PAINTED BUNTING Photography Workshop ~ 2018

June & July 2018 ~ Four Dates Offered

Painted Buntings Photography Workshop with Jeff Parker

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

This is such a popular workshop with such limited space that I’ve decided to offer it four (4) times in 2018:

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 workshop ~ ~ THREE (3) spots left for this date
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 workshop ~ ~ TWO (2) spots left for this date
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 workshop
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 workshop

Join me for my evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2018 and photograph these vibrant and colorful birds. The workshop includes two photo shoots, one of which takes place during the sweet light at day’s end.

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 where I’ve set up feeding stations & blinds specifically to make viewing and photographing them fully possible.

While Painted Buntings have received a IUCN Conservation Status of “Near Threatened,” we’re blessed with 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 includes instruction on songbird photography techniques. We’ll focus on set-ups, backgrounds, exposure, and lighting as it relates to creating your best images.

To maximize photo ops & your experience, I’ve limited each workshop to four (4) participants. Each Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2018 includes an early dinner, served on-site. Each workshop takes place from 2:00 p.m. until it’s too dark to shoot (approximately 9:00 p.m.).

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

• 2:00 p.m. ~ Arrive.
• 2:15 p.m. ~ Photo shoot
• 3:30 p.m. ~ Session on natural history of the Painted Bunting
• 3:50 p.m. ~ Session on songbird photography tips & techniques
• 5:45 p.m. ~ Early dinner
• 6:30 p.m. ~ Photo shoot
• 9:00 p.m. (approximately) ~ Workshop ends

“Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2018” INCLUDES:

• Two photo shoots in the blinds
• Songbird photography instruction
• Lots of opportunity for Jeff’s one-to-one instruction
• Extensive handout packet & notebook
• Dinner, on-site
• Instruction about the natural history of the Painted Bunting

“Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2018” Does NOT Include:

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
Independently-owned hotels:
The Oak Motel
River Valley Motor Inn
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 30, 2018 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm) ~ Three (3) spots left for this date ~
o SECOND WORKSHOP: Sunday, July 1, 2018 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm) ~ Two (2) spots left for this date ~
o THIRD WORKSHOP: Saturday, July 7, 2018 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm)
o FOURTH WORKSHOP: Sunday, July 8, 2018 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm)
PRICE: $195 ~ One (1) workshop (Choose your date)
SPACE FOR: Only FOUR (4) in each workshop.

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Painted Bunting Photo Workshop, Central Texas