[missbirdphotos] Re: A Group Suggestion

Great idea.  Most Saturday or Sunday mornings and evenings are fine with me. 

May 12 is the exception: I'm traveling to Portland OR that day.  

Jay

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On Apr 24, 2012, at 11:00, "Dance, Gayla" <dancegf@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Oh, dear.  That’s graduation for us.  You know, when we sit outside with 
> solar panels on our heads. 
>  
> gayla
>  
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> May 12 is the only open Saturday I have open until June 16.  
> 
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> From: "Frank Hensley" <dr_frank_hensley@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: "missbirdphotos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <missbirdphotos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [missbirdphotos] Re: A Group Suggestion
> Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 9:49 am
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>  
> Danny and Everyone,
>  
> I love this idea!  In fact, field trips specifically for photography were 
> part of the original motivation for starting this group.  I agree that 
> schedules and distances will always be limiting factors. It seems that 
> several of our small group are Jackson/Vicksburg area people, and several are 
> coastal, so those two regions might make sense for field trips. I know that 
> Gayla and I are both ending our spring semesters and thus likely to have more 
> schedule flexibility soon. I was going to suggest a field trip once I get 
> through grading final exams.
>  
> Perhaps a Trace/Jackson/Vicksburg area outing would be a good start. I'd 
> suggest LeFleur's Bluff, or Pearl River WMA. Birding starts before sunrise 
> but photography certainly doesn't, so we could begin later. I also have 
> access to private land owned by my employer, just south of Clinton. It has 3 
> ponds and some low-quality woods, but is really marginal as a bird 
> photography site. It does have the advantage of few other humans... One other 
> factor is that the Trace is closed north of Clinton which might make some 
> roadside areas low traffic areas right now...
>  
> I'm guessing that a Saturday morning or evening would be a good choice. 
> Anyone up for May 12 or May 19?
>  
> -Frank
>  
> From: "djohns110@xxxxxxx" <djohns110@xxxxxxx>
> To: missbirdphotos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:24 AM
> Subject: [missbirdphotos] A Group Suggestion
>  
> Hi Everyone,
>  
> Several years ago, I was a member of Mississippi Outdoor Photographers, a 
> small, tightly knit, often spontaneous group of area Wildlife and Nature 
> Photographers based in Jackson. 
> 
> Due to a bone-crushing work schedule with increased responsiblities, I wasn't 
> able to make many meetings and I haven't kept up with many of the members.  
> However, I've been told that the group has pretty much disbanded.
> 
> Much of what I learned and experienced with respect to nature and wildlife 
> photography, I learned from this group.  The discussions, field trips and 
> simple interaction during meetings was invaluable.  We had several members 
> who are prominent in the area of wildlife and nature photography, and they 
> were always willing to share techniques and provide their insight and help 
> with tough technical issues and questions that other less experienced members 
> would raise.
> 
> As I've read the posts from many of the list members, it occurred to me that 
> we could all benefit in some respect from a group gathering, possibly a field 
> trip of sorts, to a local Wildlife Management Area or National Wildlife 
> Refuge to do some shooting.  I've also found that photographers that like to 
> shoot birds, also like to shoot anything to do with nature.  Having 
> personally attended photography field trips to the Muesum of Natural Science 
> and LeFleur's Bluff Park, I believe such a trip would benefit the group.   In 
> every instance, I learned as much from other photographers as I was able to 
> contribute to others.
> 
> On a personal note, I've photographed birds at St. Catherine's Creek NWR 
> (Natchez, MS), Black Bayou NWR (Monroe, LA), Tensas River NWR (Tallulah, LA), 
> Grand Gulf Military Park (Port Gibson, MS), Vicksburg Military Park 
> (Vicksburg, MS), Mahannah WMA (Redwood, MS) as well as several spots along 
> the Natchez Trace between Clinton and Port Gibson.  I've found each location 
> to have unique shooting opportunities.  I would also like to shoot in other 
> areas for some species that I currently don't have in my portfolio, and I 
> would suspect that some of you would like to experience shooting in other 
> areas.
> 
> So, having said all of this, I'd like to suggest to the group that we 
> consider some field trips.  They don't have to be extravagant or huge 
> productions.  A simple gathering where we can shoot would work for most 
> purposes.  Even if we don't want to try a field trip, we should consider 
> periodically getting together to share notes, techniques, experiences and so 
> forth.  While I like the list immensely, there's nothing like meeting other 
> photographers and shooting together, whether we're shooting birds or shooting 
> the bull.
> 
> I'd be interested in what y'all think.   It may be difficult to work out the 
> arrangements due to everyone's personal schedules.  I know that due to a very 
> demanding work schedule, I won't be available to attend any type of gathering 
> for another month or so, but after that, I should be able to find some time 
> to attend.
> 
> I'll be eager to see if there's any interest in this idea.
> 
> Danny Johnson
> Vicksburg, MS
>  
>  

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