Arthur Morris – BIRDS AS ART/Jekyll Island/GNPA In-the-Field Instructional Photo-Tour

Arthur Morris – BIRDS AS ART/Jekyll Island/GNPA In-the-Field Instructional Photo-Tour

April 5-April 8   $1599 for GNPA members only  – Limit 12 photographers

3 1/2 days/the afternoon of SUN April 5 through the full day on WED 8 April, 2020.  In conjunction with the Georgia Nature Photography Association Annual Conference: $1599.00.  Lunch is included on the three full days.

Join Arthur Morris for 3 ½ days of bird photography field work in this event just for GNPA members.  This is a special opportunity to spend several days with Artie in the field on Jekyll Island.  You’ll get personal instruction and tips for bird photography with a group of your GNPA friends.  This will be a packed program with field work to get the best photographs.  The small group and personal instruction will be something you’ll never forget.

Artie’s IPT events are normally priced at $2500 and higher, but we have a special program just for GNPA members.  The program will be co-led by GNPA professional Eric Bowles.

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The tentative schedule calls for us to meet at Villas by the Sea at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 5.  We’ll be in the field until sunset that day.  The next three days we’ll be out early in the morning to take advantage of the best locations in the area.  We’ll tentatively plan to cover Jekyll Island, Harris Neck, the Jekyll Causeway, and Altamaha WMA – subject to bird activity and the weather.  You’re sure to walk away with great bird photographs and a brain packed full of new techniques and tips.

A Taste of Savannah and the Low Country

A Taste of Savannah and the Low Country

Join GNPA Coastal Chapter Leaders Robbie Medler, Lynne Daley, Duion Furgason and Jamie Anderson on a photography tour of the Savannah area and the Low Country.

WHEN: APRIL 30 – MAY 3, 2020
WHERE: SAVANNAH, GA
FEE: $399

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Included in the cost of the trip will be two sunrise shoots, a tour of the Wormsloe Historic Site, Bonaventure Cemetery, and Fort Pulaski. We will also visit Skidaway Island State Park, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah Wildlife Refuge, and take in a Sunset Dolphin Tour. On Saturday, we will take a ferry to Daufuski Island and be given a golf-cart tour of the of the island. Along with all of these photography sites, there will be stops at restaurants in between for some great low country seafood and BBQ.

HOTEL

Participants will arrive at their leisure on Wednesday (April 29th, 2020) and check into the Hilton Garden Inn.  The fee does not include Hotel, Food or Travel expenses to locations.

ITINERARY

On Thursday, April 30th, we’ll meet for a sunrise shoot at the beautiful Isle of Hope Bluff Drive at the marina at 6:00am, Breakfast afterwards. At 9:00am we’ll visit the Wormsloe Historic Site with it’s beautiful avenue of oaks then go to lunch. Afterwards we’ll tour Skidaway Island State Park (1pm) for a nature hike, then the Historic Bonaventure Cemetery (3pm) before dinner at Tubby’s Tank House for a seafood dinner.

On Friday, May 1st, we’ll meet at 4:00AM on Tybee Island for some Milkway Photography (optional) or 6:00AM on Tybee for sunrise. Around 7:00am we’ll eat breakfast the Sunrise Cafe, then travel to Oatland Island Wildlife Center (8:30am) to photograph the nesting activity of herons, egrets, and wood storks. After lunch, we’ll travel to Fort Pulaski (1:30pm), eat dinner at the Crab Shack, then take in a Sunset Dolphin Tour (6:45pm).

On Saturday, May 2nd, we’ll meet at 7:30am at the Bull River Marina to take a ferry to Daufuski Island. Once on the island, we’ll be given a tour of the island while travelling in golf carts. We’ll eat lunch at the Lucy Bell’s on Daufuski and have some free time after lunch to travel around in our golf carts before departing back to the mainland at 4:00pm. Once back on the mainland, we’ll eat dinner at the Flying Fish Café (5pm).

On Sunday, May 3rd, check out from the hotel and meet at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge at 8:00am for an auto tour around the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive before departing for home.

Group size will be limited to ten (10) participants with a minimum of 5 required to hold the event.

CANCELLATION POLICY

You may cancel anytime before end of day on March 29, 2020  for a CANCELLATION FEE OF $50.  Thereafter, there are no refunds.  We encourage you to obtain trip insurance in case something unexpected comes up.  If the trip is cancelled by the GNPA for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund of moneys paid.

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Spring in the Smokies. With Roger Trentham and former GNPA President Horace Hamilton

Spring in the Smokies. With Roger Trentham and former GNPA President Horace Hamilton

 

Join Smoky Mountain native, and two-time featured speaker at our GNPA Smokies Weekend, Roger Trentham for two days of unique Smokies photography opportunities.  Also, former GNPA President Horace Hamilton will lead the group on two separate sunset photo adventures, weather permitting, and an afternoon of stream and flower photography.

LOCATION

Monday April 20 we will meet at the Flapstax Restaurant parking lot (956 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN) at 6:45pm on Monday April 20 and depart at 7:00pm for sunset shooting on the new section of Foothills Parkway near Wear’s Valley.

Tuesday April 21 will be spent photographing the best Spring wildflowers in a unique setting.  Here you will photograph a variety of wildflowers such as trillium, jack-in-the pulpit, wild geranium, dwarf crested iris as well as other macro subjects such as mosses, ferns and mushrooms.

Smokies

Learn to utilize artificial lighting and backgrounds, learn focus stacking techniques and how these techniques and aids can be used in the field. Around 1:00pm we will break for lunch and reconvene at 2:30pm at the Chimney’s Picnic Area for more flower and stream photography.  We will have an early dinner and at about 7:00pm head for sunset at Morton Overlook on Newfound Gap Rd.

Wednesday April 22 you will have the opportunity few other workshops can offer, you will meet and photograph true Mountain Folk at an original Smoky Mountain log cabin.  We will arrive at the cabin before sunrise and through the innovative use of led lighting we will photograph the cabin as it was when the original inhabitants began their day.   We will then spend the remainder of the day photographing other historic structures, wildflowers and mountain streams.  The workshop will end at 2:00pm on Wednesday.

Group size is limited to ten (10) participants with a minimum of 5 required to hold the event.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday with Roger begins at 8:00 a.m. April 21. We will shoot until 1:00pm and then break for lunch.  At 2:30 we will reconvene at the entrance to the Chimney’s Picnic Area where we will continue shooting wildflowers until about 5:30pm. We will have an early dinner in Gatlinburg and meet at the Sugarlands visitor center parking lot on Hwy 441 just inside the park. At 7:00pm we will depart for the 30 minute drive to Morton Overlook for sunset photography.

On Wednesday April 22 we will begin at 6:00 a.m.  Those who register will be given meeting locations for Tuesday and Wednesday morning via email.  Both day one and two locations are a short distance from Gatlinburg.

LODGING

We have identified a reasonably priced motel, Quality Inn, 401 Hemlock Rd. Gatlinburg. (865-436-6166).  Rooms are available starting at $53.99 per night with two Queen beds. We do not have rooms blocked off so do not delay in making reservations.  You may stay at another hotel if you wish. Gatlinburg has 1000’s of motel and cabin options.  Any motel with a Gatlinburg address will be convenient.

FEE: $299 PER PERSON

CANCELLATION

You can cancel up until end of day: March 20, 2020
Cancellation Fee: $50.00
If The GNPA Cancels This Trip, All fees paid will be refunded in full.

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