WATERFALLS UNDER THE MILKY WAY

PHOTO TOUR & WORKSHOP

July 12-14, 14-16, 16-18, 2023

LOCATION: Based in Brevard, North Carolina

LEADERS: Kevin Adams

LIMITED TO: 4 participants

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

PRICE: $1,145

July 14-16 Sold Out — Click To Get On Waitlist
July 16-18 Sold Out — Click To Get On Waitlist
July 16-18 Sold Out — Click To Get On Waitlist

This is it. This is the workshop everyone wants me to offer, and it’s easy to understand why. There may be no new frontiers in nature photography, but how many photos have you seen of waterfalls at night with the plunge pool illuminated with underwater light-painting? For that matter, how many waterfall images have you seen with the Milky Way or star trails shining in the sky?

Photographing waterfalls at night isn’t unique, but so few people are doing it that the images still have that “wow” factor.

I’ve been photographing waterfalls at night for over 15 years. Most of the techniques I (and now others) use were ones I developed through trial and error. No one was doing this back then, so I had to figure it out for myself. I won’t hold anything back during this workshop. You’ll learn all my “secrets.”

Weather permitting, you’ll capture the Milky Way and star trails above waterfalls, and experiment with all sorts of lighting techniques, including underwater light painting. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to get your feet wet. I’ll do all the underwater light painting for you if you don’t wish to try it yourself.

All the photos on this page are of waterfalls that you’ll photograph during this workshop.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4:1 student/instructor ratio for personalized attention

  • Photograph waterfalls under the Milky Way and starry skies

  • Learn how to shoot star trails

  • Learn how to light paint waterfalls and other subjects

  • Discover the exciting and unique technique of underwater light painting

  • Learn how to process night sky and waterfall photos

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Guiding and photo instruction

  • Transportation from host hotel to the waterfalls

  • Water and refreshments throughout the event, including wine and craft beer

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Transportation to Brevard

SKILL LEVEL

Attendees should have a firm understanding of how to change the exposure settings on their camera and be able to switch between manual and autofocus. And they should be able to do all this in the dark, without using a light. I’ll take it from there.

GENERAL ITINERARY

We will meet early afternoon on Friday, July 14 or Sunday, July 16. After orientation, we’ll have a classroom session about night waterfall photography in preparation for the night shoot. After having dinner as a group, you’ll photograph at least 2 waterfalls.

We’ll meet again early Saturday or Monday afternoon for another classroom session during which I’ll demonstrate post processing techniques using the photos you shot the night before. After dinner, we’ll visit at least 2 new waterfalls for night shooting.

On Sunday or Tuesday, we’ll meet mid-morning for a final classroom session of 2-3 hours.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The waterfalls we will be visiting are close to the road and do not require strenuous hikes. However, a couple of them do require short, steep bank scrambles, and we must cross two small streams. During the day, this is easy for most people, but visiting at night requires extra care. I will be carrying gear and aiding anyone who needs it, but participants should be reasonably sure footed.

This is a summer night-photography event, which means we will be staying up late at night. You’ll get to sleep in as late as you wish on Saturday, but not so much on Sunday. You should come prepared to alter your normal sleep pattern for the weekend.

LODGING & TRANSPORTATION

Lodging and transportation to Brevard is not included. It is recommended that you stay at the host hotel, where we will have our classroom sessions. Complete hotel and traveling information will be provided when you register.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT INFO

Full payment is required at the time of registration. You can register online by clicking the “Register Now” buttons on this page. If you prefer to pay by personal check, please contact me.

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