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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

Sunday
Jan222017

Summer Sunflowers - June 23, 2018

Tuition - $80 (does not include $12 admission to the farm)

 

Nothing says 'SUMMER is HERE' quite like a 6-acre field full of sunflowers!  They bring a smile to our face every time. Pair that with some photography equipment, a curious photographer and a little photo instruction and it will be a great time to capture some fun images to kick-start your summer.

 

Come join Jeff and Ledra for a morning of shooting beautiful and vibrant sunflowers in Calhoun, Georgia....and with special admission to the Farm we get to take advantage of the soft and warm morning sunlight before the rest of the world arrives. 


You'll be able to use almost every lens in your bag if you so choose: super wide angles for up close shots including the overall environment; long lenses to bring far away subjects to you; and of course bring out those macro lenses for intensly intimate flower shots - a sure winner for this workshop!

 

This is a 5-6 hour workshop that starts at 8am and ends around 1-2 pm depending on weather.  But feel free to extend your day and stay at the farm for a number of fun shows, music, food and more....even take home a bucket of sunflowers for your home!


**This workshop is based out of Calhoun, GA.  We will have an earlier start than usual for this workshop, so if you wish to arrive the day before, you may want to look for accommodations around Calhoun.    

 

 

Monday
Jan232017

Glacier National Park & Triple D Game Farm - Aug 25 - Aug 31*, 2018 

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Tuition $1395 (does not include lodging, transportation or food, but DOES include entry to Triple D game farm and a 2-lake boat ride)

If you haven't had the great fortune of shooting in one of the most picturesque national parks in the country or photographing its indigenous wildlife up close and personal, then this is the workshop for you!! Nestled in the nortwestern corner of Montana, this park can be summed up in two simple words - AWE INSPIRING. Nowhere have we found such a stunning example of our country's magnificent beauty. Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through one of their favorite shooting locations in the Western United States. 


This one is a two-part experience.  The first 4 days will have you exploring all through this magestic park - its towering mountains, sapphire blue waterfalls, chasms and gorges, pristine peak-surrounded lakes and the most famous and heart stopping road of them all - The Going to the Sun Road.


The second part of this adventure will put you literally meters away from wildlife as you photograph. Triple D Game Farm is located not far from Glacier in Kalispell, Montana. For 25 years Triple D has provided access to trained animals for photography and cinema alike. We will end our travels here treating you to wildlife shots that you just can't get anywhere else....you won't even need a super-telephoto on this one! This is truly an amazing opportunity to capture such a combination of landscape and nature photography.

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IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) This workshop starts at 5pm on Saturday evening and is 'planned' to end Thursday late morning. Our Triple D shoots are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. If a session is rained out on Wed or Thurs AM, the workshop will end Thursday around dusk with the makeup session.  Plan to possibly stay Thursday night or until Friday morning for the complete workshop. No partial refunds will be issued if a session is rained out and you leave early.

2) There are two fairly aggressive hikes on this workshop. Please be prepared to hike around 2-3 miles round-trip on each of these hikes. Neither hike has a required point to achieve so you may move along these routes at your own personal pace. 

 

**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 June 15, 2018.  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. 

 

**Non-shooting spouses/significant others - Only paying participants will be allowed to attend the Triple D shoot. There are limitations on group size due to the skiddish nature of animals, so no non-paying individuals will NOT be allowed to attend this portion of the workshop.

 

Lodging - We have multiple hotels we are staying in during our visit -- it's a big park and will cut down on drive time! Please make sure to register for ALL 3 for the specific dates shown....

*Saint Mary Lodge - TBD
Glacier Park Inc. (info@glacierparkinc.com)
Hwy 89 & Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary, MT 59417
406-892-2525
Rate: $TBD per nite / Cut-off Date:  TBD

*The Village Inn @ Apgar - TBD
Lake View Drive
West Glacier, MT 59936
855-733-4522
Rate: $TBD per nite / Cut-off Date:  TBD


*Holiday Inn Express & Suites - TBD
3275 Treeline Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-755-7405
Rate: $TBD per nite / Cut-off Date: TBD

 

Make sure you tell each hotel that you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops when you register.  Each hotel has a different cut-off date for reservations and a different cancelation policy.  Make sure you ask for and understand these policies. NOTE:  In the park, these accommodations are BASIC accommodations in an older park....they are clean, but basic. If you wish to upgrade your lodging accommodations feel free to do so when you contact the separate hotels and ask them about your options. 

 

Local Airports:

Glacier International Airport
4170 Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901


OR


Missoula International Airport
5225 US HWY 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

 

Kalispell is the closest airport by far - only about 40 minutes from West Glacier. However, if you want to show up early and stay a little later you may want to consider flying in and out of Missoula.  The reason is simple....it is one of the most gorgeous drives you will ever see.  Missoula to West Glacier is about 3 hours, but the ride by Flathead lake and the National Bison Range is worth it if you have never done it.  

 

Transportation:

 

You are responsible for your own transportation to, from and during the workshop. There are car rental agencies at or near either of the airports listed above.  If you would like to share car rental costs with someone, please let us know and we can get you in touch with other participants who wish to share. 

 

 

For this Workshop:
 
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.


Conditions - There will be 3 major hikes on this trip. If you cannot hike a 3 mile round trip, this workshop may be difficult for you.  Please do not, however, take this to mean the hikes are all that difficult.  They can be strenuous, but all are done at your pace and we give you plenty of time to get to the shoot and to get back.  One hike will be almost flat.  Another will be a gradual hike uphill on a well worn and wide path.  And another will be more steep, but again, you may go as far as you wish at your own pace.  Make sure you have HIKING FOOTWEAR for this trip. If you have any concerns please contact us to ask. 

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.  We also recommend that you bring a 3-stop (.9) circular neutral density filter.  There are some effects you cannot achieve without having an item such as this to block some light from entering the camera.  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.  To read more about these filters click here or email us with any questions.

Friday
Jun022017

Montana Ghost Towns - September 1 - 3, 2018

Tuition $350


This is a 2-day Montana ghost town tour that is designed to be an add-on to our Glacier National Park & Triple D Game Farm trip (click here).  Montana has hundreds of places that people call ‘ghost towns’ but not all are created photographically equal.  Some are stunning in their preserved detail, and some are simply sad with an empty mine shaft or a stone outline of where the building used to be.  On this trip, we take you to the absolute best of the best the state has to offer, and in that two days you will shoot the ruins that are the most exciting and worthy of being photographed.


Although this is technically an ‘add on’ workshop, anyone may sign up for it even if they are not attending our Glacier National Park workshop.  But, if you ARE attending our Glacier National Park workshop, this one is the icing on the cake.  Imagine glacial lakes, mountain peaks, carved canyons and teal river cascades, guaranteed wildlife images and historical buildings so well preserved you can almost feel what it was like to live back on the frontier.  These two workshops are indeed the ULTIMATE Montana experience! 


Join Ledra and Jeff and they guide you to and through these sites and help you with anything you need to capture and bring home stunning images of all that is Montana.


This workshop starts on Saturday morning and ends either Sunday night or Monday morning.  We are building in an extra shoot for the best ghost town of them all in case we get rained out OR if you just want to go back and have extra time to shoot.


Lodging

*TBD. We will stay in two different hotels for this workshop.  The rooms will be an AVERAGE price of around $200.00 per night.  Once you register for the workshop we will send out the specific lodging info in order for you to make your reservations.


Flight:

You will probably want to plan to fly into and out of the airport in Missoula, MT for this workshop.  If you are also attending the Glacier National Park Workshop, you have 2 options:

1) Fly into and out of Missoula for the lowest cost, but there is a little more driving (about 2-3 hours extra – but it is through some of the most gorgeous country you will ever see).

2)  Fly into Kalispell, MT and out of Missoula, MT for the least amount of driving.

 

Car Rental:

There are car rental companies at either of these airports.  You will need to investigate to see if any companies allow cars to be picked up at one airport and dropped off at another.  Again, the cost to do that could be higher.


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