The Art of Landscape Photography Workshop - Spring 2017, Provincetown, MA

The Art of Landscape Photography Workshop – Spring, The Outer Cape

May 19-21, 2017
Ronald Wilson & Bob Bergeron
The Sage Inn, Provincetown, MA

The Spring “The Art of Landscape Photography – The Outer Cape” was held May 19-21, 2017, with Ron Wilson and Bob Bergeron.  Students were asked to bring 4 images on thumb drive to introduce themselves and their work. We met at the Sage Inn, a boutique hotel in Provincetown.

With a “partly cloudy” and mild temperature forecast for the weekend, and a small group, the potential was set for a great weekend.
 

Friday, May 19th:

We met in the conference room at the Sage Inn for 5pm. After introductions, we dove into the “Art of Landscape Photography” presentation.


Bob Bergeron

 

Saturday, May 20th: Morning 4:30am – 8:30am

Sunrise – 5:12
Low Tide – 12:59am
High Tide – 7:06am
Low Tide – 1:28pm
 

At 4:15am we met in the lobby to get ready for the morning field session.

 

1) Provincetown Harbor – Relic of an old pier

 

There was a chill in the air at 4:30am on Saturday morning as we met in Provincetown Harbor to photograph the one-hundred-year-old Mary Heaton Vorse wharf. It was on this wharf in 1916 in a sea washed fishing shack that the American playwright Eugene O'Neill premiered "Bound East for Cardiff" and made history.


Joe Feeks

At dawn the clouds spread across the sky, lit from below by the rising sun as the golden hour approached. Over the decades the forces of sand and sea have reduced the wharf to a relic of what it once was. Yet still it survives, a part of the landscape for a century. The skeletal shape that remains has a captivating presence with timeless quality.


Deb Nunes


Joe Feeks

2) Herring Cove Beach, Province Lands – The expansive dunes of the Provincelands extend from here all the way to the Head of the Meadow.

Clouds now filled the sky, creating a flat diffused light with few shadows. Spring in the dunes brings the flowering beach plum and on this morning, they were on full display.


Joe Feeks


Peter Barnes


Joe Feeks
 

3) Beech Forest Trail, Provincelands – Mile long hiking trail that follows the edge of Blackwater Pond (Kettle Pond) 

Beech Forest Trail rambles through a forest of pitch pine and scrub oak around Blackwater Pond, a kettle pond, from the convenience of a dock we had a platform that gave us a sense of being on the pond.


Joe Feeks

When the sun appeared through the clouds, the light spread across the pond, reflecting off the still surface of the water and giving shape to the landscape.


Janet LaPierre


Joe Feeks


Joe Feeks

We had breakfast and free time from 8:30 to 10:30. We had been making images for nearly four hours and in need of breakfast. Post Office Cafe on Commercial Street was recommended and we weren't disappointed.  At 10:30 we met in the classroom at Sage Inn. The images from the field sessions were edited, viewed and critiqued in a group setting from 12:20 until 2:30.

From 2:30 to 4:30 we had lunch and some free time scheduled

 

Saturday, May 20th: Evening 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Sunset – 8:01

Low Tide – 1:28pm
High Tide – 7:41pm
 

At 4:30 we met back at the lobby for the afternoon field session.
 

1) Corn Hill, Truro – A mile long hike on an old railroad right of way that ends at Pamet Harbor. Between the dike and Corn Hill beach lies a tidal creek that can be easily waded across at low tide.


Deb Nunes


Deb Nunes


2) Hatches Harbor, Provincelands – fire road across salt marsh that leads to Hatches Harbor.


This 200-acre salt marsh is a vast expanse of flat space, especially when high tide fills the marsh and it becomes one large reflecting surface. On the horizon sitting on a narrow spit of land is Race Point Light seeming like nothing more than a punctuation mark. Yet it's shape identifies the location even from a mile and a half away.


Janet LaPierre


Deb Nunes


Sunday, May 21st: Morning 4:30am – 8:30am

Sunrise – 5:12
Low Tide – 1:56am

High tide – 8:02am

At 4:15am we met in the lobby to get ready for the morning field session.

1) Ballston Beach and Pamet Valley

In the stillness of the pre-dawn, we walked onto an empty beach.


Joe Feeks

The sun rose at 5:14 am and there was nearly 3 hours until high tide.


Joe Feeks


Peter Barnes

The beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore are much steeper than those on the bay, and the tide can move in quickly, over washing sandbars and filling in tidal pools. At low tide the beach is exposed, revealing its true nature, soon to be hidden with the approach of high tide.


Bob Bergeron


Bob Bergeron

As we turned away from the sun and faced north and south, there were the 100 foot high dunes were soaking up all the golden light in contrast to the beach.


Peter Barnes


Ron Wilson


Joe Feeks


Joe Feeks


Joe Feeks
Experiencing moments like this make it worth the effort to show up in spite of the early hour.
 

5) Highland Light, Truro http://www.highlandlighthouse.org/


The oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod is a much-photographed icon. We arrive with somewhat limited vantage point from which to frame the tower. Seeking out a different vantage point one was found in the back of the lighthouse in a meadow filled with dashes of yellow blossoms


Joe Feeks


Joe Feeks

We put away our camera gear and shared breakfast at Captain's Choice in North Truro.
Back to classroom at 10:30 for viewing, editing and critiquing images.

Much can be learned from viewing each other’s images, images that were captured hours earlier at sites we experienced together.
Everyone has something to contribute and we learn from each other, and that goes both ways. A feeling of cooperation among participants and instructors develops in an atmosphere that values the input of each and every participant.

 

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I was totally spent when I got back home on Sunday but, I have to say, I loved every minute of the workshop.  You and Bob were first-class hosts, guides and instructors. Thanks again for all your efforts putting this together.  Your attention to detail showed, believe me.

 

Joseph Feeks

 

 

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Next Workshop Aquidneck & Connanicut Islands June 2-4, 2017

 

Preparing for the workshop, what to bring:

Camera Gear
               
Camera Body
                Lenses
                Tripod – Essential for low-light shooting
                Instruction Manuals – Should always be in your camera bag
                Memory Cards
                Camera Bag – Should be comfortable for all day wear
                Filters – “Sky/UV”, Polarizer, ND
                Lens Cloth
                Headlamp or Small Flashlight
                Cable Release – To minimize camera shake
                Camera Batteries & Charger

Computer Gear
               
Laptop – To edit and view images
                Memory Card Reader
                Thumb Drive – To transfer images for critiques

Personal Items
               
Rain Gear
                Hiking/Walking Shoes
                Rubber Boots
                Bug Repellent
                Sunscreen
                Hat
                Gloves
                Extra Socks