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BIRDS IN THE LANDSCAPE: CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF BIRDS THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (NEW)
Date/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 7–10 a.m. Workshop Leader: Lisa Sheridan This photography workshop will focus on capturing the essence of the bird and its location by using water, the horizon, mountains, trees, sticks, and stones to frame shots. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy colors and water reflections at Lee Road, Pinto Lake and other Watsonville birding areas. Photographers in this workshop will be encouraged to practice the art of sharing, seeing in new ways, and supporting one another. While it's easy to feel outdone by people with bigger and better cameras and lenses, great bird shots are possible with just a few changes in how one sees the bird and landscape. Whether you use a point and shoot or a mega-lens, this workshop is designed to push your creativity to new levels. All levels of experience are welcome, and bring whatever camera you have. Meet at Watsonville Civic Plaza at 7 a.m. to carpool to field site. Maximum Number of Participants: 12.
SPARROW ID WORKSHOP (NEW)
Dates/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $10 premium workshop Workshop Leader: David Jaffe Description: This seminar is designed for folks interested in exploring the veil of secrecy shrouding the LBBs (little brown birds). It will be generally geared toward beginners, although all are welcome. We will spend about an hour indoors, learning some natural history of sparrows, studying key ID features to help us differentiate birds in the field, and learning how to avoid confusing sparrows with similar birds. Then, we’ll head to the field to practice. Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza followed by carpooling from lecture to the field Activity: Moderate
COMMUNITY POETRY CIRCLE: WORDS TAKE FLIGHT (NEW)
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP
Date/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 10-11:30 A.M. Workshop Leader: Magdalena Montagne Description: In this workshop we’ll read poetry written about birds. Then, we’ll watch our own words take flight as we write poems about birds. The workshop is open to all ages, and you don’t need any prior experience with writing poetry to join us. Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Maximum number of participants: 25
BIRD SOUNDS WORKSHOP (NEW)
Date/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 premium workshop Workshop leader: Roy Poucher Description: Bird songs are Nature’s music. We can plug into this magic no matter how good we are at finding birds with our eyes. The focus of this workshop is to increase our birding enjoyment by improving our skills as auditory birders. Some prior experience with trying to identify birds by ear will surely be useful, but motivation to learn trumps experience; folks of all experience levels are welcome. We will explore the principles of describing bird vocalizations in general as well as become familiar with specific vocalizations of common birds in the Monterey Bay area. IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop is a prerequisite for the Bird Sounds Field Study, offered Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza
HOW TO STORE, EDIT, AND USE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS (NEW)
Date/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Workshop leader: Chris Hartzell Description: This one hour presentation will be a step-by-step guide for what you need to do to get your pictures from the camera to your storage device, to editing and eventual use. It is for beginner through advanced photographers. We will go over cataloguing and storing your picture files. We will cover the basics of setting up storage and file naming, then importing and exporting in Lightroom and use of “collections.” We will go over a real-world workflow of basic editing (we will be using Lightroom, but the editing principles can be used with any program). We will cover the use of watermarks and copyrights, and their difference, and then finally how to safely use your pictures online. This will be a full demonstration with limited time for questions, so be prepared to take notes. Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza. Maximum number of participants:
PHOTOGRAPHY FIELD WORKFLOW
Date/Time: Friday, 9/23/16, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Workshop leader: Chris Hartzell Description: This is an in-field, hands-on workshop for those already shooting with a DSLR and already having an understanding of the basics. This workshop will focus on a realistic workflow for photographing wildlife in different lighting, focusing primarily on what to adjust and when. A short time will be taken to discuss daylight flash use for wildlife. Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, metering, and their relationship with each other. Equipment needed: your own DSLR and zoom lens. Held at the Watsonville Nature Center. Meet at Watsonville Civic Plaza. Maximum number of participants: 18    
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