Spend a magical week photographing a HUGE variety of fantastic Pennsylvania subjects -- historic Gettysburg, quaint covered bridges, powerful steam locomotives, the Amish countryside and famous Longwood Gardens.
First we will start our adventure off in Gettysburg, PA. We will hit all of the great morning and evening photo spots. You will also have the opportunity to explore all of the battlefield and exhibits on your own.....do a bus tour, see the informational film, the cyclorama and then the museum. Or drive at your own pace with the audio tour, stopping as frequently as you like to read the plethora of informational plaques found throughout the battlefield.
Cancellation: The last day to cancel this workshop for a refund is January 30, 2021. The only exception is if we have someone on the wait list able to take your place. With our smaller group workshops we must fill the workshop full to be able to run it. We also STRONGLY suggest travel insurance for your non-refundable costs.
Then as we move through the Pennsylvania countryside we will visit approximately 4 different covered bridges for your photographing pleasure. Who doesn't love a covered bridge, right??
Of course these bridges will be mixed in while touring the Amish countryside of Lancaster County with several quaint towns to visit along the way. With luck you will see horse drawn buggies carrying the Amish about their business and you will also see Amish farmers plowing their fields using only the old methods of horses pulling non-motorized equipment.
Also, we will have a private tour into the Amish countryside on an authentic horse-drawn buggy driven by an Amish member of the community. We will get to see many sites and we will also be taken to a working Amish farm on this tour.
But that's not all Amish country has to offer! We will also get the opportunity to 'chase' a steam locomotive and shoot the train from several vantage points.
Then we move on to photographing the famous and stunningly beautiful Longwood Gardens. Water fountains, structured gardens inside the conservatory and even macro work in the orchid room.....you can spend hours here (and we will!!)
We will have reservations in 3 different hotels during this trip - we do not have any group blocks because the size of the workshop is so small:
1) Holiday Inn Express, 1871 Gettysburg Village Dr
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Book this hotel the nights of April 24 & 25, 2021 for this hotel.
(The workshop will start here with a meeting at 3pm. If you choose to come in the night before, then book April 23, 24 and 25.)
2) Holiday Inn Express, 1900 Historic Drive
Strausburg, PA 17579
Book this hotel for the nights of April 26 & 27, 2021
3) Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
3300 Baring Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Book this hotel for the nights of April 28 & 29.
NOTE: You do not have to stay at this hotel if you would rather book someone else - this workshop was rescheduled to 2021 because of the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020. They offered to transfer our reservations from 2020 to 2021 so as to not have to pay out refunds.....and they do not allow single-night reservations. So if you aren't staying the night of the 29th, then you may want to book elsewhere. But book close to the Eastern State Penitentiary so you can shoot there when the workshop ends.
Air Travel: If you choose to travel by air, Harrisburg International is the closest, but Philadelphia is the largest. And we will end up in Philly at the conclusion of the workshop, so that would probably be your best bet.
Car Travel: If you are traveling from the Atlanta area, it is about 10 hours to Gettysburg, where we will be starting the workshop. And then it is about 11 hours back from Philadelphia. Use your judgement as to what suits you the best.
Carpooling: We often ask that participants agree to carpool at least a little during each workshop. This one is no different, especially in Amish country. We have limited this workshop to 6 participants so that we can have NO MORE than 2 cars while exploring Lancaster County. We do this out of an effort of respect for the residents, so that we don't have 5 cars suddenly pull over and 12 photographers jump out to photograph a farmer. So, we ask that everyone consent to carpool while we are in Amish country.
This is spring in Pennsylvania. We will likely encounter varying temperatures. It could be chilly, it could get warm. Pack clothing for each variable. Do bring at least a lightweight jacket of some kind and possibly a rain coat as well.
You will also DEFINITELY want to bring a polarizer for each lens you plan to use outdoors.
Non-Shooting Spouses. There will be several shoots where we cannot permit non-shooting spouses to attend. They will not be permitted in the carpool when we are driving around Lancaster county. We wish to limit the number of cars to 2 during this time out of respect for the Amish and their lifestyles.
A spouse can, however attend Gettysburg, Longwood Gardens and the prison shoot if they wish and will simply need to pay their admission fees.