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Photography Workshop – Winter Waterfalls & Landscapes

Photography Workshop – Winter Waterfalls & Landscapes $145

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We are excited to offer this spectacular winter photography workshop at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania with special guest Jim Cheney, an award-winning photographer who focuses on Pennsylvania landscapes. An avid waterfall photographer, he strives to capture the beauty of these natural wonders in unique ways. Jim compiles his photographs and travel experiences in Pennsylvania on his website and on Instagram.

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For this workshop, VTS will provide all the gear and a professional guide to lead you along the icy and snowy trail and to assist you in reaching the waterfalls. Jim will conduct the photography workshop throughout the trip. Get your winter gear and your cameras ready to explore the winter wonderland of Ricketts Glen, a world-class destination for adventurers and photographers in search of the Park’s magical 22 waterfalls.

With crampons under your boots and an ice axe in hand, you will embark on this magical winter adventure. You will explore with your cameras waterfalls and ice formations as you trek through the ravines of the majestic Ricketts Glen State Park. We will hike along sections of the Falls Trail and explore the Glens Natural Area, a designated National Natural Landmark. The trail system boasts dozens of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn cliffs in this ancient hillside.  Many of the waterfalls and streams freeze, as do the walls of the cliffs and the banks of the trail, creating glistening ice formations and an awe inspiring experience.

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During the workshop, Jim discusses how to create images of waterfalls that showcase their natural beauty in the winter environment. The workshop focuses on techniques for creating a silky look to the flowing water, how to use other surrounding elements for more impactful compositions and the unique challenges of photographing in snowy and icy environments. He also reviews the proper techniques for using tripods and filters when shooting waterfalls. Jim conducts global demonstrations for the group and then provides one-on-one instruction throughout the workshop at each waterfall.

Due to the challenges of photographing snowy and icy landscapes, the workshop is geared towards intermediate and more advanced photographers, but beginners are welcome and will learn a lot about their camera in this beautiful environment.

General Meeting Location Ricketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487
Benton, PA 17814
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Check-In Time 9:15 a.m.
Hike Start Time 10:15 a.m. (approx.) (we gear up, do intros & have a safety talk)
Hike End Time
 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)
Group Size (Max./Min.) 8/5 participants (need at least 5 participants to run workshop)
Guide-to-Client Ratio 1:8
Miles (Approximate) 3.5 (approx.)
Trail Type In-and-Out
Hot Chocolate Provided
Lunch BYO
Gear Provided Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet, Foam Insulation Pad, Rope
Required Personal Hiking Gear Comprehensive List of Required Personal Gear
(VTS does not provide personal gear)

Jim’s Recommended Photography Equipment:

– Camera with which you can control shutter speed

– Tripod

– Tripod Spikes (to secure tripod on snowy/icy surfaces)

– Neutral Density Filter

– Polarizing Filter

– Lens Cloth

– Camera Manual (always good to have as a reference)

Important: Upon booking the workshop, you will receive a detailed email with information on what to expect and bring, exact meeting location with specific driving directions & map attachments, a link to complete an online digital waiver and health form and other pertinent information.

Weather: We monitor the snow and ice conditions of the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen. We want everyone to have an authentic experience. Please note that the waterfalls do not have to be frozen for us to run the trip. There are a number of factors we consider, such as weather, temperature, the amount of ice and snow on the trail system and the amount and quality of the ice formations on the walls surrounding the waterfalls. If there is insufficient ice or if rain is forecasted for the whole day, we will cancel the trip. A few rain showers won’t keep us away. As for snow, we welcome it, but the presence of snow is not required. A big snow storm, however, could impact our decision as we rather not have you drive in unreasonable hazardous conditions. We do our best at monitoring the weather. We will contact you as soon as we think a storm may interfere with a trip.


Operator Cancellation: If we cancel a trip, we will try and set a new date for you to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, you may apply your funds to another trip category or request a refund.

Client Cancellation: Full refunds are available if you cancel at least 14 days before the date of your trip. No other refunds are available.

Lodging Considerations: We understand that many participants travel up to 2 hours or more to attend this magnificent trip. As such, we recommend you to consider making lodging arrangements for the evening before your trip. Please also consider lodging arrangements for after the trip as you may be tired.  Also, having lodging options is great in the event of inclement weather forecasted for before or after the trip.

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