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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

Wednesday
Sep202017

The Oregon Coast - September 20 - 26, 2018

Tuition - $1395 for 6 days

A true bucket-list item for so many photographers, the coast of Oregon is simply stunning.  With coastal mountains, silky sand dunes, rough and rocky shorelines, hidden tidepools, prominent light houses, cascading rivers and magestic sea stacks dotting the coastal landscape, this part of the country is a photographer's dream. Very few places inpart such a sense of place like the Oregon coast. 

Join Jeff and Ledra for six days in a coastal photography paradise. Basing ourselves in Florence and Bandon, the workshop will cover an area from the Newport area to south of Bandon.  Your photos will represent an astonishing cross section of what the coast has to offer.  

This workshop begins at 7pm Thursday, Sept 20 and ends around 3pm on Wednesday, Sept 26.

 

 


Lodging:

We will be staying in TWO different hotels, please register for BOTH:

**Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 
Phone: (541) 902-6441

Rooms have been blocked at a nightly rate of $169 per night Thursday (9/20) through Sunday (9/23) nights (checking out Monday the 24th).  These rates are good if you book by August 30, 2018.  After this date the rooms will be released to make room for other guests and future reservations will be subject to availability at the prevailing rates.  Be sure to contact the hotel at the number listed above and ask for the Natural Connections Photo Workshops group block. (The group rate is also good the day before if you wish to come in on Thursday, Sept 20.)

 

**Best Western - Inn at Face Rock
3225 Beach Loop Drive 
Bandon, OR 97411
Phone: (541) 347-9441

Rooms have been blocked at a nightly rate of $161 per night Monday (9/24) through Wednesday (9/26) nights (checking out Thursday the 27th).  These rates are good if you book by August 24, 2018.  After this date the rooms will be released to make room for other guests and future reservations will be subject to availability at the prevailing rates.  Be SURE to contact the hotel at the number listed above and ask for the Natural Connections Photo Workshops group block.  Also, be sure to tell them that you prefer a ground room - there are no elevators in this hotel. 

 

Local Airports:

Portland International Airport (PDX)
7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 

OR


Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG)
28801 Douglas Drive
Eugene, OR 97402  

 

Transportation

Major car rental companies are available at or near both airports.  Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop.  We strongly recommend that participants share the cost of rental vehicles.  We suggest this because some shooting locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we must require participants to carpool to these locations anyway.

 

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.   If you are not familiar with this filter, there will be a discussion as to its uses and effects during the lecture portion of the workshop.  Also, a 3-stop or variable neutral density filter may be of use on the workshop as well. To read more about these filters now, click here or email us with any questions.

Climate - Oregon's coastal temperature is fairly stable. The temperatures will generally range from 50-60 degrees on this workshop.  Pack layers and wind/rain restistant outerwear for this trip.

Weather – This workshop could involve different shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring.  Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera and good sturdy footwear.


 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct112017

Fair Photography - Cumming, Georgia Fair - October 11, 2018

Cost - $65 (Does not include $7 admission - cash only - to the fair and $5 parking fee to be paid upon entrance)

For all of you who like playing with long exposures and brightly lit moving subjects - this night is for YOU!  

Join us at the the Cumming Country Fair in Cumming, Georgia and learn how to shoot festive fair rides and how to best capture the blinking and swirling lights in an evening setting.  For you Olympus shooters out there, we will help you learn the amazing feature on your OMD camera called Live Composite.  For shooters with cameras without Live Composite - NEVER FEAR - you do not need it to get stunning long exposure images of swirling lights and fair rides. 

PLUS - there will be an additional treat!  The fair features a Cherokee Indian Village providing traditional performances and demonstrations several times a night.  This is the perfect chance to play with long exposure creating artistic images of beautiful and brightly colored native dress. 

 

We will meet around 5:00pm for an instructional discussion prior to entering the fair to shoot.  Don't forget your tripods and plenty of batteries for this one!

The workshop will end around 9:30pm and the fair closes at 10pm.

Thursday
Oct122017

Night at the Rodeo - Cumming, Georgia - October 12, 2018

 

Cost - $50 (Does not include $15 admission to the Rodeo or $5 parking)

If you've never been to a rodeo, it is definitely something to do in your lifetime.  If you've never been to a rodeo with a CAMERA, you definitely should join us October 12th for an exciting evening of action and honing in on how to use shutter speed to get exactly the shot you want.  Shoot fast for frozen action and bulls in mid-buck OR learn to use a slow shutter to exaggerate the motion in front of you, creating more artful and impressionistic images.

Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through the whole process from beginning to end - shooting the 'story' shots before the rodeo and then capturing fun and creative shots during all rodeo events of the evening.

 

This workshop will start at 6:30pm with an introduction and discussion of the night's activities. The workshop will end when the rodeo finishes around 10pm. 

 

Cobb County Rodeo/Jim R. Miller Park

2245 Callaway Road, SW

Marietta, Ga 30008

 

Sunday
Oct222017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Townsend, Tennessee - October 21-23, 2018

Tuition - $389  

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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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Deposit:

Full payment is required to hold your place in the workshop. No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2018. (See our Policies page for our refund and cancellation policy.)

 

Lodging:

Rooms are blocked from Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22, checking out the 23rd -- Limited rooms are available the day before the workshop on Saturday, so if you want to come in the night before, book NOW.  


The rooms will range between $94 and $109 depending on the type you choose.

The above room rates do NOT include tax at 14.75%. The workshop doesn't start until Sunday.  PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS - WE HAVE BOOKED THE ENTIRE HOTEL AND SHOWS NO VACANCY IF YOU TRY TO RESERVE ONLINE. Tell the hotel you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops to book and get this pricing.  The cut off date for the rate is September 30, 2018.  After that time lodging is subject to availability at the prevailing rate.  Any cancellations must be made 14 days prior to arrival to get a full refund. 

 

Transportation:

Local Airport:

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

2055 Alcoa Hwy

Alcoa, TN 37701

 

Car Rental - Major car rental companies are available at or near the airport. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop. We strongly recommend that participants share the cost of rental vehicles. We suggest this because some shooting locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we must require participants to carpool to these locations anyway.

 

 

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.

    Weather – This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera. Bring layers to dress in as weather conditions can change rapidly in this environment. Click here for more information on what to expect and what items you may need to bring.

 
Friday
Nov032017

Old Car City - FALL - White, GA - Nov 3, 2018 - 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.  

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after October 20, 2018 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

 

REGISTER NOW!!!

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