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South Texas Birding Experience 2017

Join me in South Texas, June 2017

Photograph birds  in South Texas, June 2017

A Bird Photo Studio in the Rio Grande Valley

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Great Kiskadee eating a water bug

I’m pleased to announce my dates for the South Texas Birding Experience 2017. For next year, I am offering two small group (max 4) sessions for getting some of the best bird photos in all of the USA. There is nowhere else I’ve been where I can capture closeups of small birds, including unique species like the green jay with perfect backgrounds.

  • Session 1: June 1-5, 2017 
  • Session 2: June 7-11, 2017

All Inclusive Photo Safari Includes:

  • Three days of private access to the photo blinds
  • “Ask me anything” field and classroom instruction (including processing and critique)
  • Single-occupancy air-conditioned lodging on site
  • All meals and happy hour
  • Transportation from the lodge to the shooting sites

Space is extremely limited, so place your deposit now to reserve your seat on this trip.

I hope you can join me in Texas!

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Florida Birding and Night Sky Workshop Dec. 13-17

Join me December 13-17 to photograph birds and the night sky in the Florida Everglades.
Join me December 13-17 to photograph birds and the night sky in the Florida Everglades.

I’m pleased to announce a winter birding safari to the Florida Everglades, December 13-17, 2015. During this photo safari, we’ll not only photograph the birds and other wildlife, but we’ll have an opportunity to do some night sky photography of the Geminids meteor shower!

This workshop includes both field and classroom instruction, so bring your laptop so I can teach you how to process your photos!

Place your deposit now to secure your space on this trip until October 14th, 2015.

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Texas Birding 2016 Now Open

Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.
Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to the private photo blinds of south Texas in 2016 for a small-group instructional photo safari. This trip includes private blind access on two ranches, double-occupancy lodging for four nights, and all meals.

Reserve your spot before July 31st, 2015 and get a discounted early-bird rate.

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Photo of the day: Black-crested titmouse

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Black-crested titmouse, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I’m back after another trip to my favorite birding destination, the private ranches of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  A group of photographers joined me for three days of photographing birds from private photo blinds. By using the blinds, we not only got close to the birds, but we had perfect “studio” settings to photograph them in!

This black-crested titmouse is probably only 4-5 inches in length, and yet we were able to get great close-up shots of it. For this image, I used my Nikon D810 and 500mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens with TC-14EIII teleconverter. The 36 megapixel D810 allowed me to crop the image without sacrificing detail.

I’m already putting in my plans to photograph in Texas next year. If you’re interested, please become a member of my workshops group so that you’ll be the first to know when the trip is announced. I only have space for six photographers, so you’ll want to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

Bird photography is probably one of the most challenging activities for a nature photographer to tackle. I started out like most people, trying to take a photo of a bird in a tree with a short (200mm) telephoto lens. When I look at my old photos, I sometimes have to squint to see the bird in them! Now I’m very happy with my bird photography, and as you’ll see it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of luck to really get a dynamic bird photo. I recently presented a live online webinar on bird photography, during which I shared some of my favorite photos and shared camera settings and tips on gear and processing. If you have some free time, I hope you can check it out.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.

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