Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photographic Workshop Focuses On Hummingbirds

Mountain Mail reports

Because of their rapid wing-beat (up to 53 times each second in flight), hummingbirds are among the most difficult of subjects to photograph. Three expert instructors will provide tips and equipment for getting sharp images in a free hummingbird photography workshop Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
The workshop is open to adults and youth; beginning photographers are welcome. There is a limit of 20 participants, so early reservations are recommended.
Instruction will be provided by North American Nature Photog-raphers Association members Jerry Goffe, David Powell and Don Bartram. Goffe also is a refuge volunteer and board member of the Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR, sponsor of the workshop.
The class will begin with an indoor introduction. Two or three photographic stations will be set up outside the refuge visitor center. Black-chinned, broad-tailed, rufous and calliope hummingbirds visit the refuge during July and August.
Each photographic setup will include multiple strobes, feeders and backdrops. Participants may use their own camera or insert their memory card in one of the digital cameras that will be available, enabling them to take their images home after the workshop. Instructors will help critique and download images as time permits. Photographers are invited to bring a laptop or a blank CD. Call 835-1828 to reserve a spot.

Photo caption: Strobe lighting captures this black-chinned hummingbird in flight in a photo by Jerry Goffe, one of three instructors who will give tips for photographing hummingbirds in a free workshop Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jerry Goffe

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