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Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

Waterfalls of The Patapsco Adventure

POSTPONED from September 9 due to rain

Patapsco Valley State Park offers over 16,000 acres over 32 miles along the Patapsco River and includes eight different recreational areas for a variety of outdoor activities. This "adventure" will bring us to a small section of this beautiful park and we’ll explore the hiking trails for some of the best highlights in the area. The McKeldin Area is in the northern most section of Patapsco Valley State Park on Marriottsville Road.

In this McKeldin Rapids section is a lovely water fall that is easily accessible on a paved road and very short trail. This location will offer wonderful opportunities for slow exposures for water blurs as well as nature compositions in the deeply green forest. To help with creating smooth waters, we'll want ot work a circular polarizing filter and a neutral density filter (if you have them).

Designed for any level of adventurous photographer, we will concentrate on making thoughtful choices for compelling compositions. Any lightweight camera is suitable for this class. Traveling light and learning how to make the most of what we have in hand is the focus.

Topics Include:

 - Emphasis will be on keeping things simple with camera settings, while developing a fresh eye for compelling nature compositions.
 - Selecting apertures, shutter speeds and ISO’s for proper exposure.
 - Utilizing Neutral Density filters for slow exposures for blurring waterfalls.
 - Preparation for photography for trail and travel.

Total estimated hiking distance is two miles on both paved, unpaved, and rocky trails.

Not included in the price of the class is the Park entrance fee - $3 for in state and $5 for out of state.

Class limit: 10

What People Are Saying About Emily

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.

Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.

Date: September 30 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Patapsco Valley State Park - McKeldin Area
11676 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville MD 21104

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.