Spend a Long Day in Shenandoah National Park Photographing the Flora and Fauna!
You’ve seen the photos: waterfalls and rapids made to look like silky clouds spilling over the rocks.
It’s not that hard to do. Professional Photographer Alain Gutierrez can teach you a technique that will come in handy in all your future adventures in nature and landscape photography!
The answer is: a Neutral Density (ND) filter as the perfect tool for creating amazing long exposure images by day or by night.
Check out the pictures above, the first was done as a 4 second exposure, the next one at 10 seconds.
A common scene can turn into a fantastic image when we use ND filters. The Great Falls on the Maryland side are a perfect location for learning how to use the ND filters and take unique photos.
This is a great opportunity to learn and practice the techniques of photography using ND filters, early in the morning. To avoid the crowds and get first light of the day, we will meet at the Lock House on the Maryland side.
Learn how to control your camera, your slow shutter speed timer, and how to capture the scenery. Don’t forget to bring your tripod, it’s essential for this kind of photography. We also recommend that your bring a ND1000 or ND10 filter.
We will start with a 15-20-minute orientation on camera settings.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories including ND filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Great Falls National Park, Maryland.
Parking available in Lock House parking Lot, entry fee to park is $20 per car.
Alain Gutierrez is a professional photographer, photojournalist, food blogger, and creator of Thru Alain’s Eyes, LLC, a photo tour company based in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Havana and worked as a photojournalist for nearly 20 years in Havana. He photographed many social and cultural events of significance, such as the opening of the United States Embassy, President Barack Obama’s arrival, and Pope Francis’s visit.
Since moving to the U.S., he has led several photo tours for Washington Photo Safari in Cuba. He also recently worked as an Adjunct Professor at American University, teaching introductory digital photography. Currently, he works as a freelance photographer, collaborating with digital media and marketing consultants on designing and providing images for online platforms and websites for Sandy Springs Summer Camp and Trinity School in Ellicott City.
In his short time living in America, Alain has had the opportunity to photograph the Christmas Revels’ annual performances at the GW Lisner Auditorium and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra when they performed at the Kennedy Center. His photos have also been featured at the Exposed DC Photography Show 2020 at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.; at American University’s “Resistance: The Exhibition” at its Center for Media & Social Impact at the School of Communication; at Stop Motion’s 2019 Year in Review in Washington, D.C. and in the Crystal City Fotowalk Underground Exhibitions (April 2019 – April 2021) in Arlington, VA.