Shenandoah National Park with Tom Dwyer

The Shenandoah National Park website could not be more correct when it notes that the park “. . . is your escape to recreation and re-creation.” To that we should add, “you can’t go wrong if you are searching for a great photography venue” . . . actually many great photography venues. During our visit we train our lenses on cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, spectacular mountaintop vistas, and quiet wooded hollows. Sunrises and sunsets can be so stunning you forget to click the shutter.

Amid some 200,000 acres of protected lands we’ll focus not only our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the “creation of artful images”. We won’t “take picture” or “capture photos”. Rather we will seek a better understanding of creating images “about” our subjects as opposed to “of” them. Participants should expect our days to be long and intense, yet filled with opportunities for exploring, and learning both in the classroom and in the field. And, don’t be surprised if the camaraderie of our mutual interest blossoms into new friendships. More importantly, expect to go home having grown in your capabilities as a photographer and with an even stronger desire to pursue the artfulness of your craft. For more information visit: https://www.tomdwyerphotography.com/index.php/shenandoah-national-park-workshop-2018.

Fait Accompli — Access to National Parks During Government Shutdown

Story by Jerry Ginsberg

Ed. Note:  At midnight on Friday, January 19, the United States federal government entered a partial shut down.  We do not know how long this will last.  Our regular columnist and expert on National Parks, Jerry Ginsberg, provides some ideas on how one may gain access to the parks during this time.

 

With the partial shutdown of the federal government, our ability as photographers to access virtually all federal lands will be impacted for as long as this situation persists. Allow me to lay out some of the ways in which such an event can impact our ability to enter various federal units.
At the outset, please know that any and all political issues, views and debates are well beyond both the mission of NANPA and certainly the scope of this space. I wish only to address our abilities to photograph within these lands.

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