November is the most wonderful time of year on the Georgia coast. The temperatures range from 70’s during the day followed by crisp, cool nights in the 50’s. Most of the bugs have moved south or into hibernation, and the majority of the tourists have headed home. I lived in Savannah for 13 years and the Fall was my favorite time to hit the beaches of Tybee, as well as the beaches and inland waters of the islands just off the coast. It’s a great time to be out and about, in search of  shark’s teeth and shells, birdwatching from the dunes, or photographing the historical architecture and beauty of Daufuskie Island. it’s also a great time to get back into Covid-free nature and rejuvenate ourselves before winter.

Tybee Lighthouse ©Exploregeorgia.org

 

 

We’ll stay on Tybee Island. A communal House for gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, projections of our work, portfolio reviews, and great conversations has been rented. For student accommodations, Tybee has lots of good, safe, clean hotels and AirBnBs for your choosing. Many right on the beach, and with off-season rates this time of year. If you’d like to share a hotel room or an AirBnB just let me know and I’ll put you together with another student seeking the same.

Sundial Charter Tours will be our private tour guide. Sundial is owned and operated by my old friend Captain René Heidt, a woman who knows these islands’ history, ecology, flora, and fauna like the back of her hand. She and her captains will guide us on private tours of Little Tybee and Daufuskie Island.

Daufuskie Oyster House, so named because the local descendants of West African slaves built these from money they made shucking and canning Oysters. Live Oaks like this one our not uncommon on the Island. ©René Heidt

 

This is a Peer Review workshop. We will review each other’s work individually and as a group. If you’d like to be a reviewer please let me know when you sign up. I ask that reviews be kept to a max of 20 minutes each. And there is no “peer pressure” with peer reviews – if you want to engage in this way that’s fine. And if you don’t, that’s fine, too!

However, I will give reviews to all those who attend and would like a review – limited to first come, first serve for 6 live person-to-person reviews while we’re there. The rest I will give at a later date, via Zoom; or a written review from images you share with me.

There will also be a feature in the December/January South x Southeast Magazine with 5-10 images from each workshop participant – so keep that in mind as you photograph your way around the coast!

There will be time to view each others work on Thursday afternoon/evening, Friday evening, and all-day Saturday until … social hour at 4 when we have a group review.  4 images you’ve chosen from your work this week will be seen and commented on by the group.

Included in the fee:

Wednesday –

Social Hour and Get to Know You Food and Drink at 5

Welcome Dinner at one of the local Tybee restaurants

Thursday – 

Private 3 hour boat trip to Little Tybee Island with Captain René and another of her captains (2 boats)  I encourage you read more about the tour here

Lunch when we return at one of the local restaurants.

Social Hour Food and Drink at 5

Friday – 

Private 5 hour boat trip to Daufuskie Island with Captain René and another of her captains (2 boats). I encourage you to read more about the tour here

Lunch on Daufuskie Island.

Social Hour Food and Drink at 5

Dinner at one of the local restaurants on Tybee.

Saturday –

Free day! Reviews will be held at the house during the day. But, if you’d like to return to Daufuskie or Little Tybee, or just wander off to Savannah or Hilton Head on your own – go for it!

Happy Hour food and drink at 4 – with group review. Each student will show 4 images from the workshop at this time.

Farewell Dinner at a local Tybee restaurant.

EVERYDAY –

The House to hang out in – plenty of coffee and tea, and places to curl up, chat, or edit.

Not included in the fee:

Transportation to and from Tybee Island, Georgia

Night-time Accommodations on Tybee Island during the length of the workshop

Breakfasts

Thursday evening dinner, and Saturday lunch are on our own.

Alcoholic beverages other than those offered at the House

Fee:

$1250 if paying by check. Please send a reservation request via email to nancy@sxsemagazine.com and I’ll provide more info.

$1293.75 if paying by debit or credit card. 3.5% has been added to cover card charges. Click HERE.

 

We strongly suggest you purchase travel insurance for last-minute change of plans. We have used Allianz Travel Insurance in the past. I’ve only filed one claim but their response time was excellent. Here’s the link if you’d like to check out prices.

BiO:
Nancy McCrary is the publisher and editor-in-chief of South x Southeast photomagazine,(sxsemagazine.com), an online and in print magazine featuring fine art photography from emerging and established artists. She is the director of South x Southeast Workshops (sxseworkshops.com), and the gallerist at South x Southeast Gallery, online and on the walls of the gallery (sxsegallery.com).  Prior to SxSE  she worked in a range of positions with other niche magazines such as Contents, Pop Star, Georgia Music Magazine and, her personal favorite, Advertising Director with International Tattoo Art for 14 good years. During the years of 2004-2012 Ms. McCrary was co-director of SlowExposures, a photography festival and juried exhibition celebrating the rural South.
She, and a menagerie of dogs and cats, live on her 4th generation family farm in rural Georgia where she shoots only photos.
If you have any questions please feel free to email nancy@sxsemagazine.com
Covid and this workshop:
I want to talk to you a bit about the workshop and the Covid pandemic we’re all going through.
I know these are scary times and we all have our concerns. I think being out in nature is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves right now, though. We just have to be careful how we do it.
For now, and the forseeable future, we are limiting our workshops to those who are vaccinated. I feel the vaccine is safe, the FDA is preparing to approve more vaccines , and it is the responsible thing to do to protect us all.
We will be following CDC, National Parks, and Georgia Parks guidelines. When we are inside historic buildings on Daufuskie,  or restrooms in any location, masks will be mandatory. We have 2 private boats for Little Tybee and Daufuskie with vaccinated tour guides. Masks will not be mandatory in the boats. As far as meetings at the House – there are outdoor areas in which to sit, and doors and windows to the house will be left open as much as possible. Please wear your mask when indoors and wash your hands frequently before and after enjoying food and beverage. I will do my best to make reservations at restaurants with outdoor dining, specifically requesting tables outside. I will do everything I can think of to make sure we stay as safe as possible. I’m taking care of myself, too, so this is not just business for me. And I don’t feel I’ll be at any more risk – in fact, probably less – than going to the grocery store or the post office.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me (nancy@sxsemagazine.com) with any questions or concerns.