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Registration open for Texas Birding 2015


Join me May 14-18, 2015 for the South Texas Birding Experience, an all-inclusive trip to photograph birds up-close from professionally maintained, private blinds. If you want to get frame-filling photographs of smaller birds, this is the trip for you. It’s also a great place to see some uncommon species, like green jays, caracara, and pyrrhuloxia. Here’s a look at some of the shots from the 2104 trip.

This photo safari is limited to five participants so you get maximum over the shoulder support, both in the field and back at the ranch. Speaking of the ranch, our air-conditioned lodging is only minutes away from the shooting sites, and we’ll get home-cooked meals every day, along with an afternoon happy hour to refresh you after a long day in the blinds.

Spots for this trip fill up fast, so if you’re interested, please go here for the full details and to reserve your spot now!

Texas Birding Safari Report

Northern cardinal getting a drink in south Texas.
Northern cardinal getting a drink in south Texas.

I have returned from leading my annual “South Texas Birding Experience” workshop on private ranches. What can I say? Starting from the moment the group arrived, we had an amazing time. Our first day out was what our guides call “hot.” Not because it was sunny, but because we literally had no periods of inactivity for the three hours we were in the blinds. We could have kept going, but the midday light was getting harsh and we had a nice lunch awaiting us. I nearly filled two 16GB memory cards that first day! Continue reading Texas Birding Safari Report

Photo of the Day: Badlands Twilight

Last light in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Nikon D800e with 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS G VRII Nikkor zoom. 1/8s @f/11, ISO 400
Last light in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Nikon D800e with 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS G VRII Nikkor zoom. 1/8s @f/11, ISO 400 (click to enlarge).

When you shoot landscapes, keep in mind that sometimes the best light happens after the sun has already set. This image was captured about 2 minutes after sunset in Badlands National Park during my photo safari with Deborah Sandidge. High winds made a tripod mandatory, and I used mirror lock-up to prevent softness from mirror-slap. Although the original file wasn’t quite as spectacular, a quick trip to Color Efex Pro 4 brought this image to life.

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2013 Instructional Photo Tours: Dates Added

Get personal field instruction and learn how to process your image files for maximum impact on my 2013 Instructional Photo Tours.

Immerse yourself in your passion on one of my small-group photo tours. On each of these excursions, I take you to some of the best shooting locations for wildlife and landscapes. I offer each student one on-one instruction tailored to their individual needs, both in the field (camera settings, composition, exposure), and in the classroom (post-processing techniques, image review and critique). Photography is about capturing the right place at the right time, and on my safaris, we do just that. These workshops are optimal for photographers of all levels, and I welcome beginners! This year, I’ll be going to several popular locations.

2013 Instructional Photo Tour Dates