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Nature Photography / Landscape Workshop @ Kensington Metro Park

Meeting at Kensington Metro Park - Nature Center.  We suggest you enter the park just North of the 151 Exit on I-96.  The Nature Center is just North/East of there beyond the Golf Course.  If you use the "official" address for the park to reach Kensington, it will likely get you off on exit 155 and you will have an extensive drive through the park to reach the Nature Center.  If you have trouble locating the group, Bob's cell phone is[masked]-4859.

The meeting time is 6:30 am at the Nature Center Parking Lot in order to take advantage of the morning light and the cooler temperatures.  The animals and bugs will be more active in the early morning hours rather than the heat of the middle of the day.  Kensington offers a wide variety of birds and bugs and plants and animals to photograph.  The group will start at the Nature Center Parking Area (Note, the Nature Center does not open until 10AM, so there are probably no restroom facilities) and move to several spots in the park that have been suggested for specific sightings for plants and vistas.  There is a park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle or $30 for an annual pass.

About the workshop:

I have conducted many DSLR basics workshops in a classroom setting.  The response has been very positive, and I feel that these workshops have benefitted from the ability to convey a lot of concepts via illustrations and photographs.  However, I noticed that every time we venture outdoors for the brief hands-on portion everyone is reluctant to return to the classroom.  So, we are taking to the woods for this class.

For me, landscape photography is about slowing down and enjoying the world around you. For that reason I strongly encourage you to work from a tripod.  If you don't own a sturdy tripod I have a couple that I can loan out.  If you want to borrow a tripod please contact me to check if one is available.

The only "essential" equipment for this workshop is a camera and a lens. Having said that, I would bring everything that you own, i.e. lenses, flash, filters, diffusers, etc.  If you don't own any of these things don't worry about it.  Come on out and see how they are used and decide if they should become part of your kit.

Our agenda for the morning will be as follows:

Discussion of tripod basics - good technique for maximizing image sharpness.

Composition technique - using the tripod to slow down and "see" the image before you press the shutter.

Lens selection to support your "vision" of the final image.

Multiple uses of a polarizer - remove glare, saturate the sky, poor mans neutral density filter.

We will be hiking a couple of trails around the nature center. Come prepared for walking.

Questions from the participants. - come prepared with your questions.  I am happy to do my best address your landscape related questions and problems.

Things to Bring!

- Sunscreen

- Bug Spray

- Cold Water / Drink

- Sunflower Seed to feed birds if you would like

- Camera, lenses, tripod, etc.

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  • Dana H.

    Bob is truly inspirational, always willing to share his vast knowledge. Never tires of questions and displays an enormous amount of patience regardless of my endless questions. His workshops are educational, he is there to guide and teach you. He'll take a picture or two but he is there for your educational purpose and will tell you so. You will not find any other group with the level of talent, knowledge, and artistic leadership. You will never find a better group!

    July 16, 2014

  • Katie

    Bob is a great coach! Easy to talk with any very knowledgeable. Very friendly group.

    July 13, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Good coaching and comments from Bob to start off a marginal weather day. This turned out to be a good event for wildlife photography. I appreciated the cranes in particular.

    July 13, 2014

  • Cindy E.

    My first photo work shop, lots of fun to meet other people who share a passion for photography and nature. Thanks, Bob, and everyone who attended

    July 13, 2014

  • Dianna P.

    Great opportunity to capture nature. Bob was very helpful with questions.

    July 13, 2014

  • Ron W.

    Excellent meetup workshop, as usual. Bob is very helpful and encouraging.

    July 13, 2014

  • Bob D.

    The weather threatened, but cooperated in the end. Great group of people, and a very nice walk around the lake. Plenty of varied subjects with which to work.

    July 13, 2014

  • Michael P

    Fun class again and tons of wildlife to photo. Thanks again Bob!!

    July 13, 2014

  • Micki S.

    Had a blast as usual.... Wait til you see my iPhone die for!!!! Thx Bob!

    July 13, 2014

  • Julie E.

    Thanks for a great morning!

    July 13, 2014

  • Julie E.

    Will this event be held rain or shine?

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Bob is packing up and leaving now. The forecast is to clear for the morning. Juliann DiTommaso

      July 13, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Bob's cell is[masked]

      July 13, 2014

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Additional notes: If you have a personal emergency and can't make it please contact me. If there is time enough to fill your position I will do so and refund your fee. If not, I will allow you to apply your fee to a future event of your choice.

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