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Pictures With a Pro: Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Program Number: 21433RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/11/2014 - 5/16/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/13/2015 - 11/18/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Wallops Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $766.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Delmarva Peninsula is a wildlife and nature photographer's paradise bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The Eastern Shore blends together golden marshes, wide-open bays, perfumed woodlands and sandy beaches, diverse ecosystems that support an equally varied array of wildlife. Bring along your camera and your passion for the natural world to create beautiful images of this astounding environment and to be inspired by efforts to conserve it. Workshop instructors rank at the highest levels in the field and are eager to impart their knowledge to help others. Students will explore the practical and theoretical aspects of image creation and take advantage of full days of workshops, field sessions, photo critiques and more.




Highlights

• Enjoy privileged access to restricted Wallops Island to photograph wildlife in an unspoiled environment maintained by NASA.
• Visit Assateague National Seashore to photograph its impressive list of avian inhabitants, including waterfowl, osprey, eagles, herons and egrets, among others.
• See the wild ponies of Chincoteague while learning about the traditions of saltwater cowboys and their annual wild pony round-up and channel swim.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing unassisted for up to one hour at a time on trails that are not fully accessible to the disabled.



Suitable for all skill levels.




Date Specific Information

3-29-2015, 4-12-2015, 5-3-2015, 9-6-2015, 9-27-2015, 11-13-2015

The photography instructor for this date is Jim Clark, a professional wildlife biologist who is also a nature photographer, author and former president of the North American Nature Photography Association.



8-30-2015, 10-25-2015

The photography instructor for this date is Nikhil Bahl. Nikhil Bahl is a professional photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor residing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Nikhil`s work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and tours in the United States and his instruction is focused on interpretation, expression and developing personal vision.



Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.




Wallops Island

Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers a historic and scenic combination of maritime heritage, wave-swept beaches, and both fresh and saltwater wetlands, as well as Wallops Island, a barrier island just off the coast in Chesapeake Bay.



Accommodations
New residential hall with university-style suites; two bedrooms per bathroom. Large lounge available with television, Internet access.

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

Jim Clark’s philosophy is simple: enjoy time in nature, whether you capture an image or not. Soak it all in! Jim is a dedicated teacher who loves to help others achieve the best in their nature photography. For more than 33 years, Jim has used his photography, writing, speaking, and teaching to inspire and motivate others. He is the author and photographer of four books, including “Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place,” and is past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). The documentary film, “Mountain Memories,” profiled Jim’s life and career as a nature photographer. The film, which aired on PBS in August 2003, was also shown at the prestigious 2005 American Conservation Film Festival. A naturalist first and foremost, Jim’s workshops always include a bit of natural history. He believes the more you know about your subject, the more your photography will stand out from the others. He wants you to enjoy every moment in the field.
 
Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a professional photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor residing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and educational explorations in the U.S. and his instruction is focused on interpretation, expression and developing personal vision.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  Wallops Island 5 nights
 Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Type: Field Station
  Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.
  Contact info: 34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org
  Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage
  Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).
  Additional nights prior: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 11:00 a.m. on the last day of the program. You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. You will be visiting a NASA base and will need a photo ID. Foreign Nationals will need to complete the Foreign National Form 6 weeks in advance in order to gain access to the NASA/Navy Base. You may want to bring your Golden Age Pass/Golden Eagle Pass/Duck Stamp if you plan on visiting the National Wildlife Refuge on your own. A release form is due prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Parking is located adjacent to housing
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Wallops Island
  Nearest city or town:  Chincoteague, VA
  Nearest highway: VA Rt 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury Airport (SBY)
  From End of Program
  Location: Wallops Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oak Hall / T's Corner

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.25 

   

Please call the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and let us know in advance if you are arriving by bus to Oak Hall, Virginia. We will arrange a ride for you.

 

Norfolk International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price of rental + $12.00 toll for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.3 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. The following companies have cars and desks at the airport: Alamo (800) 462-5266 Avis (800) 831-2847 Budget (800) 527-0700 Dollar (800) 800-3665 Enterprise (800) 736-8222 Hertz (800) 654-3131 National (800) 227-7368 Thrifty (800) 367-2277

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

Taxi Service from Airport directly to Marine Science Consortium. Costs include both the arrival and return trips. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Cost: $206 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 Cost: $199 cash $239 credit

 

Salisbury MD ( Airport-Taxi-Greyhound Bus Station-Marine Science Consortium)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

From the Salisbury Regional Airport you can take the Greyhound Bus to the program. The bus station is a 7 mile ride from the airport by taxi. You will be traveling to the bus stop in OAK HALL, VA. Greyhound Station Address 350 CYPRESS ST Salisbury, MD 21801 IMPORTANT: Tickets are NOT sold at the location in Salisbury. You may get tickets by mail for trips departing from Salisbury if you buy at least two weeks in advance. Tickets may be purchased on Greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

 

Salisbury Regional Airport to Greyhound Station

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Service
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

15 min ride from Airport to the Greyhound Station 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 Miles

   

Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008

 

From Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport to The Chincoteague Bay Field Station

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Shuttle cost: $25.00/one way and $45.00/round trip.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

The CBFS offers limited Airport shuttle service on the first/last day of programs. On the first day the shuttle departs the airport at 1 pm and arrives at the CBFS by 2:30 pm. On the last day the shuttle departs the CBFS at 1 pm and arrives at the airport by 3:30 pm. Because shuttle service is limited and air travel unpredictable we advise scheduling your flight to arrive well in advance and to depart well after the scheduled shuttle times. Call at least 4 weeks in advance for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  VA Rt 13 Follow Route 13 (Lankford Highway) to the traffic light at VA 175 (T’s Corner and Chincoteague Road). This is about 4 miles south of the MD-VA border on the Delmarva Peninsula. Take VA 175 E for approximately 3 miles. At the traffic light take a left onto Atlantic Road. At the end of Atlantic Road (approx. 0.5 miles) bear left onto Mill Dam Road. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is located on your right. Turn right onto Enterprise Street (the right after the Chincoteague Bay Field Station sign), then make an immediate left. Check in will be at the Education Center.
Elevation Note: Sea Level

Equipment Requirements: DSLR camera that you know how to operate: Bring the instructional manual as well. Camera Lenses. Flash Cards: Bring as many as you can. Extra batteries (have fresh ones in your camera and an extra set just in case) Tripod: The sturdier, the better.
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 and Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, May 11)
   
 Arrive To: Registration and Check-In is from at 3:00-5:00 PM at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Center
 Afternoon: Orientation - Getting to know each other, program overview
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria. Our dining staff will prepare and serve your meal cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar.
 Evening: Life through the lens - The Lead Photographer Jim Clark will share his memories and lessons learned from more than 36 years photographing the natural world. He will describe the week ahead and prepare you for shooting in the wild.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
(Monday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a tailgate breakfast in the field. (Coffee, orange juice, Danishes, bananas, yogurt, bagels, croissants, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese, etc.)
 Morning: Depart for an early morning Sunrise shoot on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the various wildlife hotspots along Beach Road from the refuge to the seashore. Early morning session will focus on areas at and near Black Duck Pool and work toward the seashore.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station dining hall
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel back into the field for an evening sunset shoot. This late afternoon session will focus on Wildlife Photography along Beach Road and areas near Swan Cove Pool.
 Afternoon: Meet mid afternoon for a classroom lecture session. Sessions offered during the course cover a range of topics. Classroom sessions will explore the practical and theoretical aspects of image creation. Student will also be able to review images and receive instructor critique. In these sessions, you can expect to learn many techniques and tips from a top professional in the industry.
 Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Assateague National Seashore Shoot
(Tuesday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a tailgate breakfast in the field. (Coffee, orange juice, Danishes, bananas, yogurt, bagels, croissants, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese, etc.)
 Morning: Depart for Assateague National Seashore. Before Sunrise. Spend a day on the Maryland side of Assateague Island. The morning will be spent at the beach to photograph sunrise, abstracts of shells and waves, tidal reflections, shorebirds and Jim’s favorite compositional technique: sunrise with the sun. Bring your TRIPODS!
 Lunch: Lunch will be out at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Sunset Shoot
 Afternoon: Class Session: This seminar offers participants guidelines from a seasoned pro on how to do it right in the field for capturing wildlife images. Topics will include equipment selection, use of fill flash, using various ambient lighting situations, compositional guidelines for wildlife images, steps to control the background, proper subject placement, and approaches to consider for wildlife scenics. While Jim emphasizes field techniques, he will also share one of his all-time favorite editing tools that make images standout.
 Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sunrise Shoot, Exploration of Woodland Trail at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
(Wednesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a tailgate breakfast in the field. (Coffee, orange juice, Danishes, bananas, yogurt, bagels, croissants, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese, etc.)
 Morning: Spend a morning along the refuge’s Woodland Trail photographing forest scenes, close-ups and maybe some Delmarva fox squirrels. Jim will help you release your inner “Monet” by sharing his techniques for abstract light painting. Bring your TRIPODS!
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station dining hall
 Afternoon: This is a free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, do some birding on your own, fish, shop, or just relax on our pristine beach!
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station dining hall. Our dining staff will prepare and serve your meal cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar.
 Evening: This session explores various compositional techniques and approaches for creating powerful landscape images. Jim explains how to use different focal lengths, perspectives, and basic compositional guidelines for creating images that pack a punch. The session will emphasize the importance of developing a personal style and vision to compose images that speak to the heart. Jim will share his techniques for using slow shutter speeds and light painting to create unique abstract landscape compositions. Jim will also offer a few digital editing techniques to consider when making final adjustments in the digital darkroom.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sunrise Shoot, Wallops Island Beach
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be a tailgate breakfast in the field. (Coffee, orange juice, Danishes, bananas, yogurt, bagels, croissants, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese, etc.)
 Morning: Sunrise shoot. Head out to Wallops Island to explore their well-preserved dune systems and untouched shore. Shore birds abound. NOTE: Our access to Wallops Island will depend on the security level of the base at the time, which is influenced by a number of factors independent of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and its actions.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria. Help yourself to a hot meal, sandwiches, and a salad bar.
 Afternoon: Trip to Pocomoke State park. Explore one of the northernmost cypress swamps alongside one of the Maryland's scenic rivers. Prothonotary Warblers abound!
 Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Nature’s View: After understanding the technical aspects of nature photography, the next step is to develop an ability to “see” a landscape and to convey that vision into a true sense of place. Drawing from personal experience and the personal perspectives of other professional photographers, Jim discusses ways to effectively capture the essence of a landscape.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Student showcase and image critique, Departure
(Friday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station dining hall
 Morning: Late Morning Check out and Departure
 Morning: Student showcase and image critique
   
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


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: An Ecological Treasure


Author: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto


Description: Beautiful photos of Chincoteague National Wildlife: birds, ponies, sunsets. Not a lot of detailed information but it is a photography book primarily and nice to look at and dream of being there.



DSLR Photography for Beginners: Best Way to Learn Digital Photography, Master Your DSLR Camera & Improve Your Digital SLR Photography Skills


Author: Brian Black


Description: In this day and age, Digital Photography is not something that is unheard of. From enthusiasts to those who have just been introduced to the beautiful world of photography, knowing the craft and equipment is essential. This little comprehensive guide for beginners will take you on an amazing journey of discovering how wonderful Digital Photography is and how mesmerizing the art can be. From the advantages of SLR and the importance of shutter speed, to the types of lenses and the significance of good lighting, you will soon be on your journey to capturing the most stunning pictures and a kaleidoscope of dazzling sights to be eternalized. Technology is ever changing and now with Digital Photography, the world can be seen in vivid colors through your art. Begin your journey right here, right now.



Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies


Author: David D. Busch


Description: The perennial digital photography bestseller, now updated to cover the hottest topics Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies has been a bestseller since it first came into the picture, and this new edition gets you up to (shutter) speed on the latest technologies available. Veteran author David Busch walks you through new camera models from the leading manufacturers, WiFi and GPS options, full HD moviemaking, and the latest dSLR features. He also provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge about exposure, composition, and lighting that any new dSLR user needs to know to get great results from the camera. The straightforward-but-friendly coverage offers tips for choosing a camera and accessories, using different controls, maximizing lighting and exposure, and editing your photos. With this helpful book by your side, you'll learn your way around shutter speed, aperture, and ISO so that you can get a handle on the big picture while you take pictures! Introduces you to all the features common to dSLR cameras, whether it's Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, or another digital SLR camera Shares tips on composition, lighting and exposure controls, and file formats Shows you how to get photos from your camera to a computer and then how to manage, edit, and share your pics Offers hints on improving your skills, online resources, and the jargon of the pros If you're ready to get in the dSLR picture, then this is the book you need.



Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure


Author: Al Judge


Description: What reviewers have said about Mastering Aperture.... Despite this book's rather advanced topics, it is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more. Jeff A great guide for all levels of photography, well written and illustrated!!! Albert This is another great book of Al's. He does a wonderful job at explaining all the needed information to better understand photography. Very easy to understand and lots of pointers. DJ As I am about to commence a photography diploma this book has come in handy as a warm up for me. Craig Can you identify with any of these experiences? Do your eyes glaze over when people use terms like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Exposure? Does the term f-stop make your stomach turn? Are you enthused about photography but confused by all the technical jargon? Would you like to be more consistent with the quality of your images? Do you wonder how professional photographers get such great shots? Ultimately you will need to understand Exposure and its components Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO " also known as the Exposure Triangle " and how they work together if you want to have any control over your results.Without a guide on your path to better pictures, you run the risk of spending a great deal of time and money heading down the wrong road. Frustration and confusion can easily take the wind from your sails and replace excitement with disappointment. This guide to EXPOSURE builds a solid foundation of photographic knowledge with easy-to-follow discussions of everything that you need to know in order to create better images with confidence. Every photographic term used in the book is clearly defined and thoroughly explained. All terms are also highlighted by using BOLD CAPS so that you can easily find them again to refresh your memory.



Your Camera Manual


Author: Your Camera Manufacturer


Description: Please make sure you are familiar with your camera manual before you arrive to the program.





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