Waterfall Weekend October 2020

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Welcome to Your Next Adventure!

Join me on a fun-filled weekend in stunning Asheville, NC right at the start of the fall foliage.  This photographer’s paradise is nestled in the incredible Blue Ride Mountains and is home to an astonishing number of beautiful waterfalls.  Our trip is a budget-friendly adventure meant to pack the maximum number of photo opportunities possible into a brief hiatus from our busy lives.  We will cover how to create silky smooth long exposures of our gorgeous subjects – the waterfalls!  I will also teach other skills like how to create powerful compositions and do focus stacking for maximum visual impact.

This trip is perfectly timed for the earliest fall colors.  Each day as we drive the historic Blue Ridge Parkway we will be surrounded by fabulous sweeping views as we hop from waterfall to waterfall.  Please note that waterfalls mean plenty of hiking!  If you have questions about the fitness requirements for this trip, be sure to read the fine print at the bottom or contact me directly.

Key Details

Dates:  October 9 – 11, 2020

Price:  $550

Why You Should Reserve Your Spot Now:

  Small group       Individual attention      ✓  Cheaper than going alone        Expert guide

  Because sometimes in life, you should just say yes!

Day 1


We will meet at our hotel at 1pm on Friday, October 2 to drop our suitcases and have a quick meet and greet before we hit the road!  This will allow me to set expectations and give preliminary guidance on gear and settings prior to visiting our first awesome waterfall!  We will shoot all afternoon and hopefully catch an awesome sunset on our way back to Asheville where we will enjoy dinner and decompress.

Day 2


Rise and shine!  We will be up well before sunrise so make it to our first waterfall destination to catch the soft morning light.  The early hours of morning and the late afternoon into blue hour are the best times to capture the beauty of these amazing waterfalls, so we will have early mornings to make the most of the best light.  During the afternoon we will enjoy the fall foliage and will also visit some smaller waterfalls as well as stop for lunch.  In the evening we will again enjoy a waterfall session where I guide you as we wade into the river to get unique and powerful compositions of the rushing water.

Day 3


We will again rise early for a sunrise waterfall session before returning to our hotel to check out.  Because we want to truly make the most of our brief weekend in paradise, we will then use the afternoon to explore the impressive Blue Ridge Parkway and some additional waterfalls before everyone departs for home.

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Price and Dates


Dates:  October 9 – 11, 2020

Price:  $550

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Because my goal is to make travel accessible and affordable to ALL adventurers, I am offering two options for flexible payment.

Option 1:  Pay a 50% deposit at the time of booking.  The remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the workshop.  After this date the deposit becomes nonrefundable in the event of a cancellation.

Option 2:  Pay 10% at the time of booking.  The remaining balance can be paid in monthly installments.  If you choose this flexible option, the deposit and payments are nonrefundable.

*** Special note:  Due to COVID-19, all payments are 100% refundable if I must cancel the trip for health and safety reasons.

What is Included:

  • Transportation from the time we meet until the time we depart.
  • Accommodation for the duration of the workshop.  This is a budget trip, so we will share rooms!
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Field guidance and instruction for finding good composition and long exposures as well as managing your camera settings.
  • Individual attention and assistance as necessary and feedback upon request.  It is my intention to help, but not hover.

What is Not Included:

  • Your transportation to Asheville, NC.
  • Lunch and dinner each day.
  • Alcoholic beverages.

Special Notes


Arrival

Please be sure to arrive on time or, out of fairness to the other guests, you risk being left behind!

Disclaimer and Weather

My goal is for you to return home with amazing images of beautiful waterfalls with lovely fall foliage.  However, I cannot control the weather or the foliage peak.  I cannot guarantee perfect weather for  the duration of the workshop, but we will likely shoot rain or shine, so you need to be prepared for this!  Though inclement weather may present a challenge, it may also present great opportunities to capture interesting light and weather events and to think creatively.

The climate is generally comfortable in the Blue Ridge Mountains during October with a daytime high around 67°F and a nighttime low around 40°F and rainfall is not uncommon.  Check the “What to Bring” section for more helpful tips.

The schedule above is only tentative and may change and adapt to accommodate the weather and pursue ideal lighting conditions.  If conditions are unsuitable for shooting, we will use that time constructively to work on editing and feedback together.  No time will go to waste and, although I cannot be responsible for the weather during this workshop, I will make every effort to ensure you capture some incredible images and leave with fond memories.

Fitness and Health

Waterfalls mean hiking!  You will need to hike to most of our shooting location and there are some areas with steep elevation changes.  Furthermore, the terrain can often be muddy or slippery and moving through the water for optimal shooting locations requires balance.  Please bear this in mind when booking this trip!!!!  This trip is appropriate for those with a reasonable level of fitness and surefootedness, but expect to hike a MINIMUM of 4 miles each day which will be broken up into various outings.  If you have questions or concerns about this, you need to speak with me directly.

What to Bring


Clothing:

  • Comfortable layers both top and bottom that can be added or removed as needed (there is a wide swing in temperature between night and day, so be prepared for both environments).
  • A waterproof outer layer (top and bottom) to stay dry.
  • A warm jacket, hat and gloves for if we shoot at night.
  • Sturdy hiking boots.
  • Waterproof boots that reach your knee at a minimum.  Waders are also a reasonable option so you can stay dry while accessing the best shooting positions.
  • Casual clothing for dining.
  • A camelback or way to carry water.

Gear:

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera which can be operated manually.
  • Spare batteries, memory cards, and charging system.
  • Lenses:  I recommend a wide angle to capture the foreground and a mid-range zoom.
  • Filters:  A polarizer will help cut glare and an ND filters are a MUST (3-stop, 6-stop and graduated)
  • A very sturdy tripod.
  • A headlamp for shooting at dawn, dusk, and night.