chance for fog and maybe even some hoar frost – it can be fabulous.  Of course, the best part of all is that the Park is nearly void of people.  It is like everybody leaves the Smokies on the last day of October, which is fine with me.  I can get around the Park easily in my efforts to chase the fog, light, and colors I so dearly love!  Please come join us at Great Smoky Mountains Summit this November 1st- 5th and see for yourselves how wonderful it is in the Smokies at this time of year (but please don’t tell everyone you know – I love having the park kind of to myself in early November.)  All of the images shown here were taken during the first half of November over the past seven years or so.”

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Registration for the 2017 Summit opens this week…Wednesday, March 1st!

We are so excited that we get to open registration for the 3rd Annual Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit this week!  Wednesday, March 1st starting at 9am Eastern Standard Time, you will be able to register for the 2017 Summit which will take place November 1st-5th in Townsend, Tennessee.  We will also open registration for our three Pre-Conference classes on March 1st as well!  So much talent lined up for this year, I can hardly believe how fortunate we are to have all of these folks together in one place at the same time!  Here is the line-up of instructors for the 2017 Summit…


For more info on each of the instructors, please check out our Summit Leaders page here on the site.  If you are on our mailing list, look for a registration email coming to your inbox soon!

The Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit…Volume III!

2017 is well on it’s way as it is hard to believe we are already over halfway through January!  We hope that wherever you are, you have had the opportunity to get out and spend some time behind your camera capturing your view of the world and enjoying the experience of it all.

Fall will be here before we know it, which will bring with it the 2017 Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit!  The 3rd Annual Photography Summit will be held in Townsend, Tennessee once again at Tremont Lodge & Resort from November 1st-November 5th.

We have an AMAZING team of instructors shaping up for you so far this year!  We are still working on finalizing the list with schedules and such, but so far, I can announce that the following will be part of the 2017 Summit Team:

Bill Fortney, Tony Sweet, RC Concepcion, Ken Jenkins, Brett Wells, Mandy Lea, and Chris Nicholson

More names being added to that list soon!  Registration for the 2017 Summit will open on March 1st.  Stay tuned for more updates….