Culture, nature, and history come together in an island out of
an amazing experience!"
“Places like Smith Island are
art—made all the more artful for contriving nothing, for simply
being.”— Tom Horton (An Island Out of Time). The world
around Smith Island accelerates, at an increasingly rapid pace,
but Smith Island—and Smith Islanders—never seem to change.
Severed from the mainland by a ten mile water crossing, Smith
Island still moves to the age-old rhythms of the tides and
seasons. Come and stay for the weekend, but be warned—you may
never want to leave.
Where: Smith Island,
When: July 19-21, 2013
Full: wait list only
July 26-28, 2013
Full: wait list only
Instructors: Ian Plant
Deposit: $300 (full
amount due within 60 days of workshop)
Class Size: 8
Highlights: Only accessible by boat, the small
waterman communities on Smith Island retain the spirit and charm
of days long past. Joining us on this workshop is famous
Chesapeake writer and naturalist Tom Horton—he’s our host, boat
captain, and all-around expert about everything.
To register, or if you have any
questions, please email Ian Plant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This workshop travels to famous Smith
Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay for the
quintessential Chesapeake photography experience. During this
tour, we will take several boat trips to locations around Smith
Island to photograph the island's natural and man-made scenery
and abundant wildlife. We'll have the opportunity to photograph
brown pelicans, seagulls, double-crested cormorants, great blue
herons, and other shorebirds; beautiful salt marsh and unspoiled
beaches; and the historic waterman towns of Tylerton, Ewell, and
Joining us on this workshop is famous Chesapeake writer and
naturalist Tom Horton. Tom has written several books about the
Chesapeake Bay, including his award-winning "Bay Country"—and,
most recently, he wrote the text for Ian's book Chesapeake:
Bay of Light. Tom's credits also include several National
Geographic articles and a weekly column for
Sun. Simply put, one would be hard pressed to find a better
Chesapeake guide than Tom. He'll take us out on his boat to the
best photo locations on and near Smith Island.
This workshop is very popular and
expected to fill up fast, so don't delay: reserve your space
today! Because of the short time between the listing of this
workshop and the workshop start date, full tuition is required
to reserve your space on the workshop.
Ian will teach a variety of
techniques—both in the field and in the classroom—that will
allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic
vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to
help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including
working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset; the
fundamentals of powerful compositions; and abstract techniques
for creating artistic photographs. In addition, we'll explore a
number of artistic philosophies that will help you find your own
Getting There and
Participants are responsible for
transportation to Crisfield, Maryland. From Crisfield,
participants are booked on a passenger ferry to the island. As
lodging is very scarce on the island, participants will be
boarded in a comfortable guest house. Participants will likely
be asked to share a room and bathrooms. The locals prepare
dinner for us (vegetarian options are available) complete with
world-famous Smith Island seven-layer cake. Workshop
participants are immersed in the local culture for a unique
Photography instruction; lodging;
meals, ferry ride to and from Smith Island, and boat
transportation while on Smith Island.
A $300.00 deposit will be required with the balance to be
redeemed no later than 60 days before the workshop.