Autumn on the Bayou Photography Workshop - November 5-9, 2023

Swampland Serindipity

DATES: November 5-9, 2023
GROUP SIZE: 6 Participants maximum
COST: $3195.00 (without lodging) 3695.00 (including lodging)
DEPOSIT: 500.00 (non refundable)


There is no place more beautiful and peaceful I have found then the cypress swamps of the southeastern US. Such a remarkable and unique destination for a landscape photographer to be able to capture the glory of autumn color in such an otherworldly and haunting landscape. The cypress tree's will be glowing with fall color surrounded by hanging moss and all reflecting in the still waters of the lakes, ponds and waterways.

This workshop will allow you to immerse yourself in the swamp and get images not possible while touring the area on larger boats as we will be floating on kayaks each day to some of the most remarkable and intimate locations only a kayak will afford.

This is not a typical landscape photography workshop. The best images will be made while we are floating amongst the cypress trees and truly immersing ourselves in the swamp experience. I will be conducting classroom session daily as well as sharing with you all the best techniques and practices to craft amazing images of the bayou.

Note: While using a kayak is quite easy in this location, no strong current or waves, some experience with kayaking will be helpful to allow the participant to feel comfortable on the water with your photo gear.

100 Percent of this workshop will be by kayak, paddling into small coves, ponds and up the bayou surrounded by bald cypress trees draped in Spanish Moss and outrageous color, reaching areas that larger boats simply just cannot access.



USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Participants should expect to be in a kayak for up to 6 hours a day and be able to paddle for that time period. There will be no hiking on this workshop and photography from the shorelines will be a short and easy walk.

Temperatures this time of year can range from 40 - 70 degrees, with colder mornings expected. It will be important to wear layers of clothing that can also get wet. Also at this time of year the temps are too cold and alligators are for the most part dormant.


ACCOMODATIONS / AIRPORT

We have secured a block of discounted rooms in Marshall, Texas which will be our home base and is the nearest city to Caddo Lake and the tiny town of Uncertain. The hotel will be where classroom sessions will be held and our meeting point each day.

The nearest major airport is Dallas which is a three hour drive to our location. Other airports options are Shreveport, Louisiana (45 min drive), Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

A standard rental car will be fine for this workshop.


Workshop Itinerary

Day 1: meet & Greet followed by two hour presentation on tips and techniques for capturing the best photographs in the swamps.

Day 2-4: Each morning we will be out before the sunrise to paddle to amazing locations ion the swamps and capture the wonderful cypress dressed in autumn colors. Each afternoon we will have a 1.5 hour classroom session covering image editing. Each evening we will be back on the water paddling out to more awesome swamp and lake locations for the best afternoon light.

Day 5: Morning classroom critiques at the hotel starting a 7am and ending at 9:30am. Workshop ends.


RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING


Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
Layers of warm clothing
Shoes that can get wet or muck boots
Fishing Waders (if you wish to exit your kayak and shoot from shallow waters in the swamp)
Hat
Sunglasses
Rain coat
Bug Spray
Sun Block
Umbrella


CANCELLATION POLICY


We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.

A $300 change fee will be charged for changes or cancellations. Participants who cancel prior to 90 days before the workshop will receive either a full refund or credit to a future workshop minus the change fee. Any cancellations within 90 days of the workshop cannot be refunded under any circumstances. Only if we are able to fill the vacancy, will the participant will receive a credit to a future workshop minus the change fee. Workshop credits are good for one calendar year from the date of the missed workshop.

Any cancellations within 30 days of the workshop (for any reason) will forfeit their entire registration fee as it is extremely difficult to fill the space on that short of notice. If a true emergency arises last minute we will do our best to work with you granting a partial credit towards a future workshop, but this is not guaranteed. Again travel insurance is strongly recommended.