PAINTED BUNTING Photography Workshop ~ 2017 ~ SOLD OUT

June 2017 ~ two dates offered

Painted Buntings Photography Workshop with Jeff Parker

TWO (2) SEPARATE evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshops Offered
~ Each only with space for FOUR (4):

Saturday, June 24, 2017 workshop ~ SOLD OUT ~
Sunday, June 25, 2017 workshop ~ SOLD OUT ~

Join me for my evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2017 during which you’ll get plenty of chances to photograph these vibrant and colorful birds.

A rainbow assortment of colors make male Painted Buntings one of North America’s most colorful photographic subjects. Females -—- with their bright yellow-green feathers -—- also make great “models.”

You’ll find these cover-loving birds throughout much of Texas during their summer breeding season. However, spotting and photographing them can be tough.

But not at Red Belly Ranch! While Painted Buntings have received a IUCN Conservation Status of “Near Threatened,” we’re blessed with an abundance of these beauties each summer during their breeding season. Here you can watch these dazzlingly decorated male members of the Cardinal family perch in the open and sing sweet tunes, and, at special set-ups, photograph both males and females.

The workshop begins with a session on bird photography techniques. We’ll focus on set-ups, backgrounds, exposure, and lighting as it relates to creating great images of songbirds.

I’ve had many requests for this workshop so I’m offering it twice: once on Saturday, June 24, 2017 and again on Sunday, June 25, 2017, each time from 2:00 p.m. until it’s too dark to work (approximately 9:00 p.m.).

Since we’ll photograph primarily from blinds, I’ve limited each workshop to four (4) participants. Each Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2017 includes an early dinner, served on-site.

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE (Subject to change based on animal activity):

• 2:00 p.m. ~ Arrive.
• 2:15 p.m. ~ Session on bird photography tips and techniques
• 3:30 p.m. ~ Photo shoot to put new info to use
• 4:30 p.m. ~ Critiquing session
• 5:45 p.m. ~ Early dinner
• 6:30 p.m. ~ Photo shoot
• 9:00 p.m. (approximately) ~ Workshop ends

“Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2017” Includes:

• Lots of opportunity for Jeff’s one-to-one instruction
• An afternoon photo shoot (designed to practice new skills and perfect old ones)
• Critiquing session as time allows ~ bring your laptop or tablet
• Dinner, on-site
• Evening photo shoot (to catch that sweet light!)

“Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2017” Does NOT Inclue:

Lodging, alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from workshop

If you’re interested in lodging nearby, check out the list below. There are B&B’s and other choices in Smithville (8 miles away), La Grange (17 miles away), and Bastrop (23 miles away).


Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville, Texas’ first certified Film Friendly Community where “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and at least a dozen other films have been made. While visiting us, be sure and put aside some time to check out Smithville’s wonderful historic Main Street, including its nice collection of artisan shops and other unique shops, as well as the Lost Pines Artisans Alliance.

Where’s Smithville?
On a map, connect the dots for the cities of Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Smithville sits about in the middle of the triangle you formed by connecting those dots.

Travel Time:
FROM HOUSTON: About 1 ¾ hours
FROM SAN ANTONIO: About 1 ½ hours
FROM AUSTIN: About 1 ¼ hours
FROM DALLAS/FT. WORTH: About 4 ½ hours

The Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop.

SMITHVILLE has three B&B’s and one budget motel. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.

B&B: Smithville Inn
B&B: Katy House B&B
America’s Best Value Inn

LA GRANGE (17 miles to the EAST of Red Belly) also has lodging. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange. La Grange is worth a visit, too ~ with The Bugle Boy (a very special music venue), a unique historic town square, and a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, we recommend scheduling time for exploration. This is a sample of what they offer:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Chain hotels:
Best Western Plus
Hampton Inn

BASTROP (23 miles to the NW of Red Belly) has lots of lodging. It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop. We’ve listed a couple of our favorite B&B’s and these chain hotels:

B&B:Morris Mansion
B&B:Pecan Street Inn
Days Inn
Quality Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
Comfort Suites
Best Western
Super 8


o FIRST WORKSHOP: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm ~ SOLD OUT ~
o SECOND WORKSHOP: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm ~ SOLD OUT ~
PRICE: $175 ~ one workshop (June 24th OR June 25th)
SPACE FOR: FOUR (4) in each workshop.

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