Friday, October 2, 2009

Digiscoping/Wildlife Photography workshop OCT 10

Tops in the field come to FRBC to put on an interactive wildlife photography workshop at the Carson Nature Center Saturday October 10 from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Pictured here top down is Bill Schmoker, Jeff Bouton and Clay Taylor.

On October 10th we at FRBC will be joined by S & S Optika and Mike's Camera of Denver to host a digiscoping/wildlife photography workshop. We are extremely pleased to have Clay Taylor, the top digiscoping expert from Swarovski Optik, and Jeff Bouton, the top digiscoping expert from Leica Camera, available to lead the half-day event at Denver's South Platte Park.

You can learn to take pictures like these nesting Great Horned Owls or Broad Tailed Hummingbirds both in Chatfield State Park.

Clay and Jeff will be joined by one of Denver's premier nature photographers Bill Schmoker of Nikon Camera to give classroom presentations, demonstrate equipment in the field, and photograph live in-the-wild birds and raptors from the nature center's fabulous duck blind. Check out Nikon Digiscoping where Bill is a featured Nikon Prostaffer. After taking photographs in the field, a review of the experience will take place back in the classroom with a demonstration of photo shop software.
We will have available the spacious and very pleasing Carson Nature Center's classroom that overlooks the South Platte Park and all of the trails that wind along the South Platte river to work with. The classroom offers fabulous views of the Rocky Mountains. Along with Clay, Jeff, and Bill there will be a host of representatives from the top sport optics manufacturers of cameras, spotting scopes, and binoculars available to answer questions about their products. On hand will be the latest and the hottest equipment from Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Vortex, Kowa, and Nikon at a minimum. Mike's Camera will have a multitude of point and shoot and SLR cameras available for demontration.
There are so many things you can do when photographing and or digiscoping wildlife, especially birds. Check out this short video of the baby Broadtailed Hummingbirds pictured above being fed in the nest digiscoped with a Leica point-and-shoot camera and a Swarovski spotting scope. It can be seen here on
No matter what your experience level, if you are interested in what's new in wildlife/outdoor photography and/or learning more about the exploding popularity of "digiscoping" then this is a perfect opportunity for you. Space is limited and there is a small rental fee of between 6-11 dollars for the facility depending on your residence. We will fill the workshop vacancy on a first come first served basis.

You will need to contact the South Suburban Park and register at this direct link at You can also call the Carson Nature Center at 303-347-5999 and register for class number 674401 or 674402. Either way you will be able to secure a place in the workshop but hurry.
The Carson Nature Center is located near the NW corner of Mineral and Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. It is directly behind the Aspen Grove Shopping Center along the South Platte River. Overflow parking can be accommodated in the adjacent Park- and- Ride lots. The exact address for google map service is South Platte Park 3000 W Carson Dr Littleton, CO 80120-2968.
Snacks and refreshments will be available in the classroom. The event will be co- hosted with S and S Optics of Denver and Mike's Camera.
Morning Session: 9 AM - 1 PM
Afternoon Session: 2 PM - 6 PM

Check out the article on the workshop in the Denver Post Littleton Hub section entitled The Art of Digiscoping.

With interest we have the all presenters available for Sunday sessions as well.

Learn more about Jeff Bouton at

Learn more about the South Platte Park on their Facebook page here

Hope to see you at the workshop. Check out this digiscoped picture of a young Osprey in the nest. Picture was taken with a Leica C Lux 3 camera and a Swarovski 80mm HD 20x60 scope. The second picture shows the nest, which is about 200 yards away, with no scope and at 1x zoom.

Pretty cool! Mom and Dad Osprey would get upset if we came any closer.

1 comment:

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Digiscoping is a wonderful hobby, that can help you to capture natures beauty forever.

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