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Chimney Rock Nature Photography Workshop for Peak Leaves

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will host its biannual Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop led by award-winning WNC photographer Jeff Miller on Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, 2014, from 8:30am-4:00pm on both days in the Park. Chimney Rock’s fall colors are expected to peak around this time, presenting a vibrant landscape with yellow, red and orange hues for leaf peeping shutterbugs. Unique geological rock formations, up to 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge and a 404-foot-tall waterfall, along with diverse plant and animal life, mark Chimney Rock as a top destination for photography in Western North Carolina. Miller’s two-day comprehensive workshop is designed for beginner and experienced photographers and costs $90 ($65 for Annual Passholders) for day one; $100 ($75 for Annual Passholders) for day two, or $170 ($135 for Annual Passholders) for both days. Fees include instruction, lunch and an Annual Pass for non-Passholders. To register, call (800) 277-9611 or register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events.

“Chimney Rock is one of WNC’s most spectacular backdrops for photographers, from its kaleidoscope of fall colors to its dramatic landscapes. It’s not every day your lens can frame an iconic 535-million-year-old rock with long-range panoramic views or the second highest waterfall on the east coast,” said Jeff Miller.

Expert Instruction.  Jeff Miller’s award-winning work has been published in regional, state and national publications and exhibited in galleries and landmark buildings throughout central and western NC. Miller’s two-day, comprehensive workshop will offer an intimate class size with 1-on-1 personal attention, guidance and critiquing to maximize learning opportunities and personal growth. His format strikes a thoughtful balance of classroom instruction with in-the-field guided photography sessions. Topics vary from camera equipment and photography techniques to post-production and exhibition, tailored to individual levels of experience. Participants will learn how to shoot scenes from wide-angle to telephoto, including traditional flower portraits, intimate landscapes and vistas. They will also learn about some of the post-processing tools available to organize, optimize and print digital images.

It is highly recommended that photographers bring a digital SLR camera (with media cards, extra batteries, and user manuals), a tripod, and their favorite lenses to the workshop.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.

About Jeff Miller and Mountain Lens Photography

Renowned WNC photographer Jeff Miller’s award-winning work has appeared in regional, state and national publications, including cover photos for Our State, The Laurel of Asheville and the National Park Service publications. Miller’s photos have been displayed at more than a dozen venues and galleries in Asheville and around central and western North Carolina. Additionally, his work can be seen on display in hotels, offices, restaurants and landmarks around Western NC. Miller is actively involved in photography groups in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, NC, and has given many technical and artistic presentations on photography. He is actively immersed in photography, from workshops and field trips to judging and consulting. He also offers commercial photography and printing services through Mountain Lens photography. Visit Miller’s online gallery at www.mountainlens.com.

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