Fall Foliage Weekend Photography Workshops in the Shenandoah National Park
Join Scott Turnmeyer in the Shenandoah National Park for a 2 day Workshop Capturing the Fall Foliage colors.
**Location may be changed by Scott a few days prior to the event due to weather. All participants will receive a confirmation email at least 48 hours prior to the event with all of the details for the workshop.
Social Distancing guidelines from the CDC and the Governor or Virginia will be followed.**
Shenandoah National Park is just over 70 miles from our Nation’s Capital, and is a favorite for the outdoor enthusiast There are scenic drives, cascading waterfalls, hiking, biking, spectacular vistas, tranquil hollows and an abundance of wildlife. Whether you want to take an all day drive down the Skyline Drive or are ready for some back-country camping along the Appalachian Train, this park has everything for everyone..
Professional landscape photographer Scott Turnmeyer calls Shenandoah National Park home, only living a few miles from the quiet and peaceful entrance in Front Royal, VA. Scott has spent countless hours in the park photographing sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, wildlife and so much more. He knows the lay of the land, the best photo spots, how the weather moves and changes, timing of the sun, the moon and so much more. He now offers his experience and guidance to everyone with the photography passion or interest.
Scott offers multiple photography workshops within Shenandoah National Park each year. Everything from the long and more strenuous multi-mile hikes to the shoot location, to the sunsets or sunrises at only the best overlooks in the park. Scott has it all planned out and something for everyone. Each workshop consists of a different experience, and with weather, seasons and wildlife changes, no two workshops are ever the same. Each workshop has CPR certified guides, and he and his team are permitted to run tours within the Shenandoah National Park. Scott is there the entire time to help you with composition, camera settings, light painting (night workshops) and much more. He is happy to share his expertise to help you get amazing photos.
This workshop, “Waterfall Photography Workshop in the Shenandoah National Park (4hr hike)”, is great for those that want to get up close and personal with the waterfalls and have no issues with a moderate hike. Scott will take you to the best spot for the given time of year and weather scenario to get some fantastic shots. There will be an easy 1 mile walk into the location where we will be working. Once everyone has good control of their settings we head into the more moderate (sometimes slippery) area of the trails where you will get phenomenal up close and personal waterfall photographs. Moderate elevation change, and rated as moderate in alltrails.com. Once done, we take the 1 mile trek back out on the same easy path. Total expected distance of the full trip would be ~4 miles. This workshop is great for anyone wanting to get great mountain waterfalls and have a love of getting into the trails and climbing on the rocks.
Day 1 - Friday - Check in/Meetup - Group meetup at Big Meadows, cabin checkin for those staying in cabins.
Day 1 – Friday – Group will travel for a evening sunset hike up to one of the better vantage points in the park. The hike will be moderate effort, approximately a mile total. ~2 hours
Day 1 - Friday Night – Stars and Night Sky are in the forecast (hopefully not clouds) as we either head to Big Meadows for a nigh sky photography workshop ~2 hours
Day 1 - Friday Night - Retire for the evening
Day 2 - Saturday Morning - Group will meet/head to a predetermined spot for sunrise ~2hours
Day 2 - Saturday Mid Day– After the sunrise you’ll head with Scott to the location of the best workshop of the weekend, the waterfall workshop. Hike along a 3 mile loop with Scott, in the colorful fall foliage as he helps you get setup for some of those amazing waterfall shots. This will be moderate activity and more difficult hiking ~3-4 hours.
We offer three ticket types, here is a break out of each one:
- Participation Only WIthout Lodging - Individual will not stay in the park or will handle their own lodging.
- Participation with Single Lodging - One single individual staying in the park at our reserved cabins (singles only, not couples)
- Participation with Double Lodging - Price is discounted as one room is shared by a couple (Couple must purchase two tickets, no sharing unless you are a couple/friends/family)
There is a max of 15 individuals in this workshop. Want your own private experience. No problem. Choose a Private Experience with Scott and he will work with you for a private workshop with you and up to 4 others at a time, location and effort level that you desire.
What is required:
- Camera with charged battery(ies) and clear memory cards
- Proper clothing for being outside the vehicle for a couple of hours (it is usually 10 degrees cooler at location than at the lower altitudes)
- Camera with manual settings
What is recommend, but not required:
- Bug spray
- Remote Trigger
- Filters (ND or Polarizer)
Total time: est. 2 days
There is a minimum of 6 participants for this tour and a maximum of 12.
There are no refunds. If you do cancel, we must receive written notice of your cancellation. All fees are non-refundable and travel insurance will have to take up the slack should you have a life emergency that precludes your attendance on the tour.
Additionally - please note that there are no partial refunds made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason whatsoever. Trips are sold as a package only. This policy also applies to tour extensions and independent travel arrangements. Cancellation fees are not transferable. Tour seats are non transferable.
We know life is unpredictable so travel insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
In the extremely unlikely event that the tour cannot take place due to acts of God, war, terrorism, etc., your trip will be refunded. All sessions are conducted rain or shine. Weather will not be cause to cancel a tour. While this tour has been scheduled to run at a time when weather is typically very good, the weather there is extremely unpredictable. We will photograph no matter what unless conditions are dangerous, i.e., if there is thunder. That decision will be that of Scott Turnmeyer, and his decision is final.
You can bring your spouse/significant other but they must pay for their seat whether or not they photograph the action. A registration form and waiver needs to be filled out for each person. Couples traveling together will receive a discount for sharing a room. A single occupancy room is available for every participant and included in the tour package fee whether or not it is used.
WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE! All persons, no matter their nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, creed, etc. are welcome. All tour participants are expected to treat everyone on the trip with respect.
This is a sustainable and environmentally responsible photo tour. There is such a thing as certified sustainable travel. We will operate under a "leave no trace" policy for all items on this tour, and have worked continuously to improve recycling, energy reduction and carbon impact. Operating with the environment rather than off of it, we respect the nature we encounter at all times.