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Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshop

We will meet in the parking lot of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden (FWG) at 7:30 AM on Saturday July 27. I will give a one half hour talk on the basics of shooting nature and wildlife. After the half hour talk, we will go exploring the grounds of the FWG looking for interesting subjects where I will give one-on-one help to each participant (There should be many subjects available to shoot, from: butterflies and dragonflies, birds such as ducks and herons in the pond, songbirds near the feeders and pine forest, insects, amphibians, small mammals like Squirrels and Chipmunks and quite possibly the resident Fox, as well as many wildflowers and landscape opportunities. After we've explored the FWG, we will head next door to the Arboretum for a quick stroll and some excellent landscape shots while we make our way into the Experimental Farm Ornamental Garden just across Prince of Wales Drive, where a variety of flowerbeds can be found, a nice water fountain\pond, and some beautiful trees.

This workshop costs $25 per person. There will be a limit of 5 participants plus myself as the instructor. Fees payable by Paypal only. I require a minimum of 72 hours cancellation notice please in order to give a full refund through Paypal. This policy is to discourage people from signing up and then noshowing-as there could be a wait-list and it's not fair to those waiting for a spot to cancel the night before or the morning of.

Bring a tripod, camera(s), any lenses you may have, a set of binoculars if you have them, lot's of water, and maybe a small snack, definitely bring some extra whole grain bread or crackers to lure the Ducks closer. Dress for the weather-it may be hot and humid, or damp and rainy, or maybe it will be perfect temperature and light...who can tell with the weather of late, but that is the first lesson of nature and wildlife photography. I recommend long pants and long sleeve shirt and a hat. Bug spray may be of some help also. The workshop will only be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Ryan

    Uploaded a few that I took that morning while bumping into the meetup. It was nice to meet those of you I got a chance to talk to!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Josh and everyone for this great meetup, it was great!

    2 · July 27, 2013

  • Debbie P.

    Sorry I missed saying good bye to you all. Was getting dehydrated, so hoofed it back to the car. Waited a little while for you, but I see you were busy with the heron! Too bad I missed it
    :( Nice to meet you all. Thanks for another great outing Josh. d.

    2 · July 27, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    We had perfect weather, thank you to everyone who signed up for showing up. We got many great photo-ops including the butterfly garden with all the dew covered flowers this morning, we had many birds species including Black-capped Chickadees, Baltimore Orioles, Cedar Waxwings, Goldfinches, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, E. Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Crow, Raven, Robins, many dragonflies in good light, a few butterflies came out near the end, and the highlight of the day was the Green Heron which allowed us to approach very closely at the end of the workshop for full frame photos!

    July 27, 2013

  • Helene

    OK. Am I actually signed up for this outing? I didn't get a confirmation notice or a reminder notice and I usually do.
    So am I in or out plz?

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Joshua, where is the parking lot? How far away is it from Carling and Preston? Thanks!

    July 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We'll go by the NCC Scenic Drive, right?

      July 26, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Yep, that's the road we'll take, it's a very nice ride too, lot's of photo ops at Sunrise and Sunset! See you there, 7am.

      July 26, 2013

  • Debbie P.

    Josh, if I am a little late, start without me. I heard your talk at the tulip shoot, and I may be a little time constrained in the morning, but I will try and make it on time. I won't be more than 15 minutes if I am.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Joshua,
    Is the tripod absolutely necessary?
    Looking forward to the meetup!

    July 9, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      When shooting macro images, a tripod is highly recommended, as the slightest camera shake can blur the picture. Depending on what system you are using, the camera, macro flashes, and macro lens can be quite heavy to hold steady while in contorted positions for long periods of time. I will discuss other reasons to use the tripod as well, but that will be saved for the discussion at the workshop. Sometimes I don't use a tripod for flower images at all....IF the light is good and I can use a high shutter speed and if there is no wind, but then again, sometimes I get creative and like to show motion blur in my images. Photography is subjective, there are no hard fast rules to follow, only tried and proven guidelines...for the best, most creative images, you will have to break the 'rules'.

      1 · July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info!

      July 22, 2013

  • Helene

    That's a beautiful picture with all the yellow. Stunning!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Karl B.

    I'm sorry I can't make this date, but if you're planing an outing for the 3rd of August, I'm in.

    July 9, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Sorry Karl, I won't be doing another on Aug 3. I'm thinking of adding a date for Sunday July 28th though.

      July 9, 2013

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