Workshops: Autumn Magic - New River Gorge

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Workshop Details 

• Dates: October 13 - 16, 2016 
• Instructors: David Nguyen & Bernard Chen 
• Cost: $450.00 includes lodging ($50 deposit to reserve your spot, the remaining $400 will be due 30 days prior to start of workshop). 

Welcome to the New River Gorge region of West Virginia – known to many as the outdoor-recreation capital of the Eastern United States. Tourist and locals flock to its outdoors paradise during the summer months renown for its whitewater rafting, hiking trails, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and fishing. However, when the crowd starts to leave at the end of September, the changing of temperatures usher in a magical landscape that will be ablaze in gold, red and yellow that adds up to a vast area with no shortage of photographic opportunity. This surrounding location becomes a magnet for photographers with iconic scenes that make the wish list of must have images! 

Rental home will be confirmed once I can gauge how many people would be interested. House will be big enough to sleep 12 people. There is nothing better than having a group of photographers living and sharing their lives together for 4 days. This level of togetherness help with logistics, keep everyone together and most of all, it affords all of us the time to learn more about what we love to do and that is to make beautiful images!

Location Highlights 
The two most iconic locations will be Glade Creek Grist Mill and the New River Gorge Bridge. Glade Creek Grist Mill is arguably the most photograph mill in the states. This picturesque location offers some amazing images and challenges, so be prepare to dip your feet into the water and come away with some unique compositions.

The amazing New River Gorge Bridge arches 876 feet over the New River. It currently stands as the third highest vehicular bridge in the United States and fourth longest steel single-span arch bridge in the world. The amazing images will be catching the fog in the valley, and with some luck, heavy dense fog will allow us to capture this bridge rising above the clouds.

We will also shoot at many various locations around NRG, like Summersville Lake, Grandview State Park, Sandstone Falls, Wolf Creek Falls, and Dunloup Creek Falls just to name a few.

Also, October 15th is NRG Bridge Day. They will close the bridge for the whole day as adventurers will be BASE jumping, zip lining, bungee jumping and etc. from the bridge.

Learning Expectations 
Every image should tell a story and convey emotion. In the field we stress slowing down, defining the subject and deciding how to tell the story using your camera, and equally important, your eyes and inner vision. We will discuss the need for foregrounds, leading lines and/or patterns and how to handle these in different ways. We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including depth of field, proper exposure, filter usage and more to improve your overall photography. All of this will help you become a better “thinking” photographer, while at the same time making it possible to return home with some wonderful images you took in unforgettable locations. 

Difficulty Level 
Easy to moderate wear and tear on your soles. The longest hike is Long Point Trail, which is about 5 miles round trip and mostly with little elevation gain.

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