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4 Day St. Augustine Photo Adventure May 2-5-2013

4 Day St. Augustine Photo Adventure

Bastions, Birds & Buildings

Thursday 5/2/2013 – Sunday 5/5/2013

Have fun, travel, and improve your



In the dark of night you move into position.  A shadowed mass starts to take form in front of you as the sky gradually turn from inky black to the muted colors of predawn.  Suddenly the sun bursts over the horizon, bathing the ancient walls of the Castillo de San Marcos in the golden light of daybreak.

A scant few hours later you find yourself in the midst of a Florida swamp, surrounded by alligators.  All around you are trees filled with wading birds, the bellowing of the alligators and calls of the birds in sharp contrast to the quiet solitude of the fortress where your day began.  You watch in awe as a snowy egret alights at a nest of chicks, only a few yards from where you safely stand.  The chicks cry for attention as the egret drops food into their upturned beaks.  

Sunlight brings alive the stained glass windows of the centuries old cathedral.  Shafts of light, turned the colors of the rainbow by the stained glass, dapple the interior.  The flickering glow of the votive candles reflects off gleaming gold in the sanctuary.

A quiet city block in the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States.  You wander around and through nine houses dating from 1790 to 1910.  Your eye delights in the wealth of architectural details and the quiet serenity of small gardens and hidden alcoves.  The sun’s rays, filtered by the leaves of the age-old overhanging trees, create ever changing patterns on the statuary and pathways.

These images and much more are yours to capture on Understand Photography’s Bastions, Birds and Buildings Photo Adventure of St. Augustine, FL.  Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images.  Experienced workshop leader and mentor Joe Fitzpatrick will guide you to his favorite locations at the time of day when the light is right.  At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges.  With his guidance you will learn to control the complex features of your camera.  his easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be.  This trip is limited to five participants per leader so that everyone will receive personal attention.

The 2013 workshop will take place on May 2 – 5 and space is limited to five photographers per instructor.  The cost of the photo exploration includes expert, personal instruction by Joe, accommodations (dbl occupancy), continental breakfasts, admission to all venues including an Alligator Farm Annual Photo Pass, parking fees, and applicable taxes.  Lunches, dinners and transportation are not included. Cost of annual photo pass can be deducted from trip cost if you already have one.  If you prefer not to share a room, single accommodations are available for a surcharge.  Place your deposit now to ensure your spot.

Your photographic exploration begins with check in at the Sleep Inn Motel, 601 Anastasia Blvd. , Saint Augustine, FL, US, 32080 at 4:00 PM on Thursday 5/2 and continues through mid-day Sunday 5/5.

Regular price $745 Price listed is per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy $125 extra, based on availability.

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A deposit of $350 is required; balance due on or before 4/3, 2013

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  • mike f.

    The trip was great. It rained a lot but our leader Joe Fitzpatrick was well prepared for all situations. We had classes and went on outings in dry places. When the sun finally came out we were finally able to take some pictures outside at the Alligator Farm. We had a wonderful time.Mike Fisher

    May 13, 2013

  • Joe F.

    A great group of congenial participants made this a great adventure. Poor weather conditions forced us to resort to Plan B which led to new discoveries and photo oportunities.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Denise K.

    St. Augustine was great. I learned so much more than I thought I would. Joe did an amazing job of keeping us all amused despite the weather. I met some very nice people that I plan on keeping in touch with. A great time was had by all.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • DAN E.

    I would have liked to attend . Last year was a fantastic time and we all learned a lot . The alligator farm is the best . The birds are basically in your face . St Augustine is a great place for photography. Peggy and Joe
    are the best . A great time will be had by all.

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • Peggy

      That is so sweet! Thanks Dan!!!

      April 17, 2013

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    Denny Souers

    April 16, 2013

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    February 18, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for 4 Day St. Augustine Photo Adventure May 2-5-2013

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Please note double occupancy - if you'd like a single, let us know - $125 extra if reserved by April 15. After at it depends on the hotel rate we can get. Peggy at 239-263-7001. Refund policy - No refunds after April 15.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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