2017, May 13: Rock Creek Park Adventure - RESCHEDULED TO MAY 14 due to rain

The green valley of Rock Creek Park is an oasis within the busy urban setting of Washington D.C. This section of Rock Creek Park offers rapids and also is home of three historic bridges, including the Boulder Bridge where Franklin D. Roosevelt claimed to have lost his signet ring.

Designed for any level of adventurous photographer, we will concentrate on making thoughtful choices for compelling compositions.

The rapids will allow for a variety of perspectives and opportunities to learn the usage of filters for long exposures to create silky waters. Whether we create sweeping landscape images or getting in close and personal to nature this adventure will be relaxing and informative.

Any camera is suitable for this class but traveling light and learning how to make the most of what we have in hand is the focus.

This hike is an easy 2-mile walk on well-designed trails. If interested in getting to the water’s edge, prepare for rock scrambling.

Topics include

- The use of filters including Polarizers, Graduated Neutral Density, and Neutral Density if you have them. (These filters allow us to use long exposures in daylight to blur the water in the falls.)
- Emphasis will be on keeping things simple with camera settings, while developing a fresh eye for compelling nature compositions.
- Preparation for photography for trail and travel.
- Setting exposure controls for the “look” you’re after.

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.