Ice Photography Workshop – The Holden Arboretum

Icicles, Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio
Icicles, Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio

If you would like to fine-tune your winter photography skills, join us on Saturday, January 22, 2011 for a one-day Ice Photography Workshop at The Holden Arboretum in Lake County, Ohio. This is a popular workshop that we have conducted for more than 15 years.

The workshop begins with a slide program on winter photography at Holden’s Visitor Center. We’ll cover winterizing your digital camera equipment, optimal camera settings for winter photography, fine-tuning your winter exposures using in-camera histograms, and specific tips for finding and photographing Lake Erie ice, icicles, ice patterns, snow scenics, and wildlife in winter. After the slide program, we’ll carpool a short distance and enjoy a hike through Holden’s winter woods to Stebbins Gulch, a rugged gorge with 80-foot sandstone cliffs, frozen waterfalls, and many icicles, if the weather is seasonally cold. We’ll descend into the gorge (knee-length rubber boots are best), photograph for a couple of hours, then hike out of the Gulch and return to Holden’s Visitor Center to socialize and enjoy a hot drink.

Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio
Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio

This workshop is limited to 15 participants, and you should have a basic knowledge of digital photography and be familiar with the controls and operation of your digital camera. The photo shoot includes two miles of hiking in the snow, some scrambling around snow-covered trees and boulders, patches of ice, and occasional wading through an icy stream with water up to a foot or more in depth.

Photographing Icicles in Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Ohio
Photographing Icicles in Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum, Ohio

There will also be an evening session on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at the Holden Visitor Center to share and critique your photos from the Stebbins Gulch photo shoot, and we’ll cover some techniques for enhancing your winter photos using Adobe Photoshop¬† and Adobe Lightroom.

To register for the program, visit Holden’s website at: http://www.holdenarb.org/home/winterholdenexperience.asp or call Vonna Zahler at (440)-(602)-3833.

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