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Photo Workshop - March 12th or 13th - Goose Pond!

I am pleased to be working with photographer extraordinaire David FitzSimmons and Roberts Camera in Carmel, Indiana, for two one-day photo workshops. More on them HERE. Our venue is the amazing Goose Pond near Linton, Indiana, a place that has already taken on legendary status in the birding world. Read about Goose Pond HERE.

Dave and I will each give an indoor lecture about various facets of photography, but the majority of the time will be spent afield. As Goose Pond should be teeming with birds in mid-March, that's what we'll mostly focus on. But there will certainly be time to dabble in other subjects such as showy landscapes, HDR techniques, and even macro photography.

A trio of Redheads coasts in for a landing. We'll really focus on bird photography tactics, including getting sharp in-flight shots. There should be lots of meaty subjects about, including many species of ducks, and thousands of Sandhill Cranes.

March is the month that spring really bursts to life. Red-winged Blackbirds will be gurgling away and the marshes should be ringing with the calls of Spring Peepers and Western Chorus Frogs. We'll do our best to see - and photograph - all of it. And learn lots of tips and tricks in the process. Not to mention see lots of birds, and learn more about our feathered subjects and their identification.

We welcome all levels of photographers, especially beginners to intermediates.

If you're interested in attending, just CLICK HERE for more information and registration details.

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Lisa Greenbow said…
You will be down in my neck of the woods. Goose Pond is just a 45min drive from where I live. You will enjoy your visit no doubt. Lots to photograph and see.

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