Nature Photography at Chincoteague NWR
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Assateague Island National Seashore
May 31 - June 2, 2013 - REGISTER
Lead by: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
This three day workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera and an interest in nature. Learn how to improve photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Workshop includes an orientation slide program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island and in the town of Chincoteague. Workshop will also include group discussions of images from the workshop and a DVD summarizing the concepts covered during the weekend. Topics to be discussed include the following: equipment selection and operation; composition, creativity and perspective; metering and exposure; lighting; digital media and image storage; basic image manipulation; and locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.
Based on findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the workshop on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, workshop participants will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and very tolerant of human activity to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for migrating birds. Potential subjects include sand dunes, shells, the surf, flowers, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, and local architecture plus wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.
May 31, Friday evening (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Orientation at Best Western Motel, Chincoteague Island VA
June 1, Saturday (Sunrise - Sunset)
Sunrise photography at Chincoteague NWR, Assateague Island, and the town of Chincoteague, VA. Mid-day break to edit and discuss morning images at Best Western. Afternoon photography until sunset.
June 2, Sunday (Sunrise - 2 p.m.)
Sunrise photography at Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surrounding area. Image editing and lunch break at Best Western (10 a.m. - noon).
Discussion/critique of workshop images at Best Western (noon - 2 p.m.).
The orientation and discussion sessions will be held at the Best Western Motel (7105 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague VA 23336). A small block of rooms is reserved at the Best Western for workshop participants at a special reduced rate. A reduced rate of $92 (single) and @99 (double) are available through April 4th. Contact the hotel for availability and reservations before April 4 at 757-336-6557 to ensure availability and reduced rate. Please mention you are part of the Ward Museum Nature Photography workshop lead by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto. Other room options are available at the Best Western and in the town of Chincoteague. For a complete listing of accommodations, go to www.chincoteaguechamber.com.
$298 Member of Ward Museum; $348 Non-member of Ward Museum
The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required by Friday, May 17. Register by contacting the Ward Museum Education Department at 410-742-4988 ext. 104 or email@example.com. Register online here - REGISTER
Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees.
This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Art In Nature Photo Festival in August.