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Bosque Del Apache Photo Workshop Info

Registration is open for my December 2015 Bosque del Apache digital photo workshop

Here's the info:

Instructors: Rick Sammon and Chris Klapheke, owner of Outdoorphotogear.com and excellent bird photographer.

Hotel - Best Western, Socorro, New Mexico. (Group rate.) Socorro is about 1.5 hours from Albuquerque, NM. Group rate for Rick Sammon Photography Group.

December 12 - Welcome Dinner.

December 13 - 15 Photograph in and around Bosque del Apache, New Mexico.

December 16 - Optional sunrise shoot. It's over around 7 AM, so you could catch an afternoon flight.

Daily activities:
• Leave hotel around 5 AM so we arrive at Bosque well before the "Blast Off."
• Shoot at crane pools.
• HDR photography at awesome local junkyard. (Download Photomatix)
• Lunch break.
• Process.
• Shoot during the "golden hours" at Bosque.
• Group dinners.
• Possible night trip to the VLA (Very Large Array), pictured below on the left.
• Group slide show/critique session on December 15th.

Workshop cost - $999, and $900 for past Rick Sammon photo workshop participants.

Included in workshop costs - Photo instructions/critiques by Rick and Chris. The workshop is limited to 10 students, so you'll get personal in-the-field and in-the-classroom instructions. 

And.... free download of my on-line class, Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography.

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Additional costs -  Air (Fly into Albuquerque, NM), car rental (but we will carpool in Bosque), all meals and hotel (about $99 a night).

 I hope to see you in Bosque!

Explore the light,

On a Photo Safari with the Canon 5D Mark III. Day 2: Meeting The Killing Machine

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I'm running a series of posts here on my blog: On a Photo Safari with the Canon 5D Mark III.

Today is Day 2.

Our guide, Simon, called this leopard "The Killing Machine." Why? Because he was dining on wildebeeast after wildebeeast after wildebeeast at the crossing of the Great Migration (photos to come).

After his kill, the killing machine had his "snack" up in nearby tree. Two kills are shown in the photo on the right – front and back end.

One of my favorite wildlife photography lenses is the Canon 70-300mm IS zoom, which I used to make my portraits of "The Killing Machine."

Quick tip: When shooting, try to shoot eye-to-eye. The opening photographs for this post have impact because I am shooting at eye level, as opposed to shooting above the subject, as illustrated in the photograph above.

Scroll down for more posts in this series.

Thanks to Jonathan and Aggie Scott, The Big Cat People, for making our trip a reality. Follow my friends on Google+.

If you plan on a photo safari, I have a basic class on KelbyOne that offers advice.

Jonathan and I are planning some special trips. Shoot me an email to get on the list.

Jonathan and I made a few videos during our safari. Check 'em out here.

Interested in the gear I used on safari. Here is a QUICK look. :-)

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P.S. Check out my Gallery/One Week On the Mara photographs over on the left - and start your Squarespace site today. Click the image below to get started.

Starting Monday: Six Days of Photo Safari Tips

Great migration, Kenya.  Canon 100-400mm IS lens .

Great migration, Kenya. Canon 100-400mm IS lens.

In preparation for my 2015 Botswana digital photography workshop, starting Monday, I'm running a series here on my blog: Six Days of Photo Safari Tips.

Shoot me an email for info about this awesome Botswana photography adventure.

Check out my Beauty of Botswana gallery to see my favorite photographs from my two previous trips to this wildlife wonderland. One tip that applies to all those photographs: Work with a good guide. He or she will help you make good photographs, but you need to set goals before you leave camp, which is usually before the sun comes up.

Also check out my on-line class: Capturing the Wild: Safari Photography. You can use my tips for making great pictures on a photo safari and at a wildlife park.


Stay tuned.

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Check Out My Latest KelbyOne On-Line Class: Capturing The Wild: Safari Photography

My latest KelbyOne on-line photography class, Capturing the Wild: Safari Photography, has just been released. The one-hour+ class is not just a presentation of pretty photographs. For each of the photographs I share a photography, travel or processing tip.


The class (a live, in-studio narrated Keynote slide show) will help you "tell the whole story" of your photo adventure.


In addition, you can use many of the same tips when photographing at a wildlife park, nature center, on a photo workshop, and while traveling. Animal, people and landscape photography are covered, as well as planning and packing for a trip. Basic digital enhancements are also illustrated.

The class includes my favorite images from my photo safaris to Africa, as well a few photographs taken at my favorite wildlife parks, including Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. 

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I hope you enjoy the new class. I enjoyed working with the KelbyOne creative team on producing it.

All my KelbyOne classes are listed here.

Here are my favorite photo safari lenses:
Canon 400mm DO lens 
Canon  70-200 f/4 IS lens
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
All my gear recos are on My Gear page.

To help you find the best light on a photo safari, and on all your worldwide travels, check out my latest app, Rick Sammon's Photo Sundial.

The app also includes my best tips for photographing at sunrise and sunset. Other features include: Location Search, Weather, Moon Phases, Directions, Location Sharing.

Explore the light,