21433
Virginia

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

Inspired by the unparalleled beauty of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, take your photography to the next level as you learn from experts through workshops, critiques and daily field sessions.
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Program No. 21433RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Wallops Island
D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Field station check-in from 3:00 p.m. Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive, you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us at the Road Scholar table in the Education Center Lobby to register with the program staff and get your room assignment, welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you expect to arrive late, please contact the Chincoteague Bay Field Station for instructions on where to meet the group. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Due to the nature of this particular program, community interaction and evening entertainment are not on the schedule. This is to ensure that you have enough time to work on your photography and complete your assignments. Locally sourced seafood is featured on the menu at each of the restaurants we will eat at during the week. On field trips, there are often multiple stops to look for photographic opportunities. Our travel time between locations does not usually exceed 30 minutes. Walking distance depends on the stop and significant distances are entirely optional. The terrain is very flat and there are no steps. You may be standing for several hours while photographing, but chairs are available should you need them. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: 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. Coffee, tea, water, and a selection of juices and sodas are available.

Evening: The Lead Photographer will share memories and lessons learned from photographing the natural world. They will describe the week ahead and prepare you for shooting in the wild. Please note that the best piece of equipment you can bring to a photography program is flexibility and an open mind. Schedules can change due to weather, season, and animal movement. Your photographer will go over the tentative schedule with you the first night and will adjust the schedule as necessary throughout the week.

DAY
2
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting in/out of 15-passenger vans several times throughout the day.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be a tailgate breakfast in the field. Choose from hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, bagels, scones, yogurt, cream cheese, etc. with beverage options of coffee, tea, and orange juice.

Morning: This workshop starts before sunrise and usually ends after sunset. While field trips are not mandatory, participants should understand that we will not be able to come back to get them later in the morning if they decide not to go with us during our early morning or late afternoon departures. At some locations we may be there for several hours photographing a variety of subjects or assignments. Shooting assignments are in-depth and require dedication. We’ll depart for an early morning sunrise shoot on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and spend the rest of the morning exploring the various wildlife hotspots along Beach Road from the refuge to the seashore.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: We’ll 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. We will also be able to review images and receive instructor critique. In these sessions, we can expect to learn many techniques and tips from a top professional in the industry.

Dinner: The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. On Day One, we’ll receive menus for each of the restaurants we’ll visit this week and make our selections in advance.

Evening: We will travel back into the field for a sunset shoot. We will search for wildlife photography opportunities along Beach Road at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

DAY
3
Pocomoke Park, Assateague National Seashore Sunset Shoot
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting in/out of 15-passenger vans several times throughout the day.

Breakfast: Tailgate breakfast in the field.

Morning: We’ll board the vans and ride to Pocomoke River State Park. Here we’ll explore one of the northernmost cypress swamps alongside one of Maryland’s scenic rivers. Depending on the season, we may see turtles, bullfrogs, wildflowers, and possibly even some prothonotary warblers, so be sure to bring your tripod.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Classroom lecture.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: The Eastern Shore of Virginia has many great places to catch the evening light as the sun goes down and we will be visiting many of these spots to perfect our photography skills.

DAY
4
Sunrise Shoot, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting in/out of 15-passenger vans several times throughout the day.

Breakfast: Tailgate breakfast in the field.

Morning: We’ll return via vans to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where we’ll walk along the refuge’s Woodland Trail photographing forest scenes, close-ups, and maybe some Delmarva fox squirrels.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: In the Dining Hall.

Evening: Classroom lecture.

DAY
5
Sunrise Shoot, Greenbackville-VA
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Tailgate breakfast in the field.

Morning: We’ll depart early via vans for a sunrise shoot in some of the rustic old towns and marinas, including Greenbackville, VA. We will capture the morning light over the expansive natural landscapes that abound on the Eastern Shore.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Classroom lecture and image review.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Tonight will be our last chance to edit our photos before tomorrow’s showcase. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Showcase and Image Critique, Program Concludes
Wallops Island
B

Activity note: Field station check-out 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the Dining Hall.

Morning: We’ll check out of our rooms before the main event: the student photography showcase. This is what our entire week has been leading up to. We’ll show the photos we took in the wild and receive expert critiques. Let’s celebrate our newfound skills in the art of outdoor photography! This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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