The workshop includes slide-illustrated lectures, time outdoors for shooting photographs, critique of student work and help with digital issues. Sessions from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Thursday are especially for beginners. More advanced photographers can either spend the day shooting or choose to arrive at 6 p.m.
Winona Lake artist Jerry McCoy and entomologist and photography buff David Miller will team up as instructors for the weekend. McCoy has exhibited at the Canal Street Gallery in Winona Lake and at ARTLINK in Fort Wayne. He has won the People’s Choice Award in the ACRES nature photography exhibit two years running. McCoy’s photographs and artist’s statements can be viewed at his website, web.mac.com/macjerry1/ Jerry_McCoy_Photography/Welcome.html.
Miller was formerly the program director at Merry Lea and has over 20 years experience on the property. He brings not only an eye for photography, but also a broad command of natural history. Not sure what kind of dragonfly you just photographed? Did you attempt to capture a wetland center on ragweed? Miller can help you discern which species best represent different ecosystems.
Group size will be between 9 and 15 participants. The cost of $325 includes lodging and meals from Thursday supper through Saturday noon. Bring a bag lunch if attending Thursday during the day. Participants stay at Rieth Village, an educational facility that earned Indiana’s first platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 260-799-5869 by October 1.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is located in central Noble County, mid-way between Goshen and Fort Wayne and just south of Wolf Lake, IN. The property’s 1,189 acres include prairies, woodlands, unique geological features and a variety of wetlands.