Central Texas- Nature Photography 101 with Jeff Parker

Tired of the good images getting away? Still puzzling out aspects of your DSLR or mirrorless camera or terms like hyperfocal distance? This one-day “Nature Photography 101 Workshop 2020” is perfect for both intermediate & beginning photographers & anyone else wanting to strengthen their digital photography foundation.

OFFERED TWICE ~ CHOOSE YOUR DATE (Each workshop accommodates eight [8]):

Saturday, October 31, 2020
~ OR ~
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Both beginner & intermediate nature photographers will benefit from Jeff’s warm & friendly teaching style that encourages you to ask all the questions you want (remember: if you have a question someone else probably does too!).

Enjoy structured classroom instruction AND outside hands-on activities. Jeff provides plenty of one-to-one guidance as you try out what you learn in the country setting of his small central-Texas nature preserve.

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet.
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/nature-photography-101-workshop/

Central Texas- Nature Photography 101 with Jeff Parker

Tired of the good images getting away? Still puzzling out aspects of your DSLR or mirrorless camera or terms like hyperfocal distance?

This one-day “Nature Photography 101 Workshop 2020” is perfect for both intermediate & beginning photographers & anyone else wanting to strengthen their digital photography foundation.

OFFERED TWICE ~ CHOOSE YOUR DATE (Each workshop accommodates eight [8]):
Saturday, October 31, 2020
~ OR ~
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Both beginner & intermediate nature photographers will benefit from Jeff’s warm & friendly teaching style that encourages you to ask all the questions you want (remember: if you have a question someone else probably does too!).

Enjoy structured classroom instruction AND outside hands-on activities. Jeff provides plenty of one-to-one guidance as you try out what you learn in the country setting of his small central-Texas nature preserve,

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site). More info at:
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Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

This one-day macro photography workshop is perfect for those wanting to get a handle on photographing nature’s itty-bitty world. Join me in a central-Texas country setting at my Red Belly Ranch nature preserve, located near Smithville, Texas.

During the workshop you’ll learn about both the artistic and technical aspects of this fun form of photography.

Offered twice ~ Choose your date:
Saturday, October 24, 2020 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 25, 2020 workshop

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet. Each workshop limited to eight (8) participants.
More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

This one-day macro photography workshop is perfect for those wanting to get a handle on photographing nature’s itty-bitty world. Join me in a central-Texas country setting at my Red Belly Ranch nature preserve, located near Smithville, Texas.
During the workshop you’ll learn about both the artistic and technical aspects of this fun form of photography.
Offered twice ~ Choose your date:

Saturday, October 24, 2020 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 25, 2020 workshop

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet. Each workshop limited to eight (8) participants.
More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Tangier Island VA with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

This Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife. Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.

During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. Includes one-on-one instruction in the field, orientation program, and image review. Also includes 2 nights accommodations (double occupancy) at local B&B. Second session 15-17 May 2020.

Bosque del Apache with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, winter wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks; bald and golden eagles; kestrels and other hawks; turkey; meadowlarks; quail; roadrunners; coyotes; mule deer; and more. In December, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary. Includes orientation program, one-on-one instruction in the field, and image review. Maximum number of participants, 6.

From the President: NANPA Upper Peninsula Regional Event

Colorful fall foliage in the UP.
Colorful fall foliage in the UP.

Story & photos by NANPA President Tom Haxby

On the first evening of the NANPA Regional Event from October 3-6 in the Munising area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, 22 NANPA members met as strangers with a common interest in photography. By the end of the event we were no longer strangers. 

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From Lemons to Lemonade in Olympic National Park

Small waterfall in a creek in Olympic National Park.

Small waterfall in a creek in Olympic National Park.

Story & photos by John Pedersen

Sometimes we just have to make lemonade from lemons. We don’t control the weather, the sun or clouds, or even the subjects we like to shoot. There are those occasional days when we show up on location and the variables beyond our control just don’t seem to want to cooperate. So, what do we do? Turn around and go home and wait for better conditions? No! We stay, adjust our expectations and dig into our bag of photographic skills to make the best of the situation, making the best lemonade we can from the lemons that are given to us.

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NANPA’s Birthday: 25 Years of Leadership in Nature Photography

NANPA's year-long 25th birthday celebrations kicked off at the Nature Photography Summit.

NANPA’s year-long 25th birthday celebrations kicked off at the Nature Photography Summit.

The world has changed a lot in the twenty-five years since NANPA was formed.  Back in 1994, the first commercially-successful web browser, Netscape Navigator, was released.  “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” was renamed Yahoo.  Google was four years away and Facebook wouldn’t launch until 2004.  If you had internet access, it was probably dial-up at 56kbps through Compuserv or AOL. Photoshop 3.0 had just come out and introduced layers.  Microsoft Windows was new but your Pentium computer probably ran MS-DOS and had 4 MB RAM. Mobile phones didn’t have cameras and certainly weren’t smart.

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NANPA Regional Event Preview – Upper Peninsula, Michigan

The shores of Red Jack Lake sare ablaze with autumnal color, Hiawatha National Forest, Alger County, Michigan. © Hank Erdmann

The shores of Red Jack Lake are ablaze with autumnal color, Hiawatha National Forest, Alger County, Michigan. © Hank Erdmann

Photographers choose workshops and photo trips months, sometimes years, in advance.  Even though it’s early spring now, it’s not too soon to start thinking about fall.  In October, Hank Erdmann and Richard Day will be leading a NANPA Regional Event in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In this article, first published last September, Hank reveals his thoughts about fall photography, why he loves autumn in the upper Midwest, and the photographic opportunities that come with the changing colors of leaves.  He also includes tips that will help you find and take advantage of the fall photo possibilities in your region.  Details about this NANPA Regional Event, including costs, registration and other information are posted on the NANPA website, at http://www.nanpa.org/event/nanpa-regional-workshop-up-mi/ . Places are filling up fast, so reserve your spot now!

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