The first of two photography workshops scheduled for the fall of 2017 on Hoopers Island concluded on September 17th, 2017. Three co-workers who had experience shooting as a group were in attendance. The workshop gave the students first hand experiences with the inner workings of the Chesapeake Bay's seafood industry and opportunities to photograph crab processing facilities, pound net fishermen and oyster aquaculture farms. While being placed in the opportunity to photograph these different subjects, I educated students on techniques to develop and improve their photography skills. While not shooting activities on the water surrounding seafood, we spent time exploring Dorchester County's marshy landscapes in search of landscapes, wildlife and workboats melting into the marsh. I am looking forward to concluding a successful workshop season (May - October) with two more trips out of Annapolis and Hoopers Island. A special thanks to everyone who has attended my trips and helped make them a success!
On Monday, September 3rd, I hosted a private on-the-water workshop out of Chance, Maryland to photograph the 58th Annual Skipjack Races. In my boat, we were able to capture multiple angles on the Chesapeake Bay's most iconic wooden workboats. The Ida May captained by Shawn Ridgley won first place.
Congratulations to my photo-student Karen Ostrowski for taking first place in 2017 Best of the Chesapeake Photo Contest hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay! She took this photograph of Smith Island waterman Jessie Brimer on one of my May 2017 workshops.
I have one space left for the 2018 Smith Island workshops - May 23rd to the 25th. Contact me if you are interested in joining!
Jason Ruth, owner of Harris Seafood in Grasonville, Maryland explains how Soft Shell Clams and Razor Clams are harvested in the Chesapeake Bay and the different markets that they supply.
Video produced by Jay Fleming in collaboration with Caroline Phillips.