October 31 - November 4, 2021
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 five Novembers, including every day of the month in 2018 and 2020.
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. Possible shooting locations include those 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 presentations, image processing and critiquing sessions.
Camera Skills Needed
This workshop is for intermediate- to advanced-levels photographers. Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR and mirrorless 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 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 other image editing software 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.
7 participants maximum.
To register, please call me at (413) 442-9125.
$895 - payable by check to Mark Bowie.
Dates and Times
The workshop begins Sunday, October 31st at 2pm and ends Thursday, November 4th at 11am.
Where to Meet
We will gather in the lobby of the Yankee Inn in Lenox, MA on Sunday, October 31st 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 Yankee Inn in Lenox, MA. The inn has granted special discounted pricing for the event: $79-$89/night. Be sure to mention that you will be taking part in Mark Bowie's photography workshop (Group Code 1031MB). Reservations must be made by September 30, 2021. Contact the inn at (413) 499-3700 with questions.
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 Yankee Inn in Lenox. 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 sessions on November photography:
The Art of Seeing Creatively
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