Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Photography Workshop




Join Linda S. Gribko, Tamarack artist and photographer, for a magical photography experience as we shoot West Virginia’s Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers at the WVU Core Arboretum on the banks of the Monongahela River. With cameras in hand, we’ll be shooting the property at the peak (hopefully!) of spring wildflower season when a mix of bloodroot, trilliums, Virginia bluebells, larkspur, chickweed, spring beauty, violets, wild geraniums, wild phlox, and trout lilies can be expected.  We’ll start off with an orientation, during which I’ll share and discuss a variety of sample photos. We’ll talk about common mistakes to avoid and techniques you can use to make your photos unique and interesting.

At the end of the orientation, you’ll receive a written shoot assignment that will guide you in honing specific skills, and off we’ll go to scout locations. As the sun drops, we’ll set up for our evening shoot and will continue to take photos until the light fades. After the shoot, you’ll have the opportunity to share your best photos in a private Facebook group.

*An optional daybreak shoot will be offered Sunday morning for those hardy souls wanting to experience the magic of early light in the Arboretum. This will be a more casual session during which you can continue to hone your skills while getting a bit of advice and feedback.

This workshop is suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate photographers who own a DSLR camera. Participants must know how to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed on their particular camera. We will be shooting primarily in manual mode.

***Individual instruction is also available. See the drop-down menu for options.***

Instructor: Linda S. Gribko

Do I Need to Pre-Register? Yes! Pre-registration is required. Early registration is rewarded with a discount. See the individual session details for cut-off dates.

Where and When: WVU Core Arboretum, Morgantown, WV, on Monongahela Blvd. adjacent to the WVU Coliseum.

Bring: Your DSLR camera; a tripod or monopod, if you own one; snacks, drinks, and a picnic dinner that you can eat on the move; and a flashlight or headlamp in case we lose the light Saturday evening. We will be down on the ground, so wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get muddy.

Be Prepared To Climb Hills: The arboretum drops 200′ from the top of the property to the river. You should be in reasonably good shape to participate in this workshop.

Provided: Instruction, personal feedback, handouts, and an optional private Facebook group where you can share your photos and receive additional feedback from the instructor and other participants.

Class Size: The class will be limited to 10 people, so register early.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: You may cancel up to the time of the workshop with a $20 cancellation fee. Alternatively, anyone of your choosing may take your place at the workshop as long as they’re at least 18 years of age—there is no transfer fee. If a workshop must be cancelled due to weather, an alternative date will be offered. Anyone not able to participate on the alternative date will be offered a full refund.

Saturday Schedule:

  • 2 – 2:45 p.m.: Orientation, view sample photographs, and receive your shoot assignment.
  • 3 -4:30 p.m.:  Explore the arboretum, scout locations, and shoot some preliminary photos.
  • 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.:  Evening shoot; you should plan to stay the entire time.

Sunday Schedule:

  • 6 – 9 a.m.: Optional sunrise shoot; participants are free to leave earlier or stay on past 9 and continue to shoot.

Linda Gribko is an author, artist, and photographer living in Morgantown, West Virginia. She's known for her wildflower photography and the mandalas that she creates from her nature photos. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016. It's the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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Date / Location

Sat. 4/8/17 (2 – 8 p.m.), Private Evening Instruction, Private Sunrise Instruction


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