(Meals, lodging and rental car and airfare are the participant's responsibility.)
There is a rugged, whitewater river flowing and turning through deep canyons in southern West Virginia. The New River and its gorge is among the oldest rivers on the continent.....and it is now a National Park - our NEWEST national park to be exact. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River. Of course we won't get to see it all....but we will see some of the most interesting features the area has to offer.
On this short trip you will get to view the stunning gorge itself and one of the most iconic bridges in the counrty - one that spans the entire width of the gorge. You will photograph a creek with a very famous grist mill and you will get to view and shoot a few extremely beautiful waterfalls and the areas that surround them. And then we will throw in some history as well as you get to learn about and photograph remnants of the beginnings of the area.
The first shoot starts Oct 24, 2023. But we will have a introductory meeting the evening of the 23rd. So you should plan to be in Beckley on the evening of the 23rd.
Cancellation policy: This workshop must be full to run. So there will be no refunds offered on this workshop after March 1, 2023. It is a very good idea to look into travel insurance for any non-refundable portion of the trip.
Holiday Inn & Suites Beckley
114 Dry Hill Road
Beckley, WV 25801
We do not have a group block for this trip due to the smaller number of participants. Please note the workshop starts at sunrise on the 24th with an introductory meeting the evening of the 23rd. So you will need to be in Beckley on the 23rd. Please book, Oct 23, 24, 25, 26 for this trip, checking out the 27th. We will end the workshop on the evening of the 26th.
I know a numer of people with drive to this workshop, but for those of you who need to fly in, the closest airport is Charleston, WV.
Yeager Airport (CRW)
100 Airport Road, #175
Charleston, WV 25311
The drive from Charleston, WV to Beckley, WV is about an hour to the hotel.
Major car rental companies are available at or near both airports. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop. Participants may wish to share the cost of a rental car. Some locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we ask participants to carpool to a few of the shooting locations anyway.
There should be no extreme temperatures on this workshop, but you should still plan on bringing a number of layers for whatever temperature we may encounter.
Gear - you should try to bring anything from a wide to mid zoom to a super-wide lens. You won't need anything extremely long on this workshop.
Activity Level - this one is not all THAT strenuous, but there will be some hiking.....no more than about 2.5 miles round trip. There will also be a little bit of rock scrambling on this workshop. We suggest you bring a set of hiking poles with you.
Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop. With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop. A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography and we will be shooting several waterfalls, so a neutral density filter would be handy.
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