Category Archives: Photo Workshops

Badlands National Park Spring Escape


Praire dog eating yellow flowers

Badlands National Park Spring Escape June 4 – 9, 2017 With trip leaders – Sandy Zelasko & Irene Hinke-Sacilotto SOUTH DAKOTA – Photography Tour sponsored by in conjunction with  INTRODUCTION  During this South Dakota photo tour, we will explore Badlands National Park and locations in the vicinity. On most days,…  
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Southern West Virginia Photography


Southern West Virginia Photo Opportunities On 14-16 October 2016, I held a weekend photo workshop in Southern West Virginia in the vicinity of the New River Gorge, using the centrally-located town of Beckley, WV as my base of operations.  Typically this is a good time to photograph fall color in…  
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Trip Report North and South Dakota, September 2016


Chipmunk on post along farm road in North Dakota

  NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA BADLANDS, Trip Report, September 2016. While scouting locations with Sandy Zelasko and preparing for our spring workshop, we visited both the Badlands in North Dakota (Theodore Roosevelt NP) and the Badlands and Black Hills in South Dakota. The Badlands of THEODORE ROOSEVELT National Park (NP)…  
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Tips for international photo tours


Tips for International photo tours.  Preparation. Documents If you don’t have a passport you will need to apply for one to visit countries outside the U.S.. If you have one already, check the renewal date several months before departure to be sure it covers the dates of travel. For passport…  
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island – Trip Report Nov/Dec 2015


Squirrel gathering leaves for nest at Chincoteague

 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island Trip Report (Dec 2015) Arrived at Chincoteague, VA on Thanksgiving 2015 to spend several days with friends for the holiday. On Friday, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, I delivered a presentation on wildlife photography as I do for the refuge at least…  
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Mobile Blinds & Beanbags for Supporting Camera Lenses


Spotted during photo tour.

I often photograph animals from vehicles, which serve as mobile photo blinds with a telephoto lens supported on its foot by a beanbag resting on the window sill. In wildlife refuges and places where animals are protected and are used to seeing vehicles, you and your vehicle are not perceived…  
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Wildlife Photography, Value of Patience


Value of Patience when photographing wildlife. The key to good wildlife photography is patience.  During my photo workshop on Assateague Island, I observed two ruddy turnstones at Ferry Landing.  Class participants took several fine photos capturing interaction between the two.  Since I don’t typically photogrpah with the class, I could not resist returning…  
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Registration just opened – Creative Approach to Garden Photography Workshop @ Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA


  CREATIVE APPROACH to GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY @ Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA 12-14 June 2015 Designed for those who wish to advance their photographic skills, creating images that are more imaginative, distinctive, and visually exciting.  Classroom discussions include subject selection, equipment, camera settings, composition, lighting, spatial relationships, and utilization of graphic…  
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Reflecting on judging NBCC (Northern Bethesda) photo competition. Great feedback.


I received several nice comments and notes such as the following after serving as a judge for the NBCC photo competition May 6, 2015. “You undertook a long drive and a tough subject, and came through in spectacular fashion!” Such complements are always appreciated. I have both presented and judged competition previously for the…  
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Garden Photography Class – Lilypons Water Gardens


NEW    …..    Garden Photography Class Lilypons Water Gardens (Field Trip) 23, 27, 30 Jun, 7 Jul 2015  with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto Classroom @ Y in Abingdon, MD: 23 & 30 Jun, 7 Jul 2015 (630 – 8:30 PM) Field practice @ Lilypons: 27 Jun 2015 (Saturday 8:00 – 11:30 AM)…  
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