I have always enjoyed teaching digital photography and especially sharing the unique photographic opportunities to be found in my special corner of New England. This has included conventional courses such as a broad Introduction to Digital Photography as well as the many RAW photo editing features found in Adobe’s Lightroom. I have also enjoyed exploring our region through a couple of annual photography workshops. My weekend workshops have included an exploration of our peak fall foliage and the spring waterfall season.
Over the last many months Covid has made teaching difficult. I have been able to hold conventional classes through Zoom, but it has not been as satisfying as when I could gauge the response of students in an actual classroom. Over the last year and one half, the pandemic has prevented me from offering any of my in-person weekend workshops. I couldn’t ask people to expose themselves to the virus around photographic locations and especially not in cars as we moved from place to place. For me, it has been a prolonged period of frustration. I have struggled with how to run workshops while maintaining an acceptable level of safety. It is my hope now that, with the use of masking and social distancing along with the critical value of full vaccination, that an interactive workshop can be possible.
My plan is to offer my Fall Foliage Workshop on October 15th – 17th - as usual for the Weekend after the Columbus Day holiday, With the strange weather this year, it is hard to predict autumn color, but in past years this has been a great time to go out leaf peeping in the Monadnock region and southern Vermont. The schedule will be similar to previous workshops with a few modifications for safety.
First our group will be limited to no more than 8 participants and, for everyone’s safety, I will require that everyone be fully vaccinated. Friday evening will be devoted to getting to know each and to a discussion of key aspect of fall foliage photography. During this session we will make plans for Saturday’s tour of the color based on the local conditions. This year, we will be gathering through Zoom, a safer option but, sadly, without the opportunity to enjoy my wonderful snacks.
Saturday morning, we will meet at a convenient location before heading out on our exploration. Cars will be a challenge. I plan to restrict each vehicle to no more than two occupants, masked and with open windows. I will plan for locations that have room for several cars and for lunch we will look for a place with outdoor dining – weather permitting.
In previous years, the workshop participants have gathered at my house in the evening for pizza and a chance to review the days shots. This year, I hope to collect your memory cards and critique your photos during another evening Zoom session.
Sunday morning, we will head out again to visit more interesting locations and plan to finish up around noon.
I feel bad about all the bothersome precautions, but my goal is to provide the best fall foliage tour while doing all that is possible to assure a safe experience. It should be great fun and a chance to celebrate our region’s most spectacular time of year.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend the workshop, since the number of participants is limited. This year the cost is reduced to only $195.
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Jeff Newcomer, NEPG