Hawk Quest - Special Photography Session Limited!

  • July 13, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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Front Range Photography Meetup is sponsoring a special photo shoot with Hawk Quest. We will have a total of 6-Birds of Prey in a natural setting to photograph.  The birds will include a Bald Eagle, Falcon, Owls and a few surprise birds.

We are limiting this session to 20 participates in order to give everyone the opportunity to capture the best photos.  (A well-known photo store offers this shoot to 50 people or more!)

Kin Quitugua, is a master falconer and long time environmental educator.  Kin knows how to handle the birds and will instruct us as to what his is doing, how the bird will fly in order for us to be able to capture that "money-shot."

We will create small groups to photograph the various birds in separate areas of the park.  After a period of time, the group will move on to another location, rotating throughout the morning.

The final setup will be shooting a bird in flight.  All of us will gather at the location, the bird will fly in front of us.  Typically this is done multiple times to allow us a few practice shots!

If you would like to read more about Hawk Quest please visit their website.

Schedule:

7:30 - 8:00 for introductions and to gear up.  Hawk Quest requires each person to sign a waiver.
8:00 Begin Shooting at assigned station

11:00 end of session

11:00-11:30 Hawk Quest offers a table of various items for sale, T-shirts, books, etc. to help support their non-profit efforts.  You might want to do a little shopping so bring extra cash!

Location:

Bear Creek Lake Park ~ Map

This is a City of Lakewood Park, there is an admission fee of $7.  Carpooling is suggested.

After the Event - Brunch

Immediately following our shot, let's meet at the Blue Cow Restaurant in Morrison for brunch.  It will be fun to hangout and chat about the morning and perhaps show our images!

Since we are keeping this group small, we need 20 people to fund the event.  There will be no refunds unless there is someone on the waiting list willing to take your spot.  Typically this event fills up fast, so don't delay.

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  • Dave P.

    Thanks to the Hawk Quest crew as well as Kristal for putting this all together. A WOW day without question.

    July 14, 2013

  • David Brown E.

    Yesterday was fantastic. Hawkquest.org was great as always. Thanks so my Kristal for the opportunity.

    I had no idea that eagles drooled.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an incredible event! The folks from Hawk Quest were all so gracious and accommodating, allowing us multiple opportunities to obtain the shots we wanted. The birds were all amazing and demonstrated the beauty of nature. Thankfully, the weather and lighting were perfect. A huge thank you to Kristal for organizing this, especially given the effort required of this volunteer position while working full-time plus. Fabulous day!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Emelyn M.

    This morning was an extraordinary opportunity....such magnificent birds, incredible light and scenery! I will highly recommend to others to participate in such a photo session. A special thanks to Kristal Kraft and Front Range Photography for putting this together....remember, all are volunteers trying to bring you more exciting and diversified photo opportunities! I will try to post some images shortly.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't believe I missed this! I just had surgery...been missing a lot lately!

    July 13, 2013

  • Liz

    Thanks Kristal for organizing this event! It was a blast capturing these magnificent beautiful birds! The brunch and socializing afterwards was great fun too!

    July 13, 2013

  • C. V.

    Awesome !!!

    July 13, 2013

  • Amanda

    Absolutely loved it! Not many would have the opportunity to see this majestic birds, learn about each of them, and then capture their images for posterity. Thanks for making this happen and thank you to Hawk Quest for what they do to benefit these animals.

    July 13, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    Spectacular!

    July 13, 2013

  • R1ch

    Pelican Point is the location in the park

    July 13, 2013

  • R1ch

    follow it down to the stables and the then there's a sin to follow it down to the stables and then there's a sin to tell you where to go

    July 13, 2013

  • David Brown E.

    I do hope they bring a golden eagle... I am so excited.

    July 12, 2013

  • Theodore A. S.

    I sent these questions to Krystal on June 20 with no response. Posting them here in hopes I can get some guidance

    1) Does HawkQuest have a policy on use of flash? I have a 580 EXII that I put a BetterBeamer flash extender (throws the flash out ~600mm) that I tend to use for birds and wildlife to get the catchlight. 2) I know that people do not need big glass for this shoot but does it help? Put another way, what is the largest lens you'd say is worth brining?[masked]?[masked]?[masked]? Anyone have any insights?

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Charles P.

      check my message above

      July 12, 2013

    • Kristal K.

      Sorry to miss responding to your question Theodore! Looks like the community stepped up and helped you out. Thanks for doing that folks. I'm only one person and a volunteer at that, I LOVE it when we help each other.

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Dave P.

    That is a fairly decent sized park with a variety of roads and several places to access the water. Can you be more specific as to where to go with an email to the participants?

    July 12, 2013

    • Kristal K.

      Dave, I would love to be more specific, but I can't. Just look for a group of cars or if you are really early, a guy with a van and a bunch of birds. I will be there as early as I can. Sorry for the late response, I'm working long hours and just don't have time to monitor this board.

      July 12, 2013

  • Charles P.

    I had used a[masked]mm but the pix were mainly in the 100mm to 150mm range. I never used the full range. If I wanted to just catch an eye and a little of the surrounding area ... yea the 400 will help. As far as the flash is concerned; in photographing other birds of prey flash is not allowed for it stresses the birds out thus effecting the ability to shoot the bird naturally.

    July 12, 2013

  • Kelly C.

    Depending on the sugar-to-salt ratio, I probably wouldn't brine anything larger than a 70 mm...it just doesn't help the flavor much beyond that. Sorry...I just can't resist being a smart ass now and then. :-)

    You might want to call Hawk Quest or read their website faq's. or just bring it, and if not allowed, don't use it.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • David Brown E.

    My equipment may not be up to the task of photographing raptors in flight but I will give it a shot anyway.

    June 19, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Kristal so what gear would you recommend?[masked] and 24-70 ok?

      June 19, 2013

    • Charles P.

      70-200 is perfect.....

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you're in a financial tough spot currently (like I am), the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City is free to drive through and has similar birds. I've captured both a hawk and bald eagle there. Sure, it's not in a controlled environment where you can practice but it's definitely a challenge and learning experience. Just an option if you cannot financially afford to attend this evemt. I have one great shot of a hawk I took just this past winter at RMA during one of the "blizzards" on the front range.

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Kristal K.

      Thanks for the tip Cindy! The Arsenal is an awesome place. I hope one day to get the bison with the Denver skyline in the background!

      June 19, 2013

  • Kristal K.

    I shot a Hawk Quest event last fall. This year one of my images placed #2 in a 5 Club competition! Taking photos of these amazing creatures is so easy when they are right there in front of you!

    June 18, 2013

  • Michelle H.

    I haven't EVER shot birds of prey before, so looking forward to doing something besides motocross for a change. :)

    June 18, 2013

  • John J M.

    Having been able to attend a day with Hawk Quest earlier this year I can attest that this is an amazing opportunity for awesome images.

    June 18, 2013

  • Ralph L.

    working

    May 3, 2013

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