BugShot Alabama Aug 9-12th 2018!!!
• Workshop is limited to 35 participants
• Workshop begins at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug 9th, 2018 and concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Aug. 12th, 2018
• Workshop is based out of Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. The biodiversity in Alabama is amazing! We are blown away every day how many silk moths we get at our black light each night. Black lighting will be outstanding! Southern Alabama is also a hot spot for pitcher plants. E.O. Wilson is from Mobile and has really been pushing the biodiversity of the area.
Macro & microphotography equipment
Lighting & flash
Working with live insects
Special techniques: focus-stacking, high-speed flash
Field sessions in forest, meadow, and aquatic habitats
Evening photo-sharing presentations
Events kick off with a Thursday (Aug 9th) evening welcome and will continue through mid-day on Sunday (Aug 12th). Registration covers participation in all workshop events, meals, and lodging at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.
All participants will be double occupancy in hotel style rooms.
BugShot + Housing at the reserve is $850
Two student scholarships are available to cover registration fees only, you will be responsible for housing. More information if you click here. Or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Cancellation policy is as follows
– 6 weeks prior to event: 100% refund
– 4 weeks prior to event: 50% refund
– No refunds if canceled within 4 weeks of event
If you have any questions you can contact email@example.com
Thursday Aug 9th: Hello!
5:00pm Arrival Solon Dixon
6:00 Welcome & Dinner
8:00 Instructors’ Top Tips
8:15 Open (night photography, blacklighting, sleep) (Jena) or
Entomology 101 (John) Or Photography 101 (Piotr)
Friday Aug 10th: The Basics
8:00 Introduction to Solon Dixon
8:30 Field Session 1: group A (Piotr), group B (John), group C (Jena)
11:00 White box & Meet Your Neighbors style photography (Jena)
1:00 Composition & Lighting (Piotr)
2:00 Field Session 2: group A (John), group B (Jena), group C (Piotr)
7:00 Natural History Talk: (Jena)
8:00 Open (night photography, blacklighting, horseshoe crabs on beach, sleep
Saturday Aug 11th: Special Techniques
8:00 Natural History Talk: (John)
8:30 Field Session 3: group A (Jena), group B (Piotr), group C (John)
11:00 Special Techniques: high-speed flash & Photo Stacking (John)
1:00 Post Processing and work flow (John)
2:00 Special Techniques: Video (Jena)
3:00 Open practice: studio, field, or meet with an instructor
5:45 Group photo!
7:00 Natural History Talk: (Piotr)
8:00 Open (night photography, blacklighting, sleep) Or Post Processing
Sunday Aug 12th: Windup
8:00 Gadgetry and Gear discussion (John, Jena, Piotr)
9:00 Panel Discussion – topics to be determined by group interest
10:00 Open practice: studio, field, or meet with an instructor
1:00 Closing comments, clean-up
*subject to change*
BugShot + Housing at the reserve is $850
Click here to register
The fee for the workshop includes:
• Daily one-on-one and group instructions from Jena, Piotr, and John.
• Daily instruction on macro photography
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days of the workshop are included (as indicated on itinerary).
• Double occupancy hotel style housing.
The fee for the workshop does NOT include:
• Transportation to/from location
Cancellation policy is as follows:-
• 6 weeks prior to event: 100% refund minus $50 cancellation fee
• 4 weeks prior to event: 50% refund minus $50 cancellation fee
• no refunds after May 11th, 2016
At a minimum you will need to bring a camera and lenses capable of close-in photographs, as well as an off-camera flash. We recommend an SLR camera with a 1:1 or greater macro lens. Alternately, a set of extension tubes, bellows, or a reverse-mounted lens kit can provide suitable magnification. Point-and-shoot camera with a Raynox filter and flash mount are also acceptable. Please contact me if you have any questions about equipment. firstname.lastname@example.org
Clothing & Supplies
• Weather will be hot and humid. I would recommend breathable long pants and long sleeve shirt if you are going to be in the field.
• Water Bottle
Directions to Solon Dixon
From the west or south
Go to Brewton, Alabama–US 29 from south or southwest; AL 41 from northwest. Take US 29 E toward Andalusia. Go about 20 miles. Look for Dixon Center sign on left of road just past the Escambia/Covington County line. The Center is about 2 miles north of US 29 on the paved road.
From the North
From Montgomery take I-65 S to the Georgiana exit (south of Greenville). Take AL 106 east towards Georgiana (3-4 miles). Turn right (south) on US 31. this road will become four-lane–US 31 will turn right, but stay on the four-lane on AL 55, this will take you to Andalusia. Turn right on US 29, go about 18 miles. Look for the Dixon Center sign on the right. The center is about 2 miles north of US 29 on the paved road.
From the East
Go to Andalusia, AL–via US 84 from Dothan or vicinity. Take US 29 S. Go about 18 miles. Look for the Dixon Center sign on the right. The Center is about 2 miles north of US 29 on the paved road.
Here is a link to the goole map location.
Below is a google map of where Solon Dixon is in relation to Pensacola and Mobile.Pensacola is the closest place to fly into.