Charles Needle Photography

Nature Photography Workshops

2015 Schedule

Date

    Workshop/Location

Description

 

April 26-May 1, 2015

SOLD OUT!!

 

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  Longwood Gardens

with Photoshop guru, Mark S. Johnson

 

(Kennett Square, PA)

 

 

 

 

 

Nestled in the historic and picturesque Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. Filled with elegance and rich tradition, this 1,077-acre garden features 20 indoor and 26 outdoor garden displays and is a living expression of all that its creator, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From its intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens with an ever-changing palette of colors, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.

In addition to Longwood, other places we may visit include:
Eastern State Penitentiary – once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, Eastern State stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers
Winterthur – a 60-acre estate, library, and garden that was once the home of Henry Francis du Pont
Fonthill Castle – a former mansion featuring an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles.

This workshop includes post-capture classroom lectures from Charles and nationally recognized Photoshop expert, Mark S. Johnson, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations. Field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionistic, multiple-exposure, high dynamic range (HDR), artistic smartphone, and architectural photography.

 

Tuition: $1,595 Early Registration by February 27, 2015.  $1,695 after February 27, 2015.  A $595 deposit check is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due by March 20, 2015.

 

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Accommodations:  Hilton Garden Inn (Kennett Square, PA).  A block of rooms is reserved at a discounted rate of $119/night + tax. To ensure room availability, call 1-610-444-9100 by Feb. 27, 2015 and mention that you are with the Charles Needle and Mark S. Johnson Photography workshop.

 

Click here to download a colorful PDF flyer with more details.

 

This workshop is sold out.  Please contact Charles to add your name to the waiting list.

 

 

 

June 15-23, 2015

BRAND NEW WORKSHOP -

FILLING FAST!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monet's Garden &

Great Gardens of Southern England

 

(Giverny, France and England)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for a brand new, extraordinary workshop combining visits to Monet's Garden in Giverny, France with six classic gardens in southern England — some with private, exclusive access — all in peak colorful bloom.

Your unforgettable journey begins in the charming French village of Giverny with a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph for three days in Monet's Garden, one of the most beautiful, enchanting gardens in the world, with NO TOURISTS present...private access!

You'll gain daily private access to the world-famous Garden and Estate in the early mornings and early evenings, before the Garden opens and after it closes to the public, with "magic hour" light.  Charles will share special techniques he has developed for creating striking, abstract, painterly "Impressionistic" flower and garden images, as well as unique approaches to macro flower photography.

Then travel aboard the Eurostar train from Paris to London, crossing the English Channel under water, and be met by a private coach with driver, who will transport you to Salisbury, which will be our home base for two days.  While in Salisbury, treat your lenses to three privately owned gardens, as well as Wisley, the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and famous for its 400-foot perennial borders.

 

The final two nights of this once-in-a-lifetime trip will be spent at an elegant 4-star country mansion hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells. While in Kent and East Sussex, we'll visit two classic English gardens, Sissinghurst Castle and Great Dixter, a romantic recreation of a medieval manor house with topiary, long border, and wildflower meadow...all bold experiments of form, color and plant combinations.

Throughout the week, you'll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction both in the field and classroom, and Charles will give lectures, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

An all-inclusive package price of $3,995 covers 4 nights of accommodations in Giverny, 4 nights lodging in England, all breakfasts, a welcome and farewell dinner (plus glass of wine), all garden entrance fees, 1-way Eurostar train ticket, field and classroom instruction, and ground transportation during the workshop.  A single supplement is also available for $725.  (Airfare, airport transfers, lunches, some dinners, and optional travel insurance are not included.) 

Limited to 12 participants.  Deposit of $1,000 and completed Booking Form due upon registration before March 1, 2015.  Remaining balance due in full April 1, 2015. 

To download a colorful PDF flyer with more details, including a Booking Form and detailed workshop itinerary, click here.

Early-bird registration deadline: March 1, 2015.  After March 1, 2015, package price increases to $4,595 (double occupancy).

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

July 28-31, 2015

 

 

 

The Brilliant Colors of Butchart Gardens

 

Butchart Gardens

(Brentwood Bay, B.C - Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for three unforgettable days of arresting beauty in North America’s most dazzling botanical wonder, Butchart Gardens.

As one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, Butchart features 55 acres of awe-inspiring splendor — including a classical Italian Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Mediterranean garden, and the dramatic Sunken Garden.


Treat your lenses to a dazzling display of over 900 varieties of flourishing plants at the peak of summer color. Imagine a Rose Garden with fragrant roses growing over archways and trained along fences, a dramatic Sunken Garden with large expanses of eye-popping annuals and numerous flowering trees, and a Japanese Garden with peaceful streams, ponds and bridges.

 

You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your macro skills with a palette of blooming flowers, such as Delphiniums, Tuberous Begonias, Fuchsia, Cone Flowers, Water Lilies, Calla Lilies, Phlox and Peonies.


This workshop includes post-capture classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations. Field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionistic, multiple-exposure, and artistic smartphone floral photography.

 

Tuition: TBD.  Early-Bird Registration by April 10, 2015.  TBD after April 10, 2015.  Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration. Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee.  We apologize, no refunds after June 1, 2015.

 

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

 

Accommodations: Best Western Plus Emerald Isle in Sidney, British Columbia. A block of rooms is reserved at a discounted rate of $135.99 Canadian/night + tax. To ensure room availability, call 1-800-315-3377 by     and mention that you are with the Charles Needle Photography workshop.

 

Getting there: Daily flights are available into Victoria International Airport (YYJ), a 10-minute drive from the Best Western Plus hotel.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

September 5-6, 2015

 

Creative Macro Weekend Master Class
 

(Bellevue, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're serious about macro/close-up photography and want to delve deeper into the creative process while improving your technique, then this is the workshop for you! 

This weekend class is designed for the more serious photographer who wants to master advanced macro techniques and create more abstract expressive images that go beyond documentary subject rendition. 

You'll spend two days learning special techniques for crafting unique, artistic close-up images in a fun, casual but intensive indoor studio atmosphere.  Charles will share many of his own secrets learned after 10+ years of shooting macro and cover equipment, composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative camera techniques and more.

The workshop includes unlimited use of various "props" (such as iridescent/textured glass, fresh-cut flowers, mylar, shells, colored backgrounds, water droplets, glass objects, etc.), group assignments, lectures covering specialized topics, demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction.  Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued via high-resolution LCD projection.

Hours are 9 am to 5 pm each day.  Limited to 14 participants. 

Tuition: $895.  Early-bird registration by July 31, 2015.  $1,395 after July 31, 2015.  Payment in full by check due at time of registration.  Tuition includes all classroom supplies and handouts.

To reserve your spot, please send a check for the full amount, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

The workshop will be held at The Coast Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue, WA (about a 20-minute drive from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport).

Accommodations for the weekend are available at The Coast Hotel and can be booked by calling 425-455-9444.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 



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Besides the workshops scheduled above, Charles also conducts personalized classes and portfolio reviews.  See the Instruction Page for details on these programs.





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