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Travel South Planner 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 74 Owensboro, Kentucky 1-800-489-1131 T WIN FALL S PHO T OGRAPHY WORK- SHOP Twin Falls State Park, West Virginia Twin Falls State Park has been leading photography workshops for nearly 30 years; they are offered twice annually, in September and April. The 4,000-acre resort state park is a prime location for aspiring photographers, with 26 miles of hik- ing trails that feature birds, salaman- ders, rhododendron, waterfalls and a restored pioneer farm. "What makes it a special ex- perience is that people can spend one-on-one time with professional photographers who approach it as a passion, not just a job," said Scott Durham, superintendent at Twin Falls State Park. Currently supervising the work- shop are seasoned professionals Steve Shaluta and Steven Rotsch. Now retired, Sha- luta spent more than 30 years working as a staff photographer for the West Virginia Depart- ment of Commerce and running a success- ful freelance photography business. Rotsch is an internationally recognized photographer, with published work in the Associated Press, the Illinois State-Journal and the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram. He also serves as the personal photographer for West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III. The weekend retreat begins on Friday evening, when the group convenes in a class- room for an introductory session on basic photography. The next morning, the photog- raphers head out on fi eld trips throughout the park to put their new skills to the test, typically visiting the pioneer farm and local waterfalls. "We adapt the schedule to the wants and needs of the group," said Durham, who par- ticipates in the workshop each year. "Quite of- ten, we go out for a night excursion as well." Saturday afternoon and evening are di- vided into classroom sessions on more ad- vanced topics, such as night photography, portraits and lighting. Finally, on Sunday morning, participants submit three of their best photos for a class critique. WWW.TWINFALLSRESORT.COM TWIN FALLS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP By Steve Shaluta, cour tesy Twin Falls State Park By Wayne Rotsch, cour tesy Twin Falls State Park By Wayne Rotsch, cour tesy Twin Falls State Park

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