Monday, December 26, 2011

Field Trip: 15 January 2012

By Invitation only!    January 15, 2012

Otters, Birds, Bees, Sea Lions – …oh my
Field Trip along the CA Coast

December 2011 Hummingbirds

Winter along the California coast is clear and beautiful.

Judy and I are offering a field trip along the coast to capture some exciting wildlife:  in search for otters, birds, hummingbirds, monarch butterflies (maybe), bees and sea lions, and whatever the coast has to offer.  We will also practice fast action photography by watching and photographing the wind surfers - if there is wind and waves.  For those of you who have photographed hummingbirds with us in our workshops, this is a perfect opportunity to use the wildlife skills in the field.  This is a day trip with diverse photo opportunities.

This is a field trip and a lot of what we see will depend on the weather conditions - and remember the 'wild' in wildlife which does not guarantee sightings!

We will gather in Moss Landing at 10am across from “The Whole Enchilada” Mexican Restaurant at the harbor to watch the otters and grebes, go to the other side of Elkhorn Slough to see the sea lions.  Then we proceed to Pacific Grove for a special place along the water where the hummingbirds drink nectar from a coastal plant.

Pacific Grove also has a Monarch Sanctuary.  We will stop by there in the warm early afternoon hours when the butterflies are active.

By 4pm, we will head home.

Date:  Sunday, January 15, 2012; 10am – 4pm
Meeting Location:  Moss Landing, Harbor (across from “The Whole Enchilada” Mexican Restaurant); car pooling is recommended, we will help find partners.
What to bring:
  1. DSLR camera with wide to tele lenses (~300mm recommended, handhold); tripod, lots of memory cards and battery power.  If you have a macro lens, please add it to your pack.
  2. Camera Manual,
  3. sack lunch and water, snacks
  4. Layered clothing since the coast can be cold in the morning and balm as the day progresses,
  5. … and patience and willingness to explore, and a sense of adventure.  It will be a fun day with a small group of photographers.  Remember, wildlife is unpredictable!
Tricks and tips for wildlife photography, help with your camera gear, review of histogram and its information to create accurate exposure; help with using aperture or shutter priority, automatic or manual settings, one-on-one help with equipment and photography techniques.

Not included:
Meals and transportation

Cost:  80.-
(payable by check – pl mail to M. Raeder, 2812 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94306)

Please call 650-326-4570 or email to be part of the fun!

Also, since the weather is unpredictable in January, please call a day ahead.  Rain will cancel the field trip with full refund.