Flight School Goes
Flight School Photography Workshops
Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New
With thousands of migratory birds in flight daily at Bosque Del Apache, what
better site for Flight School Photography workshops? Previous year’s workshops
were a huge success, so once again, Flight School Photography returns to Bosque.
We are anticipating improved conditions and even more outstanding photographic
opportunities than last year.
Flight School Photography will be featuring two workshops in November, 2011.
The workshops will be conducted by expert bird photographer Jim Neiger.
Jim has perfected his unique techniques for
photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses, hand held. The
focus of these workshops will be learning and practicing Jim’s hand held, long
lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in other action.
Dancing Sandhill Cranes – Bosque Del Apache NWR, NM
2010: Jim Neiger/Flight
Sample Image Gallery
The workshops will be held in November, before the Festival of the Cranes and Thanksgiving, which provides
important advantages. First, the spectacular fall colors at Bosque are not
to be missed and going early will provide that opportunity. The fall
foliage offers incredibly beautiful backgrounds for your photos, and adds even
more majesty to the already spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Second,
going early means there will be less of a crowd, offering more opportunities for
“front-row seats” and leisurely days in the field.
Each workshop will include 3 hours of classroom instruction on the first
morning, followed by a welcome lunch; an afternoon photography session; and a morning
and an afternoon photography session each of the remaining days. Each photography session will be of three to four hours
in duration. The workshops will be limited to 6 participants so that everyone
may receive personalized instruction in the field.
Northern Harrier emerging from shadow – Bosque
Del Apache NWR, NM
Image copyright ©2010:
Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography
Sample Image Gallery
As you may know, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in
Socorro County, New Mexico along the Rio Grande. A series of canals from
the river carry water to various areas of the refuge. These waters are
then managed to create numerous shallow ponds and pools. In addition,
corn, alfalfa and other crops are grown in the nearby fields, and every year,
the farmers leave some of the crops to feed the thousands of migratory birds
that flock there. The water, food and shelter create a haven for the
thousands of birds that call Bosque del Apache home during the fall and winter.
Yearly visitors include: Sandhill Cranes, many species of geese and ducks, bald
eagles, hawks, and wading birds. In addition, Bosque is home to 377
species of birds throughout the year, so anything is possible.
The thousands of Sandhill Cranes, ducks and geese in flight provide spectacular
opportunities for awesome flight images using Jim’s techniques. Jim is
known for his consistent production of amazing flight images and images of the
most desirable subjects. His imagination and dedication have resulted in
new techniques, which can only be learned from him. Flight School
Photography Workshops are a must for any serious nature photographer.
Landing Snow Geese on fall color background – Bosque Del
Apache NWR, NM
Image copyright 2010: Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography
Sample Image Gallery
Workshop BOS-1: November 11, 2011 thru November 13, 2011
Workshop BOS-2: November 15, 2011 thru November 17, 2011
Day 1: The evening before arrive in Socorro, New
Mexico, which is the base location for the workshops. There will be a 3
hour classroom instruction session in the morning, followed by a welcome
lunch and an afternoon photography session. The instruction will
focus on using hand held techniques for photographing birds in flight to prepare
participants for the subsequent photography sessions.
photography session. Mid-day siesta and lunch break on your own.
Afternoon photography session.
Day 3: Morning photography
session. Mid-day siesta and lunch break on your own. Afternoon
Workshop Cost and payment:
The cost of each workshop is $999 per person. Each
workshop includes a three hour formal classroom instruction session, a welcome
lunch, and five 3 to 4 hour photography sessions. The photography sessions
include personalized instruction in the field. Discounted lodging is available,
but is not included in the workshop fee. A $500
non-refundable deposit is required for the workshops. The remaining $499 is
due 15 days before the start date of the workshop. If you are unable to
attend the workshop, after paying the balance, the balance payment will be
refunded ONLY if your spot can be filled, on short notice, from the
waiting list. All workshop payments must be made by check or money order.
Credit cards are not accepted.
Participants should have working knowledge of how to create
a properly exposed image, a telephoto lens of 400mm or more (300mm with a
teleconverter is acceptable), and be physically capable of holding their camera
and lens up to their eye in shooting position for at least 20 seconds.
Participants must also have a vehicle to travel to and from the photography
contact Jim Neiger of Flight School Photography via phone or email.
Flight School website:
550 Basin Drive
Kissimmee, Fl 34744-4804
Jim will be
happy to provide you with any additional information.