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.
In addition to my usual narrative on a particular park, this month I would like to make a special mention of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. (See https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm.) There is no time like the present to get out and spend some time in one of America’s most special places. So pack your gear and visit a national park! Or, two.
Among the premier drives located east of the Mississippi, the 105-mile-long Skyline Drive is certainly one of them. This great road runs across the top of the Blue Ridge above the Shenandoah Valley. The views along its route are so majestic that many folks would be drawn here just for the ride, even if this were not Shenandoah National Park.
The northern end of the drive begins at Front Royal, Virginia, near the junction of Interstates 66 and 81. Its southern terminus connects with the north end of the famed 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. In between are several entrances to the park and many scenic stops and trailheads. Continue reading →