Thursday, September 13, 2012

Photography and Fitness outings

Photographers, artists and nature-lovers are invited to join County Photographer Phil Norton for walks with cameras this fall. If you have good intentions to get outside for regular exercise and want to learn how to capture the autumn beauty, now is your chance to shoot with a pro. Led by the passion to take great pictures, you will reconnect with nature and discover the rich heritage of Prince Edward County. Sign up for any or all of the walks: or (613) 476-1167 or

Norton has been seeing life through a lens for 40 years and working professionally as a writer and photojournalist. Besides freelancing for Harrowsmith and Canadian Geographic Magazines on environmental and outdoor adventure topics, he was the editor of a bilingual weekly newspaper, The Huntingdon Gleaner in Quebec, and ran the stock photo department for The Montreal Gazette. Later, he shared his experience in high schools leading students on rural community photo shoots for publication.

Since moving to Prince Edward County in 2007, he has explored the region by bicycle, kayak and on foot and has captured its many moods in photos which appear in local publications, websites and on his postcards.

Featured by Loyalist College "Going Green".

Featured by County Weekly News. 

From September 19 – October 13, 2012, during the peak of autumn color, with cool air and few bugs, Norton will lead Wednesday evening and Saturday morning walks averaging 2 hours each. The cost is $10 per outing (children 5 - 14 accompanied by an adult half-price) and the group size will be limited. The format is informal and interactive.

Destinations for this first outings include several Quinte Conservation Areas—Macaulay Mountain’s old growth forest and streams, Beaver Meadow’s marsh and maple woodland, and the cliffs, butterflies and pebble beach at Little Bluff—Sandbanks Park’s lakeshore and dunes, an apple orchard in Waupoos, Glenwood Cemetery by special invitation on Veteran’s Day with scenic lanes, heritage stones and a hilltop bagpiper, and bird banding beside the Point Traverse lighthouse. See more details at the bottom of this post.


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During the winter, indoor portfolio reviews will be held as well as digital workflow classes in a multimedia studio with a big screen. One-on-one personalized tutoring sessions may be scheduled for advanced computer applications and career coaching.

The Photography and Fitness series will increase your fitness level while adding amazing images to your County portfolio!

Participants will be invited to upload images and sell stock images on the e-commerce photo agency representing county-based photographers:

None of the walks are extremely difficult. The pace will not be fast and certain steep side trails are optional at Little Bluff and Macaulay. Unless it is a heavy downpour of rain, the outing will go on as planned. Never forget: inclement weather often provides the best images!

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:00-7:00 Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area, Picton, meet at Lower parking lot beside stone church and red brick Macaulay House Museum. Old growth forest, hemlocks and cedar and (if time permits) ridgetop lookout, mini-waterfall. Click to see photos.

Saturday, Sept. 22 autumnal equinox, 9 a.m. Glenwood Cemetery in Picton, over 60 acres including wild forest and stream, special Veteran’s Day event with bagpiper on the hill at 10:45. Click to see photos.

Sept. 26, Little Bluff Conservation area from marsh overlook to cliffs to old stone granary foundation at water’s edge. Sunset. Meet at St. Andrew's Picton church by 4:30 for carpooling. Click to see photos.

Sept. 29, apple orchard, lakeside vineyard and maple woodlot at Waupoos Estates winery. Carpool from Picton 8:30 a.m. Click to see photos.

October 3, Sandbanks shore from the high dunes to Lakeshore Lodge for sunset pictures. Carpool leaves St. Andrew's Picton church at 4:30. Click to see photos.

Oct. 6, Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, fall colours, marsh lookout and migrating geese. Carpool from Picton leaves at 8:30. Click to see photos.

Oct. 10, Sandbanks Woodlands Trail. Old growth hardwood forest, field ecosystem and Lake Ontario shore. Meet at the main park entrance gates parking lot by the trail sign. Or carpool from Picton leaves 4:30. Click to see photos.

Oct. 13 Long Point bird observatory, saw whet owls banding, lighthouse. Carpool from Picton leaves at 8:15 a.m. Click to see photos.

Coming later this month: more Quinte Conservation areas, night photography in Belleville, the Frink Nature Centre boardwalk, full moonrises, October 29 and November 28. Also winter outings and indoor Photoshop basics and portfolio critiques on the big screen.

Click to view participants photos.

Register for one or all of the outings: or (613) 476-1167 or

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