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This photo was taken on a cold, windy evening in February 2016, just before sunset. The location was the Naples, Florida pier. The pier is a famous spot for photographs, so my goal was to take a photo that wasn’t like the many others. I love the beauty of water and structure, so this photograph combined them both. I was drawn to the sun shining though the legs of the pier, glistening off the water and the rolling waves, and the dark sky that warned of an upcoming storm. In my mind, it was a perfect combination for taking photographs.
Camera settings: Canon 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm lens, f/8.0, 1/1250 sec., ISO 200, Focal length 24mm
What: A photography field trip and workshop sponsored by the Goshen Photographers Guild.
When: Generally people arrive mid-afternoon to late evening on Friday. Departure time varies on Sunday a.m.
Who can attend: It is open to all Guild members and non-members.
Photographic opportunities: There are many inside the state park – e.g., waterfalls, trails, etc. Other points of interest include the small historic town of Madison and the bridge across the Ohio River.
Where: Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana….see map and directions below.
Cost: There is no fee to attend. Lodging and food are at the cost of each person attending. So far the motel of choice has been the Holiday Inn Express – (812) 265-1111. There are several other motels nearby.
Bonus: FREE Workshop: Walking through the steps of a successful photograph (taught by Danny Graber) see details below.
I will direct workshops (no fee) at which I will choose some scenes and instruct people on what the best approach is to photograph a specific scene. I will choose different topics such as a waterfall, the bridge across the Ohio River, and possibly some downtown-Madison historical buildings. Be prepared to shoot early morning as well as late evening.
We will cover how to read the light available to us at the time of the picture taking, how to get the perfect exposure, bracketing, color balance, ISO setting, shutter speed, F/stop, and depth of field.
I am thinking of a Friday evening, early Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and early Sunday morning. It will depend on weather and lighting situations. When I speak of evening I generally mean after dinner hour and until the sun has disappeared below the horizon and then some. You may attend one or all of them. I will announce the time and location of each session several hours prior to shooting time.
We will be shooting in Manual* settings. Anyone caught with their camera on an Automatic setting of any sort will be promptly dipped into the Ohio River.
You must bring: Camera and tripod. Optional: Bring any Neutral Density or Polarizing filters you may have.
*If you are uncomfortable with knowing manual settings, I, or an assistant, will work with you. This workshop is intended to cover all the elements that create a perfect photo.
This hawk portrait was taken in March 2016 at Homosassa Springs in Florida. This particular hawk had been injured and was recovering at the Homosassa Wildlife Park, so he/she was rather used to being around people and was kind enough to pose for me.
Camera used was a Nikon D7200 with a 70-200mm f4 lens zoomed to 175mm. Exposure was for 1/125 sec. at f5.6 using an ISO of 400.