Compositions in the Landscape (Wilkes Art Gallery)


Compositions in the Landscape

When a photographer starts to look at the landscape as their subject, composition quickly becomes a concern.  Nature is chaotic and usually without any particular order.  As photographers, we must learn to create order from chaos and tell a story through our pictures.  This is where composition comes into play.  In this short evening workshop we will focus our time on a very small area of Doughton Park where there so quite a number of compositions available in a very short distance.  We will look at how to choose what is in your composition as well as how to exclude what you don’t really want in your frame.  If we are lucky, there will be some color in the sky at sunset which will give ample opportunity to put what we have learned to use with some potentially great lighting at the golden hour.


What you can expect from this workshop is an informational hike to the location (approximately 1 mile) where I will talk about some of the basics of compositional theory to get you ready to apply it.  Once we are at the location, I will do a quick demonstration of how I set up a composition with the camera and capture an image.  This just gives a basic understanding of the process and provides a springboard for you to start your own compositions.  There will be group instruction as well as individual instruction as the need arises.


Once the sun goes down and everyone is satisfied, we will take the quick hike back to the parking lot while all staying together.  During this hike, we will review what has been brought up during the workshop and clear up any concerns.  By the time you are done here, you will be much better able to see compositions in the landscape and be better able to capture them with your camera.


Please do not attempt to reserve your space here.  Admission is through the Wilkes Art Gallery

Location: Doughton Park, NC  (Bluff’s Lodge near the picnic area, MP 241 Blue Ridge Parkway)


Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021


Duration:  5pm-8pm


Cost: $100.00 per person (Admission is only payable through the Wilkes Art Gallery)


Limit: 10 Participants (Please refer to the Wilkes Art Gallery for availability)


COVID Announcements:  Due to Federal mandates, social distancing will be observed and masks will be worn while on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Transportation: Driving conditions will be on paved roads but carpooling is recommended.


Facilities:  Unfortunately, the picnic facilities here are closed until later in May


Meals:  Feel fee to bring a snack


Fitness Level: Easy to moderate hiking, mostly through an open meadow.  Look for a mile hike to the location and a dusk mile hike back to the parking lot.


Gear: Water, flashlight, charged batteries, memory cards, lenses, tripods, polarizers and/or ND Grad filters are suggested.  I will have limited filters from Singh-Ray to try out during the day as well.  We will be outside so dress for the weather, keeping in mind that Doughton Park is usually colder than you think it will be this time of year.
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Note: Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment for this workshop.  Bring manuals for any specific operating questions to your particular model. If you need filters, be sure to visit and use KISER10 at checkout for a 10% discount on your order.


Contact Me: [email protected] or call at 336-681-0220 for any questions about this workshop.

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