I am pleased to announce...we will be offering a Fall Photography Workshop on September 6, 7, & 8 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY. If you want to learn about Outdoor, Wildlife, and Travel photography, make plans to come to the Fall Photography Workshop! Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox are returning to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park once again, and will be sharing their knowledge and experience to help you improve your photos. Joining them will be Trinity Shepherd, Park Naturalist, who will offer his special perspective on the scenes we will encounter.
The Fall Photography Workshop is about getting out and using your camera to create better photographs. We will see the Rocky Mountain Elk in their Kentucky habitat; we are also planning additional field trips to local natural and historical locations, which will offer a variety of subjects and challenges.
Here is our planned schedule:
Friday evening... Welcome, orientation, field trip to Archer Park in Prestonsburg.
Saturday Morning... Sunrise/Elk Tour 5:00a - 11:30a
Lunch Break... 11:30a - 12 noon (bag lunches available at Mountain Home Place)
Mountain Home Place/Heritage Days field trip... 12 noon - 4:30p
Dinner Break... 4:30p - 6:00p
Birds of Prey Wildlife Presentation... 6:00p-8:00p
Sunday Morning... Dewey Lake/Eagle Cruise 8:00a-11:00a
Wrap-up & Photo Contest Results... 11:00a - 1:00p
Prestonsburg "Kentucky Folk Festival" On Your Own... 1:00p - ?
Please remember...weather, transportation and other factors may force us to make changes in our schedule.
The Fall Photography Workshop fee will be $75.00. This will include the three days of instruction and field trips, along with the travel from the Park to the assorted locations. Only 40 spots will be available for the Fall Photography Workshop. You must make your Workshop and lodging reservations with the Park, by calling 800-325-0142. Reservations will be closed on Wednesday, August 28 at 5:00pm.
In eastern Kentucky, an ambitious project began several years ago...to repopulate 16 counties with Rocky Mountain Elk. That program was a great success, and today the Kentucky Elk herd is estimated at over 10,000. For approximately four years, the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, has been offering Elk Tours to guests. Leaving before sunrise, guests leave the Park and travel to a reclaimed surface coal mine, which has become home to the closest of the elk. On one such trip, I had the opportunity to meet Trinity Shepherd, Park Naturalist. He shared his dream of having a photography activity at the Park which could also include the Elk Tours. Along with my friend and colleague, Amanda Haddox, we told Trinity he had met the right people, and immediately began planning a nature photography event for the Park.
In April of 2012, we held our Spring Photography Weekend. We were happy to have over 50 photo enthusiasts from Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. In addition, we were able to feature Ernie & Angie Page of The Wonder Of It All Photography as our special guest instructors. Participants enjoyed a Sunrise Elk Tour, a Macro/Wildflower Class & Field Trip, an Eagle Cruise on Dewey Lake, and more!
The overwhelming positive response by the participants, along with the great reception by Park management, prompted us to plan another event, our 2013 Winter Photography Workshop. It was held in February, and we had just over 40 photographers from Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia to join us. Our Workshop included three days of classes, a photo contest, and field trips, including a tour to see and photograph the nearby Rocky Mountain Elk Herd and the "Mountain Home Place."
I am including some of my photos in this Gallery, from both various Elk Tours and from the Spring 2012 and Winter 2013 Workshops. I will be adding more photos, and updating information about other activities at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. If you are interested in participating in one of these Elk Tours or Workshops, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .