Why I Love Teaching Photo Workshops | Each Group Has A Unique Personality

Just a quick blog post to share some great impressions and positive vibes that came out of my recent weekend workshop at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Yes, I made the 12 hour drive from Hilton Head back to that home of my artistic spirit and creative soul in the Appalachian Foothills of Southeastern Ohio. The week prior to the October 21-23 weekend was full of wind and rain. Although much of the color had been blown off the trees, the saturated ground had the waterfalls and streams running beautifully.

My group of 17 workshop students were enthusiastic, talented and always happy to be out on the trail capturing images of my favorite “hot spots” in Hocking Hills. With this group (group picture below doesn’t include everyone because some chose the one day option for either Saturday or Sunday) I made a conscious effort to spend more time outside for practical application versus in the classroom with laptop and projector. It made an obvious difference. You see, as a teacher I’m constantly learning as well. We had fun playing with streaming sunlight along the trail to Cedar Falls, early evening light on the trail through Old Man’s Cave, two spectacular sunrises from the hilltop behind the Inn and autumn color, textures and reflections on the trail to and along Rose Lake. Much thanks to friends, fellow photogs and past workshop students, Josh Mayes and Isabelle Crickmore for helping me with the workshop and making it such a fun experience for all. Josh captured two of the images posted below, of the group and of Elaine at the stream.

The group gelled so well that they started their own Facebook group and over a week later they are still posting images from the weekend, sharing tips and suggestions and planning group photo outings. How cool is that ? I’d post the link to their group but it’s closed to just the workshop group. But please, take a look at their images on the class Picasa page as well as some short video clips captured while we were photographing the stream at Old Man’s Cave.

Now I need to get on track with planning my next workshop here on Hilton Head Island. Most likely an evening beach program on photographing skyscapes at sunset and possibly a moonrise.

I will be returning to teach another weekend program at The Inn at Cedar Falls, possibly spring 2012. There’s also a possibility that I will be returning to Dayton to teach another one day program at Cox Arboretum, perhaps in January or February.

Keeping one foot in the tidelands, maritime forests and scenic towns of South Carolina while the other foot is still in my old haunts on the Ohio landscape. I’m the traveling photographer who loves to teach and share my passion for photography. I’m blessed and thankful.
Update 11-3-11: Great review of the workshop by participating photographer Becky Swora @ http://glimpsesworld.blogspot.com/2011/11/theres-theory-out-there-that-says-one.html

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