Escape to the Mountains Photography Event in West Virginia

September 26, 2012 by

Historic Cameras

Don’t miss the historical display of cameras and equipment.

Photographers are invited to the Escape to the Mountains photographer’s sabbatical in Hardy and Grant Counties of West Virginia. This event starts on September 28, 2012 (8:00 a.m.) and goes through October 3, 2012 (9:00 p.m.).

Great Opportunity for Photography in West Virginia

The Escape to the Mountains photographer’s sabbatical takes place at the perfect time of year for catching the fall colors. Get your camera ready as you enjoy the colorful backdrop perfect for capturing creative images.

Along with taking pictures, this event is created with photographers in mind. The seminars, field trips, and classes are a great learning experience, a chance to meet other photographers, and of course, an opportunity to get some great shots.

As part of the fun, you won’t want to miss the swap meet, with its incredible display of cameras and photo equipment dating back to the 1800s! This display is one of the biggest historical photographic displays in the country!

Fall at the Sods

One of many photo ops–Fall at the Sods

Overview of Individual Events for Escape to the Mountains

  • Event 1: Historical display of cameras and equipment. Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1:00-5:00: This display features hundreds of cameras, including old view cameras, box cameras, folding cameras, vest pocket type cameras, stereo cameras, panoramic cameras, and completes the spectrum all the way to modern day cameras. You’ll also get a chance to see most types of film including a vast display of glass plate types as well as antique glass plate negatives and how they worked. This only scratches the surface of what you’ll get to see and learn about when you visit this historical display.
  • Event 2: Classes: Class setting varies. Some classes take place in a classroom, but others get you out into the field. These classes are designed to teach, motivate, and encourage. You’ll leave feeling inspired.


Tannery House

Historic homes provide great photo ops.

  • Event 3: Photo ops!: Photo ops will abound during the Escape to the Mountains. The official photo op schedule is closed to everyone except the photographers, and will include opportunities like Civil War living history, railroad and train setups, antique cars and tractors, historic homes, farms, barns, farm animals and more. Most of the special photo opportunities cost $5.00.
  •  Event 4: Friday to Sunday events include the 59th annual Heritage Weekend events!: Heritage Weekend is an annual fall event that offers a unique opportunity to view historic antebellum homes and plantations.
  • Event 5: Our Photographic Heritage: This display showcased the photographers who lived and worked in the South Branch valley in the past.
  • Event 6: Swap meet and greet Saturday to Tuesday evenings 6-9: This is not really a flea market but a place to swap stories and meet other photographers.
  • Event 7: Gallery Tour: Special exhibits around the area! Displays highlighting our instructors’ work.
  • Event 8: Camera Club Competition: Camera clubs are invited to partake in this competition at no cost. However, participating groups must be organized with at least five members in attendance, and be composed of mostly amateurs.
  • Event 9: A Photographic Tour: Each day offers a unique photographic experience.
  • Event 10: Museum and educational foundation.

The classes and photo ops do have class minimums and maximums, so be sure to register early. If there aren’t enough people registered, the class or event may be cancelled and your money refunded or applied to another activity. For more information visit their website or call them at 304-749-8757.

Photo credits:, escapetothemountains

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