"Truly an amazing experience!" Angelique R.
Culture, nature, and history come together in an island out of time

“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, Maryland
When: July 19-21, 2013   Full: wait list only

July 26-28, 2013    Full: wait list only
Instructors: Ian Plant
Cost: $1095 (all inclusive)

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 (ianplantphoto@gmail.com).

The Destination

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 Rhodes Point.

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
the Baltimore 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 personal vision.

Getting There and Accommodations

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 organic experience.

What's Included

Photography instruction; lodging; meals, ferry ride to and from Smith Island, and boat transportation while on Smith Island.

Deposit Required

A $300.00 deposit will be required with the balance to be redeemed no later than 60 days before the workshop. 


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