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.
 

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A Return to Put In Bay, OH - Photo Workshop -  June 22-24, 2018 

 

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!

Put In Bay is just offshore from Port Clinton, Sandusky and Marblehead, Ohio, but it is a special world all its own!  (Yo Ho Ho)  Put In Bay is located on South Bass Island on Lake Erie, and has many attractions, such as the South Bass Island Lighthouse, Heineman’s Winery (and a bottle of Rum), the Put In Bay School, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, the Put In Bay Town Hall, the Butterfly House, Oak Point & South Bass Island State Parks and more! Oh, and one more thing…. It’s a pirate weekend!  “Pyrate Fest X: X Marks the Spot!”

 

This is just part of a full and exciting weekend along the shores of Lake Erie, which will also include the Sandusky Historic District and Waterfront, the Merry-Go-Round Museum, the Port Clinton Lighthouse, the Trinity Aviation Museum, and the famous Marblehead Lighthouse & Keeper’s House.  There will be many locations and attractions to visit as Ron and Amanda teach photography methods and techniques.  

 

We’ll ride the ferry from the mainland to the island; we’ll travel the island on our deluxe golf carts, keeping our own schedule as we go from one location to the next.  While our schedule and locations may vary, due to weather and other variables, we’ll maintain a busy pace throughout the weekend.

 

WHEN: June 22 – 24, 2018.  All registration will close on May 22, 2018.

 

WHERE: Marblehead, OH, will be our center of activities, located on the shores of Lake Erie.  Our workshop will include locations in Marblehead, Sandusky, Port Clinton and Put In Bay.

 

LODGING: We have arranged for specially priced lodging at the South Beach Resort, located in Marblehead, OH.  Two lodging options are available (plus taxes & fees):

Standard Courtyard Room:  Two queen beds, flat screen television, single person Jacuzzi, and a Keurig coffee maker…for $169/night.

Deluxe Queen Water View Room:  Two queen beds, flat screen television, two-person Jacuzzi, walk-out patio, and a Keurig coffee maker…for $199/night.

 

WHO: We are welcoming 14 clients for this workshop.  This is a firm limit, due to our travel accommodations.

 

FEE: Our regular fee will be $340.00, which includes all workshop instruction; ferry tickets, golf cart rental, admission to selected venues, and lunch on Saturday; We are also offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $289.00, a 15% savings, for registration made and paid by April 9, 2018, by 11:00 pm (plus taxes).

 

Registration fee does not include meals, lodging or travel, unless otherwise specifically noted.  Registration must be paid no later than May 22, 2018, at 11:00 pm.  Non-registered individuals may not participate in our field trips, due to insurance and liability issues.  All register 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.

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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. 

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Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop in 2018 

 

Yes, we will be returning to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in October 2018!  Registration is NOT open at this time, but we plan to do so before the end of JUNE!

 

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 27 – 29, 2017. 

(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 lodging cost has not been confirmed at this time.

 

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.   

 

 

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2019!

 

 

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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,” a photo-walk through historic Thomas, and more.  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.  Workshop will begin at 6:00 pm Friday; a full day of activities on Saturday; concluding by 2:00 pm on Sunday.

 

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.   

 

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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. 

 

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! 

 

 

 

Do you want to improve your photography?  Let us take you there!
 

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