Saturdays: usually 10am – 4pm from 5/6 through 6/24. We may do some early morning and late day shoots based on the subject matter and the weather. The schedules will be posted as soon as some ‘guesstimated’ weather knowledge becomes available.
The walks will cover an approximate 6 hour day with an hour break for lunch when we will exchange ideas, observations. problems and potential solutions.
We will reschedule if the rain is heavy. I will post cancellations by 8am the morning of the workshop, unless the weather is obvious the might before. Call me if you are uncertain. Meeting places and times of each workshop will be sent to you upon signup.
GOING WITH THE FLOW: action and reportage
This will be a day-long event with children and animals. Look forward to playing with a lot of variation in camera speed and focal length. We will meet in Keene beforehand to chat about challenges of shooting, as well as the human interest stories around it. I will give you details when you register.
AN URBAN OUTLOOK: city scapes and architectural details, Keene NH
We will walk through Keene with history in mind. What we now know as Keene was laid out in 1733 with the intersection of our Main Street and the common (Central Square). Settlement was abandoned in 1747 because of hostilities with the native residents, and not fully resumed until about 1760. There are still some 18th century buildings standing.
This day will not only give us objective details to photograph, but a sense of the character and history of the place. Substance gives nourishment to the power of a photograph. It alters how we look at something and, by that act, how we represent that something.
ELEMENTS OF ART: composition and color
Rhododendron State Park
We will meet at 10 am at the Town Clerk’s Office in Fitzwilliam and drive together from there. Heavy rain will cancel and we will reschedule. If you are uncertain, call me before 9am.
A quiet place, off the beaten path with easy walking through beauty at hand and in distant views (There is a vista of Mt. Monadnock, Pack Monadnock, and North Pack Monadnock Mountain). This is NH’s only botanical park. The 16 acre grove of Rhododendrons should be in bloom in July, but the park offers a meditative day full of beauty at all times.
This could be a day for tripods or it could be a day to dance with wind-blown flowers. In either case, we will be graced with the newness of early summer blooms of NH. With all of these focal point possibilities at hand, we will practice decision making and composition, in depth.
From the park’s brochure:
“A wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest’s brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by song birds which live in the grove.
The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.”
DISCOVERY: how to find the unexpected
Cheshire Rail Trail
The trail just north of the village is parallel to Route 12 on the East side of the highway. There is a small red building just South of the access. Find a place to park and meet there. Call my cell if you have any difficulty finding the place. See you at 10am.
We will meet at the trailhead in Troy and post some cars in Fitzwilliam to bring us back to Troy at the end of the walk. The distance itself is about 4,1/2 miles in length, but we may cover more depending on our wanderings to shoot this and that!
In addition to the scenery along this trail, we will also visit the old railroad depot in Troy, and the quintessential country store – Depot General Store – in Fitzwilliam Depot.
Click here for more information about the trail.
The trail stretches for nearly 33 miles between Route 12 near Bookseller Road and the New Hampshire–Massachusetts state line at Route 12. It is used by hikers, mountain bikers (road bikes would have a tough time), snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and equestrians. In addition, you might see dog sleds in winter.
The trail travels through some beautiful New Hampshire scenery, including Rockwood Pond, a nice place to swim in summer. It also passes through some charming towns, such as Troy, where you’ll find an old railroad depot, and Fitzwilliam, where you’ll find the Depot General Store in Fitzwilliam Village.
THE BROAD & PERSONAL VIEW: environmental portraiture
This day requires excellent, supportive footwear, an extra sweater or insulated jacket and a wool hat. No matter how warm at the base, we may find some windchill at more exposed places on the mountain.
If the forecast is for wet weather, we will alter the route to maintain a good margin of safety.
The following description – which should be taken seriously – is taken from www.monadnocktrails.com/weather
The upper 300 to 400 feet of the mountain is above tree-line and is fully exposed to severe weather as well as windswept cold rain. Be prepared for such conditions if hiking with just a chance of bad weather. It is advisable to carry 2 quarts of water per person on a hike of Monadnock. In addition to shorts and t-shirts it is still good to be prepared for brisk cold conditions. Rain in southern New England can be snow or ice high on the mountain.
Please check the current weather conditions linked on the trail web site, shown above, before hiking.
The sun can be very strong. There is a lot of exposure on the open ridges on Mount Monadnock. Putting on sunblock is a good idea.
Synthetic fibers are better than cotton clothing, which does not dry quickly. Wet cotton clothing leads to hypothermia. It is safest to wear synthetics, and dress in layers.
Please refer to the “What to bring” page in this site.
Many people underestimate Mount Monadnock and anybody hiking should use care. Accidents, injuries, and rescues are quite frequent Mount Monadnock. The trails are very rough and rocky. There are also areas of smooth slick ledge. Lichen covered rock on side trails in humid summer conditions after rains may be slick. Use care and take your time hiking the rough trails of Monadnock. Most accidents occur on the way down the mountain.
We will be using the easiest trails, as this is a day for photography and not for a hiking challenge. However, all of the above advisories still apply.
Some history taken from the Monadnock site:
Like Mt. Fuji, Monadnock has inspired generations of painters and poets, as well as hikers, leading some to speculate that Monadnock might be the most painted and most written about mountain in America. There are even operas, symphonies, waltzes and morris dances written about it.
Click here for some interesting bits of Monadnock history.
THE INVESTIGATIVE EYE: close ups & reportage
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm
We wil have the privilege of photographing a working farm. Plants, animals, people in the fields, vistas and close-ups, exteriors and interiors; all these will provide opportunities and challenges.
As a thank you to the farm owners for this privilege, we will allow them to use some of our photographs for their publicity. We will retain our copyright. If you have any qualms or questions about this, please call me at any time and I will address your concerns and answer your questions.
We will meet in Keene and carpool.
(CSA has provided economic support and predictability to farmers practicing traditional family farming. It enables them to finance the continuation of family farming, and enables communities to enjoy fresh, local farm products.
Partnering with local farms by purchasing a “share” in the season’s harvest, consumers can know where their food is coming from and have the satisfaction of supporting local agriculture.)
CONNECTING WITH YOUR SUBJECT: animals
A riding stable
We will have the privilege of photographing many aspects of a successful riding stable. The barn and all its services; the horses in all their environments, and the riders, in as many aspects as we will have permission to shoot. There will be challenges.
As a thank you to the owners for this privilege, we will allow them to use some of our photographs for their publicity. We will retain our copyright. If you have any qualms or questions about this, please call me at any time and I will address your concerns and answer your questions.
We will meet in Keene and carpool.