Sunday, December 22, 2013

Photography Workshop Goosebery and Allens Pond

Sunrise at Allens Pond in the Snow
I want to invite all my friends that are in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area to join me on Sunday, January 12 starting at 6 AM hopefully to capture the sunrise and to photograph the natural beauty around us, starting at Gooseberry Island in Westport Massachusetts and continuing to the Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary in Dartmouth. This program will be held no matter what the weather is except if there is a blizzard. If there is a blizzard most of the roads will be closed We will not only photograph landscapes but whatever bird and animal species we find including hopefully snowy owls. Just remember nature is unpredictable and we need to go with the flow.  Dress appropriately, bring garbage bags, Duct Tape or Rubber Band, to help protect your equipment unless you have "rain Wear" for you camera and lenses. 

Riding the waves at Allen Pond today

Grasses in the wind

Snowy Owl on Gooseberry

Red Knot in winter plumage at Gooseberry, my first winter plumage Red Knot. Also is rare for here

Waves in the fog at Gooseberry
The event will finish up at the Stone Barn where we can look over what we have photographed besides having a lunch. Further information is below and you can sign up at the URL listed.

Rise, Shine and Photograph Gooseberry Island and Allens Pond
Sponsored by Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Sun, Jan 12, 2014 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Gooseberry Island, Westport MA
Myer Bornstein - Photographer & Naturalist
Adult $20.00
Adult $25.00

Early risers - unite!  This fantastic program starts promptly at 6am at Gooseberry Island in Westport, where participants can view, enjoy and photograph sunrise (and maybe some of our visiting Snowy Owls) together.  After a hike around the island and more photography, we'll head to Allens Pond for some more exploration and photography, then will end the program at our Stone Barn, with a debriefing session and lunch.

Myer Bornstein will lead the program and can assist photographers of all levels on the basics of wildlife photography and post processing techniques.  He is an award-winning local photographer and you can learn more about him by visiting his blog:

Instructions and Directions:
Please meet in the Gooseberry Island parking lot for a prompt 6am program start. Bring your own camera, tripod and (if available) wide-angle and telephoto lenses, cable release and polarizing filter. Don't worry if you only have a digital "point and shoot" camera - you'll still capture some amazing shots!

Dress for a day outdoors and wear proper footwear. A light day pack and refillable water bottle are recommended. Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions when registering.

Registration is required.

    Register online or call 508-636-2437 to register by phone.
    Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)

    For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

    Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
    1280 Horseneck Road
    Westport, MA 02790

On Sunday, December 22 I was out at Gooseberry and Allens Pond photographing in the fog. There were a lot of shorebirds including a rarity, a Red Knot in winter plumage, who allowed me to get a full frame picture of it. One of the snowy owls was clearly visible and allowed easy accessibility for great pictures. Because of the high waves that were running, at Allens Pond people were surfing the waves in the fog.

I cannot promise you the same but winter is a great time to be out enjoying the clean air and seeing what the rivers to capture with our cameras. During our lunch at the stone barn, I will be happy to answer any questions on postprocessing utilizing Lightroom and/or Photoshop. In the field I will be available to help you with your settings and any questions you may have with your camera. If you have a camera manual bring it with you. Hope to see you there.