*Important: Moose strongly recommends that registered participants for this Workshop attend his Thursday, November 12 evening talk at Adorama. There is no additional charge or need to register separately for the Thursday event (just email us to let us know that you will be attending on Thursday evening) and you’ll receive a $25.00 coupon at the talk, which can be used on purchases either in Adorama’s retail store or at www.adorama.com for 30 days.
Friday’s Workshop is a rain or shine event, and all participants will need to bring their own lunch/beverages. Registered participants will receive Meeting Place details, directions (this location is best/easiest accessible by car), and other pertinent information by email on November 8, 2009.
This is going to be great! We’re heading out to Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a day of fun, photographing wildlife. We’ll be meeting at the NWR promptly at 7:30AM. From there, we will venture around West Pond, East Pond, and whatever other areas look like they will produce fun images of wildlife.
Notes from Moose:
What you need to make the most of the day--You need to keep track of the weather forecast, and come dressed appropriately in layers. Being on the water, it can be cool to cold, with brisk winds, and if the sun is out, it will be delightful.
We will be walking all day, so wear shoes that permit you to walk, and be on your feet for hours. There aren’t any water fountains, and the West Pond Trail is a 1.5 miles, so definitely bring your own water. Also, there aren’t any facilities for food, so you must bring whatever you will want to eat as we trek.
When it comes to gear, the one thing you must plan on is carrying (not rolling long behind you) all the equipment you want to shoot with. Once we leave our vehicles we won’t be back until we finish a loop which might be a couple of hours. You will want your longest lens, 400mm – 600mm. Nikon is making available 12 long lenses for folks to use. Depending on how many need to borrow a long lens (they are not yours to take home), they will be cycled through the group. Personally, I will be walking with the 600VR w/TC-17e attached and depending on the light, a SB-900 as well for flash fill.
A couple of things to keep in mind, there are a lot of us and the first one to the end of the trail wins nothing. Common field courtesy is when someone finds and is on the subject, it’s theirs to work with until either the subject leaves or you are invited to join in the fun. Let’s not scare off other shooters’ subjects. And remember, wildlife photography is ‘slow and easy’ wins the race. A spot might seem void of subjects one moment and a heartbeat later has the best find of the day. Keep in mind that it just takes one critter to make the whole day worthwhile.
The last thing I want to encourage you to do is stick with Moose. You never know, besides learning a thing or three and perhaps even a laugh, you might just find a subject you didn’t even see. This is sure to be a great day, and we’ll have lots of fun!
Don’t miss this special opportunity to attend a Workshop with Moose in New York City; we’ve limited the group to 20 participants.
Moose’s true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North America’s critters and to be able to tell their stories with his camera. Along the way, Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his passion: a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, to name just a few. He shares his knowledge through his writing, having been published in over 131 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books, and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America’s endangered wildlife and wildplaces. Being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
Schedule: Friday, November 13, 2009 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street, 5th floor.