Central Massachusetts sports primarily rolling hills, woodlands and farms. While not as well known as some other areas of the state, it has a great deal of scenic opportunities around the reservoirs, state parks and historical sites. In the fall, these landscapes come to life. 

Beginning at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, a historic and working flour mill, we explore some of the most photogenic landscape subjects of central, MA, including the Wachusett Aqueduct, and the Sawmill of Moore State Park. We conclude the day at the majestic old stone Church, a fantastic spot for capturing sunset over the reservoir. 

What You'll Learn
  • Composition

  • Light intensity and direction

  • Exposure triangle

  • Exposure compensation

  • Depth of field

  • Shooting in low light

  • Shooting fall colors

  • How to create sharper images

  • Use of filters

  • The answers to your questions!


8:30 AM: Arrive at The Grist Mill – Sudbury
11:00 AM: Wachusett Aqueduct – Northborough
12:00: Lunch (Included) 
2:00 PM: Moore State Park (Old Sawmill, Grist Mill Pond & Falls) – Paxton
5:00 PM: Old Stone Church, West Boylston, for magic hour and sunset
6:00 PM: Workshop Ends

Physical Difficulty

Standing and walking on paved and gravel paths with easy to moderate inclines. The more physically fit may opt to walk down into the river at Moore State Park for more daring shots, but this is not required.

Recommended Equipment
Meeting Details

The workshop starts at 8:30 AM and the meeting location is the free parking lot for the Grist Mill in Sudbury, MA. You can use the address 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury, MA with GPS coordinates of 42.3576 N, -71.4741 W.
David will be at the small set of stairs leading down to the mill with his tripod up. If you are a beginner and would like to participate in an introductory Q & A on photography, please arrive by 8:00 AM.


David Long

Dave has been practicing digital environmental landscape photography for the last ten years, and film for many more. From the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont to the seacoast locations of Maine and Massachusetts, he looks for iconic images during the best seasons with incredible light. He strives for each photograph to communicate not only what is seen, but also how the location makes you feel.

Dave is a member of the Boston Camera Club where he was the 2018 Photographer of the Year. He has won numerous awards including the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Image of the Year. His images have been featured in Cape Cod Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition, the 2018 Guide to Boston, St. Augustine Social Magazine and Visit Central Mass Guide. Dave is also a blog contributor for Datacolor Photography Calibration Company.

Dave lives in Shrewsbury, MA and speaks at camera clubs throughout New England. He has published several e-books (available in our store) for self-guided tours of New England locations.

See his work online at www.davelongphoto.com and on Instagram.