Waterfalls & Wine Country
Ithaca, New York
with Mark Bowie and Joe LeFevre
OverviewWaterfalls and winemaking are what make New York's Finger Lakes region famous. Add in Autumn: pastoral, tranquil, and clothed in blazing color. What a fantastic combination for a workshop!
The wine country is resplendent with rolling hills and spectacular views of the Finger Lakes. Amidst this simple beauty tumble some of the most scenic waterfalls in the country. There are over two hundred in the region, including Taughannock Falls, the highest in New York State. Each fall has its own character; some drop like bridal veils, others sluice over ledges, and some, like those in renowned Watkins Glen, carve dramatic chasms. The streams that feed these falls are beautiful in their own right, reflecting the colors of the surrounding forests.
Most of our photo time will be spent taking advantage of opportunities provided by the waterfalls near Ithaca and Watkins Glen. In addition, we will mix in a visit to a local winery or two, to break up our day and give us additional photo possibilities.
Field lessons will emphasize attention to detail, with tips and techniques on:
- waterfall and stream shooting
- seeing from different vantagepoints
- reading and shooting the light
- determining proper exposure
- varying shutter speed for creative effect
- achieving critical focus
- using Live View to compose and focus
- using the LCD screen and histogram to refine compositions, check exposures and confirm focus
Indoor time will be spent viewing and critiquing participants' images and discussing techniques helpful to maximizing waterfall images.
Please join us for an unforgettable autumn workshop in the heart of waterfall and wine country!
InstructorMark Bowie, Joe LeFevre
Program TypeField workshop
Who Should Attend
BeginnerYou are new to photography and have so many questions you're not even sure where to start. You are not comfortable with your camera. You're not sure what makes some photographs look great and others not so great. You're looking to the instructor to help bring some order to the confusion and set you on a path.
AmateurYou can find your way around the camera, but there are features you don't understand or know how to use. You don't feel that you can adequately capture what you see. You're hoping that the instructor can give you guidance on the when and how of using specific camera features, while also helping you to understand how to compose a good photograph.
IntermediateYou feel pretty comfortable with most of your camera features, although you may have questions about some of the details. You've taken some photos that you're quite pleased with. You are mostly looking to the instructor for new ideas and constructive help with your compositions.
AdvancedYou know how and when to use your camera features. You are pleased with many of your images. You might be looking to work in some new locations. Or maybe you’d like to tap the energy of a group of talented people to add to your creative toolbox.
Computer SkillsA basic understanding of digital workflow will be helpful.
Other ConsiderationsSome moderate hiking is involved. Participants should be in decent physical shape, capable of climbing slight to moderate inclines. Hiking boots are recommended for wet, and possibly slippery slopes.
Group Size12 max.
Registration Fees$640 tuition
Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 17. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.
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Participants arrive in Ithaca. Kick-off dinner and opening presentation by Mark and Joe.
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Viewing and critique of participants’ images. Lunch trip to local winery. Afternoon field trip. Night shooting if weather permits.
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Presentation by Mark and Joe and/or group critique. Workshop wrap-up.
Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.