Fall Foliage Workshop 2020
Stone Mountain State Park (NC)
The North Carolina Mountains are famous for the Autumn colors that fill our landscape with an explosion of color each year. The most popular place to see this is the Blue Ridge Parkway and you will find it to be standing room only with traffic jams all along the 469 miles of roadway. You can experience similar sights at other areas in our mountains, such as the location for this upcoming landscape workshop at Stone Mountain State Park. You will get all the beauty of Fall, without the elbow to elbow crowds found on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Join me for a chance to learn how to capture the Fall Colors as well as landscapes in general. This park has it all, from grand vistas, to intimate woodland, to waterfalls, and even some historic rustic buildings. There will be a lot of hiking with this workshop, so make sure you are prepared to work for you images. As with my other workshops, this is an educational experience for you, not an opportunity to see me work. I will be right there with you helping you achieve the images that you are wanting to achieve. The actual content of the workshop will be dependent on the weather as well as what the group wants to focus on. I will try and fit in a short Lightroom tutorial if there is time and interest for it.
Location: 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC 28668
Date: TBD as the Foliage Forecast gets updated. Expect around the third week of October.
Duration: Full day starting around 7am at the park and continuing until around 5pm or later if there is interest.
Cost: $200 per person
Lodging: This will be the responsibility of the participant. There are hotels in the area, but also consider camping within the park as RV and tent sites are available.
Appropriate For: This workshop is geared to be an educational experience, so whether you are a beginner or enthusiast, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn during the day. If you have any specific concerns as to whether or not this workshop is right for you, please allow me to assist you in your decision.
Transportation: Driving conditions will be on all paved roads, and there will be parking available at the trail, but it is encouraged to carpool to minimize impact as well as to get to know each other.
Facilities: There are restrooms at the park which will be open at the trail head.
Meals: This will be a full day at the park, and there are no eating establishments onsite. You are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch, or heavy snack that you can carry with you on the hike. There is a good possibility that we will be around the parking area at some points during the day, but the light and locations will take precedence which may delay our return to the cars for meals.
Fitness Level: Stone Mountain has some wonderful trails, but there are a lot of elevation changes as well as some rather intense stair climbs (one at over 300 steps). Some of the trails are rated as strenuous, but nothing is considered technical with the trails. I would recommend having some hiking experience in order to fully enjoy the day as there will be several miles of terrain covered during the workshop to get to the vistas we will be working with. Expect a minimum of 5 miles of hiking over various surfaces.
Note: Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment for this workshop. This is a landscape workshop so there will be opportunities for wide angle shots as well as tight telephoto shots. Bring manuals for any specific operating questions to your particular camera model. A tripod is recommended with all landscape photography because of the narrow apertures needed for depth of field. Polarizers and ND grad filters will be a great help for this workshop. I will have a limited number of Singh-Ray Filters to be tried out during the day. If you need filters, be sure to visit www.singh-ray.com and use “KISER10” at checkout for a 10% discount on your order. Also, make sure that your batteries are charged and you have plenty of memory card space as this will be a long day.
Contact Me: [email protected] or call at 336-681-0220 for any questions about this workshop.
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