What a great weekend back in January.
Fred and a bunch of guys from the online forum called
"Nikon Cafe" visited me from all over Canada and the USA.
We had 2 back to back Raptos in Flight programs
on Jan 10th and 11th, 2015. Special thanks to my buddy
Randy Rimland who brought us all together. This was
I participated in Ray's Raptors in Flight workshop
at the Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, Canada in
Ray does a great job on these by limiting the number
of shooters so that everyone attending gets as much
(or as little) attention as they want. Everyone gets
great angles on the birds, with the freedom to move
around and change up your shots. There are a number of
different raptors, with opportunities to shoot static
portraits and bird-in-flight shots on each one.
I participated in the workshop on two days in a
row, which offered the opportunity to shoot in
differing weather and light conditions. I recommend
this to everyone that is able to do the same, as conditions
did vary a great deal on those days - and the shoots go
on regardless of the weather conditions.
I was concerned at first about if I would be able to
get some good quality images, as I was not accustomed
to shooting BIF at low angles. It turns out the opposite
is true and with Ray's advice on positioning and
settings, your will have more quality images than
you know what to do with.
The other shooters were friendly and considerate, and
all in all I had a great time, made some new friends, learned
a few things - and made some great photographs. You
can't really ask for more in a workshop. I look forward
to doing it again.