In my previous blog post I mentioned Neil and Susan Silverman, who led the landscape photography workshop in Banff. Our experience was divided into two realms: shooting landscapes at dawn and dusk (in the good light) and classroom in the middle of the day and in the evening. To say we had a full day would be an understatement!
Because we were so far north, we would have to start out early to get to our destination before sunup. I set the alarm for 3:00 AM and took a quick shower. Sandy "slept in" until 3:30 AM, and did likewise. We all met in the parking lot at 4:00 AM, and caravaned to the location. One day, after a dawn shoot, we drove around for more shooting, and did not arrive back at the hotel until mid afternoon. We were all dead dog tired. Neil told everyone "OK everybody, go have a nice lunch, take a shower and a nap, and we will all meet in the classroom in 45 minutes!" Whereupon Matt said "Neil, that doesn't work for me!"
What I am trying to convey here is that Neil Silverman is a fantastic leader and teacher. If you attend one of his workshops, you will eat, breathe, and sleep photography. Every participant received a big bag of goodies. Neil even arranged for the owner of Visible Dust to come and talk to us. In the field, Neil made sure each participant understood what had been discussed in the classroom. When you hear the term "border patrol" (distracting objects sticking into the edges of a photograph) used during blind critiques on The Grid podcast, be assured this is pure Neil Silverman.
His workshops are highly recommended. To learn more, go to: http://silvermansphotography.com.