Beautiful Morning in Bosque del Apache

The Bosque del Apache workshop that I am co-leaing with Juan Pons and Chris Klaphke officially starts tonight. This morning we went on a scouting mission. Here are a few of my shots, along with some tips.

My gear: Canon EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II; Canon 100-400mm IS, Canon 400mm DO and Canon 24-105mm IS.

But first, if you are interested in our December 2012 Bosque del Apache workshop, shoot me an email.

Above: Get on site before sunrise. Expose for the highlights. Don't be afraid to boost your ISO; you can reduce the noise later in Lightroom or Photoshop.

Above: For dramatic blastoff shots, shoot with a 24-105mm lens. To add some color to the sky, use the User Defined Gradual Filter in Nik Color Efex Pro. To get a discount on Nik plug-ins, and to see what other plug-ins I use, click here.

Above:  Experiment with the placement of the horizon line in the frame. To enhance the color in a scene, try the Spicify filter in Topaz Adjust. Info on Topaz on my Creative Plug-ins page along with Nik info.

Look up and watch out for falling bird poop! Got me. Photo by Juan Pons.

Above: Speaking of looking up. . . .  Shoot straight up. Experiment with creative cropping in the digital darkroom. Usually, dead center is deadly. And, use AI Servo Focus to track birds in flight.

Above: Focus on the eye. If it's not well lit and in focus, you've missed the shot.

More shots to come.

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Meeting the group in 1/2 hour. We will have a blast - even before the blastoff tomorrow morning.

Explore the light,

P.S. Chis is our guest instructor. Check out his store for Outdoor Photo Gear.