Welcome to our Workshops! Mountaineer Photo Excursions is about teaching and learning in interesting and exciting locations. We have a full schedule of events already in place for 2018 and 2019. Whether you like the beach, the mountains, wildlife, waterfalls, or just visiting somewhere different, we have a workshop that will fit your interest. We don't just take you to beautiful places...we teach you to have a better understanding of how to use your cameras, as well as new photo techniques, to preserve and share your adventures!
Please review our descriptions, and also visit our photo galleries. You will see more from these locations, along with past workshops, and some previews from our scouting trips! We currently have locations planned into 2021!
We are also doing photography classes! Check out our new "Classes" area on the website.
* Our Next Workshop...
Through the Lens of Learning: Digital Photography in West Virginia
A "Road Scholar" Workshop
With natural and historical West Virginia as your backdrop, see the world through your own camera lens, and improve your digital photography skills with guidance from your Instructor, Ron Gaskins. With the rural lowlands of West Virginia as your subject, get to know your digital camera on a deeper level; get a better grasp on your camera’s controls; learn how to select the best lens and improve your technique with lessons on composition, exposure, black and white photography and much more!
Explore themes of nature, travel, history and wildlife through the lens of your digital camera and return home with some of the best souvenirs of your travels: the photos you took!
You will expand your knowledge of digital photography with a range of classroom lessons, from lens selection to basic composition. Put what you’ve learned to use on photo walks along Cedar and Mirror Lakes, past the covered bridge, at the log cabin and more. Bring your favorite photos to open studio for a group critique and get tips on how to improve your work.
WHERE: Cedar Lakes Conference Center, in Ripley, WV.
WHEN: Two Road Scholar Workshops are scheduled for 2018: August 12 – 17; Sept. 9 – 14.
WHO: We are accepting 12 “Scholars” for this workshop.
FEE: $699.00; This includes 5 nights of accommodations; 15 meals; all classroom lectures; daily hands-on experiences; experienced instructor; Road Scholar Assurance Plan; taxes.
REGISTER: Contact Road Scholar website at www.RoadScholar.org, or call 800-454-5768; refer to Program # 22904RJ.
Pipestem 2.0 – Autumn in the Park Photo Workshop – Sept. 28-30, 2018
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!
We will be returning to Pipestem Resort State Park in southern WV on September 28-30, 2018. This will not simply be a "rerun" of our April event, but will be an early autumn event with its own special flavor! For example, we will be staying at the Park's Mountain Creek Lodge, located in the Bluestone River Gorge, accessible by the Park's tram.
Once again, the Park will be our starting point for the weekend. We’ll photograph the golden hour on Friday evening from the Gorge, keep our eyes open for wildlife as we visit Bluestone State Park, “capture” multiple waterfalls, and stroll along some historical streets during our exciting weekend.
We’ll benefit from our earlier trip to this area in April, but September will provide an entirely different look to this beautiful destination! Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox, our Instructors, will work with our “Workshoppers” to share their experience and provide techniques to improve your photography.
WHEN: Friday – Sunday, September 28-30, 2018, beginning at 6:00pm on Friday evening, a full day on Saturday, and concluding after lunch on Sunday.
WHERE: Pipestem Resort State Park is a 4,050-acre state park located in southern West Virginia, on the border between Mercer and Summers counties; 3405 Pipestem Drive, Pipestem, WV 25979
LODGING: We have arranged for block of rooms at the Mountain Creek Lodge, located within the Park in the Bluestone River Gorge. You must contact the Park directly to make your lodging reservations, at our discounted rate of $86 per night (plus WV tax). We recommend staying two nights, Sept. 28 & 29. Contact the Park at (304) 466-1800, and tell them you are with the Mountaineer Photo Excursions photo workshop group.
WHO: We will be welcoming 12 clients to this workshop.
FEE: Our regular fee is $250, which includes the workshop instruction. We are offering an “Early Bird” discount of only $212.50 (a 15% savings), if paid by 11:00 pm on July 30, 2018. (plus WV tax)
Registration fee does not include meals, lodging or travel, unless otherwise specifically noted. Registration must be paid no later than August 28, 2018, at 11:00 pm. Non-registered individuals may not participate in our field trips, due to insurance and liability issues. All registered clients will be required to complete our Liability Waiver. Cancellations requested within 30 days of the start of this event will be refunded 50%, unless the spot is subsequently filled. Cancellation within seven days of the scheduled start of this event may not be refunded, at our discretion. If the Workshop is cancelled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, refunds will be limited to the amount that has been paid by the client to Mountaineer Photo Excursions for this event.
CONTACT: Please email MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com with questions or to register.
Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop in 2018
It’s 2018, and Ron and Amanda are excited to be returning for our eighth workshop at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, on October 26-28, 2018. We will have our Elk Tour, photographing the Rocky Mountain Elk in eastern Kentucky, and we’ll cruise Dewey Lake in search of eagles, hawks, herons and more. This year, in response to suggestions, we are offering an optional beginner class on Friday afternoon. “Know Your Camera” will help those on the beginning of the learning curve to understand many of the controls on their camera, what they do, and how to use them for better photography…Learn! Improve! Create!
If you’ve never joined us at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, where have you been? The Park is a beautiful site within eastern Kentucky, and one of what Kentucky has called “The Nation’s Finest” park service in the nation! With a 49-room lodge surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains, you’ll have a comfortable night’s rest to be prepared for our full days of photography learning. Amanda and Ron will share their knowledge and experience in photography, and demonstrate methods to improve your skills.
Park Naturalist Trinity Shepherd is proud of his 100% success rate in finding elk on all the “Elk Tour” trips he has made with Park visitors over several years. We’ll be heading out with Trinity during our workshop weekend, and we’re confident we’ll come back with amazing photos! We’re planning for some exciting locations and activities, with the goal of providing beautiful opportunities for improving your photography.
Make plans to return to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, or plan to join us for the first time. Whether we’re viewing Rocky Mountain Elk, or an eagle flying over Dewey Lake, you’ll be surrounded by beauty, and you’ll be learning how to better capture this beauty with your camera! Join us in October, and start a new tradition.
WHEN: Friday – Sunday; October 26 - 28, 2018.
(Beginner class starts at 3:00 pm - Workshop begins at 6:00 pm Friday; a full day of activities on Saturday; event will conclude by 2:00 pm on Sunday).
Registration will close on Friday, October 5, 2018. Please register as soon as possible, as we have filled the Lodge previously.
WHERE: Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is located in Prestonsburg, KY.
From Lexington, KY – 2 hours, 9 minutes; 123 miles.
From Charleston, WV – 2 hours, 9 minutes; 126 miles.
From Cincinnati, OH – 3 hours, 17 minutes; 199 miles.
From Knoxville, TN – 3 hours, 35 minutes; 201 miles.
From Asheville, NC – 3 hours, 38 minutes; 203 miles.
LODGING: Clients will enjoy lodging at one of the premier Kentucky State Resort Parks at the May Lodge. Lodging registrations will be accepted by Mountaineer Photo Excursions. Our special group lodging rate is $103.46 per night, recommending two nights (plus tax & fees). This is for a lodge room with two beds.
WHO: Ron and Amanda are welcoming new and returning “Workshoppers” to this event, up to a maximum of 25 people.
FEE: $105.00, still our least expensive Excursion! All registration and lodging reservations will be handled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions.
CONTACT: MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com For questions, or to request your registration invoice.
Registration fee does not include meals, lodging or travel, unless otherwise specifically noted. Registration must be paid no later than October 8, 2018, at 11:00 pm. Non-registered individuals may not participate in our field trips, due to insurance and liability issues. All registered clients will be required to complete our Liability Waiver. Cancellations requested within 30 days of the start of this event will be refunded 50%, unless the spot is subsequently filled. Cancellation within seven days of the scheduled start of this event may not be refunded, at our discretion. If the Workshop is cancelled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, refunds will be limited to the amount that has been paid by the client to Mountaineer Photo Excursions for this event.
Blackwater Falls State Park, WV, Photo Workshop - February 1-3, 2019
Registration is NOT open for this workshop at this time.
Blackwater Falls State Park, along with the Tucker County CVB, will be welcoming us to “Get Tucker’d” for a Winter Photo Workshop during February 1-3, 2019. We are hoping for a “Winter Wonderland,” but regardless of the weather, Instructors Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox have plans for an exciting and educational weekend. Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most picturesque spots in West Virginia, and that will be our base of operations, as we explore and photograph there, as well as Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and many other attractions.
While we visit Lindy Point, with its magnificent view and stone pillars; the trails and subtle panoramas of the Refuge; the whitetail deer, hawks, beaver and other wildlife; a ridge lined with modern windmills; and the rushing power of Blackwater Falls…Ron and Amanda will teach the craft of photography. Landscapes, exposure, wildlife, composition, macro, nature, and more…we teach the skills you need to improve your photography!
In addition to natural views, landscapes, and wildlife, we will also include local travel spots, such as the “Smallest Church in the 48 States." Finally, we’ll push out from Canaan Valley to visit Seneca Rocks and the famous Smoke Hole Caverns! Time and weather permitting, we have even more locations in mind!
WHEN: Friday – Sunday; February 1-3, 2019. We'll begin with an optional sunset shoot at 4:30 pm, with the regular Workshop beginning at 7:30 pm Friday; a full day of activities on Saturday; concluding by 2:00 pm on Sunday.
WHERE: We’ll be visiting locations within Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley, Tucker County and beyond!
From Charleston, WV: 3 hours, 9 minutes; 173 miles
From Columbus, OH: 4 hours, 40 minutes; 251 miles
From Pittsburgh, PA: 3 hours, 2 minutes; 145 miles
From Annapolis, MD: 3 hours, 35 minutes; 207 miles
From Richmond, VA: 3 hours, 56 minutes; 224 miles
LODGING: Clients will enjoy discounted rooms in one of West Virginia’s most beautiful State Park lodges; equipped with meeting rooms, fireplaces, restaurant, gift shop, indoor pool and overlook.
WHO: Amanda and Ron will welcome 12 “Workshoppers” on this excursion, for three days, many sights, many photos, and lots of excitement! You just bring your gear, and Mountaineer Photo Excursions will prepare the way for beautiful photographic opportunities!
FEE: $285.00 (fee does not include lodging, meals, local travel or taxes) We are offering an “Early Bird” discount of 15%, at $242.00. To obtain this discount, registration and full payment must be received by December 3, 2018, at 11:00 pm.
REGISTER: Contact us at MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com .
Registration fee does not include meals, lodging or travel, unless otherwise specifically noted. Registration must be paid no later than Sunday, January 6, 2019, 2018, at 11:00 pm. Non-registered individuals may not participate in our field trips, due to insurance and liability issues. All registered clients will be required to complete our Liability Waiver. Cancellations requested within 30 days of the start of this event will be refunded 50%, unless the spot is subsequently filled. Cancellation within seven days of the scheduled start of this event may not be refunded, at our discretion. If the Workshop is cancelled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, refunds will be limited to the amount that has been paid by the client to Mountaineer Photo Excursions for this event.
The Outer Banks of NC - Photo Workshop - April 2019
This will be our third photo workshop in the Outer Banks, and we love the Corolla area in the northern part of the islands. We'll be centered there in our beach house for the week, but our excursion will take us to various venues.
Holly River State Park, WV - Photo Workshop, May 2019
It's been five years since we led our first "Official" Mountaineer Photo Excursions photo workshop at Holly River State Park in Hacker Valley, West Virginia. Ron and Amanda are excited to return on May 17 - 19, 2019.
The Shores of Lake Michigan - Photo Workshop - July 2019
We'll be confirming details and our dates as soon as possible, so please check back on this page!
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