Saturday, March 07, 2009

Nature Photography Workshop

The Montezuma Audubon Center

Nature Photography Workshop: Looking Forward to Spring!

Today I was one of the twenty-three participants in the Nature Photography Workshop: Looking Forward to Spring! held at The Montezuma Audubon Center. Dave Spier, nature photographer and naturalist, was the moderator.

Dave described what a photographer can expect to find around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and surrounding area in early Spring. He also shared hints on how to capture early migrants and other signs of Spring through digital photography.

Using his prepared slide show, Dave projected photos ranging from skim ice to wildlife to plants and trees to sunsets to exhibit the transition from winter into Spring.

To emphasize that as a photographer you cannot get too close, Dave expressed a quote that he once heard, “Nature bears the closet scrutiny.” Dave suggested using your camera’s self-timer and tripod as close-up aides.

In the Q&A session, Dave answered all questions. At one point he employed a whiteboard to illustrate the working of the camera lens. Several in the audience also responded to a question involving the best location to photograph eagles.

Related web sites:

Montezuma Photography

Dave Spier's Blog

Dave Spier's flickr

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