This August 24 – 26, 2013, the Griffin Museum of Photography and Joseph Marrone are offering a workshop for members and non-members to the Boston Harbor Islands for a weekend photography excursion. Come explore the islands for the day on Saturday, August 24 or choose to camp overnight for a one-of-a-kind photographic learning experience, Sunday, August 25 – Monday, August 26.
The Boston Harbor Islands hold a wealth of history, being active in harbor defense from 1904 to the end of World War II.
The goal of excursion is to give individuals an opportunity to immerse themselves in a scenic and inspiring setting that is a world away from their own. They will gain new photographic knowledge and techniques, learn the cultural history of the islands, and explore the islands remaining forts and relics.
The backdrop for the photo sessions will be the serene and lush landscape of five Islands and the fine details that show the change of architecture and life on the islands and how it’s evolved over time. Over the course of the workshop, the group will be instructed on techniques that will allow them to create interesting and lasting photographs. At the beginning of each day, I will cover the basics of landscape photography to make sure that everyone is up to speed. As the day turns into night, I will demonstrate proper camera set up for shooting nighttime photography. History on the Islands can be taught on Ferry ride to Islands, during meal breaks and over a campfire. Each person will have ample amount of time to set up his or her campsite and to eat. Since the islands aren’t very large, there is no reason to rush.
I am knowledgeable in most types and levels of photography but not limited to macro, portrait, HDR, panorama, nighttime, light painting, long exposure and time lapse photography. Each day we will cover a few different techniques, broken down into separate times throughout the day and night. I will encourage the photographers to start making images right away but also guiding them towards creating beautiful and strong imagery. We will discuss a few of these techniques by focusing on one of them at a time visiting new islands. History of Islands will be taught during travel and down time but referring to early history arriving at new islands.
Day Trip: Saturday, August 24, 2013
9am Meet at Long Wharf Dock accessible by MBTA Train Aquarium (Blue) Haymarket (Orange)
10am Board Ferry and Begin Workshop on the Boston Harbor Islands (Approx. 30 min)
10:30am Arrive at George’s Island
11am -12pm Begin first workshop on photography and exploring the grounds; eat lunch on George’s island
12:30pm Depart George’s for Lovell’s island. I will be explaining early history of the Islands
12:45pm Arrive at Lovell’s island.
1pm – 2pm Explain brief history of Lovell’s island and continue exploring and focusing on photo workshop for that Island.
2:30pm Head towards dock for next water taxi. Depart for new island
2:45pm Arrive at new island. Break for snacks.
3pm – 4pm Continue photo workshop and exploring the island
4:30pm Head towards dock for water taxi to George’s island
4:45pm Arrive George’s island
5pm – 6pm Recap exploration with photographers on George’s island. Depart on ferry back to Boston at 6pm.
Overnight Camping Excursion: Sunday, August 25 – Monday, August 26
9am Meet at Long Wharf Dock accessible by MTBA Train Aquarium (Blue) Haymarket (Orange)
10am Board Ferry and begin workshop on the Boston Harbor Islands (Approx. 30 min)
11am On George’s Island; will load onto water taxi and head to Lovell’s Island to set up camp (Approx. 7min)
12pm Set up Camp. Get next water taxi toward new island. I will be explaining the history of the islands.
1pm Arrive at new island. Explain brief history and begin first workshop on photography exploring the grounds.
2pm Break for Lunch/Snack (Approx. 20 min) continue with workshop and history
3pm Head towards dock for next water taxi, depart onto a new island (Approx. 10min)
4pm Arrive at new island. Explain brief history and begin first workshop on photography exploring the grounds.
5pm Continuing exploring and focusing on photo workshop for that island
6pm Head towards dick for next water taxi, depart back to our campsite on Lovell’s Island (Approx. 15 min)
7pm Break for down time and dinner
8pm Begin nighttime workshop and discuss photographic techniques
9pm Continue nighttime workshop and exploring the island
10pm Head back towards camp and release photographers for the evening
9am Breakfast and break down of campsite
10am Meet at dock for first water taxi out to new island (Approx. 15 min)
11am Arrive at new island and begin next workshop, continuing with history
12pm Continue exploring and focusing on photo workshop
1pm Break for lunch (Approx. 20 min) Head to dock for next water taxi, Depart and head towards new island
2pm Arrive at new island, start exploring and continuing workshop
3pm Continue exploring and focusing on photo workshop
4pm Head towards dock for water taxi to George’s Island (Approx. 10 min)
5pm On George’s Island exploring and recapping exploration with photographers
6pm Depart on ferry back to Boston. End Workshop
Snacks for lunch and dinner will be provided for everyone, but you will be responsible for bringing your own food. Also, please remember to bring cash if you would like to eat at the Snack Shack on George’s Island.
Here is an equipment list of important items to bring.
- Camera (dslr, slr, point and shoot)
- Camera bag
- Sleeping bag
- Bug Spray, Sun Screen
- Food (snacks) and Water
- Towel, Bathing suit (optional)
- Extra clothes (socks, sweatshirt, pants)
- Hiking or comfortable shoes
Each island has at least two park rangers patrolling twenty-four hours a day. All the islands have compostable toilets that are private and clean. George’s and Peddock’s Island both have fresh water; Peddocks Island has a fresh water pond. A first aid kit will be provided. The Coast Guard can arrive in 10 minutes for any type of emergency.