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July 16, 2012

Nikonians Academy looking ahead to summer/fall

Nikonians-Academy-Update.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen reports the instructor staff is heavy into the summer workshop schedule and equally concentrating on the months to come.
The schedule highlights include preparations for Les Picker’s Acadia National Park tour in October as well as next month’s Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley workshop and five-day Vancouver, BC, Canada sessions.

Here is Mike’s Report:

The annual best-seller Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley workshop is set for August 9th - 12th.

sierra-owens-Tel_250.jpg One of the highlights is photographing the deep space satellite dish array complex at night to photograph star trails and the Milky Way, while surrounded by giant satellite dishes.

Your workshop leader Michael Mariant tells us:
“This location alone has become the highlight of the workshop.”
Photo credit: Howard Ignatius

Workshop participants get to pick out their own satellite dish on the pad to use in the foreground for their astrophotography.

The 4-day workshop also includes
• Mt. Whitney (tallest mountain in the lower 48)
• Mono Lake (tufa spires rising out of the calm waters under the alpine glow at sunrise)
• Bristlecone Pine Forest (oldest living things in the world)
• Alabama Hills (bizarre rock formations)
• Bodie Ghost Town (this place is legendary; sprawling ghost town in an arrested state of decay)
• Lundy Lake/Canyon & Mill Creek (the beaver pond always ends up being a workshop favorite)
• Bishop Creek (this is the true secret location for many landscape photographers, with aspen groves tucked under glacial peaks)
• Dramatic sunsets and sunrises over the Sierra Nevada range, from locations deep in the mountains

Five days in Vancouver
Steve Simon will be leading five days of photo workshops in Vancouver, BC from August 22 - 26. These include the best-selling Nikon D800/D4 In Depth and Advanced, The Passionate Photographer, Master Nikon D300/D300s In Depth and Nikon D7000/D90 workshops.

Arizona scenics in September
Monument-Valley_160.jpgOur Monument Valley and Slot Canyon photo tour near Page, Arizona is close to selling out, but we still have a few seats remaining.

The four-day tour led by Winston C. Hall runs September 10-14, and includes Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon.

You will also receive solid advice and tutorials on the essentials of field photography, developing your photographic vision, digital workflow, Nikon Capture NX, image critiques and understanding the Exposure Trifecta (ISO, shutter speed and aperture).

Don't forget, this popular workshop is limited to 10 participants.

East Coast in the fall season
Now is the time to start planning for Les Picker's Acadia NP Photo Adventure in October. This is going to be an inspiring workshop in one of North America's most iconic landscapes.

Acadia_250.jpgSpecifically scheduled for the height of fall colors (October 18-21), you should expect to photograph Acadia's hidden gems with one of the best east coast photographers leading the way.

Les Picker has photographed for National Geographic Society publications and many other consumer and corporate magazines and newspapers. He has had more than 600 published articles in major national publications.

He lived in Maine for ten years and received his doctorate in ecology from the University of Maine, using Acadia National Park for his research. Few photographers know the intricacies of Acadia as well as Les.

Posted by flashdeadline at July 16, 2012 10:55 PM