2017, April 29: C&O Canal and Pennyfield Lockhouse Field Shoot

Through our continued agreement with the C&O Canal Trust, we have been given an exclusive opportunity to enter and photograph historic Pennyfield Lockhouse (22) on the C&O Canal which is in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Pennyfield is rich in history dating back to the early 1850s when flour, grain and fertilizers were shipped to and from the lock and a small community lived the rhythm of canal life. It is named after the popular Pennifield family who resided here as lockkeepers for more than two generations from the 1870s, during the canal’s last good years, until 1924.

Its furnishings are evocative of the mid-1830s to early 1840s period and are typical of how the lockkeepers might have furnished it.  
    ⁃    Interior photographic opportunities are many and include historic wood and earthen floors, stone walls, wood beam ceilings, glass pane windows and period furniture on both the main and second floors.
    ⁃    Exterior photographic opportunities include the lockhouse, lock, the C&O Canal, and the surrounding natural beauty such as rock walls, rocky cliffs and sycamore trees.

This field shoot is led by Roy Sewall, one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal. Roy served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust and has done extensive photography work for the river and C&O Canal related government and non-profit organizations. He has published 2 photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C. and Great Falls and Mather Gorge as well as several articles on the subject.

This field shoot is limited to just 6 participants which allows everyone to come away having thoroughly worked the entire area both indoors and out.

Experience Level: This class is intended for photographers with digital SLRs or recent mirrorless cameras, who are familiar with their camera operation and are comfortable shooting in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority or Manual mode.

Recommended Equipment:
    ⁃    A digital SLR or Mirrorless camera.
    ⁃    A wide angle lens for interior shots, 12, 14, 18 or 24 mm will all work fine but the wider the lens, the more you can include in the smaller rooms of the lockhouse.  
    ⁃    A telephoto lens will be handy for outdoor shots of the rock faces and any wildlife we may see as well as close-up shots of the lock.
    ⁃    A tripod is essential for the indoors shots. A cable release or remote trigger is good to use otherwise, your camera self timer.
    ⁃    A circular polarizer will be good to have on hand as will an extra battery and memory card.

Now a National Park, Pennyfield Lock retains elements of the historic scene and not found in many parts of the canal. The spatial character and the well-preserved features of the lock itself, set Pennyfield Lock apart as a singular site along the canal. Join us and explore its history through your lens.

For more information about this and other Lockhouse along the Canal, visit the C & O Canal Trust website, http://www.canaltrust.org/quarters/lockhouse-22.php

Class Limit:  6. Minimum required to run the class: 4

(photo credit: Chris Hanessian)

Instructor: Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines though his family’s State Department home was based in the Washington, D.C., area.

With a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State, Roy worked for several major technology corporations in the DC area for over 30 years.

His interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents and in 2001 he started his transition to full-time photographer.

He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world and has published two photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., in 2005 and Great Falls and Mather Gorge in 2009. These were inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal.

His books led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.

In 2007 Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. He has done extensive photography work for river and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.

In addition, he has been a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in feature articles in the D.C. and Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV and is sought after in many well-known photo competitions for his judging skills.

Roy continually adds to his collection of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “People of the Woods” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.

More about Roy can be found on his website, www.roysewallphotography.com

Roy enjoys working with novice and intermediate photographers helping them develop their eye and their skills.

He teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • C&O Canal and Pennyfield Lockhouse Field Shoot
  • Take Your Photography To The Next Level
  • Small Studio
  • Body of Work
  • Lightroom, Photoshop And Your Editing Strategy
  • And more