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Birding in the Florida Everglades with Jason Odell March 13-17 2011

Learn Bird Photography with Jason Odell

Join Jason for a four-day photo safari photographing the birds and wildlife of the Florida Everglades in March 2011.
The Florida Everglades is one of the premier birding locations in the United States. This is a can't-miss location for anyone interested in learning how to photograph birds in the wild. March is the bird breeding season and the weather is typically fantastic.


Dates: March 13-17, 2011
Location: Florida City, Florida (Hotel TBD)

This Meetup is limited to 10 participants to maximize instructor time. Tuition is $899 per person, and includes instruction and image critique sessions.

Meals, transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the participant; I will arrange a block of rooms at a discounted group rate at a local hotel.

We will be based in Florida City, Florida, for quick access to the park. I've deliberately scheduled this itinerary to be during weekdays to minimize crowds in the shooting locations.

Itinerary
Day 1: Meet at 12pm at hotel; orientation followed by evening shoot at Anhinga Trail
Day 2: Morning shoot at Anhinga Trail, Afternoon Image Critique; Sunset Shoot at Pah-hay-okee
Day 3: Morning shoot at Eco Pond area/ Flamingo; Sunset Shoot TBD.
Day 4: Shark Valley Trail (morning); Group Image Sharing (Evening).
Day 5: Depart Miami for home

What you will see:
Double-Crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Purple Gallinule, Snail Kite, American Bittern, Little Blue Heron, American Alligator, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Palm Warbler, Roseate Spoonbill, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal...maybe more!

What you will need:


  • DLSR with 300mm or longer lens
  • Tripod
  • Flash (optional)
  • Laptop with photo editing software for image critique

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  • Keith P.

    Would like to give a hearty recommendation to Jason's Meet-Ups. Our group had a wide range of experience levels which Jason addressed very well. I found that he was able to understand my photographic knowledge and take me to the next level on many of my shots. It was the best photographic and post processing learning experience I have had. Meeting the other photographers was just as rewarding. I am signed up for Colorado Springs Landscape. Thank you Jason.

    Best regards,
    Keith Papulski

    April 6, 2011

  • Randy M.

    Jason is a knowledgeable, conscientious, and affable group leader. I picked up many 'tips' regarding bird and wildlife photography, as well as post processing and workflow tips. I heartily recommend his photo trips to any in the beginner through advanced amateur stages of developing their photographic skills.

    March 21, 2011

  • John B.

    Just when you thought you had begun to master the D300s and other Nikon DSLR's, Jason gave me some pointers that are going to change the way I take pictures and make it a much more enjoyable and productive experience without the frustration. The wildlife was plentiful, the photographers great company with a wide range of experience, and Jason's excellent instruction was key to the success of the trip. Now I need to take a landscape focused class.
    Jason, great trip and thanks.

    March 18, 2011

  • Leroy S.

    Excellent workshop. Jason is very knowledgable, always willing to help, and relaxed. Outstanding learning environment.

    March 15, 2011

  • John B.

    If you look at my profile I included a map of the everglades to get a perspective on the size of the park and where we will be going. I have heard that the gators are real tame and like to get their belly rubbed.
    NOT!

    March 1, 2011

  • John B.

    I got a Giga Pan GIEPICPRO we can play with.

    February 13, 2011

  • Jason O.

    John-
    You should have received an email with all the hotel information.
    -Jason

    December 31, 2010

  • John B.

    Is there a meeting discount code for the Holliday Inn?

    December 31, 2010

  • Jason O.

    Kim-
    These locations require no hiking. They are all flat, paved, and most loops are less than a half mile in total. In most cases, we'll be just walking about 100 feet from the car to the trail before we're shooting.

    November 15, 2010

  • Kim A. C.

    I'm genuinely interested but wondering about the shooting locations relative to fitness levels. I figure in the Everglades we're not talking about vertical capabilities, but what would you say are the longest hikes/walking distances involved?

    November 15, 2010

  • Jason O.

    400mm is fine for Everglades birding, especially on a DX body. I'll be using primarily the D300 and[masked] VR, with a TC-14E if required.

    November 8, 2010

  • Michael C.

    I have both the[masked] mm. and the full Wimberley Gimbal head so that is fine. Jason is 400 mm. long enough for birding. I have both the 1.4 and the new 2.0 teleconverters so might be tempted to bring those along as well,
    Mike

    November 8, 2010

  • Jason O.

    Roy-
    I'd go with the[masked]VR on a Wimberley Sidekick or Wimberley Gimbal Head.

    November 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which would be better a ball head or gimbal head for the tripod.
    Also the lens a 300/f2.8 or a[masked]/f4 or both.

    November 8, 2010

  • Jason O.

    John-
    Times are TBD, but we're looking at leaving the hotel between 5:45 and 6:30am depending on our planned location within the park.

    November 5, 2010

  • John B.

    Hi Jason
    What time do we meet up in the AM
    John

    November 5, 2010

  • Jason O.

    John-

    The choice is yours; you'll need to meet us at the hotel each day to carpool to the locations because I don't want anyone getting separated. We'll also be doing group activities at the hotel, so I recommend staying there as a way of being a significant part of the group.

    November 5, 2010

  • John B.

    I live in Miami - do you think I can commute daily - it's about 30-45 minutes from me; but at whatever ungodly hour we get up it should take closer to 30 minutes or I can meet up with the group on site.

    What do you think.

    November 5, 2010

  • Keith P.

    Did not get the hotel info.

    Tell me the best way to get from Miami Airport to the Hotel.

    November 3, 2010

  • Jason O.

    Thanks to everyone who has registered so far! You should have received Hotel information from me. Let me know if you need the information.

    November 3, 2010

  • Jason O.

    Ken-
    Tuition is due in full to RSVP. I will have final details on the hotel rates by Monday, but it looks like it will be about $111/night for a non-smoking two-queen room.

    October 23, 2010

  • Ken T.

    Can a deposit hold an RSVP? Or do you have to pay all up front just to hold the RSVP?

    October 23, 2010

  • Ken T.

    Jason....what is the room rate you have been able to get?

    October 23, 2010

  • Jason O.

    Join me in March for a four-day birding expedition to the Florida Everglades! It's a great way to escape Old Man Winter, and you'll learn a lot about nature photography.

    October 22, 2010

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