Merritt Island NWR with Colin Hocking

Where
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, Florida.
According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the refuge consists of 140,000 acres, and provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species.

What we’ll photograph
Setting out before dawn we’ll be ready to capture the sunrise and awakening wildlife. Our afternoons will allow us time to provide instruction, and to upload photos in preparation for image critiques before setting out for sunset to capture more glorious images!
We’ll have the opportunity to photograph Osprey, a variety of Herons, Egrets, Spoonbills and more. Because the refuge is also a protected National Seashore there will be plenty of wading birds, too. Of course, it wouldn’t be Florida without alligators!

What you’ll learn
It will be my goal not only to provide you with the opportunities to photograph stunning scenery, but also to educate you in the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography when capturing landscapes and wildlife.

Great Smoky Mountains with Tom Mace

Spring is an incredible time to photograph the most visited National Park in America. With 1600 plant species, over 60 mammals, and one of the highest black bear densities in North America; the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best locations in the Southeast to capture spring at its finest. As the flowers in the lower elevations begin to bloom; deer, birds, and the predators come to life. Spring is a fantastic time to capture the essence of this National Park as the rivers rise, waterfalls roar and mammals begin to show off their young. Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains in both Spring and Fall and know the exact locations to capture stunning landscapes, trails to hidden falls, and predictable wildlife engagement. We also work on photographing deserted buildings and churches which give unique perspectives against the right lighting and flora backdrops. We beat the sweltering heat and humidity of summer and get our clients into key places where weather is mild and animals are active, a perfect combination. We stay near the entrance of the park which ensures we get in and out at the best times to capture nature without hassling potential crowds. Hiking is rated as moderate and is included on this trip, the longest is five miles the shortest is a half mile, roundtrip.

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

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.

Design your photos for success

Story and photographs by Jennifer King

Summer is here, and a great time to get out and photograph. As you are capturing all that summer has to offer, I want to remind you of the impact that fundamental design principles can have on your photography.

HORIZON

Are you photographing a mountain or beach? Where you place your horizon line can help you to create depth and dimension in your photo and also help call attention to the hero in your photograph. Consider referencing design tools like the Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds or the Fibonacci Spiral when setting up your composition.

 

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