I am a pioneer in the field of photo workshops and tours, offering programs since 1979. Each is carefully crafted and well planned. By limiting the number of participants per program (primarily 3-8), I am able to offer personalized instruction.
Workshops are short and last from 1 to 3 days, often offered over a weekend. Photo sessions in the field are followed by image editing and critiques. My preparation for each workshop includes scouting out the photo opportunities at each location.
Photo Tours on the other hand, last from one to three weeks. They are custom designed and cover multiple locations. Sites are chosen for their natural beauty and relatively accessible wildlife. These can include wildlife refuges, eco-friendly ranches, private wildlife sanctuaries, and state and national parks. As per weekend programs, each location is carefully scouted. For international programs, an English speaking local guide accompanies the group. Past tours have included South Florida, South Dakota, NWT, Bryce/Zion/Arces Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Newfoundland, and the Falkland Islands.
Nature photography is the focus of the majority of programs with attention paid to composition, lighting, exposure, perspective, creativity, and attracting, locating, and photographing wildlife.
Tangier Island Photo Workshop
May 7 @ 6:00 pm - May 9 @ 3:30 pm$885
Tangier Island, VA
Chesapeake Bay Waterman Community and Wildlife
with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
7-9 May 2021 (Tentative)
This Tangier Island Photo Workshop (May 2021) features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife. Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.
During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons.
From the mainland, Tangier can only be reached by boat or small plane. Golf carts replace cars as the primary mode of transportation on the island since the streets are narrow and barely wide enough for 2 carts to pass. It’s a peaceful community with friendly people and no traffic lights or violent crime. There are no banks, arcades, and only 2 bed and breakfast accommodations. Many born on the island speak a unique dialect of English dating back to that used by the first settlers arriving on the island from Cornwall England.
This photo workshop offers you a rare opportunity to photograph the unique way of life on the Chesapeake Bay, one that is slowly disappearing. Potential subjects include workboats, offshore crab shanties, working waterman, historic buildings, the waterfront, birds, and unique features of the island.
5 p.m. departure by boat from Crisfield, MD (Sharon Kay @ the main dock).
I will meet your boat in at the dock & arrange for transport of luggage to B & B.
Friday p.m. – Explore beach, lagoon, and tidal guts looking for photo subjects–wildlife, patterns in the sand, shells, and beach vegetation. Ending the day with sunset photography. Dinner locally.
Dawn photography at the main dock.
Board chartered boat (Sharon Kay) for opportunities to photograph crab shacks, working watermen, ospreys, etc. with early morning light, approximately 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Remainder of the morning photographing around the harbor and along main street
Breakfast @ B&B, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Prep of images for review, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Critique of images, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Photography in field, 2:30 p.m. – sunset. (harbor, tidal guts, town)
Dinner at Lorraine’s or other local restaurant
Remainder of evening free to prepare images for review on Sunday.
Pre-dawn photography over Tangier Sound
Photography – life along the tidal guts, people, boats, etc., 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast @ B&B, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Finish packing and store bags. (check-out at 11 a.m.)
Prep of images for review, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Critique session @ B&B: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. return golf carts, and transport luggage to dock.
Board boat for return to Crisfield before 3:00/3:30 p.m.
Exact schedule & locations are dependent on the weather, safety considerations, subject availably, & group interests.
PRICE: $ TBA based on double occupancy, additional $ TBA single supplement.
DEPOSIT: 50 % of total. Final payment due 30 days prior to workshop.
The price includes: instruction (one on one interaction in the field); image critiques; two nights accommodations at a B&B with a private bath & full breakfast; a 1.5 hour boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and golf cart transportation on the island.
Departure for Tangier from Crisfield on Friday, 7 May is 5:00 p.m. with return to Crisfield on Sunday, 9 May at 3:00 p.m. (approximately 1 hour crossing). Alternately, participants can travel to Tangier using the ferry from Onancock, VA.
Price does not include meals and snacks other than breakfast, boat transportation from Crisfield to Tangier and return. (Round trip fare is approximately $30.)
If the COVID Virus still remains an issue and the workshop has to be cancelled or you cannot attend due to a virus related issue, you will receive a full refund of your deposit and registration fee. Special health related precautions may apply such as mask wearing, social distancing, etc.
Photo workshop size is limited to 3 to 8 participants.
Bring laptop and flash drive for transfer of images for critique. Bring camera equipment – wide angle to telephoto, tripod, flashlight, polarizing filter, rain gear for you and your equipment, etc. Visa/Master Cards are not widely accepted so bring cash for snacks, boat transport, etc. Bring sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring 3 images (1 where the light is extraordinary, 1 beach scene, and 1 animal) on a flash drive for discussion during the workshop when time permits.
Note: I will scout locations on Tangier several days prior to your arrival to become familiar with current conditions.
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