Spend a magical week photographing a HUGE variety of fantastic Pennsylvania subjects -- historic Gettysburg, quaint covered bridges, powerful steam locomotives, the Amish countryside, famous Longwood Gardens and the gritty abandonment of Southeastern State Penitentiary.
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, 2020 for either session. The only exception is if we have someone on the wait list able to take your place. With our smaller group workshops we have to have the workshop full to be able to run it.
This workshop starts Monday at 3pm for an informational meeting in the Holiday Inn Express in Gettysburg, and then ends at 7:30pm on Friday.
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 a good number of 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!!)
And then we will finish up the trip at the famous Eastern State Penitentiary....the temporary home of Al Capone at one point. The prison has been preserved for visitors to learn about its past. But the BEST part is that we have the prison reserved for a PRIVATE tour for our group. No waiting for tourists to get out of your shot!!
We will have reservations in 3 different hotels during this trip:
1) Holiday Inn Express, 1871 Gettysburg Village Dr
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Session 1: Book this hotel for the night before the workshop starts if you want to come in early, starting April 19, checking out April 22
Session 2: Book this hotel for the night before the workshop starts if you want to come in early, starting April 26, checking out the 29th
2) Holiday Inn Express, 1900 Historic Drive
Strausburg, PA 17579
Session 1: Book this hotel starting April 22nd and checking out April 24th
Session 2: Book this hotel starting April 29th and checking out May 1st
3) Mariott Downtown, 1201 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Session 1: Book this one at a minimum for the night of April 24th
Session 2: Book this one at a minimum for the night of May 1st
The workshop will be ending that evening after the prison shoot. We suggest that you may want to stay a night or so longer just to check out the other things Philly has to offer.....the zoo, the art museum, the Reading Terminal Market, the liberty bell, etc.....
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. 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.