Autumn Color in Linville Gorge © Kate Silvia

Ridges and fog at sunrise, Blue Ridge Parkway © Kate Silvia

Ridges and fog at sunrise, Blue Ridge Parkway © Kate Silvia

Autumn Swirls © Kate Silvia

Autumn Swirls © Kate Silvia

Linn Cove Viaduct and fog © Kate Silvia

Linn Cove Viaduct and fog © Kate Silvia

Hidden Waterfall  © Kate Silvia

Hidden Waterfall  © Kate Silvia

North Carolina Highlands Autumn Workshop Deposit

North Carolina Highlands Autumn Workshop Deposit w/ Kate Silvia

October 9-13, 2016 Banner Elk, NC

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The 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is “America’s Favorite Drive” and includes nearly 300 overlooks. The area in and around Banner Elk North Carolina boasts some of the most rugged and diverse landscapes along the parkway. From Linville Falls, a 150ft waterfall with 4 distinct drops, to Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains (elevation 5,946 ft), you'll have the opportunity to photograph amazing landscapes, epic sunrises and sunsets, incredible waterfalls, and pristine mountain lakes. 

This area of the parkway is home to the famous Linn Cove Viaduct, a 1,243 ft long concrete bridge that curves around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. If you’re afraid of heights, I suggest you let someone else drive! 

Places we may visit:

  • Linville Falls-Spectacular 3 tiered waterfall plunging into the Linville Gorge
  • Grandfather Mountain- Mile High Swinging Bridge, 360 Degree Views, black bears, cougars, and river otters.
  • Newland Waterfall Park-Three segmented waterfalls with easy access
  • Price Lake-Mountain Lake with great views. 
  • Crabtree Falls-A gorgeous 70 Ft. waterfall surrounded by hardwoods.
  • Rough Ridge Trail-Amazing views, large boulders and a boardwalk.
  • Beacon Heights-Large Rock outcropping with views of Grandfather and Grandmother mountain.
  • Wiseman’s View-Overlooks Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon” of the east! 

Workshop Timeline

  • Day 1: We will meet at 3pm at the Best Western for a brief meet & greet followed by a sunset shoot on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Day 2-4: Each day we will have field sessions in the early morning and later afternoons with waterfall and forest photography sprinkled in when the light and weather is right. In addition to location shoots, we will also be spending time in the classroom covering lectures on photography and post processing techniques.
  • Day 5: The workshop will conclude at 11am after a full morning session including sunrise.

Basic Itinerary

  • Subject to change for weather conditions. 
  • Mornings: Sunrise along the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Waterfalls, short mountain hikes, and photo editing during the day
  • Evenings: Sunsets along the Blue Ridge Parkway and at least one NIGHT shoot over Price Lake.

Difficulty/Hiking Descriptions

Hiking difficulty will range from easy to strenuous depending on the location. 

Beacon Heights and Rough Ridge are less than half mile hikes over rocky, rooted terrain. Quality hiking boots are highly recommended. Elevation gain is less than 200 feet. 

Newland Waterfall Park, Price Lake, and Wiseman’s View are easily accessible with little to no hiking.

Subjects Covered:

  • Long Exposures
  • Essential Composition
  • Night Photography
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Waterfall photography
  • Basics of Lightroom
  • Intro to Photoshop Layers