2017, August 20: Morning on the Meadows

Howard County Conservancy was created in 1993 through a generous land donation by Ruth and Frances Brown. With over 232 acres of meandering fields, rolling hills, varied habitats and gardens, this land is home of the 300 year old farm known as Mount Pleasant.

Along with the natural treasures the conservancy holds, many historical buildings of Mount Pleasant Farm remains including the farmhouse, a carriage house, and several smaller structures. The property originated in 1703, when  Patuxent Ranger, Thomas Browne received the land grant known as Ranter’s Ridge. This farm remained in the family for eight generations and became known as Mount Pleasant Farm, until the death of the two remaining Brown sisters.

With a wide variety of subjects to capture, we will begin early on the misty meadow. Continuing on, we will capture the historical farm and gardens. Landscape and macro perspectives will allow us to think through our compositions and become artistic with our camera.

While any camera is suitable for this class, a DSLR with lens choices can offer additional creativity.

Join us on this creative photographic outing and come away with a better understanding of your camera, and well composed nature photographs.

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.
  • Learning how to think more like an artist when creating photographic compositions.

Class Limit: 8

What People Are Saying About Emily
“I had a great time at the class learning to photograph eagles.  Emily was the consummate professional instructor with just the right touch of technical, hands-on and encouragement. Her pleasant and relaxed manner made everyone there at ease and eager to get some great shots and spend more time in the future birding.” 

"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."

Instructor: 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.