November 4 - 8, 2020
To register, please contact me.
A special event for intermediate to advanced photographers who want to deeply explore
the fine art of seeing in the November Berkshires!
In 2015, I undertook a self-assigned project to photograph November, staying close to home in western New England and northern New York State. I was out nearly every day — anytime from predawn to night — making images and recording my impressions. My goal was to look beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover November’s hidden beauty. It became a very personal project, an exercise in the art of seeing and improving my craft. I'm so enamored with the project that I've continued to build upon it, shooting each of the past four Novembers, including every day of the month in 2018.
The ongoing project reveals the depth and character of the month, and the treasures to be found by looking deeper. And that's what this workshop is designed to do for participants. It's for seasoned photographers, comfortable with their equipment, who want to explore the art of seeing and immerse themselves in their craft. We'll visit locations I shot in the initial project — Mt Greylock, Hancock Shaker Village, Pontoosuc, Onota and Cheshire Lakes, Wahconah Falls — and some of my other favorite Berkshire shooting locations. And beyond these iconic sites are numerous photographic possibilities in the area's rolling hills and rural farmlands. We'll shoot throughout the day — from predawn to sunrise, sunset, twilight and at night — yet have some relaxation time between shoots.
A meeting room has been reserved for indoor instruction, image processing and critiquing.
Camera Skills Needed
All skill levels are welcome. Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images. Without one, you will not be able to take full advantage of the indoor sessions in this workshop.
Description of skill levels - click here.
Computer Skills Needed
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture will be helpful.
Locations visited during the workshop are easily accessible and do not require strenuous hiking or climbing. However, we may do short hikes involving moderate inclines and uneven terrain. Only those in good physical shape and able to ascend and descend moderate slopes should attempt.
As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.
9 participants maximum.
To register, please call me at (413) 442-9125.
$895 - payable by check to Mark Bowie before July 31st, 2020.
Dates and Times
The workshop begins Wednesday, November 4th at 2pm and ends Sunday, November 8th at noon.
Where to Meet
We will gather in the lobby of the Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites in Pittsfield, MA on Wednesday, November 4th at 2pm.
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the registration fee. I will organize and provide recommendations for nearby meal options.
The workshop will be based out of the Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites in Pittsfield, MA. The hotel has granted special discounted pricing for the event: $99/night — weekday & weekend — for a room with a King size bed or two Double beds. Be sure to mention that you will be taking part in Mark Bowie's photography workshop (Pricing quoted by Sales Manager Sunjay Desai.). Contact the hotel at (413) 442-8714 for details.
Getting to the Event
The two nearest airports are Albany International (ALB) and Bradley International (BDL). Rental cars are available at both locations.
Transportation During the Event
Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We will occasionally carpool for better access to parking and to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads. For insurance reasons, I am not allowed to provide transportation to participants during the event.
The Program Schedule
Gather at the Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites in Pittsfield. Welcome and introductory session on November photography. Dinner locally. Weather permitting, twilight and night shoot.
Day 2, 3, 4
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Brief instructional presentations on November photography (cont'd):
The Art of Seeing Creatively
Celestial Nightscapes: The Latest Night Photography Tips & Techniques
Image Optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop
Group critique of participants' images.
Afternoon, sunset, twilight and night shooting field trips.
Morning field trip followed by breakfast.
Group critique of participants’ images.
Workshop wrap-up and participant slideshow.
Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.
What To Bring
Please read the What To Bring document, which lists recommended equipment and outdoor gear. And feel free to contact me with questions: 413-442-9125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.