Winter Photography Workshop – The Holden Arboretum – January 21, 2023

As I type these words it’s about 50 degrees F in northeast Ohio, which has been enjoying a mild early winter for the past few weeks. The weather forecast for early January predicts warmer than average days, with a return to colder temperatures and snow showers later in the month. Now is a good time to catch up on office tasks and other indoor projects.

Stebbins Gulch – January 2019

Assuming we get colder, snowy weather later in January, the photo above shows what Holden Arboretum’s rugged Stebbins Gulch may look like, with icicles adorning the sandstone cliffs. This will be the destination for the afternoon photo shoot on Saturday, January 21 as part of our annual winter photography workshop at The Holden Arboretum. 

Frozen waterfall, Stebbins Gulch, The Holden Arboretum

The workshop begins with a morning slide program on winter photography at Holden’s Visitor Center. We’ll cover the best smartphone and digital camera settings for winter photography, and specific tips for finding, lighting and composing great photographs of icicles, winter waterfalls, ice patterns, snowy vistas, rural scenes and wildlife in winter at the best locations in Ohio.

After the slide program, we’ll carpool a couple of miles and enjoy a short 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), 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.

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

There will also be an afternoon session on Saturday, January 28 from 1-4 pm via Zoom to share and critique your favorite photos from the Stebbins Gulch photo shoot, and review some techniques for fine-tuning your winter photos using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and a few smartphone apps.

Winter workshop group, Stebbins Gulch, January 2019
Photographers in Stebbins Gulch After Descent of Frozen Waterfall

This workshop is limited to 20 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, SLR or mirrorless camera. We will be accompanied by experienced Holden volunteers who will guide our group in and out of Stebbins Gulch and provide information on the geology and natural history of this rugged area.  

Additional information and registration details are available on the Holden Forests & Gardens  website.



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