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 2021... Our 10th Year! We're also firming up locations and dates for 2022! We may have taken some hits in 2020, but we're still working! Whether you like the beach, the mountains, wildlife, waterfalls, history 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 destinations planned into 2025!
We are also doing photography classes! Check out our new "Classes" area on the website. Contact us at [email protected].
Ron & Amanda will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments to our activities and schedules as necessary. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox
Our Next Workshop...
Ron & Amanda have been working behind the scenes during 2020 to find and
scout some new, beautiful and exciting locations for our 2021 & 2022 photography
workshops. Please check back to learn more. We hope that you will consider
joining us at one or more of our events.
"Colonial Capitol - Williamsburg" - Sept. 24 - 26, 2021
(updated information for 2021 trip)
Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, a city in the state of Virginia, was capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution. It forms the “Historic Triangle” together with Jamestown and Yorktown. Its heart is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life in the streets, stores, and workshops. Bring your camera and join Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins of Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we step back over 200 years into America's history!
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum, with over forty sites and trades, four historic taverns and two art museums. Colonial Williamsburg takes you back in time to the dawn of America. This isn’t just a place where things once happened. They are happening now in 18th Century Williamsburg. This is where the idea of America was born, where our ideals we stand for as Americans were defined. Step back in time and meet the people who made America!
Along with your instructors, you will walk the streets, visit the shops, and relax as you enjoy the scenery. With your camera, you may capture a band marching down Duke of Goucester Street, artisans displaying their work, and we might even meet a famous historical figure from America’s past.
In addition to Williamsburg, we’ll also visit the other two corners of Virginia’s Historic Triangle that marks major events in the story of colonial America. In 1607, three ships from the Virginia Company landed on the shore and explored up the river to establish the first permanent English settlement in America. To honor the king who sent them, the explorers named the river the James, and the settlement Jamestown.
In 1781, the Continental Army defeated British General Cornwallis and his Redcoats in the last great engagement of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Yorktown. This ended the tyranny of King George III over the original 13 colonies.
As an added treat, we will be visiting the "Presidents' Heads!" Originally the heart of a presidential-themed park, the 42 giant heads of American Presidents are quietly sitting on private property in Virginia. This is a special and unique venue, and we're excited to offer this view during our "Colonial Capital - Williamsburg" photography workshop.
We have put together a thrilling weekend excursion in the heart of our country’s beginnings. Lodging is included in the workshop fee, and we will be sharing a group of resort condos. Each condo has four bedrooms & four bathrooms. Make plans to join Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we travel back to the 18th Century and our nation’s beginnings.
WHEN: September 24 – 26, 2021; checking in on Friday; a full day on Saturday; a partial day and concluding on Sunday.
WHERE: Colonial Williamsburg, VA; also visiting the historic sites of Jamestown and Yorktown.
From Charleston, WV – 5 hr, 33 min; 367 miles
From Pittsburgh, PA – 6 hr, 13 min; 388 miles
From Columbus, OH – 8 hr, 15 min; 529 miles
From Lexington, KY – 8 hr, 10 min; 542 miles
From Asheville, NC – 6 hr, 19 min; 414 miles
From Cumberland, MD – 4 hr, 16 min; 280 miles
LODGING: Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, Greensprings Vacation Resort features the essential amenities you need for an unforgettable visit! The resort is a quiet retreat from today’s hustle and provides an opportunity to step back in time as you stroll Williamsburg’s cobblestone streets. We have arranged for our clients to share multiple four-bedroom condos. Lodging is included for Friday and Saturday nights, checking out on Sunday morning.
WHO: Mountaineer Photo Excursions is welcoming 10 participants to this event. Please be aware that most of the locations we will be visiting will require walking. Areas will include sidewalks and maintained dirt/grass walkways.
FEE: Registration opens June 22, 2021. The regular workshop fee, including two nights lidging, will be $865.00. We are offering an Early Bird discount fee of just $745.00, if you register no later than August 4, 2021 (11:00 pm). Registrations received after that time will be at the regular fee. Regular deadline will be Saturday, August 21, 2021. Please note: Registration fee does NOT include meals or local transportation. Participants will drive their own vehicles, although car-pooling will be encouraged.
CONTACT: [email protected] For questions or to request your registration invoice, or call 304-532-0070.
Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop - October 22-24, 2021
2021 is Mountaineer Photo Excursions’ tenth year of leading travel-based photography workshops across the eastern United States. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, was where we started in the spring of 2012. Amateur and advanced photographers have come to our previous workshops in the Park and enjoyed attractions there and elsewhere in the area. The Park consists of almost 3000 acres, over a third of which is Dewey Lake, all of which is surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains.
Instructors Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox are pleased to work with Trinity Shepherd, Park Naturalist, to present both the natural beauty and the interesting history of the area. Of course, we will embark on an “Elk Hunt” to see and photograph the nearby portion of Kentucky’s eight county free-ranging elk herd, which is estimated at 10-15,000 animals. Dewey Lake will be our Sunday morning venue, as we depart the Park Marina for a “Pontoon Boat Cruise” that will take us across the Lake and in the coves as we watch for heron, eagles, kingfishers, turkey, and deer, as well as beautiful fall scenery.
As always, we will also have other activities planned for the weekend in and around the Park. Amanda and Ron will share their photography knowledge and experience as you visit the various locations. Local transportation is included, and we will also offer lodging within the Park.
We will be taking necessary precautions and will be operating in compliance with the Kentucky Governor’s current COVID-19 restrictions. We hope that you will feel comfortable traveling and spending the weekend with us. The Governor has renewed the requirement to wear masks for staff and guests in all State facilities, including State Parks. Starting September 7th, the dining room will be open for carry out only. You can place your order by calling 606-889-1790 ext 3.
However, we WILL be having music and orders on the patio Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
WHEN: October 22 – 24, 2021; Beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm; a full day on Saturday; concluding on early Sunday afternoon.
WHERE: Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, and surrounding areas.
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. 2021 Rates for a Standard Lodge Room with two full beds are $96.35/night; King Bed Room is $107.70/night (rates include all taxes & fees). We recommend two nights stay. Please note: Lodging fees are in addition to the Workshop fee.
WHO: Ron and Amanda are welcoming new and returning “Workshoppers” to this event, up to a maximum of 24 people.
FEE: Registration will open on July 15. $149 and still our least expensive weekend Excursion! All registration and lodging reservations will be handled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions. Please note, lodging is available, but is an additional fee. Local transportation is included in the workshop fee, but meals are not. Registration for this event will close on Monday, October 11, at 11:00 pm (or when full).
CONTACT: [email protected] to register for this workshop and for lodging reservations; or call 304-532-0070.
Explore the Crystal Coast of NC - March 20-26, 2022
Plans being made...More news to follow!
Along the southern coast of North Carolina is a region rich with history, amazing views, and thrilling experiences. This is the Crystal Coast! Also known as the Southern Outer Banks, it is a stretch of 85 miles of pristine beaches. Mountaineer Photo Excursions has scouted this area and wants you to come explore with us!
The village of Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern end of the Outer Banks and is North Carolina’s third-oldest town. It began as a fishing village and shipping port in the late 1600s, and has been a stop for merchants, privateers, and patriots. While there, we will visit the Beaufort Historic Site, which includes six professionally restored structures. We will also stroll through the Old Burying Grounds, the resting place of many historic names marked with large and intricate headstones. We may even take a tour on a vintage English Double Decker Bus! We also are looking forward to a short boat ride to Carrot Island, home to about 40 wild, exciting horses.
One of the attractions of Atlantic Beach is, of course, the beach! Beautiful and clean, with amazing views of the ocean and sky! In addition, we plan to explore Fort Macon State Park and the Fort itself. Construction of the Fort began in 1826, and the while the Fort was taken by the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War, the Union was able to later retake the Fort. The harbor served as a coaling station for Union Navy ships for the duration of the War. Fort Macon became North Carolina’s second State Park in 1924, when it was purchased as surplus federal property for just one dollar.
With views of colorful charter fishing boats, restaurants, and specialty shops, the waterfront in Morehead City is a “Must See” attraction! It’s also home to Jaycee Park, which offers plenty of spots to sit and absorb the view, as well as historical statues and landmarks. We hope to visit near sunset, when the waterfront landscape will be its most exciting and colorful!
The Crystal Coast is home to beautiful beaches, varied wildlife, delicious food, and almost endless stories of its history. Lodging for the week is included at a comfortable, luxurious, and modern hotel, which is only minutes away from most of our selected venues. In addition, we will be bringing the “Super Van” for all our local transportation. This is a 15-passenger van, with room for our Workshoppers and your gear! Make plans today to join Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins as Mountaineer Photo Excursions explores the Crystal Coast in March of 2022.
WHEN: Stay with us beginning on Sunday afternoon, March 20 – March 26, 2022. Our four-day workshop will begin on Monday (3/21) and conclude on Friday (3/25), with a “free day” included to visit some special additional locations.
LODGING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Morehead City, NC. Rooms include either a King bed or two Queens, and are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen TV, work desk, complimentary morning newspaper, free breakfast, and free parking.
WHO: Ron and Amanda are welcoming 10 participants for this photo workshop.
FEE: To Be Announced!
Outer Banks With NANPA, April 2022
Join Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox in the Outer Banks of North Carolina photographing along the Atlantic Coast, the Currituck Sound and other locations for sunrises, sunsets, shorebirds, and black bears.
We will photograph 2 ½ days, from sunrise over the Atlantic to sunset across the Sound. Opportunities for active wildlife and stunning scenery will be found up and down the barrier islands as we visit:
The Outer Banks (OBX) is North Carolina’s easternmost point and the first to see the sunrise. As you walk or wade on the beaches, you could share the space with more than 400 bird species. On the Outer Banks, you’re likely to find some of the creatures that consider this region their home. The varied landscapes and mild climate create a habitat that can support a vast array of animals. In addition to the fish, gulls, and squirrels, there are other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that you may have never seen before in the wild but can find in the Outer Banks.
This workshop is organized for nature and wildlife photographers of all experience levels. Guidance is available for those who wish assistance in improving their photography skills. This event will also benefit those who are interested in location guidance. Our leaders are familiar with the area, have scouted the locations we will visit, and will focus attention on the areas with the best photographic possibilities.
Field conditions will vary. Our walking will take us on the beach, boardwalks, sidewalks and unimproved paths. While we will concentrate on obtaining the best possible images, we will do so while adhering to responsible and ethical wildlife viewing guidelines. This workshop is not wheelchair friendly.
Cost: $495 NANPA member; $695 non-members.
Last date to register: March 28, 2022
Minimum number attendees: 14
Maximum number attendees: 20
Tour Leaders -
Ron Gaskins, owner of West Virginia Fine Photography, is known for illustrating the stories of others, as well as his own; documenting events, from conventions to firefighter training; and capturing images of wildlife, such as Rocky Mountain Elk in Kentucky and Great Blue Herons just down the road from his home. His photography and written work have been published in tour books, newspapers and magazines, including Wonderful West Virginia and Country Roads Journal. He has been selected as Resident Photographer for the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and as the Artist in Residence for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Amanda Haddox, through her own photography business In My Mind’s Eye, has created some of the most striking landscape images from West Virginia and across the eastern United States. In addition to her love for the scenery of the Mountain State, she enjoys photographing lighthouses along the east and west coasts, along with the Great Lakes. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Shutterbug, Lighthouse Digest, and Pacific Standard, on West Virginia State Park brochures, and has been used in textbooks, as book covers, on websites, and in local newspapers.
Together, Ron and Amanda are Mountaineer Photo Excursions, and offer workshops in interesting, attractive, and exciting locations, as well as classes for both beginners and experienced photographers. Since 2012, Ron and Amanda have led more than 30 workshops in eight states. Learn more at www.MountaineerPhotoExcursions.com.
Ramada Plaza, Nags Head Oceanfront
1701 South Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Reservations must be made by phone. Call the hotel directly at (800) 635-1824 or (254) 441-2151, and mention that you’re with the NANPA Photography Group. Cutoff date for hotel reservations: March 7, 2022
Group Sunday lunch is included in your registration fee. All other meals are on your own.
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Arrival and hotel check-in. Dinner on your own followed by early evening Orientation and Meet & Greet at the hotel.
Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2022
Full days of photography with the leaders at locations TBD, depending on weather and conditions.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Morning photography session at location TBD depending on weather and conditions. Final Lunch/Wrap up (included in registration fee).
Please note: We’ll change the schedule if local conditions dictate better photographic opportunities during the event.
Registration: All registration is through NANPA. http://www.nanpa.org/events/regionals/outerbanks-nc-2022/
Full details on this event are on NANPA's "Events" page.
Put In Bay & Marblehead Workshop - Summer 2022
Happy Birthday to the Marblehead Lighthouse! Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be making our third trip to Marblehead and Put In Bay. We will spend the weekend on both the mainland and on South Bass Island in northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.
This will be a weekend workshop and will include lodging, as well as local transportation on South Bass Island. More details will be forthcoming!
"Colors Of Maine" Fall Photo Workshop - October 2022
Check back on this space... After the overwhelming response to our Maine photo workshop during the summer of 2021, we are already planning for our return!
We are working on some exciting destinations for 2023! We'll share as we firm up the details.
Do you want to improve your photography? Let us take you there!
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