Top 5 tips for Shooting at Bosque Del Apache

If you’re considering a trip to Bosque Del Apache to do some photography, this article addresses 5 topics that Greg Basco, Keith Bauer, and Doug Brown have created for your reading pleasure.  It highlights 5 topics that we feel are important for you to build your photographic portfolio at this marvelous refuge.

If you’d like to join us for a workshop at the refuge, see the link near the bottom of the page for details on our December 2014 workshop.

Here’s a link to the Top 5 Tips for the Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache Workshop – 2014

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BOSQUE 2014 WITH Keith Bauer, Doug Brown and Greg Basco

(Sold Out – Please contact us to be added to a waiting list in the event a space opens up)

Join BPN avian moderator Doug Brown, NSN avian moderator Greg Basco, and NPN avian moderator Keith Bauer for a 3 1/2 day workshop at the Bosque del Apache this December! The workshop experience will be broad-based, emphasizing manual exposure for long lens flight photography (either hand held or with a tripod). The other major emphasis will be on image optimization with Lightroom and Photoshop. All 3 instructors are well versed in image processing, but Keith is a true expert who teaches classes on both Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll be doing formal and informal computer sessions every day. Additional workshop highlights will include environmental avian photography (one of Greg’s specialties), landscapes (including sunrises and sunsets), long exposures, and silhouettes. We’ll also devote some time to captive raptor photography with a fantastic collection of birds from a local raptor education and rehabilitation center.

Here is the link For Full Details and Sign up Information

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There’s more to the Bosque than birds

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Sandhill Crane coming at ya

Creating what’s in your minds eye

This old dresser was photographed in northern New Mexico.  I was drawn to it by the soft window light, but just couldn’t create the image I wanted while I was there.   While this image was captured a couple of years ago, I was still drawn to something about it.  I decided to give it a chance and worked the image in LightRoom and Photoshop.  With powerful tools for changing perspective, creating mood, adding light and textures, I transformed the image into something much closer to what I had in mind.  Great fun to work, gratifying to see the result.  What do you think?  Here are the Before and After versions.

 

Dresser

Blood Moon – aka Lunar Eclipse

On the night of April 14th / April 15th we were treated to a full Lunar Eclipse.  I knew there would be thousands of photographers out there capturing their version of this spectacular event.  I decided I’d try something a bit different.

This is was done completely in camera.  The only computer post processing that was done was a small crop from the bottom and adding my copyright © to the image.

The star (Spica I’m told) really added to the overall composition and impact of the image.  Hope you enjoy my take on this event.

Techs:  Canon 5D Mark III, Lens 100-400, 10 image in camera multiple exposure

 

Lunar Eclipse

10 Image, in camera multiple exposure of the lunar eclipse

Annular Eclipse

Albuquerque New Mexico was directly in the middle of the path for the full annular eclipse on May 20th.  Had a great view and clear skies.  This is an in camera multiple exposure using the Canon 5D Mark III.  Knowing this event was coming, I planned out this shot in my head and did my best to execute it as the event unfolded.  This has no post processing at all.  This is simply a jpeg export from the original RAW image capture.  A truly amazing sight to see!!

Dancer in the Plaza

This is an intentional blur of an Native American Dancer in the plaza.  The colors were fantastic so I decided to try a longer shutter speed to create an abstract blur.  I’d be interested in hearing if you think this kind of an image works for you.  Thanks!

Bosque Del Apache

This refuge in south central New Mexico offers wonderful photo opportunities.  In the winter months, the refuge is famous for huge flocks of cranes and geese.  It is also famous for amazing light at sunrise and sunset.  Here’s an example.  I’m only about an hour and a half from the refuge so I have the opportunity to photograph there on a regular basis..  Ahh…