Skill Level(s): Level I, II, and III Students
Location: Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553 map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, October 5th, 11:30AM - 4:30 PM
Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor art museum located in the Hudson Valley. Since 1960 Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and the surrounding landscape. Visitors experience the largest collection of contemporary outdoor large-scale sculptures in the United States under open sky in a tranquil and natural setting.
Come explore form and function in your photography against a beautiful backdrop of emerging fall foliage. With a collection encompassing more than 100 sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time one can't help but capture the seamless blending of art and nature in gorgeous photographs. Collection highlights include works by Alexander Calder, Sol Lewitt, Alexander Liberman and David Smith.
We'll begin the day with a picnic lunch (bring your own or buy onsite) during which we will have an orientation session and photo lesson where we'll cover such topics as camera settings for landscape photography, exposing for natural light, linear perspective, forced perspective leading lines, capturing and exploring form, composing dynamic images, and framing.
Then it's on to the sculptures to practice our skills, and learn new hands-on techniques. Storm King Art Center is so large you cannot fully explore it in one day, so we will limit our photo field trip to the collections in the Museum Hill area and South Fields. The Museum Hill area is a large elevated bluff containing a large portion of the collection. The South Fields is where most of the largest sculptures in the collection are with big open expanses of land it makes for some striking images.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
Whether you're an experienced landscape photographer, or would just like to spend a pleasant fall day taking in some art and nature, this workshop is open to all levels of photographer with any type of actual camera (no smart phones or tablets please). High school students are welcome but anyone 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
COST AND WHAT'S INCLUDED
The cost for this photo field trip is $49 and DOES NOT include admission to Storm King Art Center. Admission is collected at the gate when you enter the property. Costs are as follows:
- Adults - $18
- Seniors (65+ with valid ID) - $15
- Students (with valid ID) - $8
Participants have the option to bring their own picnic lunch or purchase onsite for an additional fee. See "Picnic Options" below for more info.
Our photo field trip will start with a picnic lunch while we have our photo lesson. Participants are welcome to bring their own meal or purchase onsite from the Storm King Cafe. The Storm King Cafe is conveniently located just a short walk away from our meeting spot where we will be holding our orientation session and lesson. For more information and to view their menu please click here.
Storm King Art Center also offers additional food options for purchase at the Storm King Cafe, however lines may be long on the weekends.
This special field trip takes place entirely at Storm King Art Center, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the center, parking is free. Storm King Art Center is easily accessible by car or train. You will meet your instructor at the center, full details will be given prior to the field trip.
For those traveling by car, please note that although Storm King Art Center is named for Storm King mountain...it is NOT located on Storm King Mountain, however it is nearby.
If you are arriving by train Storm King offers a shuttle service to and from the Beacon Metro North train station on weekends. The trip is about 30 minutes reservations are required. Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your fully charged camera and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details.
Money for admission, cash or credit cards are accepted, paid directly to Storm King Art Center.
The park is 500 acres in size in a nature setting, comfortable shoes are a must! You may also wish to dress in layers in case it is cool or you start to get hot. Bug spray and sunscreen can also be helpful.
Please note that although camera bags with wheels are allowed, the terrain is natural and uneven so you may find it quite difficult to use any rolling bag.
All participants, no matter what type of digital camera they have (no smartphones or tablets please), will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop.
If you are using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, we recommend bringing both telephoto and wide angle lenses. There are beautiful vistas at the center, which are best captured with a wide angle lens, however you may also want to take fine detail shots of the sculptures for which you will find a telephoto lens is best suited.
Tripods are allowed at Storm King, though you may find a monopod is more convenient. These may not get much use as we'll be shooting in daylight but could be used for some interesting effects if paired with an ND filter.
Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.
As this workshop is 5 hours in length and Storm King Art Center is 500 acres in size, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of walking, comfortable shoes are a must! Although we will be sticking to designated paths and grassy areas, as expected in any nature setting, you may encounter rough terrain, insects, dangerous plants such as poison ivy, animals, and might even get a little dirty, so please plan accordingly.
As with any outdoor setting in the north east with high grasses ticks are a valid concern, you may want to use appropriate bug spray to stay protected. Keep the bug spray away from your lenses though, it will eat right through the coatings.
Although the large scale sculptures may seem indestructible they are actually quite fragile and oils from your hands can damage them irreparably, therefore visitors to Storm King are not permitted to touch, sit, or climb on any of the art installations.
Participants are responsible for their own admission costs. Admission IS NOT included with your registration fee.
ABOUT STORM KING ART CENTER
Storm King Art Center is an outdoor art museum containing the largest collection of contemporary outdoor large-scale sculptures in the United States. To learn more about Storm King and its visitor policies, please visit their website by clicking here.
Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. If you cancel your registration at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop your registration fee will be refunded in full. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. As Storm King is an outdoor art museum this field trip will take place in light rain or shine. No refunds will be given for no shows due to weather. In the case of heavy rain or a weather emergency, there is an alternative workshop date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop.
Saturday, October 5th, 11:30AM - 4:30 PM
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.