Winter Photo Workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe

Friends! Please join us later this month in Stowe for a FREE winter photo workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe. Please see below for an overview of the workshop and for registration details.

Winter Outdoor Photo Workshop
w/ Spruce Peak at Stowe in Stowe, VT
Thursday, December 29, 2011
8 – 11am @ Spruce Peak at Stowe – Golf Clubhouse
Cost: FREE
Registration Required: Please email us at info@emberphoto.com or call 802-496-5434.

Overview:
Hosted by Dave Hatoff with Spruce Peak at Stowe, and led by Vermont photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson (www.EmberPhoto.com), this workshop is designed to help develop your interest in winter outdoor photography. We’ll cover the basics of winter exposures, the creative use of light, as well as action, landscape, portrait and close-up/macro techniques.

Meeting Place:
Please be prompt and meet at 8am at the Spruce Peak Golf Clubhouse. (Turn into the first/main entrance for Spruce Peak at Stowe – approximately 6 miles up along Rt. 108 from downtown Stowe. The Golf Clubhouse is on the right as you enter the area.) If necessary, keep our cell #s handy: Dave (802)- 498-4835 / Brian (802)-989-0570.

Important Reminders:
Clothing: We want to be warm and comfortable, so please be extra-prepared for the cold and wind (even if it looks like a warm, calm day) by dressing warmer than you normally would and wearing a hooded winter jacket, some warm gloves (w/ glove liners, so you take your hands out of your gloves), a neck warmer and at least one pair of basic hand warmers (these will also help to keep your extra batteries warm). Please wear sturdy snow boots (and gaiters, if necessary) that enable some walking in the snow.

Camera: Have your camera ready to go with fresh batteries (and at least one back-up battery, if available), at least one good lens wipe/cloth, and a simple lens-brush or lens-pen (for wiping dust from lens). Bring along and wear a camera chest pack or other carrying case/pack if you have one. If you have multiple lenses, please bring at least one wide angle lens, or a lens with some good range (e.g. 18-200mm), for versatility. Tri-pods are optional, but feel free to bring one along if it works well and you have practiced with it.

MISC: Please bring a small backpack for carrying your extra items, some extra layers, etc.. as well as anything you like to have with you when out photographing for a few hours. (e.g. water, snack, etc..)

Workshop Schedule:
8am – Meet and greet at Golf Clubhouse. Indoor slideshow and overview of camera basics, composition techniques, exposure and more.

8:45am –Outdoor Session – We’ll spend some time photographing the varied landscape and views accessible from the golf course (i.e. views, woods, snow/ice forms, water) and practicing some of the tricks of the trade. You’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with Brian and Emily to dial in your camera skills.

10:30am – Return to Toll House Conference Center for continued discussion. We’ll review some of the photos we captured outside, as well as others from Brian and Emily’s archives that relate to the discussion. Final Q&A.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
– Brian & Emily

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*Free* Summer Photo Workshop at Stowe – Sat 8/27

Later this month, we’ll be leading a half-day photo workshop on Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, as part of a series of summer events offered by Spruce Peak at Stowe. The event is free of charge, and spaces are limited. Please contact us ASAP to register or for more info.

Summer Photography Workshop w/ Spruce Peak at Stowe
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011
8a – 12pm @ Mt. Mansfield Toll Road Conference Center
**Registration required**

INFO:
Hosted by Spruce Peak at Stowe, and led by the two of us, this workshop is designed to make you a better outdoor, landscape and action photographer. We will spend the morning at two different locations along the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road, while seeking out a good variety of subjects and locations. We’ll cover the basics of exposure, the creative use of light, as well as action, landscape, portrait and close-up/macro techniques…and more.

Workshop Schedule:
8am – Meet and greet at Toll House Conference Center. Indoor slide show and overview of camera basics, composition techniques, exposure and more.

9am – Journey (by vehicle) up Toll Road to a scenic location on Mt. Mansfield, where we’ll spend a couple of hours photographing the varied landscape of the mountain (i.e. views, flowers, clouds, details) and practicing a few tricks of the trade.

11am – Return to Toll House Conference Center for continued discussion. We’ll review some of the photos we captured on the mountain, as well as others from our archives that relate to the discussion. Final Q&A.

We look forward to seeing some of you there!

Thanks
– Brian and Emily

Our Slideshow Series Wraps Up w/ March 31 Show

Our last scheduled slideshow of the season is coming up this Thursday, March 31 at 7pm at the historic Inn at Long Trail along Rt. 4 b/w Killington and Pico, Vermont. At the end of this show, we will do a final drawing on the four pairs of skis for which tickets have been drawn throughout the season. We will announce winners at the show, and ship the skis to any winners not present.

Thanks to everyone who has supported and turned out to our slideshows this winter season. What a winter it has been!
-Brian and Emily

Foliage Skiing

Although our mountains close to home received a light coating of snow a couple of weeks back, it wasn’t until this past Tuesday’s snowfall that we were tempted to break out the skis and kick off the 09-10 ski season.  Up to 6″ of snow fell above 1500′ in northern Vermont, and with the snow still falling on Tuesday and fall colors still strong up to about 2500′, the skiing was beautiful.  For a few hours each day since Tuesday, we’ve been climbing the older, moss and grass-carpeted ski trails of our local ski areas, and then skiing down lower-angle trails that are relatively free of any rocks and roots.

Enjoy these!

-Brian and Emily

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Ski It While You Can!

Weeks of surfing beautiful ocean waves on the coast and running/biking through the brilliant colors of fall in the mountains were capped this week by our first ski day of the season.  By sunrise on Wednesday 10/22, 2-3″ of October snow had blanketed our local mountains – just enough to make our favorite low-angle, moss-laden, rock-free ski runs skiable. We climbed and skied for about five hours…caught up with some great friends…and probably logged a casual 5000′ vertical.

It was a real treat be back on the skis again… Emily is “quite pleased”. If the big brown stripes on the woolly catepillars are any indication, we are in for another snowy winter.

Ski it while you can!

Brian and Emily