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FirstLight Workshops, 2014:
Dawn on the Chesapeake: all photos by Dave Harp
FirstLight Workshops presents
Winter Light on the Chesapeake
January 16 – 19
January 23 – 26, 2014
In January, the sun draws a low arc over Chesapeake Bay, creating gloriously warm, horizontal light on the landscape. Wintering snow geese, bald eagles, tundra swans and other waterfowl move about the edges of land and water, a few at a time or by the thousands. At first light and again in the late afternoon, the snow geese take flight in huge numbers, often filling the sky so no space is visible between their wings as they gyrate into the air blizzard-like, repeating this dance over and over. The sounds alone are worth the trip, the light on the birds often extraordinary. This is an ideal time to be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to see and hear this lovely migration. Aside from the birds, oystermen in classic wooden workboats head out from Cambridge, Wingate and other landings in search of the illusive bivalve so beloved by the native population for literally thousands of years, and the iconic marsh scenes—water, grasses, trees and sky—glow in the winter light. If we’re lucky, we might add some snow, fog, frost, or ice to spice up the photographic menu.
Join FirstLight Workshops this upcoming January 16-19, or January 23-26, 2014 for a three-day, intensive photographic workshop in and around the beautiful Blackwater Refuge and the nearby Nanticoke River where we will explore this beautiful scenery. We’ll schedule plenty of time for early morning and late afternoon opportunities to photograph bald eagles, snow and Canada geese, hardy overwintering Great Blue Herons and the Chesapeake Bay winter landscape in the “golden hour” light. During the day, projection sessions will occur with FirstLight instructors Jay Dickman and Dave Harp going through your work, providing invaluable insight and suggestions on how to improve your photographic capabilities.
We’ll also have loaner Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras available for you to try out! This is the new, highly reviewed mirrorless camera from Olympus. “Camera of the Year”, “Gold Award,” the sterling reviews keep coming in. The system has struck a cord with so photographers for not only it’s small size and great ergonomics, but also the abundance of incredible optics. This is a great chance to not only immerse yourself in a great workshop, but to try this great camera ans system.
Plan on arriving in Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Thursday afternoon in time for our opening night cocktail party, where you’ll meet (or reacquaint yourself) with Jay and Dave.
Friday we’ll be getting out early to enjoy the beautiful Chesapeake sunrise over the Blackwater Refuge. We’ll come back to the workshop headquarters to download and review the morning’s shoot, during which you’ll receive feedback on your work from our instructors. Afternoon will find us back out for shooting, coming back after dark.
Saturday will be a repeat of Friday, to allow plenty of photographic opportunities in this magical winter light.
The workshop concludes Sunday morning with a presentation of the student’s work.
After you get home, you’ll receive a DVD of the final presentation.
Cost for this unique workshop is $995.00. For our early birds (humans, that is) who wish to sign up by September 24, 2013, you’ll save $75.00. A $250.00 deposit is required to confirm your place (click here for our refund/cancellation policy). All monies are due by December 24, 2013. Our FirstLight alumni will receive a discount, as always. Click here to be taken to the registration page
Included in your workshop fee: Instruction by our two experts, opening night cocktail party, DVD of the final presentation.
What’s not included: Travel, car rental (you’ll need a car to explore the area) accommodations, food, amenities.
We have arranged special pricing at the Holiday Inn Express in Cambridge-You must call them directly at this phone number: 410 221 9900. When calling, be sure and ask for the FirstLight Workshops rate for your dates. Also in Cambridge, you’ll find the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Resort or local bed and breakfasts. Accommodations must be made by the participant.
TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE OR CALL 303 730 2894
PO Box 582
Littleton, Colorado 80160 – 0582