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 2017. 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 2020!
We are also doing photography classes! Check out our new "Classes" area on the website.
Our Next Workshop...
Southern Shores Summer Photo Workshop – St. Mary’s County, MD
Bordered on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay, St. Mary’s County is home to the first state capitol in St. Mary’s City; miles and miles of shoreline; a waterfront park that was once a busy steamboat landing; lighthouses, 17th Century communities, and reenactors; this is the Southern Shores of Maryland!
Along with our Instructors, Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox, you will visit the Leonardtown Wharf, where steamboats once delivered people and goods to the Port of Leonardtown. Today, we may see kayakers cruising along the waterfront, or a sailboat catching the breeze.
We’ll travel back in time four centuries to a time when the American continent was being settled; when people placed their lives and faith in a small sailing ship to cross an ocean, and then worked to create a new community in a strange land…which became the Capitol City of a new state!
Historic St. Mary’s City is a National Historic Landmark, and is recognized as one of America’s best preserved colonial archaeology sites. There are outdoor exhibits, including the State House of 1676, the Print House, the Brick Chapel, the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, and the Woodland Indian Hamlet. The reproduction of the Maryland Dove, a tall square-rigged ship, is moored here, and sailors’ stories can be heard on the deck. We will discover how those sailors navigated across the Atlantic Ocean, explore the living quarters below deck, and be ready if the cannon fires!
Historic St. Mary’s City preserves all this, gives us the opportunity to learn their story, and tell it with our photographs!
Other locations will include lighthouses, a boat trip across the Chesapeake Bay to an island, sunset on the Bay, as well as getting up close with osprey nests and fishing pelicans. Each location will be an opportunity to learn different aspects of photography, and better methods of using your camera to tell your stories.
We’ve also made some special arrangements for lodging! Thanks to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, we can offer some significant discounts! We can offer two nights lodging on campus for less than one night in most hotels.
Our photo workshop will begin on Friday evening at 6:00pm, with a combination of hands on photography and classroom time. Saturday will be a full day of photography and field instruction. Sunday morning, we’ll be up before dawn, and finish by lunchtime.
WHEN: Friday – Sunday; July 28 – 30, 2017. Registration will close on Friday, July 14, at noon. This is two weeks prior to our event, and is necessary for our lodging arrangements.
WHERE: St. Mary’s City in Maryland is located:
From Charleston, WV – 6 hours, 21 minutes / 373 miles
From Pittsburgh, PA – 5 hours, 21 minutes / 304 miles
From Washington, DC – 1 hour, 35 minutes / 54 miles
From Roanoke, VA – 4 hours, 22 minutes / 244 miles
From Cumberland, MD – 3 hours, 30 minutes / 195 miles
LODGING: Clients will enjoy upscale campus lodging at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, for $45/night/person. Lodging will involve some shared living spaces, but private bedrooms can be reserved. Bedrooms include two extra-long twin beds, with clean linens provided.
In the case of couples, please understand that a 2nd person in a room must also pay the “per person” rate. We recommend a two-night stay on Friday and Saturday nights. College campus lodging arrangements will be made through Mountaineer Photo Excursions, with your workshop registration.
Clients who prefer not to stay at the College are free to make their own hotel reservations nearby.
WHO: We are welcoming up to twelve clients, but will consider adding to our headcount for couples sharing the same room.
FEE: Our regular workshop fee will be: $228.00
Discounted “Early Bird” fee, $205.00
(to be paid in full prior to May 26, 2017)
Registration fee does not include meals, lodging or travel, unless otherwise specifically noted. Registration must be paid no later than July 14, 2017, at 12:00 noon. Non-registered individuals may not participate in our field trips, due to insurance and liability issues. All registered clients will be required to complete a personal liability release. Cancellations requested within 30 days of the beginning of this event will be refunded 50%, unless the spot is subsequently filled.
CONTACT: MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com or 304-532-0070. For questions, or to request your registration invoice.
Cacapon Photo Workshop in September 2017
Cacapon (pronounced ka-KAY-pon) Resort State Park will serve as the centerpiece of an early autumn photo workshop on September 15-17, 2017. This 6,000 acre State Park features a lodge, cabins, a lake, all in the shadows of Cacapon Mountain, the highest peak in the eastern portion of West Virginia at 2,300 feet. The mountain divides the landscape, with the Park on the eastern slope and the Cacapon River winding along the base of the western slope. The Cacapon Mountain Overlook, within the Park, provides an impressive view of the valley.
Cacapon is a derivative of a Shawnee Indian word meaning “medicine waters,” a reference to the area’s mineral waters that have been renowned through history for their healing powers. These waters come to the surface about 10 miles from Cacapon at nearby Berkeley Springs State Park, where we will also visit during this workshop.
George Washington first visited the springs at age 16, as a member of a survey party in 1748. Washington visited the springs regularly, and as a result of his efforts, its fame as a health spa grew throughout the colonies. The General Assembly of Virginia formed the town of Bath on this location in 1776. James Rumsey, who later invented the first successful steamboat, was then contracted to construct five bathhouses and several other public buildings. This officially established the springs as a resort facility.
We’ll stroll along the historic streets of Berkeley Springs, noting the markers showing who the original town lot owners were in 1776. Sights include local shops and restaurants, antique malls, the town library which is part historic home and part new construction. The main square includes not only the Park and shops of Fairfax Street, but also the County Courthouse built at the turn of the 20th century.
We’ll spend the weekend observing these beautiful and unique settings, while Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox guide you through lessons on composition, exposure, camera handling and ways to improve your photo techniques. We have arranged for special discounted rates at the Cacapon Resort.
For now, save the dates! More details will be shared as soon as they’re available!
WHEN: Friday – Sunday, September 15 – 17, 2017.
WHERE: Cacapon Resort State Park, eastern panhandle of West Virginia, in Berkeley Springs, WV.
From Charleston, WV: 4 hours, 21 minutes; 281 miles
From Washington, DC: 2 hours; 107 miles
From Pittsburgh, PA: 2 hours, 46 minutes; 164 miles
From Annapolis, MD: 2 hours, 30 minutes; 140 miles
From Roanoke, VA: 3 hours, 17 minutes; 206 miles
Through The Lens Of Learning
A "Road Scholar" Workshop
Mountaineer Photo Excursions is pleased to be working with the Road Scholar program to teach this photography workshop. Our Instructor, Ron Gaskins, will be leading this workshop at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV.
The goal of this workshop is to acquaint photography enthusiasts with an improved understanding of their camera’s controls, how to select appropriate lenses, and to improve their photography through the use of better techniques of camera control, composition, exposure, photography accessories, basic post-processing and more.
This class is appropriate for beginners to intermediate, but experienced photographers may also enjoy a review of skills, as well as learning new ones. Photography themes will include nature, travel, history and wildlife, with an emphasis on capturing the best possible image in the camera, without dependence on post-processing.
Topics will include various types of digital cameras, lens selection, basic composition, exposure & metering modes, understanding the histogram, selective auto-focus & manual focus, depth of field, RAW vs. JPEG, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Infrared (IR), Close-up/Macro, Black & White Photography, Flash: Indoors & Outdoors, Flavors of Light, Use of Filters, basic post-processing, digital file organization and backup.
Hands-on/Practical photography exercises will be included, in addition to classroom discussion. The grounds of Cedar Lakes include two lakes, Cedar Lake and Mirror Lake, which is circled by the various buildings of the center. Other locations of interest include the Staats Mill Covered Bridge and the Starcher House log cabin. The Bridge was built in 1887, and was relocated to Cedar Lakes, due to construction of a flood control dam. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cabin is complete with home furnishings reflective of life on the frontier of western Virginia in the early 1800s. A replica of a one room schoolhouse is adjacent to the cabin.
WHERE: Cedar Lakes Conference Center; 82 FFA Drive, Ripley, WV
WHEN: Two Sessions: September 24 - 29, 2017; October 8 - 13, 2017
WHO: Open to public, limited seats.
FEE: Full fee is $699.00; includes photo workshop, lodging, and meals; six days, five nights, 15 meals.
CONTACT: Road Scholar is accepting registration for both sessions. You may contact them via their website at www.roadscholar.org; by phone at 800-454-5768; by email at Contact@RoadScholar.org. Please reference program #22904RJ.
Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop
Yes, Ron and Amanda will be returning for our seventh workshop at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, on October 27 - 29, 2017. Of course, we will have our Elk Tour, to photograph the Rocky Mountain Elk herds in eastern Kentucky, and an Eagle Cruise on Dewey Lake. We will also be planning additional activities for the weekend. Save the date, and we'll announce more details soon!
Do you want to improve your photography? Let us take you there!
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