TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Unique Photo Cruises aboard “The Discovery”

Learn the importance and fragility of an ecosystem along with the beauty of a salt marsh moraine and much more during one of WMHO’s special Photography Cruises offered by Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions (CCTS) aboard the “Discovery” Wetlands Cruise.

This is not just your ” run-of-the-mill” photo cruise! Jeff Norwood, owner of CCTS and lifelong professional photographer (pictured), will offer advice on capturing stunning shots and will give useful tips and tricks that he has learned over the years.   After the cruise guests will gather at the Stony Brook Marine Services Gazebo where Jeff will use a massive 50 inch LED high-resolution display with high-def video and crystal clear audio so participants can immediately share their best shots with razor-sharp clarity and receive feedback from their photographic guide. The first Photo Cruise of the season will be Saturday, June 30.  Lesson starts at 1 pm and cruise departs at 1:30 pm.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has been offering Discovery Wetlands Cruises since 1995. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this exceptional experience viewing waterfowl, birds and more, embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here so there is much to choose from for the photography enthusiast.

The “Discovery” 27-passenger pontoon boat takes passengers from Stony Brook Harbor through the wetlands at West Meadow Creek. Morning, mid-day and sunset cruises are available.  Cruises depart from 51 Shore Road in Stony Brook (Stony Brook Marine Services parking lot) and run now through October 14.  Morning, mid-day and sunset cruises are offered and the full schedule can be found at wmho.org. Individual rates are $28 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and $18 for children under 6. Photography cruises are $50 pp. Remaining photography cruise dates are July 14, August 25, and September 22.  Group discounted rates are also available. Reservations are preferred to secure your spot, but walk-ons are accepted with cash payment at the boat when space is available. For additional information or to make your reservation, call (631) 751-2244.

Discovery Photo Credit:  WMHO

Jeff Norwood Photo Credit:  CCTS