Rufous Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker
Spend from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 with local bird photographer Bob Walker and consider a variety of methods for photographing hummingbirds.
The class is $20 per person, $16 for members. Participants can register at www.PajaritoEEC.org or by calling 662-0460.
There are only eight spaces available in the class, and registration must be made by Sept. 1.
Hummingbirds are attractive and colorful summer visitors that can be both challenging and rewarding photographic subjects. Because these little birds are adaptable, relatively fearless and easily attracted to nectar feeders, it’s possible to get quite nice photographs of them by temporarily turning a part of your back yard into an outdoor photo studio.
This workshop will start with a setup session showing how to prepare an outdoor studio, and will conclude with a field session in which participants can take some photos, either with their own cameras or using one that Walker will provide.
Depending on the number of registrants, additional field sessions may be scheduled so that everyone who wants to take photos will get a chance to do so.
Equipment available for use at the workshop will include a camera, tripod, hummingbird feeder and camera flashes that are used for flash setups.
Participants need only bring their own camera and/or CF or SDHC flash cards. Participant cameras should be able to have the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO value set manually.
It’s also best if the camera can focus manually, and the lens should have a zoom lens with a telephoto setting equivalent to 200mm or more (6x or greater.)
Bob Walker is a 35-year resident of White Rock, and is an enthusiast of the outdoors and of photography. His photography interests have concentrated mostly on sports and nature photography, and he’s been interested in learning more about hummingbird photography for the last three summers.
The class will take place in Walker’s White Rock yard, and directions will be available with registration.
For more information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or e-mail Programs@Pajaritoeec.org.