Nevada Northern Railway sends photographers back in time with Winter Workshop

ELY—Nevada Northern Railway Museum’s Still Photography Workshop offers a one-of-a-kind experience for photographers with a perfectly preserved historic setting and professional instructors.

Join photographers Steve Crise and Mike Massee Feb. 22 through 25 in the iconic western landscape of Ely, Nev. set in the still-steaming, living history of the Nevada Northern Railway. The crisp winter air adds drama to the landscape and to the steam shooting from the engine.

“There’s really no other opportunity like this for photographers,” said Mark Bassett, president of the museum. “Our workshops offer an in-depth, hands-on photographic instruction in a time capsule that is essentially unchanged since it was built a century ago. The workshop will incorporate talks, edit-and-critique sessions and photo assignments in each day’s schedule.”

Instructors Crise and Massee offer in-depth, hands-on instruction. Steve and Mike’s instruction work with light, color, background and other influences and challenges inherent in each unique setting. Participants will gain a better technical understanding of how to use their camera’s body, lenses and various settings.

The event will be capped off with a night photo shoot where participants are given access to a professional lighting setup to create a truly unique look.

Crise is a Los Angeles based photographer with more than 30 years’ experience, known for lighting work, railroad shots, portraiture and panoramic vistas.

Massee became a photographer while working in the aerospace industry, and he quickly came to enjoy railroad, travel and nature photography.

Nevada Northern Railway’s perfectly preserved engines, rolling stock, buildings and remote setting make for authentic photos that perfectly capture the era when railroads ruled the west. Touted as one of the most complete, authentic and cared for historic railroad sites, the entire complex was made to be in pictures. The site is home to an original depot and office building, engine house, freight station, working machine shop, and coal and water towers.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be more comfortable in using their equipment and have a new comprehension of what it takes to get the shot.

The workshop costs $1,170 per person (museum members pay $994.50) includes lunches Friday-Sunday. Reservations are required – visit the website to sign up. About the Nevada Northern Railway:

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is a designated National Historic Landmark.  Voted the state’s Best Rural Museum and the Best Place to Take the Kids by readers of Nevada Magazine, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum also has been featured on Modern Marvels, American Restorations and on PBS. For more information, call 775-289-2085, log onto NNRY.com or for regular updates “Like” the Railway’s Facebook page.

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