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      Final Presidents Heads Evening Photo Shoot & Light Painting Workshop of 2019 in Williamsburg

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      November 23, 2019

      Saturday   3:00 PM

      8212 Croaker Road
      Williamsburg, Virginia

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      Final Presidents Heads Evening Photo Shoot & Light Painting Workshop of 2019

      Take advantage of this FINAL OPPORTUNITY OF THE YEAR to photograph these internationally renowned decaying Presidential statue heads while they still reside in our great state of Virginia. With full permission from the landowner, we will have a 6 1/2 hour window to photograph these magical artifacts in low light. You will register on the property, sign a waiver form, then have 90 minutes of leisurely shooting time before sunset - amongst only 11 other photographers. When darkness sets in, you will participate in a light painting workshop by Jimmy Powell from the Stellar Media Group, followed by 2 hours of leisurely shooting on your own. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend the following:  * INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED SKILLS IN NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY ARE CRUCIAL. BEING ABLE TO GAIN MANUAL FOCUS IN THE DARK, TO CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS ON THE FLY, TO SHOOT IN BULB MODE AND TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY WITHOUT ASSISTANCE IS IMPERATIVE TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE. THOSE THAT REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP USUALLY HAVE FULL FRAME CAMERAS, A NICE, STURDY TRIPOD AND PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE WITH NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY.  * Tripod - REQUIRED * The widest angle lens you have * A shutter release cable or wireless shutter release trigger and a familiarity with shooting in BULB mode - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED * A working knowledge of your camera settings, particularly knowing how to change your aperture and ISO quickly between shots Our light painting guide will provide detailed instructions on adjusting your camera settings to the different types of illuminations that he offers and will allow attendees to participate with manipulation of pixel sticks, orb tools, tubes, light painting blades, etc. as long as you wear dark clothes.  Six tickets have been made available for sale to non-photographers that want to experience the Heads at night without photographing them. This ticket was designed for "non-photographers" who would like to observe the workshop.. Pre-darkness iPhone photography is allowed with this ticket but tripods, SLR's and drones are not.  There is a chance of muddy or wet conditions in the area in which you will be shooting. Plan accordingly with your footwear and clothes. While the mosquito activity has calmed down a bit since mid-summer, they can still be active at night . Please bring protective clothing and bug spray. You will need to bring all of your own traditional camera gear as none of that will be provided (with the exception of the light painting tools that Jimmy utilizes ).  At the landowner's request, you will also need to sign a Waiver of Liability form that was mutually accepted upon by himself and John Plashal Photo, LLC.  Be certain of your availabilty to attend this event prior to registration in that the only situations in which full refunds will be offered are due to a cancellation due to inclement weather. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ACCESS THIS PROPERTY ON YOUR OWN ACCORD. THERE ARE SECURITY CAMERAS AND MOTION SENSORS EVERYWHERE. YOU MAY GET ARRESTED. FAQs What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Please arrive at Hampton Roads Materials at 8212 Croaker Road in Williamsburg, Va. in time for our 3:00PM orientation. Drive to the end of the long driveway and park near the trailer on the left. I will be there to assist you.  What can I bring into the event? Apart from all of your own photo gear, I would recommend a folding chair, footwear that can get ruined, protective clothing from mosquitoes and other insects, bug spray and snacks you may want. I will be providing a cooler full of waters. Jimmy provides light painting gear for the workshop but you should have your own high lumen flashlights, etc. for when you shoot on your own.   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact John Plashal at "" with any questions.  What's the refund policy? Be certain of your availability to attend prior to registering. Refunds will ONLY be issued if the shoot is cancelled due to inclement weather or poor attendance/registration numbers. We will still conduct the event in the event of a forecasted intermittent shower or storm in that we will have options to take periodic shelter.  An e-mail will be sent out to all registered guests 48 hours prior to the event with an update on the weather. In the event of a cancellation, you will be fully refunded and will have the ability to register for a future workshop. Future workshops MAY not be on Saturdays. They also may be on Sundays. What is the "Nighttime Observer" ticket? I have been getting several requests from non-photographers that only want to experience the Heads in the dark and to observe the photographers during the workshop. This ticket has been designed for this small group of people and is largely observational. Neither camera gear nor drones are allowed to be brought in for those with these tickets. iPhone photography is permitted but only during the early evening when there is still available light.  I am traveling from afar? Is there a place to stay nearby for the night? Williamsburg is 10 minutes away and has plenty of overnight accommodations for any and all budgets. 

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