Photographers and non-photographers enjoying the workshops
Badlands National Park Workshops
The photographers were ready for adventure! A Chevy Suburban with a rooftop carrier was chosen to transport people and equipment. Traveling together in a single vehicle not only simplified logistics, but enhanced the experience and bonding of the group.
Staying in a "cabin resort" with one cabin being the command center with all the food and kitchen. Again the simplified logistics of staying together in a resort and sharing meals enhances the experience and bonding of the group.
The images captured by all the photographers will definitely create wonderful memories of the National Park. Here are comments from a couple of photographers:
"Peter's workshops are not just about coming home with amazing images. It's the process of discovery - new techniques, new ways of seeing, trying things you haven't done before... "
"Peter will give constructive criticism and pointers on how to make improvements, both in the field and later when viewing photos taken during the day, both individually and in a group setting."
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Workshops
This park was named for US President Theodore Roosevelt. It covers over 70,000 acres of land in three sections. the North Unit, the South Unit and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit.
Roosevelt first came to the North Dakota badlands to hunt bison, and fell in love with rugged lifestyle and the "perfect freedom" of the West. His adventures in the outdoors were influential in his pursuit of conservation policies as president of the United States.
The South Unit have a wonderful scenic drive of approximately 38 miles where a wide variety of Great Plains wildlife are abundant. They include bison, coyotes, cougars, badgers, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, prairie dogs and feral horses.
These feral horses are our workshops concentration where we hike from a few hundred yards to a couple of miles to photograph them. We are cautious in the sense of keeping ourselves at least a hundred yards from them and more in the case of bison.
Depending on the season, we get to photograph the landscape, flowers, other wildlife, balloon festivals and the beautiful night skies on clear nights.
South East Asia Workshop
South East Asia is a sub-region of Asia consisting of countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia.
Mainland South East Asia, also known historically as Indochina, is comprised of Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and West Malaysia. These are the countries that we visit in our workshops.
For example, in Ha Noi, the Old Quarter is an energetic and lively part of the city where you are able to photograph just about anything. The foods are delicious, the people are friendly and kind, we find interesting and varied architecture and abundant historic areas.
Sa Pa, up near the border between Viet Nam and China, has unbelievable landscapes of terraced rice paddy fields cascading down the mountains. They are being tended by the native tribes in their colorful clothing.
The Ancient Town of Hoi An in central Viet Nam already has a built-in backdrop for photographers to capture anything from a bicycle parked, to vendors in conical hats selling fruits and vegetables, to the brightly lit lanterns during the monthly full moon celebration.
The colors in South East Asia are a must to photograph, the foods will make your taste buds work overtime to remember them and the kind and friendly people will make you realize that stereotypes you may have heard about these countries before your visit may be incorrect.
Come and join Peter Wong Photography for this experience!!