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Digital Photography on a Historic Ocean Island

Program Number: 15432RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/23/2014 - 8/29/2014; 8/30/2014 - 9/5/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Located ten miles off the coast, the Isles of Shoals are a group of nine small islands, once a popular retreat for artists and writers. Explore and photograph the historical beauty of these islands as you stroll Star Island, practicing new techniques and enjoying lectures on digital cameras, composition, creativity and digital editing. Afternoon critiquing sessions allow you see how your photography skills have improved as the week goes by. This program is enriching for both beginners and those with moderate experience with digital photography. Bring your “point & shoot” or advanced digital camera, the camera manual and spare batteries.




Highlights

•Photograph the islands that have inspired artists throughout the ages, while learning about lenses, filters, resolution and imaginative composition.
•Choose subjects from among the sea and sky as you photograph the Isles’ historic buildings and stark granite ledges.
•Explore the 400 year history of the hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals through a series of fascinating historical photographs in the evenings.



Activity Particulars

Walking distance between rooms and dining room and classroom and during program can be up to 200 feet over broad walks, paths, and rocky terrain.



All skill levels are welcome, but program is intended for beginner and intermediate photographers. Bring your “point & shoot” or advanced digital camera, manual and spare batteries.



Coordinated by Star Island Conference Center.








Isles of Shoals

Ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals are a group of nine small islands. The isles were once a popular retreat for artists and writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Celia Thaxter made them famous through her poetry. The Shoals Marine Laboratory and Star Island’s conference center occupy the isles today.



Accommodations
Built in the grand hotel era of the 1800s, the rustic Oceanic House and adjacent cottages provide modest, character-laden lodging for those who appreciate experiencing the authentic past. Most rooms have shared baths; separate shower facility; showers available every other day; not all rooms are equipped with electrical outlets.

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

Although Arnie Silverstone has had a 43-year career in the aviation industry, photography has been his avocation for more than 30 years. A graduate of the School of Modern Photography, he began his first assignments by shooting slide presentations for the University of N.H. Marine Docent program. Working from his home dark room facility, his projects have ranged from portrait photography to restoration of antique photographs. Now retired, Arnie teaches photography and composition at UNH.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Star Island Conference Center
  Star Island 6 nights
 The Star Island Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Access to the island is by boat only. Built in the grand hotel era of the 19th century, the Oceanic House and adjacent cottages provide modest, character-laden lodging for those who appreciate experiencing the authentic past. Stairs lead to upper floors at the hotel and cottages. Classes and dining take place in stone cottages and the historic wooden hotel.
  Contact info: 30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 13801 USA
phone: 603-430-6272
web: www.starisland.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are modest yet comfortable, with beds, a chest of drawers, chairs and clothes hanging space. Bed and bath linens, along with soap, are provided. There are a limited number of rooms equipped with electrical outlets. If you require use of an electrical outlet within your room for health reasons, be sure to indicate that when registering. Heating elements are not permitted in rooms.
  Facility amenities: The historic Oceanic House, built in the Grand Hotel Era of the 1800s, houses the main lobby, dining room, bookshop, gift shop, and sleeping quarters. The grand hotel porch has many rocking chairs and offers a spectacular view of the sea. In front of the hotel, an ocean swimming area and tennis courts provide outdoor entertainment. A number of outdoor games, such as croquet and Frisbees, are available and can be played on the expansive lawn. The spacious hotel lobby is set with comfortable armchairs, sofas and small tables and chairs for reading, relaxing and playing board games or working puzzles with new friends. Daily newspapers can be found at the lobby reception desk. A hotel annex, a number of charming small cottages and stone buildings, and several motel-style units provide additional guestrooms and conference meeting rooms. A small business center with computer and internet access rental is available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shared toilets and cold-water sinks are on each floor of the hotel & cottages. Motel units have private toilets & cold-water sinks. Hot water is available to take to each room. Hot-water showers are available three times a week at a separate facility.
  Additional nights prior:  Although we are unable to accommodate visitors before or after the program, there are many accommodation options available in Portsmouth, NH. Please see free time listings.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Although we are unable to accommodate visitors before or after the program, there are many accommodation options available in Portsmouth, NH. Please see free time listings.
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at the Isles of Shoals dock (315 Market St.) in Portsmouth, NH between 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Boarding begins at 2:00PM, with a boat departure at 2:25 PM. Commercial parking $12/day. You will be staying at The Star Island Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
The boat departs from Star Island at 11:45 AM and returns to Portsmouth, NH at 1:15 PM. You will be staying at The Star Island Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
An independent, commercial lot parking is available at the boat dock for $12 per vehicle, per day or any part of a day. For your convenience, payment is made on Star Island at the end of your stay; Star Island will reimburse the parking lot vendor.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Star Island
  Nearest city or town:  Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  Nearest highway: I-95 and Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: Star Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15-23
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Take a taxi to the Greyhound Bus station. The Greyhound Bus drops passengers in downtown Portsmouth (a 5 minute walk to the ISSCo dock).

 

Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
C&J Trailways
phone: 800-258-7111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$24.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

C&J Trailways drops off at the Pease Transportation Center in Portsmouth (185 Grafton Road). There is a free trolley bus providing transportation to downtown Portsmouth (then a 5 minute walk to the dock). Taxis can also be called to meet you once you deboard from the bus.

 

ISSCo dock

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Anchor Taxi
phone: 603-436-1888

 

ISSCo dock

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Blue Star Taxi
phone: 603-436-2774

 

Manchester, NH / Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Flight Line Airport Express
phone: 800-245-2525
Advanced Reservations Required

   

www.flightlineinc.com

 

Manchester, NH / Boston, MA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Seacoast Airport Service
phone: 866-431-1580
Advanced Reservations Required

   

www.transportnh.com

 
Driving Directions
  From 95 North (Coming from the South) Take NH Exit 7. At end of ramp, turn RIGHT at lights. You should be headed towards downtown Portsmouth. Go approximately ¾ mile, staying in the LEFT LANE as you approach the Portsmouth Sheraton (a large brick building) on your right. The entrance to the Steamship Company dock is on the LEFT, directly across from the Sheraton. The dock is located at 315 Market Street in Porstmouh, NH 03801.
  From 95 South (Coming from the North) Take NH Exit 7. At end of ramp, turn LEFT at lights. You should be headed towards downtown Portsmouth. Go approximately ¾ mile, staying in the LEFT LANE as you approach the Portsmouth Sheraton (a large brick building) on your right. The entrance to the Steamship Company dock is on the LEFT, directly across from the Sheraton. The dock is located at 315 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH 03801.
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: Arrival on Star Island, Welcome & Orientation, Program Introductions and Evening Isles of Shoals History Program.
(Saturday, August 23)

Note: Throughout the week, the schedule may be adapted to take advantage of special opportunities or because of local weather conditions. --- Traveling between rooms, classrooms, the dining room and shower facilities can involve walking distances of up to 1/2 mile on boardwalks, over uneven ground, on rocks and on paths.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the boat dock in Portsmouth (315 Market St.) between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Boarding begins at 2:00 PM, the boat departs at 2:25 PM and arrives on Star Island at 3:30 PM. Mainland commercial parking $12/day.
 Afternoon: Welcome on the grand hotel porch, orientation to Star Island; social hour with beverages & snacks, highlights of Road Scholar on Star Island and an introduction to the digital photography program.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room. Meals are hearty and satisfying home-style cuisine. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance request.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Fishing Era at the Isles of Shoals. Discover how cod fueled the settlement of New England and go back in time to the era when the Isles of Shoals was the busiest spot in the New World. Explore legends from the past of pirates, ghosts and shipwrecks on the islands.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore the history and parts of digital cameras and discuss lenses, filters, resolution & file formats. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room. Enjoy a variety of choices ranging from cold cereal and oatmeal to fruits, toast and bagels to a hot specialty dish of the day.
 Morning: Investigate the history and parts of digital cameras and learn about lenses, filters, resolution & file formats. Learn how to use your lens to change the perspective of your subject. Discover how to use filters to enhance your photographs and to create special effects. Investigate why digital resolution is important in your finished photograph and explore the special properties of each digital file format.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room. Enjoy a variety of lunches ranging from soup and sandwiches to Mac-and-Cheese.
 Afternoon: A continuation of this morning's class, along with an opportunity for classroom critique and guided field work.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room. Meals are hearty and satisfying home-style cuisine. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance request.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Resort Era & Today on the Isle of Shoals. Find out why hundreds of people packed their trunks and spent the summer at one of the Isle of Shoals resort hotels in the 19th century and why hundreds of people continue to explore the natural beauty of the Shoals today.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore creative photography & composition; attend an evening candlelit chapel service followed by an ice-cream social.
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore creative photography & composition while viewing photographs that illustrate composition rules, perspectives, depth and dimension and special effects. Discuss framing, using the rule of thirds and using horizontal, vertical and curved lines to give expression or impact to your photos. Learn how to use visual cues to achieve depth and dimension. Discover how each special camera mode can give personality to your photographs.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A continuation of this morning's class, along with an opportunity for classroom critique and field work.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free Time to relax and settle into your surroundings.

Optional candlelit service in Star Island's historic chapel. Over the years, people from many countries have taken part in this tradition and have carried away the memory of a quietly impressive experience.

Afterwards, enjoy an ice-cream social at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore enhancing your photos through the use of light, color & sharpness. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Tuesday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Delve into using light, color & sharpness to improve your photographs. Learn how to read light for proper exposure and color balance or to achieve special effects. Discover how the exposure and focus locks of your camera can help with difficult lighting situations or enhance the spectacular sunrise and sunset photographs you take. Explore shooting silhouettes and using light angles to create texture and dimension.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A continuation of this morning's class, along with an opportunity for classroom critique and field work.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about the Arts of the Isles of Shoals. View some of the extraordinary impressionist and maritime art produced by painters on the islands in the 19th century and learn about the writers, musicians and artists who visited resident poet Celia Thaxter on the Isles of Shoals.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Discover fascinating ways to edit digital photographs. Attend an evening program on the history of the Isles of Shoals.
(Wednesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Discover fascinating ways to edit digital photographs. Witness demonstrations of cropping, exposure correction, color enhancement and adjustment of brightness and contrast. Witness how creative editing can give you personalized artistic results.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A continuation of this morning's class, along with an opportunity for classroom critique and field work.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Explore four centuries of life on the nine stark and hauntingly beautiful Isles of Shoals. Tonight, a Shoals historian will talk about Mystery, Murder & Mayhem at the Isles of Shoals.

Over 125 years ago, two women were murdered on Smuttynose Island at the Isles of Shoals. One woman survived the violence and the story she told scandalized the nation. Revisit the crime and decide for yourself whether the man convicted for the murders, based solely on circumstantial evidence and his own bizarre behavior, was really responsible for the tragic deaths on Smuttynose Island.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Learn techniques to store, print & critique your photographs to best effect, attend the captivating "Photography Show" and enjoy a social hour before dinner.
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Learn techniques to store, print and critique your photographs to best effect. Discuss various methods to back up and archive your files and learn how various printer and paper types affect the uniqueness of your printed photograph.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Attend a captivating “Digital Photography Show” of the work your class has done throughout the week. Then relax with beverages and snacks at a Road Scholar social hour.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel dining room
 Evening: Entertainment Night: A movie? A variety show? A musical performance? Relax tonight with some form of engaging entertainment, depending on what is available on the island this week.
   
Accommodations: The Star Island Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wrap up and Departure
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning coffee on the hotel porch and breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Stroll around for your closing adventure on this enchanting ocean island.

The boat will depart from Star Island at 11:45 AM and return to Portsmouth, NH at 1:15 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


Ten Miles Out: Guidebook to the Isles of Shoals


Author: Lyman V. Rutledge


Description: An in-depth guide to each of the nine Isles of Shoals, including their cultural history and natural science.



The Camera Phone Book


Author: Aimee Baldridge


Description: Supplement your digital photography coursework with this National Geographic how-to book aimed directly at the millions who carry a camera phone everywhere.





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