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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Nature Photography Retreat

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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SCHEDULED TOURS

2024 :: August 16 - August 18

TOUR COST

From: $1,850 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Portland, Maine (PWM)

GROUP SIZE

6-8 Participants

AVAILABILITY

2024: 7 SPACES AVAILABLE

PRIVATE TOUR OPTION

This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of NEW HAMPSHIRE: Nature Photography Retreat

  • Hands-on instruction from Lisa and Emilie, OM SYSTEM Ambassadors.
  • Low number of participants will ensure full attention to individual needs to improve skills. Instructor-to-participant ratio is 1:4.
  • Boundless macro-photo opportunities in the gardens, on private trails, and at the local conservation center.
  • Any camera model is welcome. At least one OM SYSTEM loaner camera will also be available to experiment with computational technologies like Live Composite and in-camera focus stacking.
  • Pre and post-Zoom meeting preparation and photo review.

Description of NEW HAMPSHIRE: Nature Photography Retreat

Join OM SYSTEM Ambassadors Lisa Cuchara and Emilie Talpin for a weekend retreat in a quintessential New Hampshire inn surrounded by exquisite gardens, private nature trails, and views of the White Mountains.  More than just a photography workshop, this will be an inspiring hillside retreat just outside a picturesque New England village, offering maximum opportunities with limited driving.

Each morning, we will only need to step outside the inn to immerse ourselves in the macro world.  In the afternoon, we will change gear and explore the forest trails for birds and wildlife.   At the end of the day, we will venture out to nearby mountains and lakes to capture landscape and night photography.

This workshop will cover lenses, techniques, inspiration, and story because, as Henri Cartier-Bresson stated, “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

Length of Tour

3 days- 2 nights

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive at the Snowvillage Inn: https://snowvillageinn.com. Meet and Greet/orientation at 7pm.
  • Day 2 – Photograph macro, wildlife, and landscape. Optional night sky in the evening
  • Day 3 – Photograph macro, wildlife, and landscape. Workshop ends at 1pm 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive at the Snowvillage Inn
We will gather this evening for a meet-and-greet.  We will also discuss the coming weekend, photography strategies, logistics, and expectations.
Day 2 – We will get up early and walk outside our rooms to explore the mature gardens for macro photography opportunities.  After breakfast at the inn, we will venture to the surrounding nature trails and the local conservation center for wildlife and landscape photography.  We will end the day atop the nearby blueberry mountain for sunset photography.
Day 3 – We will again get up early and walk outside our rooms to explore the mature gardens for macro photography opportunities.  After breakfast, we will head out to the famous “Kanc” (Kancamagus “Kank-ah-mah-gus.” scenic byway) for waterfall, macro, and landscape photography.  After lunch, we will say adieu until our post-workshop Zoom.

Cost

Cost is $1,850 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Portland, Maine (Airport code PWM.
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code ).

Meals are not included, but breakfasts are included at the inn. 

Bring snacks and water for the afternoons

Transportation is not included, carpooling for the afternoon sessions is highly recommended, especially since parking may be limited along the kanc, also good for camaraderie.



 

Single Supplement

If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $380 will be assessed.

NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.

 

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

 

Deposit Requirements

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

This trip includes staying at the Snowvillage Inn. The “Snowvillage Inn has been welcoming guests to the White Mountains since 1948. The Snowvillage Inn is an extraordinary New England country home built as a summer home in 1916 by Frank Simonds, a Pulitzer Prize winning author known primarily for his five-volume history of World War I. An expansive house set high on the lower slopes of Foss Mountain, the Snowvillage Inn has a commanding and memorable view of the White Mountains. Simonds named the house Blighty, which means home.”

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

The majority of the workshop time will be on easy walking trails or right at the door of the inn. The only demanding hike is a 15/20mns hike to the top of a mountain for sunset (weather allowing) that is easy to moderate.

You will need:

  • A mirrorless camera or DSLR Body. A back-up camera is a good idea too
  • Plenty of charged batteries, memory cards, a charger, cleaning cloths
  • One telephoto lens, and one wider lens
  • One macro lens (or a Nisi closeup filter on your telephoto) 

Optional”

  • Cable release (helps a lot in many aspects of photography 
  • Tripod (not required for most of the situations, but handy for focus bracketing, long exposure waterfalls, etc.)

FYI, a laptop/tablet for downloading images could be useful for after hours, but this workshop will not formally include workflow or post-processing time. 



The closest airport in the area is Portland International Airport (PDX), in Maine (52 miles), then you have Boston Logan Airport (125 miles), in Massachusetts.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to help cover your investment, for covered reasons. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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