Photo Opportunities

Milky Way Photo Walk

Deer Park Milky Way

Yesterday we had a “new moon”, which means for a few days before and after, it’s a good time to capture the Milky Way.  We are still experiencing spring weather with lots of thunderstorms and rain, but according to the forecast, Monday night may be good.  If the skies are clear Bryan Leonard and I will go to one of our favorite places, the cemetery just south of Deer Park.  It’s a great place if you are just starting out, since it is relatively close to home.  It doesn’t compare to photos you can take in some of the national parks out west or along the Gunflint Trail, but I’ve been pretty satisfied with the images I’ve made closer to home.  Besides, it’s always fun to enjoy the wonder of the night sky and to do it with friends.  We need to wait until two hours after sunset to get a dark sky, so that means being on location by 10:30 or so.   If you are interested in joining us, please let me know by using the contact form and I’ll update you via email with more information as we get closer to clear skies.  Here is a Milky Way Primer that you can download.



Blooming Butterflies at Como Park

We go from capturing photos of our galaxy to capturing photos of some of the most beautiful small creatures, right here on earth.  I get the newsletter from Como Park and Conservatory but I didn’t take the plunge until Melissa Anderson gave me a nudge.  That’s one of the bonuses of belonging to this club!  Melissa and I visited the exhibit on its opening day, this past Tuesday.  I was overwhelmed with the number of butterflies and all the shooting opportunities.  I will go back soon.

Trip Tips

  • The conservatory and exhibit tent opens at 10:00 am. Get there at least 15 minutes early to get a good parking space.
  • Tripods are not allowed nor are backpacks.
  • Macro lenses are the way to go. I used a 180 mm macro to get in close, but many of the butterflies are only an arm’s length away.
  • For handheld, I used a higher ISO to guarantee a faster shutter speed.
  • Try to line up your shot so that the plane of the butterfly matches the plane of your camera.

Click this link or more information.  A donation of $3.00 is welcome.

Non-Profit Wolf Puppy Photo Workshop

A lot of mail comes to me promoting one thing or another that I don’t usually pass along, but thought this might interest some of you.  The workshop will be held July 15 and 16, in Stacy, MN. 100% of the tuition goes to the non-profit Wildlife Science Center, which is home to the wolves. The Center just moved to new facilities in March and the funds raised from tuition will be used to help complete the wolves’ new pens.

In 2016, they held a similar seminar and it sold out in a matter of days.

Photographers will have the opportunity to photograph and interact with wolf puppies in a large enclosure that has been landscaped specifically for photography. It is the last year of a long-term study on wolf puppies, and it resulted in 15 puppies being hand-raised by the Center.  No puppies are planned for the next several years, so this may be your last chance for a long time.  Emphasis will be on maximizing photographic opportunities.

Workshop information link

“White Beauty” by Melissa Anderson

And here is Melissa’s creative interpretation of one of the butterflies at the “Blooming Butterflies” exhibit.

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  1. Larry Weinman June 24, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    I did the wolf puppy workshop in 2014 when they were in their old location near Forest Lake and it was allot of fun. The puppies run around in the tall grasses and it is sometimes difficult to get a clear shot but if you are patient you will get plenty of opportunities. At some point in the workshop they will probably throw out a deer leg and you can get lots of good feeding shots. Wear the worst clothing that you own because you will be spending allot of time on your stomach and excrement seems to be all over the place. Keep in mind that this is a rain or shine event and you might get stuck with a thunderstorm so bring something to keep your camera dry. I took two cameras, one crop and one full frame. I used a 24-105 most of the time on both with a 70-200 getting very little use. If you are new and not too sure about things Jennie Bidner will be there to help but you really should have a basic working knowledge of your camera if you sign up.

    • Terry Butler June 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Larry!

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