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NEW! Street Photography at Mount Vernon during George Washington’s Birthday Celebration!

NEW! Street Photography at Mount Vernon during George Washington’s Birthday Celebration!

A photojournalist is a visual storyteller.  And as such, we tell stories with a series of photos and one photo at a time.

Washington Photo Safari is pleased to present this latest safari in street photography, and we are honored to have it taught by a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist: Essdras Suarez. Its goal is not only to help you make better images but to also help you tell stories with your images, thus creating more intricate and complex images.

And we have a perfect venue in which to learn these techniques: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, during George Washington’s Birthday Celebration on February 19, 2018!

During this four- hour photo workshop taught by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Essdras Suarez, you’ll learn how to see the world around anew. We’ll achieve this by observing human interaction as well as how people relate to their surroundings. We’ll play close attention to the quality of light as it strikes people and inert structures; thus affecting the feel of a photograph. We will also capture those candid moments that tell a story of human relationships.

Here are the events you will be covering in this safari:

Witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreathlaying at the Washington's Tomb. Listen to remarks given by George Washington, Mount Vernon's President & CEO Doug Bradburn, and Captain Glenn Jamison during the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington's Birthday on the east lawn. The Old Guard concludes the ceremony with a gun salute to the first President.

Watch Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the Bowling Green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music.

Celebrate with Mount Vernon's costumed characters on the Bowling Green with dancing and Huzzahs! Listen to the Washington family share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday, including the first public celebration and the gathering during the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

Here is what you will learn on this safari:

     * You’ll learn to recognize patterns within the chaos and the mundane of everyday life.

     *  You’ll learn to quickly recognize and anticipate the decisive moment at which to push the shutter.

     * You’ll learn to pay attention to light and how it affects your photo subjects.

     * You’ll learn to observe and analyze human behavior and interaction.

     * You’ll learn to recognize groupings in design and in our general surroundings.

     * You’ll learn to visually interpret what you see through your photographic device in new and interesting ways by changing your angles and perspective; thus shifting your visual paradigm.

     * You’ll learn to quickly apply principles of composition, leading lines, rule of thirds, the concept of “layering,” and to recognize points of entry within your composition.

     * You’ll learn to use techniques such as “shooting for the highlights,” and “wrap-around composition” and others in order to create more sophisticated images.

     *You’ll also learn what equipment is best suited to this type of street photography when you travel, and how to use that equipment in a way that does not invade the personal space or privacy of your subjects.

Requirements to attend this street photography workshop:

     * You need to have a basic knowledge of photography. So you must come with an understanding of such concepts as:  F-stops, shutter speeds, White Balance, etc. 

     * If you are not familiar with these basic principles of photography we recommend you take one of our other Washington Photo Safari programs such as: “Monuments and Memorials “ or the “F-Stops and Shutter Speeds” safaris, which will help you understand some of the basics of photography and the use of your camera. 

     * You need to be familiar with your own photographic device. i..e. knowing how to quickly change the white balance, shutter speed, F-stop, and ISO settings, continuous rapid shooting, and how to work on aperture or shutter priority (Tip: be sure to read the camera’s manual, if you have not already done so!)

We recommend you bring your DSLR or mirrorless camera body, a wide angle lens for great depth of field, and a telephoto lens of at least 200mm.  All in-one-zoom lenses like an 18-270 or a 16-300 are very good for this type of work to avoid rapid lens changing.

Remember:  this is a workshop to deepen your understanding of street photography so that you will come back from your travels with unusual iconic images to share with your family and friends.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on street photography technique, followed by a 3.5 hour walk around the Mount Vernon grounds, during which Mr. Suarez will work with each client individually in capturing unusual and artistically composed images.

About the Instructor:

Essdras M. Suarez is a Pulitzer Prizewinner photographer based in Alexandria, VA who has had his images published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, NY Times. the Washington Post and many other publications.

He was a staff photographer at the Boston Globe until 2014. While there he received national and international accolades for his coverage of stories such as the Boston Bombing Marathon, which earned him to share in the 2013 Spot News Pulitzer. He also covered national stories such as Newtown Massacre, Tsunami aftermath, and Columbine Shooting where he earned his first Pulitzer. He is also well known and awarded for his portrait and travel photography.

Essdras was born in Panama and has been married for 25 years. He is a Bachelor of Science in Journalism graduate of  the University of Florida, which also granted him an Alumnus of Distinction award in 2010.