You probably know I enjoy photographing birds whenever I can get the chance. Over the years, I’ve used lots of different Nikon cameras, and I have to say that we’re living in good times if birding is your thing. After a year with the Nikon D500, I can honestly say that I’ve not run into a better birding camera from Nikon. The autofocus is deadly fast, the camera delivers 10fps RAW, and you can shoot 200 continuous frames when you use a fast QXD memory card. I’ve also had the chance to test a variety of Nikon lenses on my birding safaris, so here’s my current recommendations for anyone looking to maximize their Nikon birding experience. Continue reading The Ultimate Nikon Birding Kit
Photograph birds in South Texas, June 2017
A Bird Photo Studio in the Rio Grande Valley
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!
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!
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.
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.