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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy

  

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown

 

"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear

 

"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham

 

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams

 

"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell

 

"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb

 

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso

 

"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers

 

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken

 

"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling

Monday
Mar072016

Olympus Live Comp at the North Georgia State Fair - September 22, 2017 - FULL!!

Cost - $50 (Does not include $7 admission to the fair to be paid upon entrance)

For all of you Olympus shooters out there who would love to do some night shooting AND learn the amazing feature on your OMD camera called Live Composite....this night is for YOU! 

Join us at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Georgia and learn how to shoot festive fair rides and how to best capture the blinking and swirling lights in an evening setting utilizing the Live Composite feature on your cameras. 

It's just another opportunity to fall even more in love with your Olympus system.  We will meet around 6:00pm for an instructional discussion prior to entering the fair to shoot.  Don't forget your tripods and plenty of batteries for this one!

We will end the workshop around 10:00pm although feel free to stay until they close at midnight. 

 

North Georgia State Fair

Jim R. Miller Park

2245 Callaway Road

Marietta, Ga 30008

 

Saturday
Oct292016

Old Car City - FALL - White, GA - Nov 4, 2017 - 1 Day Workshop 

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Tuition $80 (does not include admission fee of $25)

 

Nestled on 36 acres pretty much in the middle of nowhere lies one of North Georgia's former well kept secrets - Old Car City, USA.  However, the word is getting out.  Photographers are coming from all over to visit this former 1931 car dealership. 

 


This property arguably contains one of the country's largest collections of classic, as well as not-so-classic cars.  Intertwined with the local vegetation and textured by the elements, Old Car City provides a smorgasbord of photographic opportunity.

 

From portrait photographers to photographic fine art enthusiasts - there is something for everyone to shoot at Old Car City. 


Join us on November 4, 2017 for a fun and unusual day of shooting.  Jeff and Ledra will lead you through this maze of rusty nuts, bolts and the ghosts of cars past.  You will learn to look at photography differently and will be able to focus in on intimate and abstract scenes.  If you are into macro photography, you could spend a week here and not see everything Old Car City has to offer.  

 


So come out for a fun day of creative seeing and photographing.  This place is definitely different than anything else you've ever shot before!

**This 1-day workshop begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.  

 

***Consider taking our Gibbs Gardens in the Fall 1-Day workshop Nov 5 (the day after this one) to make it a full photo weekend!!

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after October 21, 2017 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

 

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Sunday
Oct302016

Gibbs Garden in the Fall - November 5, 2017 - 1 Day Workshop

Tuition $75 (does not include $20 pass to garden ($18 for seniors) or $5 tram fee)
 
Most people think that gardens are for Spring - but not so at Gibbs Gardens!  Yes, it is great in the Spring, but if you haven't seen it in the Fall, you are missing out!  The hundreds of Japenese Maples in the garden start turning a firey red in late October, but the rest of the hardwoods join them in November with a vibrant explosion of Fall color.  

 

 

Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through the garden and Manor grounds with great tips for photographing natural features, fall colors, reflections and textures. Your compositions will include the overall landscape as well as intimate compositions and fall color reflections in the many ponds on the property.  This is a 1-Day photo experience that you don't want to miss!!

 

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Wednesday
Nov022016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Townsend, Tennessee - October 22-24, 2017 - ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Tuition - $369  

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There is a reason the Great Smokies is the most visited United States national park.  From the beautifully smooth sloping ‘smoky’ mountain views to the cool rushing cascades of water tumbling throughout the landscape, this park has something to offer everyone.  From over 100 species of deciduous trees, 1500 types of flowering plants, multitudes of mammals, birds and reptiles and elevations ranging from 875 to 6643 feet in altitude, this park provides an endless bounty for the photographer.

 

Of all the seasons, Fall is the most magical in the Great Smokies.  Join us as we spend the weekend exploring historic Cades Cove, beautiful mountain vistas and the many winding streams flowing throughout the park.

 

This workshop starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday and ends 3:00 pm on Tuesday.  

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Thursday
Nov102016

Berry College Beauty & Rome Ruins - 1-Day Workshop - November 12, 2017

Tuition $99 (this INCLUDES your $30 admission fee to the abandoned property) -- FULL!!


Berry College, a private liberal arts institution nestled on 27,000 acres outside of Rome, Georgia is not just an educational institution, but also an education for the senses.  The Berry campus is simply a sight to see.  From the photogenic cut stone complex built by Henry Ford in the 1920’s, to the college’s mountain campus, the old mill waterwheel and more, there is so much to photograph. 

 

Join Ledra and Jeff as they lead you through Ledra’s alma mater.  A lot has changed in the twenty years since she graduated, but the things that make Berry a breathtakingly beautiful campus are still there for all to see. 

 

THEN follow Jeff and Ledra to a newly-opened-to-the-public property with the ruins of an old textile mill.  If you want to photograph grit, texture and abandonment, this location is for you. This is probably one of the most amazingly photogenic abandoned structures we've ever visited and is NOT to be missed!

 

We will spend approximately 3 hours on the Berry Campus and 3 hours at the ruins. This workshop starts at 8:30am on Sunday and ends around 4pm on Sunday. We will meet on the Berry College Campus at 8:30am.  Further instructions will be given closer to the start of the workshop.

 


Deposit:

 

Full payment is required to hold your place in the workshop. No refunds will be issued after October 29, 2018. (See our Policies page for our refund and cancellation policy.)

 

For this Workshop:

  • Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop. With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop. A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography, especially when shooting water. We also recommend that you bring a 3-stop (.9) circular solid neutral density filter. There are some effects using a very slow shutter speed that cannot be achieved without using an ND to block light from entering the camera. If you are not familiar with this filter, never fear!  We will teach you when and how to use it during the workshop -- and if you have one, you WILL use it during this workshop. To read more about these filters now, click here or email us with any questions. Also, if you have a very long lens, bring it. If the eagles are on their nest you will need it.  Something 400mm or longer will be required to get eagle shots.  You do not NEED one of these lenses for this workshop as the eagles may not be present and are only about 10% of the shooting we will do that day if they are.

  • Weather – November tends to have cool weather.  Please dress in layers for this workshop to be prepared for whatever the weather throws us.  Make sure to bring rain gear for both you and for your camera gear and comfortable shoes as well.

Sunday
Jan152017

Olympus OMD Camera Instruction at the Southeastern Railway Museum - February 10, 2018

Tuition:  $145 (INCLUDES admission to the Southeastern Railway Museum) 

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You asked for and you got it....a day with Jeff and Ledra to learn the basics and some more advanced features of your Olympus OMD camera.  This will be a 2-part experience.  We start our day in the classroom with lecture and hands on instruction about the cameras themselves - the menus and how to easily access important features.



After a morning of questions and instruction (and a lunch break) we then head out onto the museum grounds and test out what you've learned.  The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. 


This workshop starts at 10am and ends around 5pm. Please NOTE that this class will NOT include video or flash instruction.

The last day to cancel this workshop and receive a refund is January 10.  After this date refunds are only available if we have someone on the waiting list who is able to take your place.  


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Location:

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy
Duluth, Georgia 
770-476-2013 

 

Monday
Jan162017

Death Valley National Park - February 24 - Feb 28, 2018

Tuition $1350 - Limited to ONLY 10 Participants - Only 2 spaces left!

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Death Valley is the HOTTEST, the DRIEST and the LOWEST place in the National Park System.  But do not mistake that to mean that is isn't one of the most BEAUTIFUL of the national parks.  Death Valley is frequently referred to as The Land of Extremes, but don't let the name fool you. From snow covered peaks in the distance to around 300 feet BELOW sea level, this place is a photographer's paradise.

 
Death Valley is the largest national park outside of Alaska, and we are going to explore a significant portion of it with our cameras.  Low valley floors, towering peaks, expansive vistas, colorful canyons and rugged salt flats will be part of your photographic experience in Death Valley.  This place offers a beauty so different from most of the national parks that it should undoubtedly find a special place on your bucket list. 


This workshop starts on Saturday afternoon at 3pm and ends by noon on Wednesday. 

 

***A Note on Non-Shooting Spouses/Signficiant Others -- Death Valley National Park requires a permit for us to able to lead a photo group in the park.  The permit limits the group size to 10 participants MAXIMUM. On this particular workshop we cannot allow non-participating spouses to join us during our shoots.  If you bring a spouse, that is fine, just understand they will have to be on their own when we shoot (if they choose not to pay for a spot on the workshop), and honestly, there is nothing else to do in Death Valley but explore on their own - and we suggest they NOT do that for safety reasons. 

 

**Cancellation Policy - Understand that on our longer trips where most people have to make extensive travel plans in order to join us, our cancellation policy is slightly more strict.  On this workshop, the last day for you to cancel for a refund is December 1, 2017.  If you cancel before this date you will receive your payment back minus a $50 transaction fee.  After this date, there will be no refunds unless we can fill your position with someone from the wait list. For this reason WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR INVESTMENT. 

 

Lodging

*Stovepipe Wells Village
51880 Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328
760-786-2387
Rate: $235 per nite / Cut-off Date:  1-24-2018

Make sure you tell the hotel that you are with Natual Connections Photo Workshops when you register to get your group rate.  NOTE: $235 is the rate as long as we have 8 rooms reserved.  If there are less than 8 rooms reserved the rate will revert to the regular rack rate at that time.  This workshop should fill, so we doubt it will be a problem.

 


Local Airports
:

McCarran International Airport (LAS)
5757 Wayne Newton Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

We recommend you fly into Las Vegas and then drive to Death Valley which is about 2 hours away. 

 

For this Workshop:

 

Weather - The weather in Death Valley is generally dry and sunny, but not always. Although the park has a reputation for really hot weather, you will find that it can be very chilly in the morning and then quite warm in the afternoon.  Be sure to bring warm clothing for sunrise shoots as windy summits can be very cold at this time of day.  


Conditions - We will be in salt and sand - the whole time. Sand can be very damaging to camera gear.  Be sure to bring a plastic bag or something similar so you can set your bag down and it not be in the sand or on the corrosive salt beds.  


Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop.  With that said, however,we do recommend that you bring a circular polarizer for this workshop.  

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Savannah, Georgia Photo Weekend - March 23 - 25, 2018

Tuition - $389    

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With this workshop you get it all - an amazing cross section of Savannah and its surrounding areas.   With shoots of historic Savannah, beaches, night scenes, cemeteries, parks, and lighthouses, this is one workshop that is sure to please. 


Immortalized by the best seller, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,' Savannah is an 18th century village that lives resolutely in the present.  The city brings together an exotic history, a sub-tropical natural environment and an obvious desire to keep true to its Southern traditions.  Savannah is arguably one of the South's most charming cities with its architectural treasures, luxurious hospitality, low country cuisine and one-of-a-kind lodging.  The city offers a smorgasbord of urban as well as natural landscapes. Flower gardens, public parks and centuries old cemeteries punctuate the landscape of Savannah.  Everywhere you turn, there is something to photograph.


This workshop begins on Friday at 3 pm and ends Sunday at 3 pm.

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Thursday
Jan192017

Charleston, South Carolina Weekend - April 8 - 10, 2018

Tuition - $389 (Does not include entry fee into Middleton Place)

 

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Founded and settled by English colonists in 1670, Charleston grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Through the mid-nineteenth century, Charleston’s economy prospered due to its busy seaport and the cultivation of rice, cotton, and indigo.

Charleston is one of the most popular Southern destinations in the country. The districts of the city contain a wide variety of interesting locations and historical landmarks. While in Charleston you can expect to find a rich combination of hospitality and charm resonant of the "Old South." Whether it is the historic houses, churches, or attractions of the Downtown and Historic Districts, the imagery is guaranteed to be amazing. The allure of this city is unmistakable and the photography will be undeniably remarkable.  


This workshop begins Sunday at 3 pm and ends Tuesday at 3 pm.

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Friday
Jan202017

Arches National Park - Moab, Utah - May 12 - May 16, 2018

Tuition - $995  Limited to Only 13 Participants!

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 **Featuring Olympus Tech Rep Becky Clough.  Becky will join us to assist with any Olympus questions you may have.....OR to show off her mirrorless toys and to loan out some gear for those of you who may be curious about micro four/thirds cameras and gear.  Bring your own gear, but try out ours!

 

Arches National Park resides in an area of the United States that is home to the largest concentration of natural stone arch formations.  The park actually preserves over 2000 natural sandstone arches ranging in size from 3 to 306 feet wide.  No where else can you see such an array of landforms, striking colors and visible textures.  Millions of years of geologic activity, mineral deposits and erosion have shaped and sculpted this remarkably stunning land.
 
 
This workshop takes you  through some of nature’s most ruggedly beautiful landscapes.  Photos you will return home with will depict balanced rocks, spires, rocky fins, pinnacles and other sandstone formations.  And if luck is with us, we will also have the occasion to shoot flowering desert plant life as well. Indeed, there is no shortage of subject matter to photograph in this amazing park.  We will even take a shoot or two in the adjoining and equally stunning Canyonlands National Park. 


The workshop begins on Wednesday at 3:00 pm and ends Sunday at 12:00 noon.

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