Its All Very Simple:
Capturing amazing images of the night sky, wild alligators, gorgeous bears, stunning water lilies, amazing sunsets and SO MUCH MORE, can all be done rather quickly and easily once you know how. This applies to all types of photography as well.
With the Right Equipment:
That is what these workshops are all about. As soon as you sign up for the workshop of your choice, I begin working with you to make sure you have all of the tools and/or equipment that you need. If you don't, I will help guide you through picking out the best ones for your specific interests. All workshops can be done with the equipment listed in the "What You Will Need" section for each one.
And Knowing How to Use Those Tools:
Beyond just having the equipment, you will need some technical know how and tricks of the trade to be able to use those tools to capture these incredible scenes. That is where the classroom portion of each workshops comes into play. I go over everything you will need in this session at the beginning of the workshop and then work with each participant individually throughout the workshop to meet you where you are and help you to take your photography skills to the next level so that you can be efficient at using the tools you have.
To Really Make Your Images Pop:
Even with the right tools and technical know how, sometimes images can still be lacking something. Maybe they just don't quite pop like you wish they did. That is where the third aspect of these workshops picks up. In that classroom we mentioned above, we will go over basic composition and rules of photography and how they can benefit all of your images, and night sky images specifically.
Then in the field, I work with each student to take those rules out of the box and play around with them some in order to get truly exceptional and unique images. So that you leave the workshop with Amazing and Unique Images:
As a bonus, I also make it my mission to insure that each participant gets some images that are different even from others in the same workshop, so that everyone doesn't go home with all of the exact same images. I want you to know that you have incredible images unlike anyone else's that truly emphasize your personal passion and interpretation of each scene.
Boat Tour, Trail Ride, Boardwalk into the Land of the Trembling Earth, 90' Observation Tower, Wildlife Exhibits, Animal Encounters Show,
We will begin the workshop with a classroom presentation going over everything you need to know in order to capture all of these amazing scenes both in the Okefenokee Swamp! Then we will head out into the park itself to begin our hands on individual work one-on-one going over everything we covered in the classroom.
During the workshop, we will explore several different aspects of the swamp including popular areas for the wildlife, birds, and plants. We will walk out the boardwalk and for those that wish, we can climb the tower so that we can see the swamp from up in the canopy and if you want to go all the way to the top, you can see the swamp from ABOVE the canopy of trees!
We will take a boat ride out into the swamp itself where we will have the opportunity to shoot a variety of subjects including all kinds of flowers, baby alligators, turtles, assorted other wildlife and birds.
We will also shoot the sunset Saturday and have the option to shoot the sunrise Sunday morning for any of those who wish to do so. In between we will also photograph the night sky at night.
What You Will Need:
A camera that allows for manual controls
Your camera manual or a guide for it if you do not know how to use the manual controls on your camera.
Recommended But Not Required:
A Remote Release
A Flash light or headlamp with a red light setting
A Circular Polarizing Filter
A Wide Angle Lens
Snacks and Drinks
What is Included:
Includes all handouts and material given at the workshop as well as any additional help given prior to attending.
Food is not included in the package. However, most people talk in the comment section as the workshop gets closer and plans a potluck sort of arrangement. We do have time allowed for lunch and dinner each day of the workshop.
Accommodations are not included in the price of the workshop, but nearby cottages, cabins, hotels and camping are available at a discounted rate. Details will be provided upon registration.
What is Not Included:
Airfare is not included
Transportation to or inside the park is not included, other than the boat tours, train rides, etc.
Food, drinks or snacks.
Equipment of any sort.
About the Okefenokee:
The Okefenokee is a magical place full of mystery and intrigue everywhere you look. It is one of my absolute all-time favorite places to photograph or be for that matter. Located in the Southeastern corner of the State of Georgia, this 438,000-acre (approximately 700 square miles) wetland is the largest black water swamp in North America.
When I first mention how much I love the swamp to most people, they look at me like I am crazy. I am sure they are thinking of nothing more than muddy water, Cyprus trees and Spanish moss, all being overtaken by mosquitoes or worse. The truth of the matter is though, that while you do have all of those things, it so much more as well, and the mosquitoes are not as bad as everyone imagines them to be!, since the water in this swamp is not stagnant water but is actually moving all of the time as it flows out of the swamp.
The Okefenokee Swamp is made up of quite a diversity of environments and habitats. It does have the swamp areas with the Cyprus trees and Spanish moss hanging down from them along the beautiful boardwalks and waterways. And of course who can take their eyes off a beautiful lake filled with beautiful water lilies. However, it also has everything from dry prairie areas to dark forests that will make you feel as if you are no where near a swamp. The eastern edge of the swamp is even made up of a high ridge of sand, known as Trail Ridge.
This diversity in habitat also makes it a perfect home for a huge variety of wildlife including an assortment of mammals, reptiles and birds. On any given trip into the Okefenokee Swamp you might see any of the approximate 30 different species of native mammals that make this their home including Black Bear, Deer, Foxes, Raccoons, Opossums, Bobcats, Coyotes, Wild Hogs and many others. Pretty much all species of wading birds and waterfowl can be found here, depending on the time of year. White Ibises, Egrets, Herons, Wood Storks and Owls are all very common. Wood ducks and sand hill cranes can also be found here year round. In the Spring and fall, you can also expect to see a variety of migratory birds. And of course, it wouldn't be a swamp worth exploring if it didn't have alligators! These are one of the things that you can expect to see on any trip into Okefenokee, again sometimes more than others.
There is nothing like floating along one of the canals and slowing going past a majestic huge alligator sunning itself on the bank or on an old fallen tree. You will feel as though you have stepped back in time as the only sounds you will hear are the guttural calls of the adult alligators accompanied by the clicks of the babies nearby. For a background chorus, day or night you can hear a symphony of birds or frogs signing as if they are alone in the world. It truly is like taking a journey through a work of living art.