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Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Join us at Mount Vernon for an exciting new after-hours program, “Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon”.

During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of bonfires, candles, and lanterns, as well as Mount Vernon’s spectacular holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will give hands-on photography tips as well as camera techniques. Participants should bring a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures and a tripod.
This workshop takes place during “Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon,” a special evening of fireworks and fun. In addition to photographing dazzling fireworks at approximately 8:45 pm, our safari will stroll through the historic area and photograph costumed interpreters demonstrating the 18th-century process of creating chocolate, colonial dancers in the Greenhouse, a working blacksmith, and a winter encampment with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. Participants may also enjoy cider, cookies, and musicians performing 18th-century tunes. We will not photograph inside the Mansion. 

Be sure to register early for this special event  which will give you wonderful images to share with friends and family. First-come, first-served on registration, limited to 5 participants. The fee of $99  includes admission to Mount Vernon and all photographic instruction.

Safari Details:

Meet at 5:30 pm at the ticket entrance gate to Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Drive, Alexandria. Parking is available at adjoining lots.  Bring camera, all lenses, a remote release and a sturdy tripod - dress warmly!

About the Instructor:

Sherryl Belinsky is an award-winning photographer who lives in Northern Virginia. She started her love affair with photography over 40 years ago, when she bought her first SLR (film) camera – a Pentax K1000, and her boyfriend (now her husband of 37 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, a mirror-less, interchangeable lens digital camera, in late 2016. About 5 years ago, she started going on safaris with WPS and taking workshops, which has enabled her to learn new techniques 
and refine her ever-expanding skillset. 

Photo by Sherryl Belinsky