Rail Adventure Workshop June 2017

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Rail Adventure Workshop June 2017


The Chicago to New Orleans Rail Adventure combines street photography with train passage on Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans.” Our route begins in Chicago, IL, and runs through several states including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and arriving in the dynamic city of New Orleans, LA. 

It’s approximately a 19-hour trip, traveling through lush, beautiful landscapes, and ending in the Deep South in a city rich in culture, history, and of course, a myriad of photographic possibilities. 

If you want to read detailed information about riding “City of New Orleans,” go to Amtrak's website, go up to "Destinations," then click on "Routes and Stations." Scroll down and you'll see our “City of New Orleans.” You can click on the route guide to learn about the sights we'll see on our way to NOLA. 

During our 19-hour journey on the “City of New Orleans,” we’ll conduct informal meetings, prepare for our arrival in Louisiana, grab a little shut-eye, and yes, photograph the interesting landscape as we pass by. 

Upon our arrival, we’ll explore the French Quarter, prepare our images during group lab time, and finish off the workshop with a class presentation. I so hope you’ll be able to join us!

You can reserve your spot by clicking on this link to pay your workshop fees. Once your place is reserved, we’ll help you prepare for what should be the highlight of your summer.

If you have any follow-up questions, please drop me a note at dstory@gmail.com. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hope you can join us! 

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“Preliminary” Itinerary

Sunday, June 25
The Out of Chicago Conference ends at 5pm (for those who are attending this event before the rail adventure.)

Monday June 26
11:30 AM Group meets in The Loop (downtown Chicago) for a light lunch, orientation, and preparation for the afternoon shoot.
1:00 PM Photowalk in the Loop exploring some of Derrick’s favorite spots for photography.
3:00 PM Field trip to Central Camera, one of the venerable (and very cool) photo shops in the U.S.
4:00 PM Break to refresh, refuel, and gather luggage.
7:00 pm: Meet at Chicago Amtrak station
8:05 pm: Board train for New Orleans

Tuesday June 27:
3:30 pm: Arrive at New Orleans Amtrak station
4:00 pm Check in to our hotel in New Orleans
4:30 pm Free time and dinner on your own

Wednesday June 28:
8:00 am Class meeting with session on Street Photography style and technique
9:00 am Photo shoot #1 in the French Quarter
11:30 am Group Lunch with primer on Cajun cooking (also a photo opp)
1:00 pm Afternoon break - put your feet up and have a good Southern style nap.
4:00 pm Class meeting with session on twilight photography
5:30 pm Photo shoot #2 in the French Quarter
9:00 pm End of formal activity for Day 3

Thursday June 29:
9:00 am Classroom work and final lab session
10:30 am Class presentation
12:00 noon Workshop ends with good-byes


The TDS Street Shooting Workshop: Basic Information

(1) Contact Me — Phone: 707-477-4627 — email: dstory@gmail.com.

(2) Workshop Fees: $695 (includes all class sessions, photowalks, meeting rooms, two lunches, and swag)

(3) Workshop Fees do not include train fare (ranges between $105 and $350 depending on accommodations selected) or hotel fees in New Orleans.

(4) To secure your reservation, please select this item in our store. Your spot will be secured once your workshop fees have been paid.

(5) Confirmation

Once your deposit has been verified, you will receive a confirmation letter. You can check on your confirmation status at any time by writing Derrick at: dstory@gmail.com

(6) Cancellation Policy

Here’s the schedule of cancellation dates and their corresponding refunds.

Jan. 20 - Feb. 28, 2017 — A written cancellation request received within this period will provide you with a $500 refund if you had paid the full $695 workshop fee.

March 1 - April 30, 2017 — A written cancellation request received within this period will provide you with a $200 refund if you had paid the full $695 workshop fee.

After May 1, 2017  — A written cancellation request received within this period will provide you with a $100 refund if you had paid the full $695 workshop fee.

Workshop fees are not transferrable. Refunds are paid by check mailed to the postal address of recipient as listed on this registration form. Refunds will be sent within 30 days of request receipt.

(07) Thank You!
I’m looking forward to seeing you in April 2016!