Shenandoah National Park – 2020

When: May 28-June 1, 2020
Where: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Fee: $825

Registration Deadline: Apr. 23, 2020
Only eight participants can be accepted, so register soon.

Did we say, “Heavenly”?

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The Shenandoah National Park website could not be more correct when it notes that the park “. . . is your escape to recreation and re-creation.” I’d like to add that you can’t go wrong if you are searching for a great photography venue either . . . actually many great photography venues.

During our visit, we train our lenses on cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, spectacular mountaintop vistas, and quiet wooded hollows. Sunrises and sunsets can be so stunning you forget to click the shutter. With some 200,000 acres of protected lands that are home many critters including deer and songbirds, we will also be able to enjoy the night sky . . . assuming Mother Nature cooperates. I’ve already placed my order with Mother Nature, by the way.

Spring Blossoms

We’ll plan to spend a couple peaceful evenings enjoying the sunsets. It often displays colors unique to the Appalachian Mountains. We’ll set out early mornings so we will be ready when the sun greets our day. Perhaps we’ll catch a morning fog coming up the mountain or train our lenses on some dew-laden wildflowers. Once the sun gets high in the sky we’ll plan on returning to our home base for breakfast and some classroom time.

The late morning or early afternoon periods will afford us time to practice shooting in its high contrast lighting conditions and employing High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques. Processing HDR will help us open up the middle of the day to productive shooting.

Back at home base, we’ll review our images along with some classroom time and the opportunity to explore Lightroom, Photoshop and the HDR processing.

When we know what to expect from the weather we’ll make our decisions about where to position ourselves for the evening and sunset hours as well as where we want to wrap-up on Sunday morning.

Dark Hollow Falls

Be Prepared: I wasn’t a Scout and Scout leader all those years for nothing. In anticipation of our time together, I will be sharing some tips on how to protect yourself and your photography gear shortly before our trip. Transportation to our venues each day will be via carpool. Some venues may take an hour or more to arrive at, but I promise, all are worth the effort.

On the rocks

Instruction: All my workshops and retreats are geared and scheduled for maximum personal, one-on-one attention. In addition, each day’s schedule includes time for group instruction on such subjects as Design & Composition, Seeing your image before you click the shutter, Understanding Post Capture Processing, and  The Art of Landscape Photography.

Image review: Many consider our daily image review sessions to be one of the highlights of our time together. It’s an opportunity to revel in our successes as well as to learn from those of others in anticipation of our next shoot.

Spring burst

Printing: Our final session, Sunday morning, will focus on printing and we’ll send everyone home with a print of their favorite image from our time together.

Lodging: We’ll call the Skyland Resort (mile marker 41 on the Skyline Drive) home for our visit to the Shenandoah National Park. Everyone may contact the park at 877-247-9261 to reserve lodging. Use the booking code “5AK8C0 and ask for a room blocked for the Dwyer Photo Workshop. You may also book online – www.goshenandoah.com; insert booking/group code/number “5AK8C0”. A deposit of the first night’s lodging rate plus taxes & fees is required at the time of booking. Please let me know, should you have any problems booking your room.


NOTICE: The potential always exists for specifics of any tour/workshop to change. It is with this thought in mind that I will always personally confirm the details of your planned participation with you. I always suggest that you not confirm your schedule or travel arrangements until I have confirmed the details with you. A minimum of three participants will be required to confirm this workshop. In the event this workshop cannot proceed as scheduled, registrants may apply the registration fee to another workshop(s) or request a refund.