Spring Landscape Workshop 2020


Doughton Park, Blue Ridge Parkway (NC)

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite among landscape photographers in the Eastern Part of the US. The Parkway goes for a total of 469 miles and in that distance, you can find mountain scenes, waterfalls, fields, and fences. For this workshop, we will be starting out at Doughton Park which is at milepost 241.1 in Laurel Springs, NC. This will be a sunrise workshop, so plan on being at the rally point well before sunrise.  Depending on the weather, we might shoot waterfalls, intimate landscapes, or grand landscapes. There are opportunities for any and all of these types of images. There are facilities at the park which might be open, however, food should be brought in to avoid having to travel into Boone for options. We will shoot for the full day depending on weather conditions. If they are favorable I plan on staying until sunset as long as there is interest in the group. While this workshop starts at Doughton Park, we will go where the light takes us. There are many places along the Blue Ridge Parkway which are fantastic to shoot at this time of year.  I will try and fit in a Lightroom tutorial if time and conditions allow, but the photography will be the primary goal of this workshop.


Location: Doughton Park, MP 241.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020


Duration: Full day starting around 5:00am at the park.  We will go as long as there is interest.  I will be available until after sunset.


Cost: $200 per person


Limit: 8


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 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it is encouraged to carpool to minimize impact as well as to get to know each other.


Facilities: There are restrooms at Doughton which might be open by this point.  However, as we explore beyond Doughton, facilities are few and far between.


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 several snacks for the day. We will be close to the vehicles for much of the day so you can leave any food in there for safe keeping.


Fitness Level:  This is primarily going to be short distance hikes (about half a mile at a time) and riding in cars.  There will be no technical trails, more foot paths.


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.  If you need filters, be sure to visit www.singh-ray.com and use “KISER10” at checkout for a 10% discount on your order.  I will have a workshop kit available from Singh-Ray so you can try out an assortment of filters as the needs arise.  Also, make sure that your batteries are charged and you have plenty of memory card space as this will be a long day.

Remember to use the code KISER10 to get 10% off your purchase


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

“Summer Storms”, Canon 5D Mk3, 16-35mm f/2.8L Mk2, Singh-Ray, Galen Rowell 2-Stop Hard ND Grad

“Spring Ridge”, Canon 5D Mk3, 16-35mm f/2.8L Mk2, no filters

“Cradle of Branches”, Canon 5D Mk3, 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk2, Singh-Ray Color Combo Polarizer, Converted in Lightroom
Photo courtesy of Michael Tucker

“Daybreak”, Canon 5D Mk3, 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk2, no filters

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