Swan Island Dahlia Farm Instructional Photo-Tour

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A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Swan Island Dahlia Farm Instructional Photo-Tour
September 11-15, 2013: 5 FULL DAYS: $1649

Join Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon (just south of Portland) for a great learning and photography experience. Swan Island features more than 40 acres with over 350 varieties of dahlias in a plethora of colors, shapes and sizes, making it one of the largest growers in the United States.

Daily Photo Schedule

We will enjoy four morning (7:00am till 10:30am) and five afternoon (3:30pm till 6pm) photography sessions. While we will do most of our photography at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm, we will also visit the Portland Rose Garden and/or the Portland Japanese Garden on this IPT. The in-the-field instruction will include seeing the situation, the use of selective focus, creative use of depth of field, histogram and exposure guidance, designing creative images, choosing your background, isolating your subject, lens options, and the use of reflectors and diffusers. Our field sessions will include challenging photography assignments geared to make you think creatively. Both personalized and small group instruction will be provided. All times are tentative and subject to change based on weather and local conditions.

Seminar Morning: Friday, September 13: 8:30am till 12:30pm.

Denise will begin by presenting her “Bloomin’ Ideas” program, an overview of the in-the-field and post-processing techniques that she has used and developed over the past few years to create her signature look. Artie will follow with a Photoshop session that will be geared towards all levels. He’ll be sharing some of his favorite techniques and tips while working on images from the first two days of the IPT. Denise will conclude the seminar portion of the IPT with a Photoshop demo; she will share her creative workflow using a variety of Photoshop filters and effects. The entire morning is designed to give you a peek into the minds of two very skilled and creative folks.

The group will have lunch together daily. All are invited to bring their laptops for image sharing.

We hope that you can join us for an intense five days of learning and some of the best flower photography to be had in North America.
Deposit Info and Cancellation Policies

A $449 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT (Instructional Photo Tour). Your balance is due 5 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.
*Non-photographer spouses/companions may join most North American IPTs tours for $50/day. This fee includes all slide programs, lunches, and in-the-field sessions.





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17 Responses

  1. Susan Dimock says:

    Denise, I loved your workshop last year at the Dahlia Farm! You are such a good instructor…so thoughtful to try to help everyone. It’s exciting that you have expanded it for this year and bringing Artie aboard too! That farm is incredible…I’ve never seen so many dahlias!

  2. denise says:

    Hi Susan, It will be wonderful to see you again. Thank you for your kind words, they really mean a lot. I agree-the farm is incredible!

  3. Harold Klein says:

    Denise,
    Really glad to hear you are coming back to Oregon for the Swan Is Dahlia Farm and Rose Gardens. I had been to both locations before , but have to admit I did not “see” them like you did.
    Last year’s program was excellent. My photography has not been the same since!!
    Welcome back!!

  4. denise says:

    Hi Felice, I received your deposit, we will be staying at a nearby hotel and it is on the additional info sheet. Participants will need to get to each shooting location, I can get you in touch with others so you can try to work something out if you like with sharing a car.

  5. Carolyn Peterson says:

    Hi Denise,

    I am looking forward to to seeing you and Artie in Oregon. I just sent my deposit. I live in Sherwood (about 35 minutes northwest of Canby), so I can help out with car pooling.

  6. Ron says:

    I have already told Art that I am coming. I will bring a check to the IPT in Florida. I am looking forward to meeting you and Art in Florida.
    See you soon.

  7. Rose Mary says:

    Denise, I saw you last night at the Orlando CC meeting. My passion is flowers and I’d like to know where I can get more info on this IPT. I can’t sign up until I see the entire cost involved so any info I ca get my hands in would be awesome. Thank you!

  8. denise says:

    Hi Rose,
    Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the support. Let me know if you need anything else. The price of the workshop is $1649.00
    This page is the full info sheet. The hotel is approx 15 minutes from the photo shoot and the group rate price for the hotel is approx. $109.00 per night. Upon registration a detailed info sheet will be sent with lens suggestions, etc..

  9. Paulette says:

    I would like to know if the workshop is filled yet. If not, I would like to sign up. Thanks.

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