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Festival of the Cranes 2017 - Nikon Equipment Birds in Fight Workshop with Russ Burden

This year's Festival of the Cranes celebrated the return of sandhill cranes to Bosque del Apache during the 30th anniversary of Festival! This nationally recognized wildlife, birding, and photography festival offered 156 event sessions in 6 days.

I challenged myself with this Birds in Flight Workshop. This was my first experience in the field with my Nikkor 200-500 mm lens mounted on a tripod and tracking birds in flight. The fading evening light created drama during the final hour of the event.

The Nikon workshop group joined award-winning professional photographer Russell Burden for this field and classroom workshop designed to help students achieve maximum results from their current Nikon photog­raphy system. Nikon equipment expert Russell Burden helped participants using Nikon gear during a unique field workshop experience. Topics covered included: camera auto focus ft lens settings, different metering modes to obtain optimal exposures, panning, birds in flight, creating strong compositions, importance of good light angles, and much, much more! We started in the classroom with a light lunch and a one-and-half- hour seminar, then moved to the field for nearly four hours of creating wonderful images of sandhill cranes, snow geese, hawks, deer, and other wildlife. 

Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500 mm, f/5.6, Picture Control Vivid
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