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Using Digital Photography to Capture North Carolina's Dynamic Coast

Program Number: 14311RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013; 11/16/2014 - 11/21/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina
Price starting at: $634.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

With pristine coastlines and wildlife filled estuaries as your muse, explore the beauty of North Carolina’s barrier islands and learn the skills and techniques to better your digital photography. Expert workshops and hands-on demonstrations led by a photography instructor introduce all the options of your digital camera, as well as cover the basics of composition, presentation and digital manipulation. After learning your camera inside and out, take your knowledge into the field!




Highlights

• Test your skills during a photo shoot at Fort Macon, a Civil War fort on the National Register of Historic Places.
• Utilize natural lighting as you take photos of the live oaks that line the streets of historic Beaufort.
• At the beach and estuary, wildlife opportunities abound.



Activity Particulars

Walking along gravel paths, slightly hilly terrain. Field trips involve walking, but golf carts are available. Beach and some paths not handicapped accessible.



Bring digital camera with owner’s manual and memory device. Those interested in traditional photography are invited to bring non-digital equipment. Program intended for beginners but all skill levels are welcome.




Date Specific Information

3-10-2013

An extended 5-night program featuring additional instruction and field time.



Coordinated by Trinity Conference Center.




Southern Outer Banks

The southern outpost of the scenic barrier islands known collectively as the "Outer Banks" is an ecologically rich region that stands in contrast to the more developed destinations in the north. This relative remoteness lends to quiet beaches, abundant wildlife and tranquil vistas.



Accommodations
Trinity Center, nestled in the maritime forest on the Outer Banks, is located on a 62-acre island preserve with one-third mile of beach and sound-front property. Award-winning landscaping provides restful surroundings. Complete with attractive meeting and dining areas.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mindy Furrer

After graduating with a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin, Mindy Furrer wasn't sure she was quite ready to teach in the classroom. Instead, she joined the Peace Corps and for two years taught ESL and social sciences on the island nation of Kiribati. Her next adventure brought her to the Outer Banks, where she is now the program coordinator at the Trinity Center for the Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program.
 
Karen Baggott

Karen Baggott has been involved in photography for more than 30 years, since her early days with a rangefinder camera while living in Maine. In 1992, she earned an A.A.S. in photography technology from Carteret Community College, and today exhibits her work in numerous shows and throughout North Carolina. Karen is a past recipient of the regional artist project grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and enjoys playing the piano and writing poetry in her spare time.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Trinity Conference Center
  Salter Path, NC 5 nights
 Trinity Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Our modern conference center features attractive meeting and dining areas, double occupancy rooms (limited singles, extra charge), private bath.
  Contact info: Salter Path Road
Salter Path, NC 28575 USA
phone: 252-247-5600
web: www.trinityctr.com/facilities.html
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool is available mid-May to mid-October. 1500 feet of private beach on the Atlantic Ocean (no lifeguards). Limited internet access available upon request.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $40 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $7, Lunch is $7 and Dinner is $11.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $40 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $7, Lunch is $7 and Dinner is $11.
  Check out time: 9:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at 4PM You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after lunch which begins at 11:30 AM You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site. Long-term parking is between 100-300 feet from rooms.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salter Path, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Pine Knoll Shores
  Nearest highway: NC Highway 58
  Nearest airport:  New Bern Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Salter Path, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Star Taxi
phone: 910-346-2772
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70-75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 23 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If flying into Jacksonville, taxi service is available. Must call when you land or make prior arrangements for a pick up at the airport. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 

Raleigh, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45-70/ day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

170 Miles

   

Renting a car is the only way to get directly from the Raleigh Airport to Trinity Center.

 

New Bern, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cherry Cab Co.
phone: 252-447-3101

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

42.8

   

If flying into New Bern, taxi service is available. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 24 or Highway 70 From Highway 70: Follow US 70 into Morehead City. Follow signs to Atlantic Beach and cross the bridge onto Bogue Banks. Turn Right at the traffic light onto Highway 58 (West Fort Macon Road). Continue approximately 7 miles. Trinity Center is on the right, between mile markers 9 and 10. (If you pass the blue water tower, you have gone too far!) From Highway 24: Follow NC 24 through Swansboro. At the Highway 24 and 58 intersection, turn right. Cross the bridge to Emerald Isle. Continue approximately 11 miles. Trinity Center is on the left, between mile markers 10 and 9 (just past the blue water tower.)
Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring digital camera with owner's manual and memory device for camera. Those interested in traditional photography are invited to bring non digital equipment. A laptop is recommended but not required for workshop.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Social
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at the Registration Office. Wine Social from 5-6pm.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: Short introductory program.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introductions & Orientation to the program Workshops: Break into two groups to learn your camera and practice macro function Barrier Island Ecology class and walk Bird of Prey program and photo shoot
(Monday, March 11)

Note: Barrier Island Ecology walk will include walking at a slow to moderate pass on uneven and sandy paths. A golf cart will be available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9am
 Morning: Lecture on proper photography techniques and the features of your digital camera. Bring your camera and the owners manual.
 Morning: Introduction to your instructors and orientation to the class.
 Lunch: Lunch from 12-1pm
 Afternoon: Barrier Island Ecology Walk. Take a field trip of our beautiful barrier island beach and estuary settings of our 62-acre reserve. Use the skills you learned in your workshops to capture nature at work. Your instructor will be a local naturalist who will help you find many great photo opportunities.
 Afternoon: Lecture and Hands on instruction on how to effectively use your macro setting to create still life photographs.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: Observation and information on our resident Birds of Prey. The birds will be perched and walked around the room for photographic opportunity.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Workshop: Natural Lighting and Composition Field trip to Fort Macon Evening Feedback and Critique
(Tuesday, March 12)

Note: Fort Macon field trip includes walking on uneven grounds.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am
 Morning: Lecture and field work on using natural lighting and composition.
 Lunch: Lunch from 12-1pm
 Afternoon: A trip to Fort Macon, a pentagon-shaped Civil War Fort built in 1826-1834, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will provide fascinating architecture for additional photo opportunities.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7 pm
 Evening: Critique and feedback of your photographs.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore and lighthouse. Field trip to Historic Beaufort Sunset Photo Shoot Time For You
(Wednesday, March 13)

Note: Field trips include walking on uneven and sandy surfaces and standing for more than 20 minutes at a time.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9am
 Morning: Climb aboard a passenger ferry to travel to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Take pictures of the lighthouse and pristine beaches.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local seafood restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip to historic Beaufort. Use the knowledge of natural lighting to take pictures of the old Live Oaks that line the street. Then take a stroll on the docks and through the historic cemetery to capture this unique photo opportunity.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7 pm
 Evening: Time for you to enjoy an evening on your own.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Time for you to explore our island on your own. Workshops: Sharing your Photographs on the web and in your hands
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am
 Morning: Time for you to explore our island on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch from 12-1 pm
 Afternoon: Workshops: Learn how to share your photographs on the Internet and how to print. Choose one photograph to make a 8X10 print of to take home.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7 pm
 Evening: Enjoy music by talented local musicians as you stroll through the art gallery you created during your stay.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Workshop: Photo Editing
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am
 Morning: Technology Workshop: If you plan to bring your own laptop, you will have an opportunity to participate in a digital critique with the instructor, who can show you how to edit your pictures with Adobe Photoshop Elements or Picasa. For those familiar with these programs take some more time to explore our 62-acre reserve with your camera.
 Lunch: Lunch from 11:30-12:30
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Salter Path, NC General Overview
There are so many cultural and natural areas of interest in coastal North Carolina. Please read about the many options at Trinity Center's website. For additional information, visit www.trinityctr.com/other.html
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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