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 2023... Our 12th Year! We're also firming up locations and dates for 2024, '25 and beyond! 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].
If you like what you see on our website, email us with "NEWSLETTER" as the subject or message, and we will add you to our "Mile Markers" email newsletter, which we share 6-7 times during the year.
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...
We are working on some exciting destinations for 2023, 2024, & 2025!
We'll share as we firm up the details.
Maryland Pennsylvania Alaska Ohio
Deep Creek Lake Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop, MD - Feb. 3-5, 2023
The colors of autumn give way to the whites, grays, and blacks of winter. The cool nights merge into the cold days. The world pauses during the chill of winter before it can be reborn in the spring. Come with Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we capture the special and fleeting time of winter, as we visit beautiful Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland, in February of 2023. This winter workshop in the snow and cold of a western Maryland Winter will challenge you, but the experience and images you bring home will be worth the effort!
Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins will take you to the shores of Deep Creek Lake, the largest inland body of water in Maryland. It can be cold enough to allow ice fishing and for the waterfalls to freeze! The snow changes and creates its own landscapes, different and beautiful to see!
Have you seen an icy crystal waterfall? Can you travel back in time to an historic train station? We will! We’ll walk out on a frozen lake and photograph ice fishermen…this will be your chance to go out in the snow and experience all the opportunities that winter photography has to offer… in the safety of a group with two experienced photographers leading the way. We will see nature in an entirely different aspect from how it appears during the rest of the year…frozen…suspended. Winter isn’t a dead time…it is a beautiful, white paradise!
Our weekend won’t be entirely snowballs, however. We have selected some interesting indoor venues, as well! Watch artisans as they combine art and utility in their creations of wood and metal. Using both old and new technology, we’ll see glass globs become objects of beauty. We plan to visit a local creamery, where you can taste fresh cheese and even bring home some tasty treats along with your photos!
WHEN: February 3-5, 2022; Beginning Friday Evening at 7:00 pm; a full day on Saturday; concluding early afternoon on Sunday.
WHERE: Oakland, Grantsville, and McHenry, MD.
From Pittsburgh, PA – 2 hrs, 3 minutes; 112 miles
From Richmond, VA – 4 hrs, 13 minutes; 238 miles
From Columbus, OH – 4 hrs; 256 miles
From Charleston, WV – 3 hrs, 6 minutes; 200 miles
From Lexington, KY – 5 hrs, 39 minutes; 374 miles
LODGING: Clients will enjoy warm and relaxing lodging at the Inn at Deep Creek Lake in Oakland, MD. Rooms are equipped to please the traveler; all rooms offer a private full bathroom with hair dryer, coffee maker, TV, microwave, refrigerator, and Wi-Fi. Lodging expense is included in the workshop fee.
WHO: Ron and Amanda are welcoming a maximum of 9 people for this workshop.
FEE: Registration is now OPEN! Our “Early Bird” discount Fee is $890.00, a 15%+ discount! To receive the Early Bird discount fee, you must register and pay your fee in full no later than Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 11:00 pm. (New Date!) After that date, our regular fee of $1090.00 will be in effect. A $600.00 deposit will confirm your spot. Registration is managed by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, as well as your motel reservations; lodging, admission to selected venues, and instruction are included. Meals and local transportation are not included. All registration will close on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at 11:00 pm.
CONTACT: [email protected] with questions or to register for this workshop; or call 304-532-0070.
For examples of what we may see, please visit our Deep Creek Lake photo gallery at https://www.mountaineerphotoexcursions.com/p901599812
Spring Waterfall Photo Workshop - May 5-7, 2023
(note New Dates)
Ricketts Glen State Park, Pa
Surrounded by the spring green of the trees, the aroma of the forest floor, the sound of rushing water as it races among the rocks on a downhill run…this is the environment of Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. Come with Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we visit one of the hidden gems of the Keystone State to explore and photograph many of the 21 named waterfalls within this Park.
The scenery is stunning as the trails are cradled by the soaring trees as we descend the steep and rocky path along the waterfalls. We do encourage our “Workshoppers” to take proper precautions for this hike, such as wearing proper footwear, staying on the marked trail, and being in good physical condition.
We plan to walk one leg of the Falls Trail, which will include the 94-foot Ganoga Falls, the highest of the named waterfalls. Ricketts Glen State Park is over 13,000 acres across three counties, and also includes the Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark.
Our workshop will also include some man-made attractions! Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins have scouted the area and discovered an antique barn (with a unique flower garden) and a truly unique museum of motorcycles, cameras, motorcycles, Avon decanters, motorcycles, military memorabilia, motorcycles, telephones, and more! Did we mention motorcycles?
WHEN: May 5-7, 2023. We will begin on Friday evening with a meetup with introductions and orientation; a full day of photography on Saturday; and conclude our photography on early Sunday afternoon.
From Syracuse, NY - 2 hrs, 49 minutes; 167 miles
From Pittsburgh, PA – 4 hrs; 244 miles
From Richmond, VA – 5 hrs, 28 minutes; 324 miles
From Columbus, OH – 6 hrs, 32 minutes; 436 miles
From Charleston, WV – 6 hrs; 42 minutes; 441 miles
LODGING: Clients will enjoy their stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Bloomsburg, PA. Mountaineer Photo Excursions has reserved a block of rooms, each equipped with two Queen beds. Your lodging cost is included in the workshop registration fee. Two participants sharing a room will receive a shared discount fee. Non-participants may stay with a participant at no charge but may not accompany us on our field trips.
WHO: We are welcoming a maximum of 10 people for the Ricketts Glen photo workshop.
FEE: Registration is OPEN! Our “Early Bird” discount fee is $685.00, a 15% discount! To receive the Early Bird discount fee, you must register and pay your fee in full no later than March 15 at 11:00 pm. After that date, our Regular Fee of $810.00 will be in effect. A $400.00 deposit will hold your spot. All registration is managed by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, as well as your motel reservations; lodging, admission to selected venues, and photography instruction are included. Meals and local transportation are not included. All registration will close on April 5 at 11:00 pm.
CONTACT: [email protected] with questions or to register for this workshop, or call 304-532-0070.
For examples of what we may see, please visit our Ricketts Glen photo gallery here...
Southern Shores of Maryland – July 7-9, 2023
Join Mountaineer Photo Excursions, and instructors Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox, for our photography workshop exploring the “Southern Shores of Maryland!” Have you ever wandered through a maze of giant sunflowers? Have you seen sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay? Have you visited an historical museum, then crossed over to an island to walk in the same paths of which you’ve learned? Have you been within reach of the most exciting aircraft used to defend our nation? Have you seen what a sunset and starry night looked like in 1836? Do you want to see the first settlers of Maryland, and how they carved out a community that became the first State Capitol?
The area known as the Southern Shores is located on a peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay. St. Mary's County covers most of this land and includes several small State Parks. There is also an attraction, Historic St. Mary's City, the site of the state's first capitol. In addition, it was the location of a community formed by the earliest Catholic settlers.
Chesapeake Bay has lighthouses, and we plan to visit a couple of them. After a visit to the St. Clement's Museum, we'll take a water taxi over to the island to see the lighthouse located there, known as the Blackistone Island Light, During the Civil War, Confederate forces planned to destroy the lighthouse to keep it from aiding Union forces. When Keeper Jerome McWilliams learned of the plan, he pleaded with the Confederates to spare the structure as his wife was close to childbirth and moving her off the island would endanger both her life and that of the unborn child. The Confederate officer had compassion on the couple and instead of tearing down the lighthouse opted to confiscate the supply of oil and destroy the lantern and lens.
On a more modern note, we will stop at the Patuxent Naval Air Museum. Visitors are welcome to get a close look at 25 different Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, many of which are one-of-a-kind test aircraft and prototypes. Also, on the flightline is the cupola from the Cedar Point lighthouse, which once stood watch at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum’s Test and Evaluation Hall is one of the most unique and iconic buildings in both Lexington Park and the Southern Maryland area. The T&E Hall features multiple aircraft, from a replica Curtiss A-1 Triad to the Lockheed Martin X-35C Joint Strike Fighter prototype, along with galleries such as the History of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Aviation in Space, and the upcoming Women in Aviation exhibit.
We plan to kick off our workshop weekend at Goldpetal Farms and their Sunflower Maze! Enjoy flowers, pollinators, birds, and the occasional critter; have fun exploring the maze and the gardens; and capture magic moments with your camera in a beautiful, happy place.
Do you want to improve your photography? Let us take you there! As we visit and view these sites and others, Amanda and Ron will share their experience and knowledge of photography, giving you opportunities to create your own memorable images of this amazing piece of Maryland’s geography, wildlife, and history! Admission to selected locations will be included.
WHEN: July 7-9, 2023; Beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm; a full day on Saturday concluding early afternoon on Sunday.
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 a two-night stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Lexington Park, MD. A block of rooms has been reserved by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, furnished with one King bed. A limited number of rooms with two King beds are also available. Two participants sharing a room will receive a discount on their registration fee.
WHO: Ron and Amanda are welcoming a maximum of 10 people for this workshop.
FEE: Registration is OPEN! Our “Early Bird” discount fee is $635.00, a 15% discount! To receive the Early Bird discount fee, you must register and pay your fee in full no later than May 3, 2023, at 11:00 pm. After that date, our regular fee of $750 will be in effect. A $400.00 deposit will confirm your spot. Registration is managed by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, as well as your motel reservations; lodging, admission to selected venues, and instruction are included in our fee. Meals and local transportation are not included. All registration will close on June 3, 2023, at 11:00 pm.
CONTACT: [email protected] or 304-532-0070, to learn more or to register.
Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure – September 22 -28, 2023
This Workshop is FULL!
We Will Make a 2nd Trip in 2024!
Mountaineer Photo Excursions has traveled to many locations in the eastern United States! We’ve been North to Maine and South to Florida, as well as East to the North Carolina coast! Now, Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins are traveling further than ever, to our “Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure!” and we want you to join us!
This will be a special wildlife adventure, as we expect to show you grizzly bears fishing for salmon and grazing for blueberries; grizzly bears wandering through the grass; grizzly bears swimming in glacier-fed lakes; grizzly bear cubs rolling over each other. Beyond the wildlife, the environment presents dramatic landscapes like no other... the colorful tundra, accented by ponds and rivers; snow-capped mountains and rushing waterfalls!
Would you like to wake up to a stunning sunrise over the Alaskan mountains, board a bush plane and fly over the brilliantly colored autumn Alaskan tundra, or watch grizzly bears leisurely grazing for blueberries or fishing for salmon? After a full day of exploration and photography, would you like to return to the lodge for a delicious hot dinner, as you watch the sun set across the largest lake in the state?
We will be traveling to “The Last Frontier” in September 2023. Don’t delay! If you want to learn more, if you want to join us on our “Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure,” click HERE! Do you want to improve your photography? Let us take you there!
ATTENTION! Due to the overwhelming interest in our "Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure," we will offer a second trip in September 2024! Registration for this Second Alaska Adventure 2024 will open in January 2023! Due to the significant fluctuations in fuel and related travel costs, we cannot set a firm fee at this time. We hope to be able to do so soon.
We will update when we have additional information. If you have a serious interest in the 2024 Alaska workshop, please contact [email protected].
The Bridges of Ashtabula County, OH - Oct. 20-22, 2023
Mountaineer Photo Excursions is excited to offer this new location for the autumn of 2023! Ashtabula County, Ohio, is home to an amazing assembly of covered bridges.
We'll be sharing more details very soon! Please check back!
Do you want to improve your photography? Let us take you there!
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