Wicked Good Workshop Week in Maine

Photo © Lottie Hedley

Just finished up my annual Maine Media Workshop class, called “Digital Travel Photography: A Sense of Place,” and it was a great week. I had 13 diverse and talented students from as far away as New Zealand, and by day two, we all felt like family.

Everyone was pushed beyond their relative comfort zones in photography and broke new ground in their development as visual storytellers. I learned as much as the students did, and went away envying their talent and great eyes.

I’ve been teaching up here for about 20 years now, and it never ceases to amaze me  how students can surprise me in a place I know like the back of my hand.

So hit the jump for a gallery of the student’s work, including the above shot of Marshall Point lighthouse from our Kiwi classmate, Lottie Hedley.

Photo © Anne Wishard

Anne Wishard caught this stunning aerial view of a sailboat coming into Camden Harbor….it was her first time shooting aerials!


Photo © Barry Smith

Barry Smith made this gorgeous portrait of some kids enjoying a hot summer day in Rockport.


Photo © Claudia Colety

Claudia Colety captured this  delightful moment on the street in Camden as a youngster gets an eyeful and earful.


Photo © Colleen Hogan

Eighteen-year-old Colleen Hogan, our youngest classmate, managed to capture both mood and energy in this twilight view.


Photo © Jenn Schorf

Jenn Schorf made good use of a long lens and soft light to make this working portrait of a yachtsman stowing sails.


Photo © Jerry Zimmerman

Veteran shooter Jerry Zimmerman caught this lovely scene on a sunset windjammer cruise.


Photo © Joe Duty

Texas-based newspaper photojournalist Joe Duty captured a high five (or is it a high ten?) between a crew member and her pup on another windjammer cruise.


Photo © John Faison

B&H Photo’s own John Faison took my class and caught a portrait that rang true. John was doing double duty, repping B&H and taking the class, so he was a very busy man.


Photo © John Harries

Guidebook publisher John Harries made this stunning view of the bridge in Belfast on a foggy, rainy evening.


Photo © Marj_Kleinman

Multimedia producer Marj Kleinman caught a classic working sail moment in a heavy fog.


Photo © Peter Thorne

This relaxed environmental portrait is part of a picture story Peter Thorne did about this violin maker.


Photo © Steve Arthur

Steve Arthur made good use of a wideangle lens when he made this twilight view of Marshall Point lighthouse.

The class may be putting up a Flickr gallery of their whole final slideshow….watch this space for the announcement!

This entry was posted in Destinations, Photo Techniques, Travel, Workshops & Seminars.


  1. Bill Reade July 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Rockport is a wonderful place. i attended the workshops way back in 80 & 81. I have never met anyone who’s gone there and has not come home a changed person. A friend
    once discribed it as God’s darkroom.

  2. Tim July 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Well it looks like you had better weather this year. That dog and girl look eerily familiar, were they from Rockport?

    • Bob July 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

      Tim: We did have some great, albeit hot, weather. Every year is different! Bob

      • Marj Kleinman July 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

        That girl/dog work on the Appledore in Camden.

  3. Tim July 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    P.S. ARIALS???

  4. Eric Delmar July 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Lots of great shots! Glad your weather was better this year than last year’s. So a student chartered a plane for aerials? Brilliant!

    • Bob July 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Eric: Yes, we had better weather this year (but you guys rocked in the rain last year!) and there is a guy on Rte 90 with a Robinson 44 that he rents out for a few hundred bucks per half hour, so a couple of students went in on a charter and got some great stuff. Hope you’re well! cheers, Bob

  5. Jacques Babin July 12, 2010 at 11:14 am #


    I join my friends of the “Class of 2009”. Great pictures from the students this year as well. Bob, rain or shine, you are an inspiring mentor!

  6. Susan Hyland July 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Colleen, Fantastic photo!! Can’t wait to see more!!

  7. Brenda Tharp July 16, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    Heh Bob, looks like you had a great class with good energy. I’m coming up on mine August 1-7 and hoping we’ll get some mixed weather – I love fog and storm light in Maine! But we’ll work it no matter what…thanks for sharing these images here.

    • Bob July 16, 2010 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Brenda: Wishing you good weather. You’ll like the food this year, that’s for sure…it’s excellent! Bob

  8. Marj Kleinman July 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Bob, thanks for the props! We had an awesome time. Homesick for our class 🙂 Marj

  9. Anne Emison Wishard July 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Can we make the classes last longer? It was so much fun, very intense, but far too short!

  10. clarua July 29, 2010 at 12:47 am #

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  11. Paul Sivley August 15, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    When will you teach again? I just finished a course with Nevada Weir this July and would love to learn from you too! Thanks
    Paul Sivley

  12. Paul Silvey August 15, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Bob, I should ask when will you teach a weeklong class at Sante Fe or Maine again? I’d love something longer than a day yet semi-affordable. Thanks!
    Would love to have you speak to our ASMP chapter!
    Portland, OR

  13. Janice August 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi!! Where can I find information about this Workshop ? I would like to have an idea of how much it costs. Could you tell me how much was it this year ? I am from Brazil so I need to save money to take part in such classes ! And if you keep a list of people interested in the workshop for next year, please add my name Janice email: nicehoff@hotmail.com

    • Bob August 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

      Hi Janice: It’s http://www.theworkshops.com. I don’t keep lists of potential students, so your best bet is to check the Maine Media Workshop site. thanks! Bob

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