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Infrared Photography - Private session
Infrared Photography - Private session

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Infrared Photography Private Session – 3 hrs.
Date To be Determined based on Available Dates - Please contact me to schedule
Please ask about rates for 2nd and 3rd participants
from 8am to 11am
Hillsborough River State Park, established 1938, is one of Florida's first state parks and has one of the few places in the state for class II rapids available for photographers. Also at the State Park is Fort Foster State Historic Site, though located on the East Side of US 301 across from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Ranger guided tours of the fort are offered (weather permitting) of course. Fort Foster is not part of this workshop, but can be visited after the close of our session. Join me to learn infrared landscape photography techniques using the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River as our subject. Hillsborough River State park is located within an easy drive of Orlando.

Our morning arrival will help assure the strongest rays of light filtered through the trees for this unique type of photography. All students are encouraged to have or have access to a tripod and an infrared filter sized to fit their particular lens choice. Exposures using the infrared filter will easily extend beyond 30 seconds There are a few infrared converted cameras available, these would also be appropriate for this class as well. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
Park Admission is included in the workshop cost

The Outdoor Portrait - Private Session

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3 HRS at Kraft Azalea Park, Winter Park, FL
Scheduling is based on model and instructor availability.

We will begin in a great location for outdoor portraits in Winter Park to explore the differences in focal lengths of your lenses, explore the various lighting opportunities and how to manipulate the light that is available – as the sun moves across the sky our light will be changing – that means we have to adapt as we go through this workshop. This short workshop will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to bring out the best in your natural light portrait photos. Learn how to pose your subjects, choose pleasing backgrounds and avoid harsh shadows. We will learn how to: find the right light for great exposures, pose subjects in attractive ways, work with your subject for great smiles and candid moments, find pleasing and complimentary backgrounds and avoid harsh shadows.

This will be a session with a live “subject”. Workshop starts with a short session on focal length and ideal settings. We will setup a wide variety of photography situations to illustrate how to read light, pose your subject and come away with quality images you can be proud of.

This class is perfect for those who are looking to improve their portrait photos of children, family, pets and more!

$185 and this includes model fees
Please contact me to schedule

Infrared Photography - 13 January 2018
Infrared Photography - 13 January 2018

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Infrared Photography – 3 hrs.
8am to 11am

Hillsborough River State Park, established 1938, is one of Florida's first state parks and has one of the few places in the state for class II rapids available for photographers. Also at the State Park is Fort Foster State Historic Site, though located on the East Side of US 301 across from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Ranger guided tours of the fort are offered (weather permitting) of course. Fort Foster is not part of this workshop, but can be visited after the close of our session.

Join me to learn landscape composition techniques and infrared photography using the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River as our subject. Hillsborough River State park is located within an easy drive of Orlando. The park as well as the river will present numerous opportunities to explore a number of methods of capturing the “essence” of the landscape in B&W infrared photographs. A tripod is required, as long exposures will be made to blur water capturing its movement through this landscape. People registering for this class should have a basic understanding of manual camera operation. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

Working to create the "cotton candy" effect on water will require slow shutter speeds. This means you should have a sturdy tripod, intervalometer or similar for tripping your shutter and timing what could be VERY long exposures. Normal exposures for my work there is 90 seconds to 7 minutes depending on what I am trying to achieve. You will also need an IR passing filter. The Hoya 72 is a very good selection to start with. If you already have a camera converted for IR, you will still need a tripod and intervalometer, but the IR passing filter is not required.

We will meet at Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, FL. Park Admission is included in the workshop cost.

$65.00
Limited to four (4) Minimum of two (2) JUST ONE (1) SPOT LEFT

Battle of Townsend Plantation - 4 February 2018
Battle of Townsend Plantation - 4 February 2018

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Battle of Townsend Plantation Civil War Reenactment, Mount Dora, FL
12 noon to 4:00pm

This year there will be up 500 reenactors representing both the Union and Confederate Armies. This is a live Civil War Re-enactment with living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstration, authentic camps and more. Full scale artillery, cavalry and soldiers in period dress and weaponry and more! Just like in the movies. Join me to enter into the photojournalistic aspect of photography. We will document and tell the story of the reenactment as a journalist would. We will break down the barriers of requesting permission to photograph someone as well as blending into the crowd to capture the “spirit” of the event.

If you plan on attending the Olustee Workshop, this is a very good practice session.

$65.00 per person
Limited to five (5) with a three (3) person minimum

Battle of Olustee 17 Feb 2018
Battle of Olustee 17 Feb 2018

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Battle of Olustee Civil War Reenactment, Olustee FL
8am to 5pm

This workshop is unique! Participants will be given a media/press pass to access some restricted access areas and be closer to the engagement! This year there will be about 3,500 reenactors representing both the Union and Confederate Armies. This is a live Civil War Re-enactment with living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstration, authentic camps and more. Full scale artillery, cavalry and soldiers in period dress and weaponry and more! Just like in the movies. Join me to enter into the photojournalistic aspect of photography. We will document and tell the story of the reenactment as a journalist would. We will break down the barriers of requesting permission to photograph someone as well as blending into the crowd to capture the “spirit” of the event.

Olustee is the site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which took place February 20, 1864. More than 10,000 cavalry, infantry and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in a pine forest near Olustee. Three Regiments of U.S. Colored Troops took part in the battle as well, including the now famous 54th Massachusetts. The battle ended with 2,807 casualties and the retreat of Union troops to Jacksonville until the war's end just 14 months later. Since 1912, Olustee has been a Florida State Historic Site. Scenes for Civil War movies, including the 1989 movie Glory, have been filmed during the reenactments at Olustee. Visitors can enjoy a meal at the picnic area or take a walk along a mile-long trail that has interpretive signs describing the events of the battle.

Note-this is an opportunity to be published. Florida State Parks has requested copies of our images for potential use in park publications, websites and promotional materials. In 2014 and 2015, more than 50 of the workshop images were selected for use each year!

$85.00 per person
Limited to ten (10) with a two (2) person minimum

Wading Birds - 24 February 2018

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Wading Birds – Gatorland, FL
10:00 to 3:00 PM

Wading Birds, we see them everywhere here in Florida. This is your opportunity to get up close and learn techniques for minimizing backgrounds, backlit subjects and catching the action. Gatorland in Orlando provides photographers an opportunity to have these birds in an approachable setting with wonderful access to a variety of species (among them could be Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Great Blue Herons, Limpkins, Anhingas and Roseatte Spoonbills) and their nests. These birds are wild and uncaged. They use the alligator marsh for nesting season each year. The alligators actually afford protection to the various species as scavenger animals will not brave the swamp to raid nests.

Join me to enter the world of birds. The cost of this workshop session includes the admission ticket for Florida Residents (please let me know if you are not a Florida Resident and I will advise you of the additional entrance cost. We may even hear and feel the gators bellowing as we work our way along the boardwalk among the many birds. Photographers should have with them a lens capable of working at 200mm. (zoom lenses from 70-300mm and 80-200mm are most effective). Once the workshop is complete, you will be free to enjoy the remainder of the day in the park until 5pm utilizing the techniques you learned. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

$65.00 per person.
Limited to six (6) with a three (3) participant minimum

Please note that admissions costs may fluctuate - any difference in cost will be either assessed or credited, should prices change.

Night Photography -25 February 2018
Night Photography -25 February 2018

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Night Photography Session – 2 hrs.
Date: February 25, 2018– Sunset plus two hours (actual time will be coordinated with participants)

Just because it is dark out does not mean you have to put your camera away. In downtown Orlando is Lake Eola offering a brilliant view of the city skyline for us to practice night photography, or what I like to term “extremely low light photography”. We will walk the lakeshore perimeter to explore other night scenes, which may not always include glimpses of the skyline.

Starting times will be dependent upon the sunset and will be later during the summer months. Students in this class should have or have access to a tripod for stabilizing their cameras during the very long exposures. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

$35 per person
Limited to five (5) Minimum of 2 participants.

Thundering Spirit Pow Wow- 4 March 2018
Thundering Spirit Pow Wow- 4 March 2018

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Thundering Spirit Pow Wow - Mount Dora, FL
12 noon to 4pm

Native American Pow Wow with drumming, dance, food, crafts and more
Join me to enter into the photojournalistic aspect of photography. We will document and tell the story of the Pow Wow as a journalist would. We will break down the barriers of requesting permission to photograph someone as well as blending into the crowd to capture the “spirit” of the event.

$65.00 per person
Limited to six (6) with a two (2) person minimum

Arcadia Championship Rodeo 24 March 2018
Arcadia Championship Rodeo 24 March 2018

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Rodeo Photography Workshop at the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo!
Saturday March 24, 2018 – Noon to 5pm
Workshop Minimum - 6 Photographers
Workshop Maximum - 15 Photographers

“Well, it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd”
- “Rodeo” by Garth Brooks

Just say the word “rodeo” and images of bull riding and bronc busting fly through our minds. The word itself is taken directly from the old Spanish rodeo which roughly translates into English as “round up”. Rodeos themselves were not originally the sporting events we see today. They were an integral part of cattle ranching in the regions of our country having a Spanish influence, primarily the Southwestern United States. Ranch hands would often gather to compete in friendly competitions of “ranch vs. ranch”. As popularity grew, bronc riding, bull riding, and roping contests began to appear at other venues. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) inspired by the popularity of these events, created the first major rodeo and Wild West show in North Platte, Nebraska in 1882.

The Arcadia Rodeo in Arcadia, FL was established in 1928 by the American Legion. In 1951 the annual event was named the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo. By 1973, Arcadia was recognized by Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and is a stepping stone to the National Championship in Las Vegas every year.

For photographers, this is a long glass event – so telephoto lenses are a must and basically the only lens you will need to capture the action. We will be on the move in selected positions to capture the action from the best vantage points based on the event being captured.

We will all meet at Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo - 124 Heard Street - Arcadia, FL 34266

If you wish to know a bit more about rodeo photography, please visit: Primer on Rodeo Photography
The photographs in this article were all shot in 2016 at this rodeo

The Florida Landscape - 7 April 2018
The Florida Landscape - 7 April 2018

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The Florida landscape
10:00am to 4pm (includes a 1 hour lunch break to talk about photography and the shots we have made before returning for some final shots)

Our day begins at Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve. This 54,000 acre preserve protects one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry prairie and is home to an array of endangered plants and animals. As we enter we will enjoy sweeping vistas grasslands home to the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, as well as the Crested Caracara and Burrowing Owl.

It is the Florida Dry Prairie that we have come to photograph. The afternoon will most often bring towering thunder clouds to add visual dynamics to the images we capture.

We will primarily use wide lenses to short telephotos, not exceeding 85 mm in length. Tripods are suggested as well as intervalometers to remotely release shutters, but these are in no means required. We will discuss and use techniques that provide tremendous photographs in both color and B&W.

This workshop will present opportunities for infrared images as well using either a converted camera or an IR passing filter on a non converted camera.

We will meet at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 33104 Northwest 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972

Minimum of 4 Photographers and a maximum of 10 Photographers.

Infrared Landscape - 12 May 2018
Infrared Landscape - 12 May 2018

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Infrared Landscape Field Session – 3 hrs.

Just East of Orlando near Christmas, FL is Orlando Wetlands Park. This 1,650 acre park of hardwood hammocks, marshes and lakes was set aside in the 1980’s for the enjoyment of everyone. It is an ideal local for Nature and Landscape Photography as well as hiking, biking and birding. In the late 1800’s this land was used as open range for cattle grazing by the settlers moving into the Christmas area following the Seminole Wars. In the early 1900’s many of the red cedar trees were logged with this durable wood being used for furniture, construction and fence posts. Pine trees were tapped for turpentine and later were logged for lumber. In the 1940’s the land was used as a dairy farm.

Join me to photograph the landscape of this little gem, within an easy drive of Orlando, capturing the many moods of this Florida landscape with your camera. Our late morning arrival will help assure the strongest rays of light for this unique type of photography. All students are encouraged to have or have access to a tripod and an infrared filter sized to fit their particular lens choice. There are a few infrared converted cameras available, these would also be appropriate for this class as well. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
Limited to five (5) with a three (3) person minimum

Infrared Landscape - 9 June 2018
Infrared Landscape - 9 June 2018

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Infrared Landscape Field Session – 3 hrs.

Just East of Orlando near Christmas, FL is Orlando Wetlands Park. This 1,650 acre park of hardwood hammocks, marshes and lakes was set aside in the 1980’s for the enjoyment of everyone. It is an ideal local for Nature and Landscape Photography as well as hiking, biking and birding. In the late 1800’s this land was used as open range for cattle grazing by the settlers moving into the Christmas area following the Seminole Wars. In the early 1900’s many of the red cedar trees were logged with this durable wood being used for furniture, construction and fence posts. Pine trees were tapped for turpentine and later were logged for lumber. In the 1940’s the land was used as a dairy farm.

Join me to photograph the landscape of this little gem, within an easy drive of Orlando, capturing the many moods of this Florida landscape with your camera. Our late morning arrival will help assure the strongest rays of light for this unique type of photography. All students are encouraged to have or have access to a tripod and an infrared filter sized to fit their particular lens choice. There are a few infrared converted cameras available, these would also be appropriate for this class as well. Should you have any questions about the content or field requirements of this class, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
Limited to five (5) with a three (3) person minimum