Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2019~ Explore in Focus™ with Jeff

PAINTED BUNTING Photography Workshop ~ 2019

June 2019 ~ Offered twice
RED BELLY RANCH, SMITHVILLE, TX

Join Jeff Parker for his evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2019 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.
TWO (2) SEPARATE evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshops Offered

This is a very popular workshop with very limited space. ~ Offered two (2) times in 2019. Each only with space for FOUR (4):

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019 workshop~ THREE (3) spots left for this date
    • ~ OR ~
    • Sunday, June 23, 2019 workshop ~ THREE (3) spots left for this date

    Join Jeff Parker for his evening-based Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2019 and photograph these vibrant and colorful birds.

    The workshop includes two photo shoots. The first one to help you hone in on problem areas that Jeff can help you overcome. The second one 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, at special set-ups, photograph both males and females. NOTE: Even when I have 3-4 breeding pairs, however, the birds will only show up once every 20-30 minutes.

    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 ~ 2019 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.).

    Photograph Painted Buntings in Central Texas with Jeff Parker, Explore in Focus

    SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT:

    Wondering what equipment you’ll need for this “Painted Bunting Photography Workshop?” Click on this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) to find out what he suggests. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

    A tripod is a must. And in order to photograph these itty-bitty birds you’ll need a big lens. If you don’t own one  LensRentals.com is a great place to rent one.

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

    • 2:00 p.m. ~ Arrive.
    • 2:15 p.m. ~ Photo shoot to hone in on lessons needed
    • 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 in the sweet light of day’s end
    • 9:00 p.m. (approximately) ~ Workshop ends

    “Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2019” INCLUDES:

    • Two photo shoots in the blinds
    • Songbird photography instruction
    • The opportunity to take advantage of Jeff’s one-to-one instruction & assistance
    • Extensive handout packet & notebook
    • A delicious dinner (on-site)

    “Painted Bunting Photography Workshop ~ 2019” DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    Lodging, transportation to and from workshop, other meals.

    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).

    LOCATION:

    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

    GENERAL INFO:

    • DATE:
      o FIRST WORKSHOP:  Saturday, June 22, 2019 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm)   ~ THREE (3) spots left for this date
    • o SECOND WORKSHOP:  Sunday, June 23, 2019 (2:00pm ~ approx. 9:00 pm)   ~ THREE (3) spots left for this date

    • PRICE:  $195 ~ One (1) workshop (Choose your date)
    • SPACE FOR:  Only FOUR (4) in each workshop.

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