What we're about

Thunderbolt Photographics offers guided photography outings and adventures for all levels of photographers. Emphasis is on field work, capturing those photos in the field that will lead to great images. Our philosophy is simple - take the best possible image in the field so post editing is at a minimum. We travel to a variety of locations: abandoned and historic buildings and interiors, junkyards, scenic America, and also specific location/subject matter events. We concentrate on field work. I provide attention to the participants at whatever level they desire. Some folks sign up just for access to a specific location, while others are seeking the guidance and instruction I provide. In some cases, I do not shoot at all on these trips, or in some cases, near the end of the day. Each meetup event will list those details. Capturing an image at the maximum sharpness is taught utilizing shutter speeds, ISO settings, aperture, and equipment. The use of manual exposure and taking advantage of available light is taught. Good composition can be a confusing subject. We explore many compositional options during the field work.

There are basically three levels of workshops.

1) Free....yes... free. 2) Small donation requested....when free access is given to a private location to give to property owners/caretakers as a token of appreciation. 3) Workshops where I have to pay for access, and pro-rate it among participants.

I have been involved in photography since 1978, with a Canon AE-1 being my first camera. Through the years, I have developed my photographic skill and have shared it with various camera clubs throughout the area. I serve as a photographic judge and I have lead many trips to the Maine Coast, West Virginia, and the Smoky Mountains, along with numerous day and weekend trips. I am detailed and an organized person able to provide the best experience possible. Now that I have retired from my "career" job, leading photo adventures has been a long time in development.

My equipment - I shoot with a full range of Canon equipment.
At Thunderbolt Photographics, we believe that there is no substitute for field work and instruction.

Upcoming events (5)

9/23 Avalon Fishing Pier, N.J.. - - Sunrise - Manual Settings 101 - Workshop

Manual Settings - Sunrise This workshop is free and is open to those photographers wanting to learn manual settings to capture that picturesque sunrise. We will arrive just prior to Astronomical Sunrise, and the coincidence of outgoing low tide, to capture the Avalon fishing pier. We will shoot Astronomical sunrise at the fishing pier on the beach in Avalon, NJ. We will be set up by 6:00AM to capture the pre-dawn light, and when the sun pops over the horizon. Sunrise is at 6:48AM however the best light is before the actual sunrise. Low tide is at 7:04AM so we will be shooting with the tide going out revealing interesting sand patterns. After we are done with the sunrise, we will venture over to Uncle Bill's (dutch & optional) for a hearty breakfast (and restrooms!) Uncle Bill's is close by at Dune Drive & 32nd. After a leisurely breakfast, we will head over to the Cape May Zoo for those that have signed up for that workshop. Equipment needed: flashlight, tripod, camera with a moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto lens, and a cable release. If you have not shot on manual mode before, please read your manual before hand, and bring it with you. This workshop is open to anyone....those wanting to learn/use the manual settings, or those more experienced that just want to shoot the sunrise. Astronomical dawn is defined as the time that the first sight of lightness is observed and until the sun breaks the horizon. Most great sunrise shots happen before the sun breaks the horizon. A RSVP is required so that in case of weather issues, I can e mail the attendees the night before with any changes to the meetup. Sunrises can be hit or miss........you never know. I will be there and shooting regardless of the number of attendees.

9/23/20 Cape May Zoo Photowalk . . Tentative. . .

Cape May County Park & Zoo

Tentative... assuming Zoo reopens by 9/23 This workshop is …FREE … and the Zoo is …FREE… however a donation to the zoo on your way out is encouraged. This photo-walk is open to all skill levels and will be weather dependent. We will do a walk through the zoo capturing images as we go. The first stop will be the aviary where we will do head and shoulder portraits of the flamingos and other birds. Proceeding to the rest of the park, we will capture the peacocks that roam free as we work our way to the river otters and the reptile house. Continuing our journey, we will visit the African Savanna. Ducks, deer, goats, bison, etc. will round out our visit. Lenses from mid telephoto up to the longest you have will work. I did 95% of my photos with a 75 to 300mm. We will concentrate on composition, depth of field, and eliminating distracting backgrounds. A monopod or an image stabilization lens/camera will be useful. A RSVP is required so that in case of weather issues, I can e mail the attendees the night before with any changes to the meetup. I will be there and shooting regardless of the number of attendees. If you have never been to this zoo, you will not be disappointed.

10/19/20 East Point Lighthouse Shipwreck ...... Sunset & Painting with Light

Our subject will be the East Point Lighthouse shipwreck, in the magic hour, sunset, and light painted against the backdrop of the Delaware Bay Sunset. Utilizing manual settings, tripods, and my light painting equipment, we will balance the light value between the shipwreck and the sunset. We will spend the early time in the area surrounding the wreck, with shells, vegetation, and sand patterns that will also occupy your time and camera. The shipwreck is deteriorating so this photo opportunity will not be around probably past this year. Once gathered at the Lighthouse parking lot by 3:30PM, we will proceed by car to a private parking area close to the wreck for the shoot. Sunset is at 6:14 PM and low tide is at 6:35 PM - perfect ! The date selection of the workshop is to match the times of sunset and low tide for the best compositions and visibility of the wreck. We will begin shooting the shells, sand ripples, etc. by 3:40PM. As the sunset begins, we turn our attention to the shipwreck. and continue through the sunset and into the afterglow. You will need a DSLR, wide to about 135mm lens, tripod, shutter release or operation of your self timer, and a personal flashlight. Also, you will need to know how to set your camera on manual, adjust the ISO, F stop, and shutter speed. I will be doing the light painting with my equipment. Visit the outstanding East Point Lighthouse prior to our meeting time for additional image opportunities.

2nd Date - 10/23/20 Avalon Fishing Pier, NJ Sunrise - Manual Settings -Workshop

Manual Settings - Sunrise This workshop is free and is open to those photographers wanting to learn manual settings to capture that picturesque sunrise. We will arrive just prior to Astronomical Sunrise, and the coincidence of outgoing low tide, to capture the Avalon fishing pier. We will shoot Astronomical sunrise at the fishing pier on the beach in Avalon, NJ. We will be set up by 6:25AM to capture the pre-dawn light, and when the sun pops over the horizon. Sunrise is at 7:17AM however the best light is before the actual sunrise. Low tide is at 7:42AM so we will be shooting with the tide going out revealing interesting sand patterns. After we are done with the sunrise, we will venture over to Uncle Bill's (dutch & optional) for a hearty breakfast (and restrooms!) Uncle Bill's is close by at Dune Drive & 32nd. After a leisurely breakfast, we will head over to the Cape May Zoo at 10AM for those that have signed up for that workshop. Equipment needed: flashlight, tripod, camera with a moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto lens, and a cable release. If you have not shot on manual mode before, please read your manual before hand, and bring it with you. This workshop is open to anyone....those wanting to learn/use the manual settings, or those more experienced that just want to shoot the sunrise. Astronomical dawn is defined as the time that the first sight of lightness is observed and until the sun breaks the horizon. Most great sunrise shots happen before the sun breaks the horizon. A RSVP is required so that in case of weather issues, I can e mail the attendees the night before with any changes to the meetup. Sunrises can be hit or miss........you never know. I will be there and shooting regardless of the number of attendees.

Past events (51)

Meetup - June Image Critique - Internet Only

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