Sycamore Plow Farm
Saturday and Sunday – October 13 & 14, 2018
Light + Discovery Photo Workshop – Sycamore Plow Farm
We will meet Saturday morning at Eggers & Co. General Store and Bed & Breakfast in Farrar, Mo., just two hours from St. Louis. Built in 1896, this charming building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The owners and hosts, Ellen and Steve Frye, will provide a tour, some history and homemade appetizers.
The 200-acre farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Perry County. After we turn off the county road and meander down the hill, across the creek and past the ancient elm tree, the farm comes into view. Ellen and Steve are avid vegetable and flower gardeners, keep honey bees, sheep, and a flock of chickens. The old barns, greenhouse, surrounding oak-hickory forests, fields, wildlife, pond and creek offer endless opportunities to explore and photograph. Saturday afternoon we will visit and photograph the annual Saxon Fall Festival in nearby Frohna. At dusk on Saturday we will enjoy a cookout at the farm and then return to the B&B for the night. We will continue shooting Sunday morning and plan to wrap by 4 pm.
The workshop includes 2 days of photography instruction, shooting assignments, a visual scavenger hunt, friendly critiques, as well as lodging and four home cooked meals. It is limited to eight participants. For more specific information, or to reserve a space, contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-436-1988.
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I thought your class out at Shaw Nature Reserve was really fantastic. You did one of the best jobs of talking about, and showing terrific examples of the different kinds of light – and I thought the assignments were excellent and challenging – in a very good way. Thanks again for everything – you are one of the top teachers I’ve seen yet in the Shaw Nature Reserve Photo Series.
I have participated a number of workshops including photo trips to Cuba and to the Tetons.
All of them were good but I did not take away as much from any one of them as I did from your workshop.
I appreciated the critiques; you made it a point to express your perspective in a teachable way. I really was able to take away the feeling that the process is the real fun and the final image is icing on the cake.
Thank you for conducting the workshop at Shaw Nature Reserve. I really enjoyed it and have received positive feedback from the participants. After the workshop, Helena, Barb and I did some hiking around for an hour or so. As we walked one of us would say, “oh, look how that is backlit” or “look at that cool shadow” or “look at how the wood fence curves and how its shadow mirrors it on the grass.” So you definitely got us looking at things differently! I really think we should consider offering a two-day workshop next spring.
The Light and Discovery workshop exceeded my expectations. I expected some technical instruction on the qualities of light and how to use different types of light to enhance our images, but I did not expect Dan to be so inspirational in terms of encouraging us to slow down and follow our passion in photography, whether it is bird photography, portraiture, landscapes, or whatever. I left the workshop with a better understanding of how I can use different aspects of light to add interest and excitement to my images. I also came away with a renewed enthusiasm for bird and nature photography, which brings me such joy, thanks to Dan’s encouragement. The classroom setting was comfortable, and I have already recommended the Light and Discovery class to several of my friends. Thank you!
I’ve taken a ton of random photography classes and workshops over the years and Dan is the best teacher I’ve had. Dan is humble, and kind, which makes it very easy to be open and honest in his workshops.
What a fantastic workshop! Your instruction was on the mark and your images, as always, are stellar. Your artistry is evident and influences me more than you know.