Workshops

Workshops & Tours

 

These programs are designed to work for small groups of participants. Unlike my personalized photo field trips which adjust to individual needs, group workshops and tours focus on specific topics and subjects. They’re a wonderful way to learn about a specific subject matter or location. While they are designed for groups, participation is limited to a maximum of four participants to insure everyone receives adequate attention.

 

A booking fee of 50% of the total workshop cost is required to retain your spot in the workshop. This retainer, as well as the final installment, is non-refundable unless I am able to fill your spot with another paying participant after your cancellation. The remaining balance of the workshop fee is due no later than 30 days prior to the first workshop session. In the event of an act of God requiring the workshop leader to cancel the event participants may apply the fees they’ve paid towards a future workshop within the next twelve months. Wild horse workshops and tours will not be canceled due to overcast skies, light to moderate rain, minor wind and other non-threatening weather events. Nature photography is an adventure activity and during such activities a little discomfort such as dampness, humidity or rain is normal. Payments may be made by cash, check, money order or major credit card at the participant’s discretion. The purchase of travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photography Workshop

The Crystal Coast is blessed with two distinctly different herds of wild horses: Those living within the Cape Lookout National Seashore and the other on the islands making up the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve. While terms such as “Mustang” and “Wild Horse” tend to bring visions of the American West to ones mind, early European Explorers brought horses with them in their earliest visits to the North American east coast. One of these herds are the ancestors of those horses, reintroduced to the North American continent by these early explorers. The other herd, while more recently introduced, provides some wonderful photographic opportunities. Combined the two herds results in a unique situation for photographers and naturalists alike to enjoy.

 

The Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photography Workshop will take place over three weekdays. Scheduling this tour during the week will help avoid the shell collectors, sunbathers and fishermen that sometimes visit these locations on the weekend. During this program participants will learn about the history of these animals and how to observe and photograph them without stressing the animals nor damaging the fragile environment in which they live. Of course discussion of the technological and compositional aspects of photographing these horses will be included. An emphasis will be placed on the safety of both the animals and the tour participants while observing the horses.

 

Wednesday morning we’ll meet at our hotel and spend some classroom time learning about the history of the horses on the Crystal Coast and how to safely and ethically interact with them. We’ll also spend some time learning about compositional techniques as well as discuss technical considerations to keep in mind when photographing horses. Following this formal learning session we’ll break for lunch. Later in the afternoon we’ll use a private charter to visit and photograph local horses in the lovely afternoon and evening light. Thursday morning we’ll again be working from our private charter boat, giving us access to locations that would be difficult or impossible to reach by foot. We’ll also get an earlier start in the morning and finish around sunset. This will allow us to take advantage of the best lighting conditions of the day. Friday we’ll spend the morning visiting the horses until it’s time to break for lunch. Following lunch we’ll return to the Inlet Inn for some post processing of a few or our images. During this session I’ll work-up a few of my images and discuss my workflow and answer any questions you might have. At the end of this session I’ll provide a critique session of your favorite images. Lunch will be provided throughout the workshop. Field sessions will take place on the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve and/or the Cape Lookout National Seashore (permits pending). Charter fees are also included. For lodging (not included) I recommend the Inlet Inn in Beaufort, North Carolina. Participants are encouraged to purchase of trip insurance to cover unexpected events. A minimum of two participants are required for the workshop to run. Please refer to my booking and cancellation policies above. Cost:Inquire

 

 

2015 Dates:

  • For 2015 I am not offering any scheduled dates. I will be happy to set-up a private program for your club or organization, family and/or friends or, if you prefer, a private outing for you only.

 


Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photo Safari

This program is a three-day photo tour visiting the wild horse herds that live along the North Carolina Crystal Coast. For past years we’ve used a ferry service for transportation the first day. This year I’d prefer to avoid using the public ferries instead we’ll employ Captain Monty for all of our boating needs. By using our own charter we have better control over time and destionation. Plus we can cut down on a lot of hiking and sludging through mud in search of the wild horses. Day 1 of the safari will be a “full day,” 8.5 hours with the boat, and will include a midday lunch break. We’ll start a little late in the morning to give everyone a chance to either shake off their “jet-lag” or to give a little bit of a cushion for the folks driving straight in for the the first day. The second day will be an extended day on the boat. We’ll start around sunrise and be out to near sunset. For the third and final day we’ll have the boat for a half-day/4.5 hours. We’ll use the private charter again Wednesday morning for a half-day of photographing the wild horses. Lunch is included on the first two days as are all charter and ferry fees. Field sessions will take place on the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve and/or the Cape Lookout National Seashore (permits pending). I recommend the Inlet Inn for lodging and always encourage participants to purchase trip insurance to cover unexpected events. A minimum of two participants are required for the tour to run. Please refer to my booking and cancellation policies above. Cost: Inquire.

 

2015 Dates:

  • For 2015 I am not offering any scheduled dates. I will be happy to set-up a private program for your club or organization, family and/or friends or, if you prefer, a private outing for you only.

 

Private Wild Horse Tours

If you have a personal project, represent a photography club, or would rather not share your time with the horses with strangers I can arrange a private tour for you. I already have a few of these on the books for 2014 but I’d be glad to set something up for you as well. Simply use the contact form on the website to drop me an email telling me what you’d like to do and I’ll work up a custom price to fit your needs.

 

A nature photographer uses a kayak to get close to her subject.

Intro to Kayak Photography Workshop

Without question a kayak if my favorite photographic tool. Sitting close to the surface of the water provides a unique perspective to any pohtographer’s images. During this workshop we’ll explore the waters around the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, photographing shore birds, seascapes and wild horses. This workshop isn’t aimed at teaching you how to kayak. Previous paddling experience and a reasonable level of comfort in a kayak is required. Topics will include keeping gear dry and safe, approaching wildlife, and appropriate photograhic techniques for shooting from a kayak. Kayaks rentals are availalbe in the area. This is a half-day workshop and the fee includes an after paddle meal at a local eatery. Cost $250 per participant.


 

 

2015 Dates:

  • By special request only.

 


 

Photo Field Trips

 

Private instruction is a great way to improve your photography skills. You get answers to your specific questions and needs with the focus being on what you want to learn. These informal classes provide a learning opportunity while exploring a natural environment. The locations offered were selected for being consistent producers of workable subjects. Of course when dealing with live creatures their cooperation can never be 100% guaranteed. These instructional field trips are available at $45 per hour with a two hour minimum required. If you have a friend or family member that would like to come along the charge for an additional participant is only $25 per hour more.

 

Following your outing you’ll be encouraged to work-up your five favorite images and submit them via email for critique. Using an online meeting system, I will arrange a time to view and discuss your submissions with you. During this session we can talk about composition, post-processing and shooting techniques to improve your results. By using the online meeting format I can not only discuss your images but can show them to you with compositional grids overlaid on them, and demonstrate Photo Shop techniques to enhance them.

 

A sanderling on Atlantic Beach

Beach Birds

We’ll visit Fort Macon State Park in the evening to photograph Sanderlings, Sea Gulls and other shore birds as they scurry along the edge of the surf searching for food. Be prepared to get a bit sandy and possibly even a little damp in the pursuit of photographing these fascinating little birds. A skimmer ground pod or tripod capable of getting within 18 inches of the ground is recommended though hand-holding your camera is acceptable. This course is best suited for SLR cameras with a telephoto lens with 300mm of reach or more. Wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid sand sticking to your skin. Light tans and browns are the best color choices for this experience.

 

A March through the Marsh

A sanderling on Atlantic Beach

The Croatan National Forest’s Tideland Trail provides easy access to an estuarine environment. Gravel covered paths and wooden foot bridges lead through the marsh unveiling a variety of photographic opportunities. You’ll find opportunities for shooting landscapes, abstracts, macro images and birds both large and small along this trail. You may want to choose one or two subjects to concentrate on. When visiting this location it’s always a good idea to bring a variety of lenses to cover all bases. This outing is best suited for a SLR style camera with interchangeable lenses. The course can be scheduled for early morning or late evening to fit your needs. As with most nature outings earth tones are the best choice for clothing color. Dress comfortably and appropriately for the season.

 

Banker Horses
 

Horsing Around Rachel Carson Reserve

Carrot Island and Town Marsh are the islands directly across Taylor’s Creek from the town of Beaufort. Part of the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, the island is known for its herd of feral horses. For this field trip we’ll need to arrange for a ferry ride from Beaufort to the Island. There is an option to hiring a ferry service. If you own a kayak we can paddle to the island that way as well. If we use a ferry you’ll not only be responsible for your transportation fee but have to cover mine as well. The island is a rich photographic environment. Several hundred species of birds have been identified within the Reserve. It’s also not unusual to see foxes and raccoons early in the morning or late in the evening. The reserve consists of three islands and several shoals. The horses do move about from spot to spot. While there are usually at least a few horses on Carrot Island it is always possible they won’t be there or we’ll fail to find them. I recommend bringing a variety of lenses in case we have to shift to a secondary subject. The hiking here will include sand and muddy areas. Choose footwear accordingly.

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