Texas Wildflowers with Jeff Parker

This Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshop with Jeff Parker will help you get your best images of the Lone Star’s beautiful spring bloomers (yes…including bluebonnets!).

Enjoy learning & playing in a central-Texas country setting where indoor class time is balanced with hands-on practice outdoors.

TWO (2) SEPARATE “Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshops” offered. ~ Each with space for only EIGHT (8):

Saturday, March 30, 2019
~ OR ~
Sunday, March 31, 2019

During this one-day Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshop I’ll show you how to photograph bluebonnets and other wildflowers like a pro. Play with lighting, make unique compositions, envision your petaled subjects differently, and get creative with color. All while learning to get the most from your equipment. Our day ends with a special sunset photo shoot at one of my favorite springtime locations.

Delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet included.

Whooping Cranes with Jeff Parker

This boat-based Whooping Crane Photo Tour offers great ops to get great shots of endangered Whooping Cranes at the Texas Gulf. This photo tour sells out early every time so, if you’re interested, I suggest that you sign up now!

I have room for just five (5) photographers to join me as we watch and photograph the endangered cranes at their most active, feasting upon the Gulf-Coast bounty. These particular birds are descended from nature’s last wild flock.

The Whooping Crane Photo Tour includes two extensive boat-based photo shoots during which we’ll create images of the Whooping Cranes of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

The fun continues after our boat-based shoots with afternoon photo excursions in and around Rockport and Port Aransas where we’ll focus our lenses on colorful shrimp boats, the marina, Brown and White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ibis, Forster’s Tern, Black Skimmers, Roseate Spoonbills, American Oystercatchers, other shorebirds, raptors, and more.

Watch the behavior of North America’s tallest birds in their wintering habitat along Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Observe juveniles interacting with their parents. Wonder at the birds’ size and elegant gawkiness. Enjoy listening to the unique sound of their trumpeting calls. Photograph them pulling blue crabs up from estuary mud.

We will have multiple opportunities to take a variety of photographs of this fascinating species. Our boat captain does an amazing job of getting us up-close and personal with the birds (without disturbing them).

More info: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/whooping-crane-photo-tour/
Or call Jeff at (512) 378-3355
Limited to five (5) photographers

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

TWO (2) SEPARATE “Macro Photography Workshops ~ 2018” offered
~ Each only with space for EIGHT (8):
Saturday, October 20, 2018 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 21, 2018 workshop

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop with award-winning pro, Jeff Parker.

The workshop will cover both artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

More info at: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/
$175 ~ includes a delicious meal (on-site) / Each workshop is limited to eight (8) photographers

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

TWO (2) SEPARATE “Macro Photography Workshops ~ 2018” offered
~ Each only with space for EIGHT (8):
Saturday, October 20, 2018 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 21, 2018 workshop

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop with award-winning pro, Jeff Parker.

The workshop will cover both artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

More info at: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/
$175 ~ includes a delicious meal (on-site) / Each workshop is limited to eight (8) photographers

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

NATIONAL PARKS: Big Bend National Park

Story and photography by Jerry Ginsberg

North America, United States, Southwest, West, Big Bend, Big Bend National Park. .Tornillo Flats in rugged Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas.

Tornillo Flats

 

Deep in the southwest corner of Texas sits the lightly visited, yet fascinating Big Bend National Park.

Situated near the northern end of the vast Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend features more scenic variety than we usually find in a desert park. If you have an appreciation for the innate beauty of the somewhat harsh desert, a photo trip to Big Bend could be for you. Major landforms include the Chisos Mountains and the rugged Sierra del Carmen, but that’s only scratching the surface. Continue reading

South Texas for the Wildlife Photographer by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Images and text by Jeff Parker

The desolate landscape of the South Texas Brush Country doesn’t look like much, but the biodiversity makes it one of North America’s best places for wildlife photography. It definitely ranks high on my list!

Scientists classify South Texas as a “semi-arid, sub-tropical” region. The result? Lots of wildlife! That includes a large number of bird species living at the far northern edges of their ranges.

Many—e.g. Kiskadee, Green Jay, Audubon’s Oriole, Couch’s Kingbird—are known as “South Texas Specialties.” And spring migration dramatically boosts the number of photogenic subjects that fly your way. By the end of April the summer breeders, such as Painted Buntings, Varied Buntings, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have arrived.

The best photography occurs when the animals grow hot and thirsty and flock to water to drink and cool off. Painted Buntings, in particular, really like their baths! This makes late-May and June prime photography time in the South Texas Brush Country.  Continue reading

VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA: Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark, (c) Jon Holloway

Kathy Adams Clark, (c) Jon Holloway

Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer who runs the stock photo agency KAC Productions. Her photography has been published in many magazines, books and calendars, including six books she coauthored with her husband Gary Clark; the latest being Portrait of Houston (Farcountry Press, 2012), which was reviewed in “Bits & Pixels” in the Spring 2013 issue of Currents. She and Gary also produce a “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle. Continue reading