Photography Trip – October 14-16, 2016

Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana
and the Ohio River Photography Trip

October 14- 16, 2016

Historic Lanier Mansion

Historic Lanier Mansion, Downtown Madison

What: A photography field trip and workshop sponsored by the Goshen Photographers Guild. 

When: Generally people arrive mid-afternoon to late evening on Friday. Departure time varies on Sunday a.m. 

Who can attend: It is open to all Guild members and non-members.

Photographic opportunities: There are many inside the state park – e.g., waterfalls, trails, etc. Other points of interest include the small historic town of Madison and the bridge across the Ohio River. 

Where: Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana….see map and directions below.

Cost: There is no fee to attend. Lodging and food are at the cost of each person attending. So far the motel of choice has been the Holiday Inn Express – (812) 265-1111. There are several other motels nearby.

Bonus: FREE Workshop: Walking through the steps of a successful photograph (taught by Danny Graber) see details below.

Registration: *You must register online in advance.*

Workshop Details: Walking through the steps of a successful photograph (taught by Danny Graber)

I will direct workshops (no fee) at which I will choose some scenes and instruct people on what the best approach is to photograph a specific scene. I will choose different topics such as a waterfall, the bridge across the Ohio River, and possibly some downtown-Madison historical buildings. Be prepared to shoot early morning as well as late evening.  

We will cover how to read the light available to us at the time of the picture taking,  how to get the perfect exposure, bracketing, color balance, ISO setting, shutter speed, F/stop, and depth of field.

I am thinking of a Friday evening, early Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and early Sunday morning. It will depend on weather and lighting situations. When I speak of evening I generally mean after dinner hour and until the sun has disappeared below the horizon and then some.  You may attend one or all of them. I will announce the time and location of each session several hours prior to shooting time.

We will be shooting in Manual* settings. Anyone caught with their camera on an Automatic setting of any sort will be promptly dipped into the Ohio River.

You must bring: Camera and tripod. Optional: Bring any Neutral Density or Polarizing filters you may have.

*If you are uncomfortable with knowing manual settings, I, or an assistant, will work with you. This workshop is intended to cover all the elements that create a perfect photo.   

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Photo of the Month – August 2016

Congratulations to Kay Rhodes – winner of the Photo of the Month contest for August


This photo was taken on June 7th, 2016, in Stephen’s Pass near Juneau, Alaska. We were on a whale watching tour and while we did see quite a few whales (tails and backs), this scene showing a glacier between the mountains was one of my favorite photos from that day.  Our Alaskan adventure was unbelievably spectacular, especially for one who loves nature and photography. Not realizing it at the time, I even caught an eagle flying into my scene in the top left corner of the photo.

Photo specs: Canon 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, f/8.0, 1/1600 sec., ISO 160, Manual exposure, RAW, focal length 155mm

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Photo of the Month – June 2016

Congratulations to Jeff Longenbaugh – winner of the Photo of the Month contest for June

This photo was taken on the 4th day of a six day raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  Every bend in the river exposed a new fantastic vista of towering walls made of rock a million years old.  In addition to these scenes that were almost religious in nature, we also found numerous, smaller side canyons created by streams making their way to the Colorado.  This intimate image is one of those streams that we waded against the current to find lush vegetation, falls and eddies.
Fuji XT-1 body.  Fuji 10-24 lens.  F 13, Iso 200, 1/9 of a sec. Polarizer filter.  Manfrotto tripod. Kirk Enterprises ballhead.
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Photo of the Month for May 2016

Congratulations to Kay Rhodes for winning the Photo of the Month contest.

Photo of the Month May 2016 by Kay Rhodes

This photo was taken on a cold, windy evening in February 2016, just before sunset. The location was the Naples, Florida pier. The pier is a famous spot for photographs, so my goal was to take a photo that wasn’t like the many others. I love the beauty of water and structure, so this photograph combined them both.  I was drawn to the sun shining though the legs of the pier, glistening off the water and the rolling waves, and the dark sky that warned of an upcoming storm. In my mind, it was a perfect combination for taking photographs.

Camera settings: Canon 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm lens, f/8.0, 1/1250 sec., ISO 200, Focal length 24mm

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Millrace Center
212 West Washington St., Suite 14
Goshen, Indiana, 46526


MEETINGS: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6pm. Visitors are welcome.

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Photo Challenge Themes for 2016

JANUARY - Holiday: on the go, still-life, windows and out door displays
FEBRUARY - Altered/Special Effects
MARCH - People/Portraits- natural surroundings, not posed
APRIL - Light
MAY - Agriculture
JUNE - Symmetry
JULY - No meeting, trip to Clifty Falls, Indiana
AUGUST - Travel; abroad/domestic
SEPTEMBER - Street Photography
OCTOBER - Performers: street musicians, fairs/festivals, concerts
NOVEMBER - Architecture
DECEMBER - (no meeting)

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