Thursday June 13th – Sunday 16th, 2019 • Castile, NY
Featuring waterfalls, trails, birds and a variety of blossoms & wildflowers
Instructor: Rick Berk
Recommended prerequisite: Basic Knowledge of your Camera
All Skill Levels Welcome
Group Size: Limited to 6 attendees
Voted the #1 State Park in the country by USA Today, Letchworth State Park is home to the Genesee River Gorge, and features three large waterfalls, 70 miles of trails, birds native to upstate New York and the northeast, and a variety of blossoms and wildflowers.
We’ll spend our time exploring the gorge and these waterfalls, as well as walking some of the trails to get a more intimate look at Letchworth, known as the Grand Canyon of the East. We’ll photograph from a variety of locations that allow for stunning vistas, as well as spots that allow for a more detailed closer look.
We will maximize our time in the field shooting a multitude of subjects as well as incorporating classroom instruction, critiques, and photographic assignments each day.
•Daily excursions to Letchworth State Park
•In-field instruction at each spot
•Image Discussion and Review
What’s not included:
•Transportation to and from New York
•Cost of food
•Cost of hotel (Suggested Lodging: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mount Morris, NY (585) 658-4080)
Skill Sets: All Levels of Photographers are Welcome
Physical Activity: Medium. We will have long days with Sunrises and sunsets. While we will have limited walking, some terrain may be slightly rocky or uneven.
2pm: Meetup, intros and briefing at hotel.
3:30pm: Head into Park to photograph along the Gorge Trail
6pm: Dinner in Mount Morris (location TBD)
7pm: Photograph along the Gorge Trail, Sunset at Inspiration Point(Sunset at 8:50pm)
5:00am: Sunrise at Upper Falls. The Upper Falls of the Genesee River are one of three major cascades within the park. The falls are 40 feet high and spanned by the Portage High Bridge, a railroad bridge 234 feet above the falls. The sides of the gorge are lined by trees and wildflowers during springtime, a perfect opportunity for macro work or to incorporate the color into the larger panorama of the falls.
7:30am: Breakfast at hotel
9:30am: Hike along the Hemlock Trail, which features Pine Pond, 100 year old Hemlock trees, Red Pines, Deh-ga-ya-soh Creek. This will give us a chance to experience more fall foliage as well as bubbling creeks and even a few ravines.
12:30pm: Lunch in Mount Morris- Brian’s USA Diner http://www.briansusadiner.com/
2:30pm: Lower Falls, the last of the three major cascades in Letchworth. While not as high as the Upper and Middle falls, it is set deeper in the gorge and has a more rugged look, perfect for photographing against the backdrop of fall foliage. There is a short hike to the Lower Falls, culminating with a beautiful view of the falls, which can be viewed from a stone bridge across the gorge.
5pm: Wolf Creek. A bubbling creek through the forest lets us get up close to the wildflowers and greenery of the Genesee Gorge and explore creative photographic techniques for getting the most out of our visit to the Grand Canyon of the East.
7:30pm: Image review & critique and pizza
5:00am: Sunrise from Inspiration Point and photographing along the gorge trail.
8:00am: Breakfast at hotel.
10am: Photographing at Archery Field Overlook and along the Rim Trail.
12pm: Lunch at the diner
3pm: Waterline Cascade Falls & Trail
6:00pm: Dinner (location TBD)
8pm: Sunset at Upper Falls
5am: Sunrise from Tea Table Overlook
7am: Photographing along the gorge
8am: Breakfast at the hotel, final image review
11am: Check out and departure
In this workshop we will cover:
• Use of Lenses
• Subject Development
• Creative Thinking
• Shooting in Low Light
• Long Exposures
• Use of Filters (polarizers and ND)
• Image Processing
• Image Review
• Image Critiquing
Wide angle, standard, macro and telephoto lenses
Polarizers and Neutral Density filters if you have them
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