Lake Pungo, Lake Mattamuskeet "Photography Workshop"

February 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Crab PotsCrab PotsMax Stansell Photography This weekend I went on a wildlife photoshoot at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge with my photography club.  We usually go on workshops to shoot once a month, and this month we went on a wildlife shoot.  At this particular spot is a bird migration spot for many water fowl.  Water fowl of all kinds migrate here from up north.  Tundra Swans, Canadian Geese, Snow Geese, and many species of duck also migrate here.  This time of the year it's a great place to take photos of birds.  Neal Jernigan, a local wildlife photographer who leads workshops (and is also a member of the club), took us there.  We had a great time, although the Snow Geese had already left for the north.  But we still had lots to shoot. PelicanPelicanMax Stansell Photography  Birds, ducks, landscapes, and all kinds of stuff.  We started at Lake Pungo and saw some birds, but not like we saw last year.  Last year we saw tens of thousands of birds in one field.  We also saw some bear last year, but alas they weren't around this year.  Because the wildlife at Pungo wasn't great, we went to Engelhard, North Carolina, a fishing community, and took some great shots by the docks of the shrimp boats.  We then had lunch at a local restaurant that was great.  We always try to eat at a local spot.  We then went to Lake Mattamuskeet and shot birds until it was time to shoot the sunset. A super day was had.

Mattamuskeet SunsetMattamuskeet SunsetMax Stansell Photography Now, I'm not a wildlife photographer, and this is a chance to get me out of my comfort zone.  Wildlife photographers use a lot of large lenses, and my biggest one is my 70-200mm f2.8.  I do have a 2 X converter that will make it a 400mm f5.6 lens, which is still on the small size for wildlife photographers.  What's good about going out with a group is that you can borrow equipment and learn from people who do different kinds of photography.  Most photographers love to give advice, help others, and talk about how they do things. (We don't really get the chance to do so.) White HeronWhite HeronMax Stansell Photography

Shooting wildlife seems to be all about getting good focus.  With the long telephoto lenses, you would think that it's easy to get great  focus all the time, but you would be wrong.  It's very difficult to get focus on a fast-moving object like a bird or moving animal.  I have nothing but respect for the wildlife photographer who can get great focus on a fast-flying bird.  And not to mention composition on a moving target is almost impossible for me, but to the seasoned wildlife photographer it can be done easily.  

So try your hand at wildlife photography, even if it's just birds in your backyard.  Keep shooting!

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