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Field Trip: Basics of Wildlife Photography Workshop (Thursday) and Field Trip (Friday)

$35 Adult; $20 Youth

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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This is a Thursday workshop with a Friday 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 outline the history; discuss the equipment and costs; explain the basic processes; delineate field methods; and define the ethics of photographing wild birds and mammals in natural settings. This workshop involves a PowerPoint program on these aspects; display of equipment; and an introduction to the most productive locations. The workshop will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday at the Chico Masonic Family Center and last approximately 90 minutes.

The following day, Friday, 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 7:30 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.

Youth, age 16 & 17, are welcome. Dress warmly and bring water and a snack.

Field Trip Leader

Dean Carrier

Dean Carrier has been a life-long wildlife biologist (his first bird book is dated "Christmas, 1943"). Graduating from Humboldt State University, he worked professionally for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and then for the U.S. Forest Service where he was responsible for a variety of endangered species work locally, regionally, and nationally until his retirement in 1991. As a frustrated left-brained individual with right-brained yearnings (he couldn't sketch a critter that looked like one if he wanted to) he found his artistic niche in photography which he has been active in for 45 years. He travels both domestically and abroad to pursue his bird photography habit and uses his images (and others) for PowerPoint presentations on nature and ecology for grammar school children in Butte County.

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