photos courtesy of Dan's staff member Steve Miller
November 11 & 13 - Join us for a special photo expedition to Conowingo Dam - an amazing place to see bald eagles in the wild, catching fish on the river. They're often found numbering several dozen to even a hundred or more!
On the blog: Dan's staff member Steve M shares some of his photos of The Eagles of Conowingo Dam »
Our expedition will begin on Wednesday evening with an online class featuring Tamron Field Services Manager Ken Hubbard to help you get ready. We'll discuss tips and techniques for great wildlife photos, including:
- Choosing a composition for strong impact
- Understanding animal behavior to help you capture a great photo
- Proper use of telephoto and all-in-one zoom lenses
- Making the light work for you, and more.
Then we'll meet up bright and early Friday morning at Conowingo Dam at the mouth of the Susquehanna River on the Chesapeake Bay. Since we'll get the best photos in the first few hours of daylight, we'll be meeting at 7:00am.
It's a two hour drive from Allentown, so plan to leave around 5:00am and be sure to pack a lunch! We'll be set up right at the entrance to the parking area. All the details will be discussed in our online class on Wednesday night, so be sure not to miss it.
Dan's Camera City instructors will be right there with you for hands-on guidance and feedback. Free lens loaners courtesy of Tamron will be available for use throughout the event.
You must be at least 14 years of age to participate in this workshop.
Your expedition includes:
- Classroom session to help you get great pictures on location
- Free Tamron lenses to try out on location
Gear to consider:
- Long telephoto lens - the longer, the better. 400-500mm is not unreasonable for this outing. 600mm or more is ideal!
- A Polarizing Filter can dramatically change the look of your photo with all that water and sky in the scene.
- Tripod or monopod - those big lenses can get heavy. The perfect tripod for this outing would be one that goes higher than eye level without raising the center column and has a gimbal style head. We would not recommend a pistol grip, pan, or 3 way head - those will make it more difficult to track the eagles in flight.
- Extra batteries kept in your inside coat pocket - cold weather is hard on batteries.
DRESS WARMLY, IN LAYERS for this photo outing. We'll be standing outside on a river, in late November, around sunrise. Wool socks and insulated boots are a good idea. Hand warmers in your pockets can keep your fingers in good shape to operate your camera. You can always go back to the bus to warm up, but you don't want to miss time photographing!
About your webinar instructor
Ken Hubbard is responsible for Tamron's events, and teaches enthusiasts how to snap great photos in a variety of settings. You'll come away with great images and gain insight with Ken as one of your guides, sharing what he's learned during his unique and diverse photography career.
COVID-19 Safety at Dan's Photo Workshops
We take the health and comfort of our customers and staff seriously. Dan's has implemented new heath protocols to ensure workshops can be conducted safely.
- Contactless check-in – Our new Eventbrite ticketing system allows for contactless check-in. Please make sure to have your tickets ready when you arrive!
- Outdoor classes – Small class sizes at outdoor locations allow plenty of room for physical distancing.
- Hand sanitizer available, Masks required – Hand sanitizer will be available at the check-in table. And of course, staff and students are all required to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose as well as observing proper social distancing guidelines.