Sunday, November 22, 2009

Montezuma Photography Workshop

New Pond

Naturalist Dave Spier conducted a meeting for nature and wildlife photography e-club members at the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) this afternoon from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. There were 18 attendees present.

Using the MAC facilities Dave shared several slides showing photos of fall vegetation, snow scenes and wildlife.

Dave employed recently taken photos of frost to show examples of backlighting, random pattern selection and reflection.

Emphasizing the credo, Keep It Simple, Dave pointed out how to focus on the main point of the photo and how to eliminate distractions that do not contribute to the main point.

A question was asked regarding shooting RAW. Dave's explanation seemed to favor taking your photos in the RAW, especially now that photo cards are reasonably priced.

At the conclusion of the program, Art Benning introduced Lois, his wife, and himself to the audience. Mr. Benning said that the Benning Marsh, the 5 acre marsh created in 1991 on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the purpose of providing additional shorebird habitat, was named after his father, a renown birder.

Looking out through the MAC's windows the gray skies discouraged those in attendance from taking photos today.

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