Mountains To Sea Workshops Bulls Island Expedition - Mountains To Sea Workshops
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Duration: 10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Location: Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge
Price: $545

Light painting in the Boneyard

Our first night, we’ll run out to Folly Beach to hit the old wooden Jettis.  There are also old trees and a painted structure out there to fill your foreground under the stars.  The second night we’ll explore  Bulls Island at the south end of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Unlike any other island in the refuge, Bulls Island is 5,000 acres of dense maritime forest, miles of hiking trails and fresh water ponds teeming with wildlife.  On the north end of the seven mile long beach is the infamous Boneyard, where the forest has been stranded on the sea shore over time.  These monolithic oaks of the Boneyard have been bleached by the sun and weathered by the salt air, rendering them skeletons on the shore. 

Milky Way over the Marsh

We will boat out to the island in the middle of the night, then a truck through the interior jungle out to the boneyard just in time for the Milky Way to rise over the ocean.  There we will shoot the boundless compositions until sunrise, before making our return to the mainland for warm coffee and food.  On our way back we will explore the salt marshes and estuaries searching for dolphins, oyster catchers, white pelican, bald eagles, etc just to name just a few of the 290 species of bird.

Our guides have a wealth of knowledge of the natural and human history of this coastline.  Join us on this engaging weekend excursion as we photographically explore one of the most stunning and diverse coastlines on the planet.  We will photograph abundant wildlife and changing coastlines, marshes and boneyard beaches and learn the best ways to capture each scene.

Bulls Island Sunrise


Trip Highlights:

  • Raw untouched coastal beauty of the barrier islands. Bulls Island and Folly Beach
  • Photograph Dolphins, Alligators and hundreds of birds
  • Astrophotography and Sunrise in the boneyard and marshes that make this area famous (for photographers).

Topics we will cover:

  • Basic Camera functions such as:  Shutter, Aperture, Focus, ISO, Exposure Compensation
  • How to read a Histogram
  • Hyper-focal distance
  • The use of filters and filter systems, including Neutral Density, ND Grads & Polarizers.
  • Bracketing and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • How to read the light and adjust for changing light conditions.
  • How to look for and choose your composition.  Advanced compositions and compositional elements.
  • How to get the most from your current camera system.  What are the advantages of Higher end systems and lenses.
  • Post Processioning techniques to include:  image loading, meta-tagging, basic image adjustments, Dodging & Burning, saving your file
  • A basic understanding of Lightroom & Photoshop(advanced techniques will be touched on as needed)

Tentative Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 – Welcome to Charleston
    Meet for dinner and Introductions
    Gear Readiness
    Sunset session near Charleston
  • Day 2 – 12am – Cape Romain National Wildlife Preserve
    Boat ride to Bulls Island
    Astrophotography and Night photography in the Boneyard
    Sunrise session in the Boneyard
    Naturalists guide us through the salt marshes teeming with wildlife (via truck and boat)
  • Day 3 – Folly Beach
    Astrophotography on the Beach
    Sunrise over the groins and piers
    Fresh breakfast and coffee at our favorite breakfast spot



Abundant Wildlife, Image by Sheri Eisenhuth

Price Includes:

  • Professional Naturalist guide to the surrounding area
  • Expert Photography Guidance and Hands on Training
  • Sunrise and Nighttime / Astrophotography sessions on the Boneyard and Beach
  • Access to the Boneyard for Astrophotography, Star Trails and Time Lapse Video

*Space is limited to 10 on this very special trip.

We have a group rate and rooms available at Fairfield Inn & Suites at Charleston Airport/Convention Center – (843) 300-3100

Book your group rate for Mountains To The Sea
Or mention Mountains To Sea when booking your room to get the discount.



Important:  Hikes can vary in difficulty levels and can reach up to 1 mile.  No one knows your condition and fitness level better than you.  We will be in the mountain where terrain can be rocky and steep.  Your safety is always our highest priority.  Helping us by being prepared will ensure you have a safe and productive trip.

*If you have a pre-existing medical condition, we will need to know about this in advance to assess your ability for this trip.

*All locations are subject to weather.   To check the local forecast:  Mt. Pleasant, SC

*An Itinerary and Equipment list will be sent out one month prior to the trip.  A good Camera backpack is essential to reach our destinations.



Light Painting in the Boneyard


Payment Policy
You are required to make the minimum deposit to hold your spot. Full payment of the workshop tuition is charged to your card 30 days following your deposit purchase.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made more than 60 days before the event date may choose to reschedule for another workshop date or request a refund minus a 20% admin fee. Cancellations made less than 60 days before the event date are only eligible for rescheduling or a refund if the opening can be rebooked.