Rad A. Drew Photography: Fonthill Castle, Etc., September 2018

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Fonthill Castle, Etc., September 2018

Including Eastern State Penitentiary, Longwood Gardens, and Graffiti Underground along the Delaware River!

Friday, September 21 -24, 2018

For DSLR, Mirror-less, and iPhone Photographers

This 4-day tour is jam packed with great photo opportunities! We'll visit Fonthill Castle, Eastern State Penitentiary, Longwood Gardens, and Coal Pier 18 along the Delaware River (aka, Graffiti Underground)

Dalia, Longwood Gardens

We'll be a small group of only 9 participants and all fees for Fonthill Castle, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Longwood Gardens are included.

Special iPhone and Topaz Studio Session 

We'll all be shooting with our favorite cameras, and I'll be available throughout the 4-day weekend to coach, answer questions, and offer processing suggestions. 

Because these venues are so iPhone-friendly, on Sunday afternoon, we'll spend 2 hours reviewing iPhone processing techniques and working on the images you've captured during the weekend.

We'll also take time to review Topaz Studio for those interested in processing "big camera" images on the computer.

Saloon, Fonthill Castle
© Rad A. Drew

About the Locations

Location 1: Fonthill Castle

The centerpiece of this photo tour is Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour's drive north of Philadelphia.

Dormer Room, Fonthill Castle
© Rad A. Drew
The 44-room castle built by Henry Mercer between 1908 and 1912 is a photographer’s dream! 

The building is a mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles and is adorned with Mercer’s beautiful Moravian tiles that were made during the American Arts and Crafts Movement. 

Each of the castle’s 27 levels – that’s right! – is full of art and furniture collected by Mercer. He actually named each room! The castle is so quaint that one expects hobbits to appear at any moment. (Fees included in cost of workshop.)

Lamp, Fonthill Castle
© Rad A. Drew

Location 2: Eastern State Penitentiary

Saloon, Fonthill Castle
© Rad A. Drew
Once considered the model for modern penal institutions, ESP is now closed as a prison but open to visitors and photographers.

Eastern State Penitentiary
© Rad A. Drew
We’ll have access to cell blocks, the “yard,” and various wings of the prison, and will be able to photograph the cell made famous by one of the prison’s most notorious guests, Al Capone. (All fees included in cost of workshop.)

Location 3: Longwood Gardens

There are countless opportunities for landscape, close-up, macro, and color photography in both outdoor and indoor settings at Longwood Gardens.

The land was owned and gardened by one of the most influential gardeners of the 20th Century, Pierre S. DuPont, who adorned the land with gardens, topiaries, fountains, and exotic plant life. 
Today, Longwood is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Longwood Gardens
© Rad A. Drew

Visiting Students Jump for Joy, Longwood Gardens
© Rad A. Drew
Location 4: Graffiti Underground (Coal Piers on the Delaware River)

All that remains of Coal Pier 18, where coal was once loaded by rail onto barges on the Delaware River, are the huge arched concrete supports on which the trains once ran. 
Timberheads along the Delaware River, Graffiti Underground
© Rad A. Drew

Graffiti Underground, 2013
Right to left: Mark Murphy, Victoria Porter, Colman Love,  and Rad Drew
© Rad A. Drew

Graffiti Underground, 2015
Right to left: Jerry Stauffer, Michael Jack, Bonnie Licklider,
Rad Drew, Rebecca Thomas, Gary McLaughlin, and Sally Wolf
© Rad A. Drew
Grafitti Underground, Spring 2017
Right to left: Bob Engle, Terry Glass, Larry Johnson, James Keller, Sharon Jones, Peggy Udinski, Pam Switzer, Joann Eldridge, Bob Maziotta, Rad Drew
© Rad A. Drew

Today this abandoned site sports a plethora of urban graffiti made even more interesting by the repeating arches of these pylons.

© Rad A. Drew

Workshop Details

The group size is limited to only 9 participants. 

Participants must be at least 18 or accompanied by a parent. Rad Drew will lead and coordinate each day of the tour. Effort will be made to follow the agenda provided, but changes may be made on-the-fly given weather or other considerations. 

Transportation is not provided. Participants must have their own transportation. We will travel caravan-style with Rad in the lead vehicle. Once the group is formed, contact information will be shared so that participants may make arrangements to share transportation.

Our home base for the 4 days will be:

Homewood Suites
Lansdale, PA 
Rate: $99 

Each participant is responsible for contacting the hotel and reserving his/her room. When you reserve your room, let the clerk know you are with the Drew Photography party. 

Participants will be responsible for travel to and from Pennsylvania, ground travel between locations, meals and lodging. 

All photography fees for Fonthill, ESP, and Longwood Gardens are included in the cost of the workshop.


Friday, May 4-7, 2018 
Friday, September 21 - 24, 2018


Friday 8:00 to 4:00
Eastern State Penitentiary
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Longwood Gardens
Sunday, 7 am-8:30 am   (optional sunrise shoot)
Fonthill Castle exterior and grounds
Sunday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fonthill Castle, Interior
Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm
iPhone Processing Workshop
Monday 9 am to 1:00 pm
Graffiti Underground

After Grafitti Underground, we'll gather one last time for lunch before departing.

About the Leader

Rad A. Drew
Rad A. Drew is an Indianapolis fine art photographer who uses DSLR, mirror-less, and iPhone cameras to create images that capture the spirit of people and place. His creative images have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas, Vermont, New York City, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, Portugal and Melbourne. He is author of two fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today's most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.  Friend Rad on Facebook and visit his website at www.RadDrewPhotography.com.

Workshop Fees and Registration

The cost is $1,395 per person and includes photographer fees for Fonthill, ESP, and Longwood Gardens. Payment can be made in advance via PayPal. 

Payment Options

A payment of $400 today will reserve your spot with the balance due 90 days prior to the tour date. You have the option to pay the full amount today. Select the desired payment option from the PayPal pick-list below and click Buy Now.

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