18th ANPAT in Spring - Smokies

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Smokies - Double 22-APR-2018 Eric Bowles $2619 $2719 Checkout Add to cart

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Come with us to celebrate the 18th year of the traditional Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (ANPAT) this spring, the Nikonians event of the year, this time in the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. It will be a full week of photography, shop talk and camaraderie.


In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It has been said that spring is arguably the best time of the year to visit the many beautiful waterfalls in the park. Temperatures are usually mild, insects are still at a minimum, the trails are often lined with beautiful wildflowers and the typical spring rains make for a heavier flow of water at the various falls.

We planned to start in Townsend with Cades Cove, Tremont, Roaring Fork, Greenbrier, and Clingman’s Dome.

Then we’ll head to Sylva for the southern and eastern spots – Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Valley, Deep Creek, and Oconoluftee.

And we will include a day trip to the Biltmore house in Asheville that combines with sunrise and sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The areas we will be touring are blessed with an abundance of inspiring natural landscapes and wildlife. But what makes the area special are the streams and wildflowers.

Cades Cove is known for deer, wild turkeys, black bears, and other wildlife. Deer will make a great subject. Wild turkey will be in breeding plumage. Black bears will be a bit skinny and scraggly after the winter, but when we see bears or bear cubs we’ll look for photo opportunities.

Cataloochee Valley is known for historic buildings and elk, and we’ll be close to the start of elf calving. The landscape opportunities alone would make the trip worthwhile.

The Smokies are known for great landscapes; there are few cliché images but you can expect to create original images of streams fog in valleys, and mountain layers.

Along the way, there will be plenty of creative opportunities for macro, infrared, and other specialties. Spring in the Smokies is known for wonderful diversity of wildflowers from trillium to lady’s slippers and lots more. Because of the elevation range, we’ll be able to move higher to extend the bloom season.


From Sunday April 22, 2018, arrival

To Sunday April 29, 2018, departure


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, Georgia


All Gold and Platinum Nikonians members of all skill levels.

If you are not a Nikonians member yet, please go into our community website to register and enroll, and choose Gold or Platinum membership level.

If you are a Basic or Silver member simply upgrade here before booking your seat.


For your comfort, we will be driving in 12-seat passenger vans, occupied by a maximum of 8 Nikonians each, leaving plenty of space for camera bags and tripods in our daily runs.

We will be staying at one comfortable and convenient hotel, avoiding moving during the week.

Like most of you, we like good, local food. You can expect good food from the favorite local restaurants we have selected.


$3,259.00 in Single Occupancy

$2,619.00 in Double Occupancy


$130.00 if in Single Occupancy

$120.00 if in Double Occupancy

Your early payment helps us make deposits to keep our negotiated services and terms.


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For more detailed information you may want to check the 18th ANPAT in the Spring FAQs

  • You will learn

    • About the spirit of Nikonians
    • The fun of Group Shooting
    • Tips and tricks from fellow Nikonians
    • How to make impressive pictures
    • Why you will want to return
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Enthusiasm
    • Bring two bags only. One bag for camera gear and the other for clothing. Plan to wear layered clothing since early mornings will be cool, but mid-afternoon can get warm. No extreme weather is expected but it is usually windy and there is always a chance of rain.
    • Sun protection – a Nikonians cap or hat and sunscreen are recommended.
    • A good pair of non-slip hiking shoes or light boots, better if with ankle support.
    • A sturdy tripod
    • At least one camera body with a wide-angle lens for landscapes (12mm - 35mm) and a medium to long telephoto lens (200mm is adequate).
    • Remote shutter release
    • Filters (Polarizer, Graduated Neutral Density)
    • Batteries for camera(s) and flash
    • Any medicines you may need

  • Optional

    • A backup camera body
    • A macro lens
    • Neutral Density filters or Variable ND / Vari N Duo
    • A speedlight and/or reflector
    • A flashlight or headlight with a red filter/cover (for dawn/dusk photo shoots)
    • A laptop for downloading and reviewing photographs
  • What is provided

    • This is an all-included field trip:
    • Accommodations for 7 nights
    • Meals and water from the welcome dinner to the farewell dinner and departure day breakfast
    • Transportation from the airport to all planned shooting destinations
    • Transportation within the parks, and between all locations
    • Transportation back to the airport on the day of departure
    • Park fees are included.
    • Cancellation: An advance notice of at least 45 days before the event is required to consider a possible refund. The cancellation fee is $350.

  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


If you are an ANPAT Veteran, you well know why you should not miss it. If you are new to our Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips you must come to learn why Nikonians is not just "a site" but a full rewarding community experience of a brotherhood. Don't miss it!


Following 18th ANPAT in Spring - Smokies workshops are organized in Smokies - Double:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
22-APR-2018 Eric Bowles $2619 $2719 Checkout Add to cart

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.