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The Outer Banks of North Carolina Workshop - April 6 - 9, 2017
This workshop takes place on the beautiful Outer Banks Islands of North Carolina - a narrow and scenic strip of land on the Atlantic Coast.  Our main area of operation will stretch from the northern tip of the Outer Banks where we plan to photograph the Currituck Lighthouse to the southern reaches of the main island and the Hatteras Lighthouse - one of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses on the East Coast.  We'll also visit Manteo, NC on Roanoke Island.  You can click on the Outer Banks Workshop Gallery to see a sampling of the scenes/sights you can expect to see and photograph on this workshop.  Our group size will be limited to 15 participants and we will have two co-leaders to ensure that you get plenty of 1-on-1 time. 

The workshop fee is $525 with 1/2 of the tuition due by 60 days before the beginning date and the balance due by 30 days before that date.  Please see the Workshop Overview page and F.A.Q. page for important workshop details including my refund policy.  You will find a listing of the forms that must be completed and other detailed information located in the PDF GalleryClick here for a detailed Planning Document containing many important details.

Our hotel in the OBX will be Days Inn Oceanfront Wright Brothers, 201 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948.  Phone (252) 441-7211  Please note that you are responsible for your own reservations directly with the hotel; but you must make your reservation before March 7, 2017 to lock in the negotiated rate.  (See Planning Document for details.)

What to Expect
Weather on the Outer Banks is predictably unpredictable.   But, there is hardly anything more photographically bland than a cloudless sky.  Weather could be cool and you can normally expect a breeze.  As the date for this workshop approaches, I'll try to get some updated information to help in the final preparations.  Or, start your learning early and research conditions on the Internet.

Our main photographic objectives on this workshop include sunrise and sunset with particular emphasis on including objects other than sky and ocean in the composition.  As usual we will start early and end late.  You simply can't adequately shoot a sunrise or capture the beauty of a sunset if you aren't on location early and prepared to stay until after the sun has fully set.  Conditions change quickly; and you will never get the perfect shot unless you have scouted and setup for the shot and arrived before the event you want to capture before the ideal moment occurs. 

Expect to see several of the most famous East Coast lighthouses, fishing piers, seascapes, and other notable scenes.  We will see wildlife - large and small - but principally sea and wading birds.  We may also see windsurfers skim across the water in the bay with brightly colored sails.  The biggest hill on the island is Kill Devil Hill where the infamous first flight occurred with Wilbur and Orville Wright, not exactly a mountain but often covered with people and hang gliders.

 
Important Dates/Events
All information is tentative
  • Feb 5:  1/2 workshop fee due ($212.50)
  • Workshop and Waiver forms are due with the initial tuition payment
  • Make reservations at the Days Inn Oceanfront Wright Brothers
  • Review all workshop materials on packing and preparation
  • Mar 7:  Balance of workshop fee due ($212.50)
  • Apr 6:  Arrive at the host hotel by 6 PM