Lighthouse Sunset Cruise / Photography Workshop on August 18

NOTICE: THE CRUISE IS CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER BUT THE WORKSHOP IS STILL ON AS SCHEDULED We are offering a very special two-part event on Saturday, August 18. We […]

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We are offering a very special two-part event on Saturday, August 18. We will have an evening sunset lighthouse cruise with a special guest, photographer Michael Leonard. The cruise will be preceded by a digital photography workshop at the Discover Portsmouth Center.

NOTE: The cruise is sold out but there is still room in the photography workshop.

Michael Leonard’s favorite subjects to shoot are nighttime scenes including lightning and aurora, and during the day he likes shooting landscapes, seascapes, lighthouses, and more.  His work is frequently seen in books, magazines, annual reports, brochures, textbooks, in television segments, and nationally on the Weather Channel.  Mike’s work has also been seen on the National Geographic Wild program.

Visit his website at to find info on tours and cruises he is doing. See albums of his work on Facebook at phototourism by mike.

The Intro to Digital Photography session includes everything you should have read about in your camera manual – but didn’t.  Attendees will become conversant and be able to apply what can be thought to be complicated photography concepts.  Very often people come away wishing they had attended the session before they went on vacation.

The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street in Portsmouth, NH. Be sure to bring your camera! Metered parking is available in the Bridge Street lot directly across the street, and there is a public parking garage a five-minute walk away at 35 Hanover Street.

The evening Sunset Lighthouse Cruise will be 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. aboard Granite State Whale Watch’s motor vessel Uncle Oscar, leaving from Rye Harbor State Marina. Click here for directions.

In addition to photo instruction with Michael Leonard, the sunset cruise will include historic narration. The cruise will head out to the fascinating group of islands known as the Isles of Shoals, for a close look at White Island Lighthouse and the other islands. It will then head toward Portsmouth Harbor for close passes near Whaleback Lighthouse and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, the Wood Island Lifesaving Station, and other points of interest.

The Uncle Oscar has a galley with snacks, coffee, soda, water, beer, and wine. You can bring food on board, but you cannot bring any alcoholic beverages on board.

You may purchase tickets separately for the workshop and cruise ($25 each), or you may purchase a combined ticket for $40.

If you pay for space(s) on the cruise, please note that there are no physical tickets. We will email you a confirmation after we receive payment. We ask that you plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the cruise. There is a large parking lot at the Rye Harbor State Marina, and the State of NH charges a $5 parking fee. Once you park, go to the Granite State Whale Watch ticket office, one of the small buildings along the side of the parking lot. Your name will be on a list and they will give you boarding passes.

In the event that the cruise has to be canceled due to the weather, we will make every effort to notify everyone as early as possible by email. A cancellation notice will also be posted on this page and on our Facebook page. If a cruise has to be canceled due to weather or sea conditions, the purchase price will be refunded in full.

Otherwise, cruise tickets are non-refundable.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP ONLY, August 18, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center – $25
SUNSET LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE ONLY, August 18, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., from Rye Harbor State Marina – $25