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November 25, 2008

Chincoteague Photography Workshop Review (Day 1)

by josephrossbachphoto


Over the next few days, I will be sharing a some of my favorite images from my Chincoteague Photo Workshop that took place this past weekend. Thanks to Sabine, Drew, Corey, Richard, Fran, Karen, Sky, James, Amy and Elaine for joining me on this exciting weekend.

jrp_web_images-4-2Male Tree Swallows take to flight. (Nikon D300, 200-400 f4, 1.4 teleconvertor)

Thousands of male Tree Swallows were swarming in and out of the trees as I approached the beach to photograph Snow Geese. I quickly pulled the car of the side of the road and grabbed my camera and started blasting of shots of the birds as they took flight. I shot over 25 images in radid burst in order to get this one shot where there is enough sharp detail.

jrp_web_images-1-3Immature Black Crowned Night Heron (Nikon D300, 200-400 f4)

This immature black crowned nigh heron was holding so still that I was able to line up my composition and stop down to f11 with mirror lock-up for a razor sharp image.

jrp_web_images-2-3Double Crested Cormorant (Nikon D300, 200-400 f4)

I spent well over an hour shooting this Cormorant. I was waiting for him to do something interesting or at least give me an interesting expression. I find it is important to spend as much time as possible with your subjects to be able to first of all learn a bit of their behavior and personality, but secondly to capture as many interesting compositions and expressions as possible.

jrp_web_images-6Snow Geese making a landing (Nikon D300, 200-400mm, f4 w/ 1.4 teleconvertor)

jrp_web_images-5Snow Geese lifting off (Nikon D300, 200-400mm, f4 w/ 1.4 teleconvertor)

There were at least a few thousand snow geese at this open body of water not far from the beach and I was intent on making a few keepers of them taking off and landing. The geese will take off and land often over the course of an hour or two and if you have the patience you can easily make a few images. I decided to try my hand at a few pan blur shots of the geese taking ff and coming in for a landing.

jrp_web_images-8Rust patterns in the hull of an abandoned fishing boat (Nikon D300, 80-200mm f2.8)

Other than wildlife and scenics in the refuge, Chincoteague Island is home to commercial fisherman. We spent time shooting the many details and patterns in this old rusted out fishing vessel on the island.

jrp_web_images-10The big take-off at sunset (Nikon D300, 200-400 f4)

The big take-off happens every day at least 2 or 3 times at the golden hour of light. We were on location and ready when it happened.

jrp_web_images-3-2Last light at the refuge (Nikon D300, 300mm f4)

Not a bad way to finish the first day of the workshop! It was cold and blustery and the light reflected in the still waters for long after sunset.

Check back in a few days for more images from the trip. Joe

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