Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 PM
Understanding Birds for Better Photography
by Ken Elkins
Community Conservation Manager of Audubon CT
The first essential element in bird photography and videography is a sincere respect for the birds and their environment. We’ll discuss some of CT’s most popular birds to photograph and learn some of their behaviors to help you prepare for the interaction. We’ll also discuss locations, sharing information, and some of our more vulnerable birds. Ken will allow time at the end of the presentation for Questions and Answers.
Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, while watching the birds at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont, and he has been obsessed ever since. After earning a degree in 1998 in Environmental Biology and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, he started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, CT and quickly moved onto Connecticut Audubon Society. There, he taught at all 5 of their Audubon Centers and became their Director of Education. He led many EcoTravel trips and organized their World Series of Birding team for 8 years. In 2008, Ken moved onto National Audubon, where he’s the Community Conservation Manager based at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury. As a 2011 TogetherGreen Fellow, Ken co-developed the nationally recognized Bird Tales program and training materials with dementia care specialist Randy Griffin. He has trained over 100 dementia care staff and volunteers to implement the Bird Tales program in 10 states, Canada, and Great Britain. He shares his passion and knowledge for birds, native plants, and natural history folklore with groups throughout the Northeast. Ken is past-President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He has served as the Christmas Bird Count compiler for the Woodbury-Roxbury CBC since 2012 and is a Regional Coordinator for the 2018-2020 Connecticut Bird Atlas project. Ken lives in Shelton, CT with his wife, Steffanie, daughter Ayla, and 2 dogs, Ollivander and Poppy.
This will be an online meetings and guests are welcome. Please send an email to: North Haven Camera Club if you’re interested in attending this meeting or click on the guest/membership for tab above to join our club.
Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:00 PM
The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer
by Mike Moats
Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography. Mike will cover the most important equipment for macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.
See some of Mike’s work on his website.