If we could promise you more camera practice in ten minutes than most of us get in a month, would you be interested in hearing more? The only catch is that you need to bring your own bag of stale bread, along with your camera, and ideally a Speedlite flash to this meetup. Here's something you won't hear from us at RPEG very often: "You can leave your tripods home for this one." : ) You may say, "Where's the practice in getting shots of birds?". It isn't about getting the shots: It's about getting the shots RIGHT: Without motion-blurring, focus-blurring OR high-ISO noise. Plus, our subjects won't exactly be holding still while we're trying to figure things out!
Borrowing a page from Carl's book, after capturing a couple of hundred frames of fast-moving seagulls on the east side of the pier (with the sun and lake-breeze to our backs), we'll cross over to the west side to practice our skills for getting good exposures of our nearby subject - namely other members of the group - with the setting sun directly behind them. Again, getting the shot is one thing: Getting the exposure right in BOTH light regions with the sun IN the frame.. is something else! Let's approach it both with natural light alone, and also with REFLECTORS... and flash, just for fun.
This skill-building event isn't for everyone. We'll be standing or sitting on concrete or rocks, and there's bound to be a lot of foot traffic and interested bystanders. If you're okay with that, then join us! Watch for more details as the date approaches, and let's call the following night (Saturday the 10th) our rain date if needed. There's a Bill Gray's up the road from here, so let's plan on a stop for ice cream afterward. This will be a "SFE" - Shoot FOR Edit - that will continue at our regular monthly meeting the following Wednesday night. RSVP soon rather than later, and as always, don't forget to bring a friend!