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    Default Jacksonville IPTs -- Royal Tern and Laughing Gull Colony

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    15% discount for BPN members.

    Jacksonville IPT #1: 4 FULL DAYS — the afternoon of FRI 1 JULY thru the morning of TUES 5 July 2022: $2099.00 (Limit 6 photographers/Openings: 5)

    Jacksonville IPT #2: 4 FULL DAYS — the afternoon of FRI 15 JULY thru the morning of TUES 19 July 2022: $2099.00 (Limit 6 photographers/Openings: 5)

    I first visited the breeding bird colony at Jacksonville in late June 2021. I was astounded. There were many thousands of pairs of Royal Terns nesting along with about 10,000 pairs of Laughing Gulls. In addition to the royals, there were some Sandwich Terns nesting. And there are several dozen pairs of Brown Pelicans nesting on the ground. Flight photography was non-stop astounding. And photographing the tern chicks was relatively easy. Folks could do the whole trip with the Sony 200-600, the Canon 100-500 RF, or the Nikon 500 PF or 200-500 VR. With a TC in your pocket for use on sunny days. Most of the action is within 100 yards of where we park (on the beach). As with all bird photography, there are times when a super-telephoto lens with either TC is the best tool for the job.

    Morning sessions will average about three 1/2 hours, afternoon sessions about 1 1/2 hours. On cloudy mornings with favorable winds, we may opt to stay out for one long session and skip the afternoon, especially when the afternoon forecast is poor. Lunch is included on the first three days of the IPT and will be served at my AirBnB. We will do image review and Photoshop after lunch.

    We will be based somewhere west and a bit north of Jacksonville where there are many AirBnBs. The deposit is $599.00. Call Jim at the office any weekday at 863-692-0906 to pay by credit card. Balances must be paid by check.
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    What You Will Learn on a Jacksonville IPT


    • 1- First and foremast you will learn to become a better flight photographer. Much better.
    • 2-You will learn the basics and fine points of digital exposure. Nikon and Canon folks will learn to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and SONY folks will learn to use Zebras so that they can be sure of making excellent exposures before pressing the shutter button.
    • 3- You will learn to work in Manual exposure mode even if you fear it.
    • 4- You will learn to evaluate wind and sky conditions and understand how they affect bird photography, especially the photography of birds in flight.
    • 5- You will learn several pro secrets (for each system) that will help you to become a better flight photographer.
    • 6- You will learn to zoom out in advance (because the birds are so close!) ��
    • 7- You will learn how to approach free and wild birds without disturbing them.
    • 8- You will learn to spot the good and the great situations.
    • 9- You will learn to understand and predict bird behavior.
    • 10- You will learn to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system.
    • 11- You will learn to choose the best perspective.
    • 12- You will learn to see and control your backgrounds.
    • 13- You will learn to see and understand the light.
    • 14- You will learn to see and create pleasing blurs in pre-dawn situations.
    • 15- You will learn to be ready for the most likely event.

    The best news is that you will be able to take everything you learn home with you so that you will be a better photographer wherever you are and whenever you photograph.
    Last edited by Arthur Morris; 06-12-2022 at 02:50 PM.
    BIRDS AS ART Blog: great info and lessons, lots of images with our legendary BAA educational Captions; we will not sell you junk. 30+ years of long lens experience/e-mail with gear questions.

    BIRDS AS ART Online Store: we will not sell you junk. 35 years of long lens experience. Please e-mail with gear questions.

    Check out the new SONY e-Guide and videos that I did with Patrick Sparkman here. Ten percent discount for BPN members,

    E-mail me at samandmayasgrandpa@att.net.










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