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I wanted to share some info on two multi-day workshops I’m offering in the Hudson Valley this year—the first edition of the Hudson River School Photo Workshop, and the Art of Seeing at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.

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Hudson River School Photo Workshop

I think the study of painting is incredibly valuable for any photographer, and especially for those of us who love nature. The great painters of the Hudson River School were true masters of the landscape, and used composition, light, and symbolism to convey emotion, beauty, and meaning in their work. This art movement was founded by Thomas Cole during the mid–19th century to celebrate the landscapes of the Hudson Valley and the New World in general. Cole, Frederic Church, Asher Durand, and many others depicted nature in exquisite detail, capturing both nature’s beauty and their vision of what it meant for them.

I’ve been dreaming about this workshop for years, and after much planning, I’m really excited to finally offer it this year for the very first time. It’s designed for students that want to learn from these masters of the past, as well as make their own photographic interpretations of the landscapes they painted. This workshop combines classic ideas with a modern approach to help you interpret the landscape through your photography.

There’s no other place in the world where this workshop can take place. We’ll visit the Thomas Cole Historic site and studio in Catskill, Frederic Church’s Persion style home and studio, otherwise known as Olana, and photograph Bannerman Castle at sunrise, which sits on a small island in the Hudson. This is a unique workshop, and there are still a few spots left. Read more and register here.

Nature Photography and the Art of Seeing

news_P7250055_600pxI’m also returning to the Omega Institute this fall to teach this workshop based on a more contemplative approach to nature photography. I cover how to develop your vision and ability to “see”, explore what really inspires each of us, and learn to take advantage of the intrinsic creativity in all of us.

These and many other ideas are discussed in this workshop which combines field work, philosophical discussion, and writing to get at the core of what it means to be a creative nature photographer. Plus we’ll learn and use Lightroom too! Find our more here!!

Any questions about any of these workshops, please feel free to contact me directly. Thanks for reading!

RR Jr

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