Picture Ohio! – Winter Photography Workshop, The Holden Arboretum, February 3, 2018

Lake Erie At Eastlake Harbor, Ohio

Happy New Year!

As I type these words it’s about 10 degrees F in northeast Ohio, which like much of the eastern U.S. has been locked in winter’s icy grip for several weeks. The weather forecast for the next few days is even colder, and temperatures are not predicted to break the freezing mark for at least another week. Now is a good time to catch up on office tasks and other indoor projects.

Stebbins Gulch, Holden Arboretum

On the other hand, if you enjoy winter landscape and nature photography the Buckeye State is already offering many photogenic opportunities. Lake Erie is partly frozen over, and in deep gorges like Holden Arboretum’s Stebbins Gulch and the Cuyahoga River Gorge near my home in Cuyahoga Falls icicles festoon the cliffs.

Sunrise over Lake Erie near the Marblehead Lighthouse, Ohio

If you would like to fine-tune your winter photography skills, join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 for a one-day Winter 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, the best smartphone and digital camera settings for winter photography, and lots of specific tips for finding, lighting and composing great photographs of icicles, ice patterns, snow scenics, and wildlife in winter at the best locations in Ohio.

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 picturesque icicles, if the weather is seasonally cold. We’ll descend into the gorge (knee-length waterproof rubber boots are highly recommended), shoot 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.

Ringed-billed Gulls, Shreve Lake, Wayne County, Ohio

There will also be an afternoon session on Saturday, February 10 from 1-4 pm at the Holden Visitor Center to share and critique your favorite photos from the Stebbins Gulch photo shoot, and we’ll review some techniques for fine-tuning your winter photos using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

Holden Winter Photography Workshop, January 28, 2017

This workshop is limited to 16 participants, and you should have a basic knowledge of digital photography and be familiar with the controls and operation of your smartphone camera, digital point-&-shoot or SLR camera.

To register for the program, visit Holden’s website at: www.holdenarb.org 

or call Vonna Vecchio or Joy Totedo  at (440)-(602)-3833.




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