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Photography Workshops by Christopher Dodds


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Songbirds of Point Pelee

Spring migration at it's best!

5 Day Workshop

May 7 to 11, 2020 BOOK EARLY!


Join world renowned Canadian nature photographer, blogger, photo educator, lecturer, Canon Northern Explorer of Light and X-rite Coloratti Christopher Dodds, at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ontario (Canada) for a 5 day outdoor photo workshop at the most renowned inland location in North America to photograph spring migrants, including colorful warblers, tanagers and orioles. Located in Southern Ontario, Pelee is a small peninsula that juts into Lake Erie, and is first landfall for waves of northbound songbirds crossing the Great Lakes. Birders regularly see more than 100 bird species in a day in the Pelee area, including 25 species of warblers! For bird photographers, Pelee can offer some legendary experiences.

Chris’ in-depth knowledge of the Park gives him an edge when it comes to tracking down those elusive species you’re dying to photograph. Get hands-on help from Chris to improve your photography and take better pics! Absolute newbie amateurs to seasoned professionals are welcome; Chris has decades of experience teaching and explaining everything from the basics to the advanced fundamentals of photography. Chris shares many of the professional tips, tricks and techniques he uses everyday to capture his artistic and technically perfect images; he holds nothing back!

Statistically, the May 7 to 11 window has the highest change of experiencing a "wave day": That's when the weather is right for a huge songbird migration, and all of the migrants land at the tip of Point Pelee after fighting storm winds across Lake Erie. This is when the birds are low and slow, and the photography can be EPIC! There are no guarantees when photographing migrants at a place like Pelee, but there is a good chance of getting photos of numerous warbler species (i.e. Magnolia, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-White), vireos, scarlet tanager, and more. The most exciting thing about photographing migrants at a place like Pelee, is that you never know what you might get! On slower days, and to add variety, we will head over to Rondeau Provincial Park and set-up feeders to learn how to photograph birds at a set-up.

Personal fitness level required for this workshop is minimal, but you should have no issues walking slowly with your camera for up to 3 or 4km over the course of the day.

What's included? ... Five full days of in-the-field photographic instruction from Christopher Dodds. Hotel, transportation, meals, drinks, park access fees, etc. are not included. I do have a block of hotel rooms reserved at a favourable rate.

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