The Tiger’s Eyes
The other day I took a client to the San Francisco Zoo to practice photographing animals. My client has an upcoming trip to Africa and will be taking a photo safari. Since it is a once in a life time event for him he was looking for tips on how to be the most effective he could be.
African Crane Crown Plumage
I covered the various concepts and techniques with him and we had a great time. To name just a few….
- Fill the frame
- Focus on the eyes
- Concentrate on particular attributes of the animal
- Use a fast shutter speed (high ISO if needed to increase shutter speed)
African Crane Plumage
In addition to his practicing, I was able to squeak out a few of my own images that you see here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do every time I’m at the zoo.
If you’d like to join me for a few hours and pick up some tips visit my website under the “Workshops” tab. The tabs are on the right of this screen.
Join me! I go to the San Francisco Zoo most Wednesdays where I hold a Free Camera Walk!!!!!
Recently on my workshop at Point Reyes, just north of San Francisco, I had the opportunity to take a few images. Normally I don’t take my “own” photos while conducting a workshop as I’m there for my client(s), not my own portfolio. This day however I had the pleasure of having Desiree Burk as my client who didn’t mind. Desiree is a very talented “Family” photographer. We spent the day doing workshop imagery lessons and finished at McClures Beach where we had a beautiful sunset. Employing longer exposures using a 10 stop neutral density filter I captured the image seen here. I was pleased with the detail in the beach sand and the granite rock in the foreground yet with the softness and motion blur of the waves. A perfect ending to a day out at Point Reyes National Seashore.
For Family portraits taken in natural light visit Desiree’s website at – desireeburk.com
June 3rd – 6th 2014
2 Spaces Left!
Ladybird Johnson Memorial Grove
This is always a fun and popular photography workshop. From the little hamlet of Trinidad to the south Oregon coast, we’ll photograph the fog drifting through the lush redwood forests and beautiful sunsets along the coast. Typically the Rhododendrons are blooming at this time of year! Wildlife abounds in the form of Elk and birds. The local harbors and beaches are full of photographic opportunities as well.
Catering to small groups of up to six participants, I will challenge you to see things in a different way and help you capture stunning images.
Enhance your skills in your artful photographic evolution!
Lodging: Lodging is not included in this workshop. I will be happy to recommend locations upon request. There are many options in the are available including camping.
Transportation: Workshop participants are responsible for their transportation during this workshop. During the workshop we will carpool as much as possible.
Fern Canyon Waterfall
Meals: Each participant will be responsible for their own meals. We will stop so that everyone can stock up on sandwiches, drinks, snacks, etc.
Price: $495 per person
More info…gear and other stuff: Click here
Note: Participants should be healthy and mobile enough to walk at a leisurely pace off pavement for some distance (1 to 2 miles). You should also consider the weight of your gear and how you carry it.
Trinidad Beach Sunset
I made this image while conducting one of my photography workshops yesterday at Point Reyes National Seashore. Although I had planned a sunset shot sometimes fog on the horizon nixes what can be a great moment. However all is not lost. Instead you can change your concept during the image taking process and envision it as a dramatic black & white. This was a 30 second exposure using a 10 stop ND filter. I used a limited application of contrast adjustment using dodge & burn techniques. A final step was to add a little vignetting. Keeping detail in the rocks with a smooth silky water was my plan.
I’ll file this in the “When nature gives you lemons, then make lemonade!” category….
Be sure to check my workshop listings for updates on this and other opportunities to learn how to make great images. Workshop listings…