Ricketts Glen Waterfalls

  • October 11, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This will be a fantastic two and a half day workshop over the Columbus Day weekend to catch numerous beautiful waterfalls against the backdrop of autumn colors. Ricketts Glen is considered one of the premier parks in Pennsylvania with its 24 waterfalls lining the groom trails. If you love waterfalls and cascades than this gorgeous location will offer you endless photographic opportunities. This workshop will require around 7 miles of hiking ranging from moderate to steep inclines and descends. Workshop will start Saturday morning and end at noon on Monday.

What you will learn:

You will learn compositional aspect of photographing waterfalls. Learn how to shoot in manual mode to control shutter speed for varying water effects. Learn how a polarizer can make or break an image.

What to bring:

SLR camera
wide angle and zoom lens
tripod -
sturdy tripod is must
remote trigger release
polarizer filter
lens cloth
headlamp

Don't forget to bring your excitement to learn more, see new places and meet like minded people!

Recommended wear:

waterproof pants
layered warmth for early morning chills
hat and gloves
sturdy hiking boots
water boots - some of the best spots require getting into the water.

Lodging:

Ricketts Glen is about a 4.5 hours drive from Northern Virginia. The city of Bloomsberg, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton lies about 1-hour east of Ricketts Glen. Camping in the park is the best option. Here is a link for their campsite reservations:

http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6417

Here is the campsite layout:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003169.pdf


Price:

$110 per person. Payment is not required for RSVP but payment will be require before the workshop starts. You can also make arrangements with me if you like to pay in person. 10% discount to all those who have attended any of my previous paid workshops.

Please see the FAQs page that will answer many more questions.

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  • Dee G.

    You guy will open this workshop at Ricketts Glen this year?

    1 · May 7

    • Bernard C.

      Maybe next Fall season. They are working on the dam this year so water level will be difficult to stay running thru out the summer.

      May 8

  • Gaurav S.

    The pictures made by you all are awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Angelina

    It was another awesome trip. The weather was perfect. I learned not only photography but also how to cook and bake with Dutch ovens.
    Thanks Rick and Teresa for preparing such tasty food.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Richard (Rick) D.

    Part 2 of 2: In those few instances where the light was too harsh, Bernard taught us how to properly expose with two images. Back at the campsite, we broke out a laptop and got a "hands-on" class on blending multiple images in Photoshop. Like all of Bernard's workshops, he was meticulous in every detail and selfless in ensuring we all understood how to capture the best shots. All I can say is, when is the next MEETUP?

    4 · October 15, 2013

  • Richard (Rick) D.

    This was a wonderful long weekend spent with great people doing what we enjoy, photographing landscapes/waterfalls. Our campsites were like the Ritz. We had everything, and I mean everything. Our kitchen was like a smorgasbord of exceptional hot foods and delicious desserts prepared in Dutch ovens. The weather was perfect, no rain or cold temps. Ricketts is an amazing place and Bernard knows it like the back of his hand. The park is home to 22 breathtaking waterfalls. Our shooting itinerary was broken up over three days - we used all three days to the fullest, capturing images in perfect light. Part 1 of 2.

    3 · October 15, 2013

  • Bernard C.

    This was an awesome three day workshop! We left town on Friday and it was raining hard up to the Pennsylvania state line and the prospect of a dry weekend was dimming fast. However, the weather turned out to be our best friend with awesome Autumn temperatures that was just perfect for camping. Camp food was delicious as everyone pitched in with their own talents in cooking. Nga, your food was awesome, Rick & Teresa, you two could hold cooking Meetup with your dutch ovens. The color actually turned out better than expected and the water level was low, but this actually worked out in our favor because it gave us some compositions that could not be had with higher levels of water. Even with 3 days of shooting, we actually did not get to cover all the falls; it wasn't because of fatigue, we just ran out of time.

    4 · October 15, 2013

  • Xavier

    Excellent - dozens of waterfalls offer a variety of scenes and shooting opportunities. The water level was good for shooting waterfalls and cascades.

    3 · October 14, 2013

  • Theresa R.

    Have a great time this weekend!! Looks like the weather is going to clear just in time. Hope the colors are amazing, and I can't wait to see photos! Wish I could have come. Darn Govt. shutdown.

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Danny

    Bernard,
    This looks to be another great shoot. I should probably not try to make this one. I hope the conditions provide for some great shooting and I look forward to seeing the results!
    Danny

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      Danny, this rain will help a lot. It's been dry across the entire Eastern seaboard and you can see it in the leaves. Hopefully the cooler temp and water will make the leaves a little more colorful.

      October 7, 2013

  • Bernard C.

    I have closed RSVP since there are no camping spaces available. Please confirmed that you have made your campsite reservations.

    October 6, 2013

  • Danny

    Don't you think a campsite can support more than one tent?

    October 5, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      The rule is one tent per campsite and each site has a pad for one tent too. Danny I think it's all sold out for this weekend. Are you seriously wanting to go?

      October 6, 2013

  • Toni Tillman C.

    Hello everyone. Have a wonderful time ! Be safe and aware of your surroundings. I know it will be ALL that you imagined.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Kee Woo R.

    Ricketts Glen SP is one of my favorites place to photograph. However I have already made a long arrangement to be in Southwest for ten days photo travel. Maybe next time I will join you. Have a wonderful time there. Keep watchful eyes while hiking.

    October 5, 2013

  • Theresa R.

    Gaurav- I just cancelled my campsite reservation. You should get on and check right away if you can!
    Unfortunately, due to the Govt. shutdown (and me being one of the ones furloughed, I'm not going to be able to make the meet-up) :( So disappointed!!! (so is my husband - he was coming along to fish) :)

    October 3, 2013

  • Gaurav S.

    I would like to join but the park site has no more campsites available. Are there any other options?

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What type of water shoes do you recommend? Boots, water shoes, waiters? How deep (cold) will the water be?

    July 29, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      The water will be cold, usually cold year round. I have NRS water boots that comes to my knee but I always wish I have something more. However, remember you have to carry whatever you bring on the trail so don't get too heavy. The best thing is to bring extra socks or small towel to dry your feet with some kind of water shoes.

      July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok, thanx

      August 5, 2013

  • Frankie K.

    I don't own a tent yet. I may just do Car Camping. Is that allowed?

    June 27, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      sure, so many times my car is my tent.

      June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not camped for quite some time either and when I say camp I mean tent camping. Is this the camping everyone else is doing or are you guys pulling campers?

    June 27, 2013

    • Theresa R.

      Tent for me and my husband

      June 27, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      I believe all of us are tent camping. These campsites are very nicely groom.

      June 27, 2013

  • Theresa R.

    Reserved our site! #82 (on the small loop) :)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Xavier

    Made reservation for site #18. This will be my first time camping in over 25 years! Should be entertaining!

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      yeah...i look forward to the scenery plus Rick's famous dutch oven!!

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • Richard (Rick) D.

      Amen on the dutch oven. Teresa and I are anxious to be cooking on them again. One main dish and a dessert. Can't beat the smell of a country kitchen in the woods!

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just made my reservation. Site # (lucky) 13. I'm really looking forward to this.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      Looking forward to meeting you John!

      June 24, 2013

  • Theresa R.

    Hey everyone. Just signed up and I'm looking at the camping sites. Looks like we might be in the small loop (separate area from you all) if we bring our dog (which my husband will probably want to, since he's going to be hiking with him during the day). Problem is, we can't even bring him to your side, so I guess if we hang out in the evenings (with Koby) it will have to be at our tent :)

    June 24, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      Not to worry Theresa - we'll find a way to enjoy the evening together!

      June 24, 2013

  • Xavier

    Sounds too good to pass up.

    June 23, 2013

  • Richard (Rick) D.

    Good morning, just made our reservations (with Teresa) for site # 16. We can't wait. Buddy, my chest is still sore but feeling much better. I need to do at better job of paying attention to my footing while descending the mountain. Hope to get my images processed and posted soon from Roan Mountain. What an amazing time that was, you are the man, period! Oh, I can't find my tent stakes at the house; no idea where they are - looks like another trip to REI, what a bummer (not really). Cheers.

    June 17, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      Hi Rick, I was thinking about you this morning and was going to email you and see how you were doing. I'm glad to hear you are just sore. I still get a laugh with you still saying, "I'm alright...I'm alright". Sorry to hear about your stakes, I'm thinking it's laying in the grass somewhere at our first night camping location. Trip was amazing and I'm done processing my images. Going to make a video with our timelapse capture and still images, and will post a link for the members to see. I'm looking forward to seeing THE chef in action this fall! :)

      June 17, 2013

  • Bernard C.

    I am reserved for site #15 so feel free to reserve a site close by. You can find the layout of the campsite in the link above. I plan to have a barbecue cookout for dinner each night with the group so it should be a good time too.

    May 28, 2013

  • Theresa R.

    Hoping to go to this!! My husband may join me at the campground and do a little fishing while we're taking photos. How steep is the trail? Some reviews make it sound pretty steep and slippery - especially for short people. :)

    May 22, 2013

    • Bernard C.

      Since we have over two days to cover ground, we will not cover the whole trail in one day. We can take our time and dependent on weather, it should be a very easy hike. Should be unbelievably gorgeous at this time! If we have time, we might go search for 3 more hidden waterfalls.

      1 · May 22, 2013

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