Fall in Vermont Workshop

I’ll be assisting on this workshop with the incomparable David Middleton..he made me write that!

About the Workshop

I am sitting on a knoll above my house in an island of uncut October grass, in an ocean of unkempt Autumn brambles. The view here falls away at my feet through meadow and wood to the northern tip of the Valley of Vermont, pinched here between the eastside granitic rise of the Greens, and the westside marbled peaks of the Taconics. In the valley bottom Otter Creek snakes quietly north. Down in the valley there is room enough for a creek, a field, and a road, but not much more.

Before me are all of the seasons of the year. I see fall in the crimson and golden leaves of maples and birch and summer in the changing green of the oaks and pines. Winter lies hidden in the shrinking shadows where this morning’s frost still lingers and spring I hear in the twittering notes of nearby robins and wrens.

This is my Vermont, David Middleton’s Vermont. It stretches as far as my eye can see. Within this view are hidden my favorite places to photograph, places that I go to regularly, places that are as familiar to me as old friends. These are not the skim-the-cream places that flatland workshop leaders truck their people to hoping to get the same old, same old shots. These are my special places, my favorite local haunts, join Jeff Wendorff and me this fall and they will become your favorites as well.

On this PAW workshop we will be photographing all the colors of the New England Fall; beautiful tumbling creeks framed by a riot of reds, blazing yellow hillsides, and glowing orange reflections shimmering in the mist of dawn. Our workshop will have the privilege of visiting the old farm that is now David’s home in order to photograph the ponds, meadows, and meandering creek that make up his property. Not only will David welcome you to wander his property, you will also have the unique opportunity to visit his digital darkroom and see first hand how David works on his many projects as he and Jeff share their processing tips and tricks.

However, the most unique part of this workshop will undoubtedly be the hours you spend photographing at the beautiful working farm that is the subject of David’s latest book. This family run farm is a traditional New England dairy with old wooden barns, ancient sugar maples, miles of stonewalls and views that any calendar would love to have. Why not join us on this workshop and take full advantage of David’s personal relationship with the farmers in order to gain access to explore and photograph a farm that is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the entire state of Vermont, if not all of New England?

Included in the Workshop

Needless to say, your fees include the professional instruction of a PAW leader. All workshops have leaders, however a PAW leader is an expert on the location and has proven skills as a workshop instructor. Our instructors are there to help you make better images and fill your portfolios, not theirs. PAW leaders don’t photograph on our workshops; they teach.

On this particular workshop your fee also includes individualized field instruction, classroom instruction, honest critiques, and access to the dairy farm as well as unlimited access to David’s small but perfectly formed brain. That should be worth the cost of admission by itself!

The workshop will allow a maximum of 12 participants and requires a minimum of 6 participants.


This is one of PAW’s most popular workshops and so we anticipate offering this workshop in consecutive weeks. However, we will not accept enrollment in the second weeks workshop until week 1 reaches 10 clients. Clients may ask to be placed on the waiting list for the 2nd week, but you must agree and understand that the 2nd workshop will not run unless week 1 runs with 10 clients.

The workshop will run October 6-10, 2010 and the wait list only dates are October 13-17, 2010. The basic itinerary as described below will be the same for both workshops. Please contact us if you are interested in attending both workshops. WOW that would be a lot of Middleton, so we’ll give you a mental health discount for the second session!

Finally, PAW will also offer our P3 , Print, Process and Publish class between the sessions. Oct 11-13. See the website for full details.

You can expect to photograph everyday early and late and do critiques and lessons in the middle of the day. We keep the daily schedule flexible to ensure us going to the right places at the right times and to take advantage of any unusual weather events. No exertion is required for this workshop. All photography locations are close to parking and ambling is the desired top speed for participants.

The workshop begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evening and ends late Sunday morning. Suggestions as to where to go before and after the workshop will be gladly given.

Equipment and Gear

Bring all your photo gear that you would normally use to photograph all the various aspects of a landscape- from macro to wide-angle to medium telephotos. Long telephotos will probably not be needed. Also bring some means of reviewing and selecting your images – a laptop or portable hard drive with viewing screen- to make critiques easier and more instructive.

You can expect chilly mornings (around freezing), pleasant days and dark nights. In fact, we guarantee that the nights will be dark. A warm hat and gloves are good ideas as are rain pants and jacket. Light, waterproof hiking boots are a good idea as well. Snacks for the leaders (we prefer calling them medication), especially dark chocolate, is always prudent especially immediately before critiques.

Feel free to contact Jeff or David if you have specific questions or concerns about what to bring.

Be sure to let Jeff know of any special needs that you may have so that we can try to accommodate them.

Transportation and Lodging

You are responsible for all transportation to the workshop, and travel during the workshop. Lodging and Meals are not included, but the quaint general stores of Vermont will be open to sell you whatever you can find.

The workshop is based in the scenic little town of Manchester, Vermont. Tucked under looming Mt. Equinox, Manchester is a thriving tourist town with lots of places to eat and dine and plenty of places to spend the night from mom and pop motels to intimate bed and breakfasts to fancy inns. You are free to choose accommodations that match your taste and budget. We are more than happy to answer questions about lodging, so just ask.

All workshop meetings, critiques and classes will be at the Inn at Willow Pond, a very nice lodge a few miles north of town.

The nearest airport is Albany International Airport in Albany, New York. The airport is about a 75-minute drive to Manchester. The next closest airport is north of Manchester in Burlington, Vermont. This airport is about a 2-hour drive to Manchester for most people. For photographers in October it can take all-day and then some. Boston International Airport is 4 hours to the east of Manchester, Vermont.

Suggested hotels and airports for Fall in Vermont are shown below. Click on the name of the hotel or airport for more information, including a map. This information is provided as a helpful resource for our participants, but is not guaranteed accurate. Please confirm any important details before making travel plans.

Review the workshop description carefully for more information about rates, locations, and dates. If you have any questions, please contact us before making your reservations.


    The INN at Willow Pond

    Route 7A North Manchester, VT, 05254United States Website


    Albany International Airport (ALB)

    737 Albany-Shaker Road Albany, NY, 12211United States Website

    Burlington International Airport (BTV)

    1200 Airport Drive South Burlington, VT, 05403United States Website

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

1 Harborside Drive East Boston, MA, 02128United States Website


    Wednesday, October 6, 2010 – 7:00pm Sunday, October 10, 2010 – 11:00am


    Manchester, VT


    $995.00 Register Now


    6 participants 12 participants

    Workshop Flyer

    View information about Fall in Vermont as a PDF.


      David Middleton

      David has lead more than 150 photography tours and taught more than 200 photography workshops. He is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who has taught photographers and nature lovers of all levels and interests.

      Jeff Wendorff

      Jeff believes it is important to have fun while learning, serious fun, so be prepared to enjoy yourself when you are with him.

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