On this Safari we teach the principles of travel photography and camera use by wending our way slowly along the Tidal Basin path towards the Jefferson Memorial.
Photographing Spring Flowers at Burnside Farms
Spend the Afternoon Photographing Spring Flowers at Burnside Farms
Located an hour outside of DC in Nokesville, Virginia, Burnside Farms is a small, family-owned farm that plants over 2 million tulip and daffodil bulbs on their 25-acre farm. The farm operates as a “Pick Your Own” farm, so participants will also be able to take home some tulips, daffodils or other spring flowers as part of their entrance fee, which is included in the price of the safari. There are tulips in a wide range of colors and varieties to photograph, some areas are all one color, others are mixed, so there is ample opportunity to practice as many photographic techniques as you would like to try.
The safari will start in the late afternoon, to take advantage of as much of the soft light as possible. Principles of flower photography will be covered:
- Depth of field
- Lens usage to achieve different effects
- Creative techniques
Along with your camera and equipment, bring a kneeling pad, since we will be getting down close to the flowers. Also bring a tripod, which is helpful when holding a reflector or diffuser.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release, diffusers/reflectors, Plamp, etc.
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at the entrance to Burnside Farms, 11008 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA 20181
Sherryl is an award-winning photographer who lives in Northern Virginia. She started her love affair with photography over 44 years ago, when she bought her first SLR (film)
camera – a Pentax K1000, and her boyfriend (now her husband of 41 years) who was studying Fine Art at George Washington University taught her the principles of photography.
Over the years, she has continued to practice and fine-tune her skills as a photographer, although when her two sons were young, they were the subjects of the majority of
her photos! As her sons grew older and she had more “free time”, she picked up her camera and started looking for a variety of subjects again. Her favorite types of
photography are flower and nighttime (especially fireworks!).
She bought her first digital camera in late 2001, and her latest is a Panasonic Lumix G9, which is a mirrorless camera. About 10 years ago, she started going on
safaris with WPS and taking a variety of workshops, which has enabled her to learn new techniques and refine her ever-expanding skillset.