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If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. We travel to great places where you can make fun photos while being guided by professional photographers. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos.

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Maine Lighthouse Photography Weekend

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This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you register and pay at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/maine-lighthouse-photography-weekend/. There is something special about lighthouses on the Maine coast and making photos there is always a great thing to do. Join professional photographer Loren Fisher for an exciting weekend sprint to photograph the beauty that only Maine provides. We’ll photograph about 10 lighthouses during our three days together. You can drive your own car or travel in Loren’s 12 passenger Sprinter van and see the most scenic lighthouses from the southern coast all the way up to Rockland. You can join the tour at one of four locations: Bridgewater, NJ, train station; Danbury, CT, train station; Hartford, CT, Union Station or North Billerica train station near Lowell, MA, north of Boston. Or meet us in Portland. You’ll get full details after you register but we’ll leave New Jersey at 7:00 a.m. and make stops along the way. We’ll be back in New Jersey Sunday night around 7:00 p.m. Transportation and two nights of single occupancy lodging are included. The first night we will stay in the Portland area and the second night in Rockland. There will be a good deal of driving but lots of excellent photo opportunities. Don’t plan on this being a time to sleep, unless you can do it while riding. On Friday, Sept. 25, we’ll drive to Portland, get our hotel rooms and head right out and shoot two lighthouses nearby. Then we’ll go to one of the most scenic lighthouses anywhere, Nubble, where we’ll catch the setting sun, blue hour. Saturday morning we are up before the sun and go over to the most photographed lighthouse anywhere, Portland Head. We’ll shoot the early morning light and then go back to the hotel for breakfast, pack up and head north. We’ll stop at lighthouses on our way up the coast with our final destination being Rockland. The nearby Marshall Point Lighthouse will provide a great scene at the end of the day with evening light. This is where Forrest Gump ended his cross country run! Sunday morning we are up again before sunrise and shooting the beautiful Rockland harbor and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse as the sun comes up. We’ll go back to the hotel for breakfast and then start our drive home but the shooting isn’t done. We’ll stop at Pemaquid Lighthouse, another Maine icon. Who should attend: Your photographic experience doesn't matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you'll come away with amazing photos. If you would like to have professional photography instruction, Loren will be there to assist you. While the van will get you as close to all shooting locations as possible, there will some walking each day. For photo equipment you’ll want a wide angle lens and a telephoto as a minimum; a wide angle to telephoto zoom is great to have. You can leave things in the van while you are out at specific locations but you are better off using a small bag or backpack and have your lenses with you. You never know what you will see. A sturdy tripod is a must for dusk shots. You might want a polarizing filter but you really won’t need any special filters but be sure to have plenty of memory cards and batteries. This is September in Maine so it may get chilly, especially in the evening and early morning. We’ll be shooting even if we have rain, so be prepared. Included: • Two nights single occupancy lodging • Transportation • Professional photography instruction • Breakfast each day • Great Maine photo opportunities • A great weekend photo adventure Limited to 10 photographers $975 Regular registration $850 Returning Clients $150 discount if you share a room. If you don't have a roommate lined up, contact Loren to see if he can arrange one. To register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/maine-lighthouse-photography-weekend/ There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Vermont Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-fall-foliage-photography-workshop-2020/. A fall foliage photography workshop and tour in Vermont's back roads with a professional photographer who knows the best locations should be on every photographer's bucket list. The stunning fall foliage is a visual feast for photographers and professional photographer Loren Fisher will take you on a classic Vermont experience designed to improve your photography skills while photographing the beauty of Autumn in New England. Based from his home in Woodstock, VT, Loren will take you on an exciting Vermont photo experience in one of the most breathtaking fall foliage destinations in New England. Local transportation during the workshop is included in Loren's nice Sprinter 12 passenger van or you can drive yourself. We'll be practicing physical distancing and wearing masks when needed. Loren will give you personal attention and show you how to take your photography to a higher level, whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer. We will meet for classroom instruction in Loren's art gallery in the heart of Woodstock and then spend most of the time shooting in the field at unique locations. A highlight is photographing a colorful island while Loren light paints it with a large flashlight. Loren will help you set up your camera and tell you the exposures as the darkness rolls in. It is a stunning, unique photo opportunity. You will visit and photograph beautiful farms, a classic Vermont village and a private 600 acre homestead with ponds, flora and an amazing mountain-top view. We will photograph covered bridges, breathtaking scenery, lakes, waterfalls and enjoy true small-town hospitality. Loren will share with you his thought process, how he plans a shot and how he edits. The schedule will be flexible so we will shoot in the best locations at the right times. Where: Woodstock, Vt., a classic New England town. Price: Five-day workshop starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 and ending at noon on Friday, Oct 9, 2020. Registration fee is $1279. Former participants in one of Loren's workshops: $1049. Fee includes transportation during the workshop (if desired), photography instruction while in field and in the classroom and a pizza dinner. It does not include travel to and from Woodstock or lodging. Who should attend: Any photographer wanting to experience the Autumn beauty of Vermont while improving their photographic skills through classroom and field instruction from a seasoned professional photographer. Feedback and critiques are instrumental in the learning process. What others say about the workshop: “Absolutely loved the setting - simply beyond gorgeous! Such a warm welcome.” - Marsha, La Canada, Calif. “You have such a creative, artistic eye and you make genius comments.” - Denise, Staten Island, NY “Working with you was great. The group was just the right size.” - Ron, Maui, Hawaii “I enjoyed the deep concepts of photographic expression that Loren shares and his help to deeply understand images that give something of yourself.” - Edgar, Guatemala “From an "older amateur" traveling the world over the many past years, this workshop was quite an experience!” - Bob, Atlantic City, NJ "You know when to push, when to pull and when to back off." - Sharon, Elliott City, Maryland Maximum group size: 11 Equipment needed: A digital SLR camera (and your owner's manual if you don’t know what all the buttons do) and a sturdy tripod. Optional equipment: remote release cable for your camera; polarizing filter; rain protection (you never know), hiking boots (we won’t be doing any serious hiking but we will be on short trails and in fields that may be uneven or wet.) For more info and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-fall-foliage-photography-workshop-2020/. There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Vermont Fall Foliage Photography Weekend

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-fall-foliage-photography-weekend/. If a five-day Vermont fall foliage photography workshop is too long or you are traveling around New England and want to photograph some of Vermont's great locations, then this shorter Columbus Day weekend workshop is for you. We will be practicing physical distancing, wearing masks when needed and following proper safety guidelines. Based from his gallery in Woodstock, VT, Loren will take you on an exciting Vermont photo experience in one of the most breathtaking fall foliage destinations anywhere. Local transportation is provided in Loren's 12 passenger van or you can drive yourself, just be ready to see stunning sights and make wonderful images. Loren has been scouring Vermont's backroads for years and will take you to hidden gems as well as famous locations We will meet at Loren's Woodstock, VT, gallery and then go right out shooting the foliage! One of the highlights is light painting a colorful island. Loren will light the island with a huge flashlight while you are shooting a long exposure. He will tell you what camera settings to use and how to take advantage of the last light of the day. You will receive personal attention from a seasoned profession who knows how to help you take your photography to a higher level, whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer. You will have the opportunity to visit and photograph beautiful farms, a classic Vermont village and a private 600 acre homestead with ponds, flora. We will photograph covered bridges, breathtaking scenery, lakes, maybe a large waterfall and enjoy true small-town hospitality. Loren will share with you his thought process, how he plans a shot and how he edits. The schedule will be flexible so we will shoot in the best locations at the right times. Where: Woodstock, Vt., a classic New England town. Price: Four-day workshop starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 and ending at noon on Monday, Oct 12, 2020. Registration fee is $1050. Early registration by July 1 is $950. Former participants in one of Loren's workshops: $850. Fee includes instruction, local transportation, pizza dinner one night, depending on our shooting schedule. It does not include travel to and from Woodstock or lodging. Who should attend: Any photographer wanting to experience the Autumn beauty of Vermont while improving their photographic skills through instruction from a seasoned professional photographer. What others say about Loren's Vermont Fall Foliage workshops: “Absolutely loved the setting - simply beyond gorgeous! Such a warm welcome.” - Marsha, La Canada, Calif. “Loren is an inspirational teacher.” - Benjamin, Honduras “You have such a creative, artistic eye and you make genius comments.” - Denise, Staten Island, NY “Working with you was great. The group was just the right size.” - Ron, Maui, Hawaii “I enjoyed the deep concepts of photographic expression that Loren shares and his help to deeply understand images that give something of yourself.” - Edgar, Guatemala “From an "older amateur" traveling the world over the many past years, this workshop was quite an experience!” - Bob, Atlantic City, NJ "You know when to push, when to pull and when to back off." - Sharon, Elliott City, Maryland Maximum group size: 11 Equipment needed: A digital SLR camera (and your owner's manual if you don’t know what all the buttons do) and a sturdy tripod. Optional equipment: remote release cable for your camera; polarizing filter; rain protection (you never know), hiking boots (we won’t be doing any serious hiking but we will be on short trails and in fields that will be uneven and wet.) For more info and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-fall-foliage-photography-weekend/. There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

Southern Chile Solar Eclipse Photography Workshop - Dec. 2020

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/2GVnV0L. Join me, professional photographer Loren Fisher, for the trip of a lifetime as we photograph a total solar eclipse and the beauty of southern Chile’s lake region. I have experienced many things in my 40 years as a professional photographer but nothing more memorable than my first total solar eclipse. I can’t put into words the experience and the photos don’t do it justice. As the sun disappears behind the moon the world around you changes, the light becomes a strange dim color and for a short time you are transported to another place. We will be based in Villarrica, Chile, a small town on the shore of the large Villarrica Lake. The active Villarrica volcano is on the other side of the lake and we’ll make great images of it from our hotel and the nearby beach. The center of eclipse’s path is right over our hotel guaranteeing us the longest possible time of totality. The larger and well known town of Pucon is on the other side of the lake. It is the epicenter for adventure in southern Chile. I scouted the Villarrica and Pucon area in December, 2018. Through extensive research and talking with many people, I located many great locations for photography in the region. While the eclipse will be the highlight of the trip, you’ll make many great images of southern Chile. The Villarrica volcano dominates the landscape, the snow covered peak is iconic and we’ll photograph it from many angles. Because of volcanoes from years past there are many other peaks and large lakes created by glaciers and eruptions. The pristine lakes are beautiful and nestled into the edge of the Andes. We’ll go to a thermal spa that has an amazing red boardwalk leading through a steep, lush green canyon past 19 hot pools to a stunning waterfall at the end. We’ll spend a day driving along Lake Panguipulli, which is 8.5 miles wide and 19 miles long. At the north end is the town of Panguipulli, which has a mesmerizing church with three steeples. We’ll go high on a hill above town and explore one of the most unique cemeteries you’ll see anywhere, it overlooks the town and the lake and the grave sites are immaculately decorated. We’ll then drive along to the lake’s southern end stopping along the way at beautiful overlooks. We’ll arrive in the quaint village of Choshuenco, which is anything but a tourist trap. While you won’t see dusty villages with donkeys pulling carts, you will see how real Chileans live. We’ll photograph waterfalls, lakes and rivers around the Villarrica volcano. We’ll also spend a day along Chile’s Pacific coast where you’ll photograph quaint fishing villages, large black sand beaches, rugged coastline and unusual sea stacks. Who should Attend Anyone who wants to be awed by photographing a total solar eclipse and the beauty of southern Chile’s lake region – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. I will be working with you to help you improve your photography, no matter your level. I will help with mastering your camera settings, using the proper lens, composition and how to capture what you are seeing with your camera. Some walking will be required, including wandering in towns. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking. What is included: • Seven days of photography • Lodging for six nights (Single occupancy) • Breakfast daily • Workshop Adventure • Small group size of 10 participants • Hotel close to photography locations • Local transportation, including from and to airport • Professional photography instruction including how to photograph the eclipse. What isn’t included: • Travel to Chile • Meals, other than breakfast • Alcoholic drinks • Gratuities • Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks Registration is $4200. Previous clients and Premium Members: $3800. For more info and to register: https://bit.ly/2GVnV0L

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