Overview – Texas Bird Photography Workshop
The Texas birding ranches have earned their legendary status by offering unique, repeatable, productive opportunities for bird photographers to make stunning photographs. For nearly 20 years, the ranches have offered intrepid photographers a chance to brave the heat and the rattlesnakes to make magic bird mages. You’ll have opportunities that would be almost impossible in any other place. The Rio Grande Valley sits in line with one of the great bird migration routes, and for some of these long-distance flyers, this desert oasis may be the first place they could rest and eat in weeks. The weary birds are tired and hungry, and the ranches have plenty of freshwater and food laid out like a bird buffet. They have also built fantastic photography blinds to get close and improve your chances of fabulous photos to nearly 100 percent! Back in the day, these blinds were no more than folding chairs and a tent; now, they are dug into the ground with comfortable chairs and concrete floors. While we still may have a stray rattler or tarantula to deal with, it is now a lot more like the Taj Mahal than a backyard setup.
The food and water that the ranchers provide may be the only constant source of food for miles, and so the birds come to us! We don’t have to traipse through the desert spooking more birds than we photograph, we sit back and let the action fly to us!
There are about 12 blinds on the ranch, and we will choose the best one for the light and target species. Some are over water, and some are more brushy, but all have clean backgrounds for beautiful bokeh no matter how fast of a lens you carry. We will have full control over decorating the perches for a far better version of bird photos than the good old “bird on a stick pics”! There is a unique blind for raptors as well. The ranch feeds the raptors year-round to keep them in the vicinity for you to photograph. Trust me when I say that when we add to the buffet, the raptors appear seemingly from everywhere!
During this workshop, you will receive instruction from a professional wildlife photographer and published bird photographer, Jeff Wendorff. With Jeff’s help, your cameras will be set for optimum control of exposure for the birds and the time of day that we are photographing. Each day will include a recap of the days shoots with a group download and easy-going helpful commentary on your images. There will be at least one teaching session for the group on the most effective way to edit bird photography with an emphasis on winning compositions. This will be a small group of 6 or less, and I will be able to sort out any issues that may arise during the shoots. My primary function is to help you make the best possible images, and so I will be with you to help. I have also hired a local guide to help plan our shoots, their local knowledge from shooting at the ranch for many years is beyond mine. With their help, we will always be in the right blind at the right time and with the right perches for our target birds.
The tuition for the Texas Bird Photography Workshop is $1995 USD.
The deposit for this workshop is $500 USD. The deposit can be paid by PayPal, Credit Card, Wire Transfer or Check. Actually, if you have another way you would like to pay, I am open to new ideas when it comes to collecting money!
The balance of the workshop tuition will be due March 7, 2021 (60 days prior).
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