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$38 Adult; $20 Youth

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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This is a Wednesday workshop with a Thursday morning field trip. With the advent of digital cameras, wildlife photography has become a rapidly growing pastime for millions of people. Birding tours now have as many participants with cameras as with binoculars. The elements of this workshop are to discuss the equipment and costs, explain the basic processes, discuss field methods, and show and tell of the various equipment for wildlife photography. This workshop involves a PowerPoint program on the above topics, display of equipment, and an introduction to the most productive locations. The workshop will begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday at the Chico Masonic Family Center and last approximately 2 hours.

The following day, Thursday, we will meet in the early morning at the Llano Seco Wildlife Area about 30 minutes from Chico. The field trip will commence shortly after sunrise (about 7:00 am) and conclude at 10:00 am. This area provides excellent opportunities to explore many aspects of bird photography. Several species of ducks and geese, Sandhill Cranes, and several raptor species are often found in close proximity to the viewing platform and trails and in the adjacent agricultural areas. Due to the potential for inclement weather conditions, rain gear and rain protection for equipment may be needed. Discussions on lighting, focus, distances, etc. will be included.

All ages 16 and older are welcome. Dress warmly and bring water and a snack.

Field Trip Leader

Kirby Flanagan

Kirby is a professional nature and wildlife photographer residing in northwest Nevada. He is a member of the Lahontan Audubon Society in Reno, Nevada, a longtime member and current board member of the National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) of Bozeman, Montana and is a past member of the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society based in Peninsula, Ohio.

Kirby has been involved in photography for more than forty years and in bird photography for more than ten years. During those ten years, he has photographed birds in several midwestern states, most of the western states, Alaska and the Galapagos Islands. His interests are primarily in photographing raptors and waterfowl, but he enjoys photographing all birds. And he loves to teach.

Kirby has been a workshop leader, group shoot leader, speaker and webinar presenter for NPEG for over ten years. He is the author of the e-book "A Nature Photographer's Guide to Alaska". He is a blog and a podcaster on the "Photographing the West" podcast both his blog and his podcast episodes are available on his website at www.flanaganfotos.com.

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