Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – Photography Workshop – October 15/22, 2016

Manor House Entrance
Manor House Entrance

During the 1990s Cleveland photographer Barney Taxel and I were honored with a commission to produce photographs of the gardens and architecture for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, with text by Steve Love, published by the University of Akron Press in 2000. This elegant book recounts the story of the spectacular 65,000-square-foot mansion and country estate built for Frank A. Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, in 1912-1915. Almost 20 years later, I was hired by Stan Hywet’s Communications Dept. to produce new photographs of the buildings and gardens for a centennial edition of the book, published in 2015, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the estate. The unique combination of architecture and horticulture in this magnificent 70-acre example of America’s Gilded Age will be the setting for a 1-1/2 day workshop in landscape and garden photography we will be conducting at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, October 22.                 

Sugar Maples in the Great Garden

Sugar maple, tulip poplar, tupelo, ash, birch and other trees provide a tapestry of fall color photography opportunities in the gardens at Stan Hywet. During twenty years of photographic exploration I’ve gained an intimate knowledge of the gardens at Stan Hywet, and I will share many of these special places during our afternoon photo shoot.

Tree Hydrangea Near Gatehouse

Tree hydrangeas and other flowering shrubs provide a feast of fall color throughout the gardens.

Fall color surrounds the Manor House

The distinctive architecture of Stan Hywet’s 65,000 square-foot Manor House is framed by colorful trees and shrubs in mid-October.

West Terrace Window Reflection

Look closely, and you will discover a wealth of picturesque vignettes and hidden corners in Stan Hywet’s gardens, like this ivy-covered window with reflections of Japanese maple foliage on the West Terrace of the Manor House.

Japanese Garden

The picturesque Japanese Garden has been painstakingly restored to its original, 1915 design.

Oak & Japanese Maple Leaves

Whether you prefer to use a smartphone, a point-&-shoot, or an SLR camera for photography, you will learn dozens of tips on camera settings, techniques for controlling image exposure and sharpness, lighting for landscape photography, and how to craft compelling compositions that will elevate your photography from snapshots to artistic photographs. As a reference, you will receive a complete set of the Powerpoint slides used in the morning classroom sessions on Saturday, October 15. A week later, on October 22, join me for an optional morning review and critique of your favorite photos from the afternoon photo shoot. I will also be signing copies of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: Centennial Edition, which makes a great gift for family and friends.

Birch Allee

The allee of white birches at Stan Hywet is a highlight of the estate gardens. In mid-October, the birch leaves turn yellow-gold.

Tree Reflection in Lagoon
Japanese Maple Reflection in West Terrace Pool

A pool on Stan Hywet’s West Terrace and several ponds in the Lagoons provide many opportunities to photograph reflections of fall foliage. I call the photo above my “Monet Moment.”

Space is limited in this unique workshop, which we expect to fill quickly.

For more information on the workshop, visit the Stan Hywet website

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