FirstLight Workshop

Welcome!

 

 

FirstLight Workshop brings together some of the world’s most talented photographers in the most beautiful locations in the world to share their knowledge and experience in digital photography. Learn to create extraordinary images and master digital photography under the tutelage of these photography professionals in an environment that will awe and inspire. To learn more about creating perfect digital images, please visit Perfect Digital Photography.

 

 

FirstLight is proud to present for Fall of 2014:

                 Smith Island, October 5 – 9, 2014

 

 

Near Smith Island, a waterman harvests oysters from the Chesapeake Bay            Photo by Dave Harp

Near Smith Island, a waterman harvests oysters from the Chesapeake Bay – Photo by Dave Harp

 

Few times in your life will you have the opportunity to experience a place like Smith Island on the eastern shore of Maryland.  A step back into time, a place that time seems to have forgotten.  Or, as author Tom Horton calls his book about Smith Island, “An Island Out of Time.”  This is an isolated fishing village, a place where culture and landscape collide.  A diminishing culture,  the people of Smith Island still harvest the Chesapeake in ways that really haven’t changed in 300 years-all dependent on weather, wind and tide.

FirstLight instructors Jay Dickman and Dave Harp will be with you the entire workshop.  Tom Horton, author and our good friend, will provide his knowledge as well as access, via his boat, to the people and areas of Smith that are far off the beaten path.

You’ll arrive early Sunday afternoon, on the Crisfield-to-Tylerton ferry, as this is the only way to reach Smith Island. In the opening presentation, after dinner, you’ll see the work of Jay and Dave.  The 4 days of the workshop will be spent photographing the Watermen, as well as the natural and stunning beauty of the area.  Thursday morning, you’ll head back to the mainland.

Daily edit sessions will heighten your awareness and ability to “see photographically”, empowering your photography and story telling. And with only 8 students, this provides an unrivalled ratio of instructor to student.   You’ll go back into the field after the edit session with an excitement and understanding of this process, taking your photography to new heights. This is critical anytime you put the camera to your eye and press the shutter, whether a story for a national publication, or photographing your own life, you will come out of this workshop with a far greater understanding of how to tell that story.

The entire process comes to life with the unveiling of our slideshow at the end of the workshop, highlighting the best work from each participant. Held at the FirstLight headquarters, you will enjoy wine and cheese along with the company your now-friend fellow photographers and the locals that you spent the week photographing.

Cost for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is $ 2150.00.  This includes:  Roundtrip ferry from Crisfield, Maryland to Tylerton, on Smith Island.  4 nights lodging, all breakfast and dinners, and instruction over the 3 1/2 days of the workshop.  A final slide show will be made available to you after the workshop.  Not included: lunches, alcoholic beverages, laundry and/or other amenities.  PLEASE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE FIRSTLIGHT POLICIES REGARDING PAYMENT AND REFUNDS  BY CHECKING THE APPROPRIATE BOX ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE.  YOU CAN ALSO READ THOSE BY CLICKING HERE

FirstLight will provide accommodations in the small towns, staying in a B&B or a guest home..this is a real location, NOT a tourist destination-some of the rooms may have to share a bath, but you will be out shooting most of the time. .  We’ve found that Baltimore Airport (BWI) is one of the most economical choices in the area.  Car rentals are readily available, or you can use one of several car services as you’ll only need to get from the airport to Crisfield, MD.

This Workshop is sold out.  Please call our office number to be put on waitlist:  303.730.2894.

 

A partial moon sets over Tylerton on Smith Island - Photo by Jay Dickman

A partial moon sets over Tylerton on Smith Island – Photo by Jay Dickman

Sunset over Smith Island - Photo by Jay Dickman

 

 

 

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE OR CALL 303 730 2894

FirstLight Workshop

 PO Box 582

 Littleton, Colorado   80160 – 0582




Where’s Jay?


National Geographic Expedition: Iceland / Greenland / NW Passage

Polar bear sniffing the air

Polar bear sniffing the air
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

More than three weeks on a National Geographic Expedition, “Iceland/Greenland/NW Passage,” and just recovered our Internet access!!  (I don’t think Franklin nor Amundsen had to worry about losing connection to the rest of the world during their exploratory voyages here.) An amazing trip, most of it spent within the Canadian archipelago.  Photographic opportunities were abundant, a few during late night/early morning, but such is the nature of an Expedition.  I found the noise handling of the Olympus E-M1 as a very powerful tool..the photo of the Inuit in Pond Inlet was shot at 6400, with virtually no noise.  Impressive. Photographing the wildlife in the Arctic does require patience..we’d see Polar bear miles out ahead of the ship, on a piece of ice..usually a slightly off-color looking continuation of the white background.  Pushing through ice, slowly as to not frighten off the animal, could take an hour-plus.  Several times, after standing on the bow in freezing conditions for that time, the bear would react to our presence by turning and taking off.  However, there were enough “close encounters” to provide many long sessions of watching/photographing these stunning animals in their world. We’re now in Resolute, Canada, one of the most northerly communities in the world.  Fog and weather eliminated our out-bound flight yesterday, and it’s snowing today (this is August 21) with a few inches accumulation expected.  As I type, the National Geographic Explorer is heading out for one more trips into the ice; the sound of ice sliding by the sides of the ship overwhelms the ambient sounds aboard the vessel.  Perhaps, more bears.

Mummy of Qilakitsoq baby in Nuuk, Geenland. Olympus E-M1 75mm f1.8

Mummy of Qilakitsoq baby in Nuuk, Geenland.
Olympus E-M1 75mm f1.8

Polar bear and two cubs crossing Petermann Ice Island Olympus E-M1 100-300mm lens

Polar bear and two cubs crossing Petermann Ice Island
Olympus E-M1 100-300mm lens

 

In the Davis Straits, near Baffin Island, this polar bear visited the ship.

In the Davis Straits, near Baffin Island, this polar bear visited the ship
Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8 lens

Inuit artist in Sisimiut, Greenland

Inuit artist in Sisimiut, Greenland
Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8 lens

near Baffin Island, a polar bear crosses the ice at sunset Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens

near Baffin Island, a polar bear crosses the ice at sunset
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

sunset in the ice near Baffin Island Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens

sunset in the ice near Baffin Island
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Sled dog in Sisimiut, Greenland Olympus E-M1 50-200mm

Sled dog in Sisimiut, Greenland
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm

Fellow traveler on Ellesmere Island

Fellow traveler on Ellesmere Island
Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8 lens

Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson, assisting us through ice near BellotnStraits in the Canada Archipelago  Olympus E-M1 9-18mm lens

Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson, assisting us through ice near Bellot Straits in the Canada Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 9-18mm lens

Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson, assisting us through ice near Bellot Straits in the Canada Archipelago  Olympus E-M1 9-18mm lens

Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson, assisting us through ice near Bellot Straits in the Canada Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 9-18mm lens

Ice Fjords near Ilulissat, Greenland Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Ice Fjords near Ilulissat, Greenland
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Hare bell flower, Hvalsey, Greenland Olympus E-M1  12-40mm f2.8

Hare bell flower, Hvalsey, Greenland
Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Near Baffin Island, this polar bear was watching us closely Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens

Near Baffin Island, this polar bear was watching us closely
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Near Radstod Bay, Canada Archipelago, jaw of Arctic fox sits in tundra  Olympus E-M1  9-18mm lens

Near Radstod Bay, Canada Archipelago, jaw of Arctic fox sits in tundra
Olympus E-M1 9-18mm lens

Inuit in Pond Inlet, traditional Inuit game Olympus E-M1  75mm f1.8

Inuit in Pond Inlet, traditional Inuit game
Olympus E-M1 75mm f1.8

Flight of birds cross snowy strait near Dundas Harbour, Canada Archipelago Olympus E-M1 50200mm lens

Flight of birds cross snowy strait near Dundas Harbour, Canada Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 50200mm lens

Lindblad's Ralph Lee Hopkins, Queens Harbour Olympus E-M1  12-40mm lens

Queens Harbour
Olympus E-M1 12-40mm lens

Polar bear hunting on ice Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens w/2x

Polar bear hunting on ice
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens w/2x

Glacier in Icy Arm, Canadian Archipelago Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Glacier in Icy Arm, Canadian Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

Walrus near Queens Harbour, Canadian Archipelago Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens

Walrus near Queens Harbour, Canadian Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens

In Queens Harbour, Canadian Archipelago Olympus E-M1  50-200mm lens

In Queens Harbour, Canadian Archipelago
Olympus E-M1 50-200mm lens