Join Gerri Whitley & Nick Sinnott for a full-day outing, we’ll spend the morning capturing fall colors in the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens. This magical 12 acre garden in Rockford IL is a photographers dream, winding paths lead to new perspecives both intimate and dramatic.
Named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004, the garden is filled with Koi ponds, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls and raked gravel gardens; every turn leads to a new perspective. Beautiful in any season, the garden blazes with color in autumn. Designed by Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman and designer, the garden celebrates all the elements of traditional Japanese Gardens- water, stone, sound, texture -to create a soothing experience of nature. From groundbreaking in 1978 until today, the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree and layout of all the paths is made with the careful consideration of Mr. Kurisu. Master craftsmanship and 16 th century traditional architecture is found throughout the garden.
After lunch at the garden, we will go to the Nichols Conservatory for photography opportunities including the Carnivorous Plants exhibit. The workshop includes private access to the Anderson Japanese Gardens before public hours with the use of tripods, lunch at the gardens, afternoon shooting at the Nichols Conservatory and their current Carnivorous Plants exhibit. We will also hold a 1-hour pre-trip zoom briefing prior to the workshop. We will discuss composition choices with the group and photography techniques for this workshop. On-site we will work one on one with students to help them achieve their shooting goals for the day. Anyone with an interest in photography and a passion for nature will benefit from the workshop. Please know and expect that this is an outdoor adventure, expect to be walking for most of the day.
The workshop includes: entry fee for Anderson Japanese Gardens, the entry fee for Nichols
Conservatory and tickets for Carnivorous Plants exhibit, group lunch
Group: We limit our workshops to 16 people with 2 instructors, separating into groups of 8 to facilitate one-on-one teaching.
Date/Time: Wednesday October 13 th zoom briefing session 7pm-8pm & Saturday October 23 rd 7:30am-3:00pm
Location: we will meet at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford IL promptly at 7:30am
Food: We will have a group lunch
Equipment: Bring your favorite DSLR, lenses, and tripod. A remote shutter trigger is recommended, or the ability to use your shutter delay in-camera menu. Lens filters are not mandatory, but instruction will be provided for those who bring them.
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