Capturing the Essence of a Pine Savanna for Advanced PhotographersApril 13th, 2017 | Category:
Who – Photographer who understands how to use their equipment and has an interest in creating a photo essay about some aspect of the pine savanna.
What – Our wet, southern pine savannas that are maintained by frequent fire are a real habitat gem. While they may appear uniform from a distance, they contain a striking diversity of plants and endemic wildlife while offering open views that are difficult to find in most southern forests. We will have a very short introductory talk in the dark in the parking lot prior to trekking out into the pine savanna to capture images of a sunrise in the savanna. After the sunrise and early morning scenic shots, we will begin to capture shots of the flora & fauna in the savanna. There will be photographic opportunities for spring wildflowers and reptiles and amphibians. For those photographers looking for a real challenge, capturing images of some of the savanna birdlife may be an objective.
Expectation – Participants should expect to leave with an increased knowledge of our wet pine savannas and a small collection of images that illustrate the complex habitat structure & components of the wet pine savanna at Grand Bay.
Leader – Robert Smith is the Coastal Program Coordinator for Wildlife Mississippi with a background in forest and wildlife management. Robert has been working in and photographing our southern, frequently burned pineywoods for over 20 years, and leading photographic workshops in these habitats for 8 years.
What to Bring – Rubber boots/mud shoes, ground mat or bag to kneel or lay on, small flashlight or headlamp (preferably one with a red light or red filter so as not to ruin night vision), camera gear (body, lenses, tripod, lighting). Depending on what images you wish to capture, there are opportunities to use wide angle, short telephoto, macro, and long telephoto lenses.
Trip Rigor – Moderate to Difficult – we will be carrying our photogear up to ¼ mile across mucky, uneven terrain in the dark.
Registration is required and space is limited
To register, contact Dennis McGrury: (228)523-4190 or firstname.lastname@example.org