GCBO Presents: Kevin Karlson’s “Birds of Prey” and Photography Workshops – Only 40 participants, so hurry

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Join us Friday, October 5th 2018 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm as Kevin Karlson presents this visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The show begins with a video introduction by Pete Dunne where he explains the concept of the book as images of raptors are shown. Kevin will then present all the raptor groups with images from the book and share some of his birds of prey stories. A special musical ending will highlight some of the most spectacular raptor images ever assembled by 19 top North American photographers.
A $5 donation is suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of his book after and we will have his book for purchase at GCBO.
Photography Workshops with Kevin
Kevin will be running two photography sessions the Saturday and Sunday after his talk (October 6th and 7th). See below for details:
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Wildlife Photography
Cost: $80 for Saturday only or $140 for Saturday and Sunday combined
Join wildlife photographer Kevin Karlson at GCBO’s headquarters in Lake Jackson, TX as he shares basic and advanced techniques for photographing wildlife in action, and the crucial awareness of lighting principles to maximize your success.
Topics covered will include: handheld versus tripod techniques; proper exposure/camera settings for different field conditions; subject acquisition; subject tracking/synchronous panning; advantages of manual exposure for quick light compensation; balancing white and dark subjects using exposure basics; artistic exposures and creative lighting. Each of these topics will be simply explained, with a variety of photos providing visual examples of each, often with camera setting information. This workshop is somewhat technical in nature, with knowledge of basic camera operation required.
Bring a photo for a critique session! Each participant can bring a photo (first 20 registrants can bring two) on a thumb drive to submit for critiquing and feedback by Kevin and the group as a whole. Participants will discuss alternative composition options and balance for photos providing a fun learning experience for everyone!
Saturday workshop limited to 40 participants.
Below: Merlin by Kevin Karlson
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Raptor Photography
Cost: $80 for Sunday only or $140 for Saturday and Sunday combined
Join Kevin at the Smith Point Hawk Watch at Candy Abshier WMA in Smith Point, TX for an in-field session photographing raptors in flight, butterflies, wildflowers and whatever else we can find! This comprehensive interactive workshop will build on Saturday’s workshop by putting to use the instructions and tips in field situations. Kevin will explain the principles of flight and action photography and how these techniques are best applied in field situations. Topics covered will include the basics of flight and action photography, including handheld technique; proper exposure; subject acquisition; subject tracking; advantages of manual exposure; and importance of practice with a variety of subjects. Each participant will get individual attention on how to best capture flight and action wildlife images. If you want to take your action photography to the next level, this is a good workshop for you. Remind – there are no services at Smith Point. Bring your lunch, sunscreen, hat, binoculars, camera, spotting scope, and plenty to drink.
Sunday workshop limited to 20 participants
Cost: $80 for Saturday
$80 for Sunday
$140 for Saturday/Sunday combination
Please call GCBO at 979-480-0999 to reserve your spot and make payment, All proceeds benefit the Smith Point Hawk Watch
Location & Time:
Saturday, October 6, 2018: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory,          
                                                  299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Sunday, October 7, 2018:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Smith Point Hawk Watch
Above: Crested Caracara by Kevin Karlson