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Nature Photography Workshop!

April 14, 2014

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

I attended the Natural Lands Trust photography workshop with professional photographer and nature adventure guide Kevin Loughlin at Hildacy Farm this weekend. I gained a lot of information in a short time.  The workshop was small enough that each of us had time to ask him questions about our camera and address individual needs. Kevin solved at least three technical questions I had about my camera, confirmed a couple things I was doing right, and gave me lots of ideas to improve my photos.

We spent some time wandering around the wetland at Hildacy as Kevin made suggestions for subjects, camera settings, lighting and angles. All the criticism was constructive. Now I really see the value of workshops like these; this is the first one I ever attended.

Here are my favorite photos from the day. Please note that Kevin didn’t choose or critique these.

The spillway above the springhouse:

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

Sedges emerging from the wetland:

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

River birch bark… backlit instead of straight-on:

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

The barn, reflected in the wetland:

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

Japanese pachysandra growing in the stream (who knew it could do that?):

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

Sycamore tree and shadow on the meadow:

Hildacy photography workshop Kevin Loughlin

Next time one of these workshops is held—sign up. It was a bargain and very worthwhile.

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