David Simchock Photography | Blue Ridge Autumn Color Photo Tour / Workshop

Blue Ridge Autumn Color, Landscape & Nature Photography Workshop

October 17 - 21, 2018

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Eastatoe Falls - NCEastatoe Falls - NC© Copyright David Simchock Workshop Overview: Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains – there is no better time to be here than when Mother Nature transforms the spring and summer greenery into a colorful palette of reds, oranges and yellows, with a splash of evergreen thrown in. Sunrises and sunsets, although spectacular any season of the year, take on an entirely different aesthetic, weaving magical light in with a touch of moody fog or low cloud, and all of the seasonal color that one could imagine. Waterfalls and wildlife find themselves framed in a touch of natural beauty, begging to have their photo captured. And, that is what this workshop is about –- capturing the natural beauty of this awe-inspiring part of the world during a truly special time of the year. We’ll shoot and review (and shoot some more), and build lasting friendships that will stay with us for as long as our photos are there to remind us of our unique experience.

Based at the exquisite Mountain Lens workshop facility in Hendersonville, North Carolina (about 40 minutes south of Asheville), this workshop / tour is not to be missed by landscape and nature photographers from both near and afar.


Instructor: David Simchock (click here for more details)

Assistant: Rich Nicoloff (www.JourneyFineArt.com)

Base Location: Mountain Lens, Hendersonville, NC (www.MountainLens.com)

Mountain Lens Workshop FacilityMountain Lens Workshop FacilityHendersonville, NC Workshop Itinerary: This is an overview of the workshop schedule. Itinerary is subject to change due to weather and/or seasonal conditions.

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 17: Reception / Meet & Greet / Overview / Q&A at Mountain Lens facility in Hendersonville, NC. Light fare with a touch of wine will be served as we kick off our long weekend together, set in the beauty of the Mountain Lens grounds.

Day 2 – Thursday, October 18: Mountain sunrise shoot, followed by a stop at a roadside waterfall on the way back to Mountain Lens. Afternoon of post-processing of the morning’s shoot, along with a critique session and briefing for sunset shoot and the following day’s activities.

Day 3 – Friday, October 19: Morning shoot in the Great Smoky Mountains, including wildlife, historic architecture and rambling mountain streams. Picnic lunch (provided with tour fee), followed by a mountain sunset shoot on the Appalachian Trail.

Day 4 – Saturday, October 20: Mountain sunrise shoot followed by waterfalls. Afternoon of post-processing, critique. Mountain sunset shoot.

Day 5 – Sunday, October 21: Sunrise shoot or macro photography session, followed by a workshop wrap-up at Mountain Lens.

Optional Day 5 Activities: Photo Tour in Downtown Asheville (1pm to 7pm; $95 per person)

Maximum Number of Participants: 8 (plus workshop instructor and assistant)

Blue Ridge Parkway VistaBlue Ridge Parkway Vista© Copyright David Simchock


Cataloochee Valley - NCCataloochee Valley - NC© Copyright David Simchock What’s Included in the Workshop:

  • Professional photography instruction in the field and in a classroom setting
  • Instruction topics include camera operation (exposure, focus, etc), use of accessories (e.g., tripod, filters, etc.), landscape, nature, water flow, close-up, and in-camera abstractions
  • Group Image critique sessions
  • Digital Workflow overview and insight (using Adobe Lightroom)
  • Light fare for Reception (suggest that participants eat dinner prior to this)
  • Picnic lunch one day
  • Morning coffee at Mountain Lens facility
  • Access to the relaxing amenities of the Mountain Lens grounds


What’s not included in the Workshop:

  • Air fare / transportation to and from Western North Carolina
  • Transportation during the workshop activities (we will car share)
  • Accommodations *
  • Meals (with exception to the picnic lunch on one of the days)

* We recommend the lodging options at Mountain Lens. Contact April or Jeff at Mountain Lens for details and booking assistance.)


Recommended Camera Gear:

  • DSLR or high-end “mirrorless” camera body
  • Back-up / spare camera body
  • Memory cards; Batteries; Batter charger
  • Wide angle and telephoto lenses; a macro lens may also be useful
  • Sturdy tripod; Cable release or remote trigger
  • Polarizing filter; Neutral density filters (ND); Graduated ND filters
  • Camera bag / Back-pack
  • Lens cleaning kit; Digital sensor cleaning kit
  • Laptop computer w/ RAW file processing software (e.g., Adobe Lightroom)
  • Camera instruction manual or field guide
  • Flashlight / head-lamp
  • Warm clothing, suitable for cold temperatures and wet weather


Cataloochee Valley - NCCataloochee Valley - NC© Copyright David Simchock Skill Level Requirements: All participants should be proficient using their DSLR or mirrorless camera, and have a reasonable understanding of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, light meter). Participants should also be proficient in a photography post-processing software package, capable of processing RAW files. They should bring a laptop computer with them. This workshop will use Adobe Lightroom as the post-processing / digital workflow software of choice.

Physical Requirements: Short hikes / walks will be required for most locations, with the possibility of stairs in some places. The longest planned hike is about 25 minutes on a gradual wide trail. Hiking boots and wet weather gear is recommended (for both yourself and your camera gear). There may be the possibility of wading into mountain streams, so boots / waders may come in handy (but, by no means essential).

Workshop Fee: $795 per person

Early Bird Discount: Save $80 by registering before July 15, 2018

Payment Policy: A $250 deposit is required to secure a space in this workshop. Balance of payment is due by August 16, 2018. A liability waiver will need to be signed during the registration process.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given if cancelation is made less than 60 days from the start of the workshop (after August 16, 2018). Cancellations prior to this date will be refunded their deposit and balance, minus a $100 cancelation fee.

Scenes you might see on this workshop / tour: CLICK HERE


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