Thursday March 29 – Nature & Wildlife in the Hills of Quebec
Time: 8am to noon – Meet at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre Parking Lot – $75.00 per pers.
The hills of Quebec, north of Ottawa, boasts some of the best winter scenery anywhere in the world. Even if snow is scarce, the rustic rural landscape and the northern flavour of the rugged Canadian Shield make for delightful photography. Our mission today is to capture beautiful, well-composed winter images, especially of interesting wildlife like deer, eagles and finches.
Aside from the park’s extensive mixed forest habitats, animal activity should be fairly intense. We might encounter migrating raptors, songbirds on territory, White-tailed Deer along the roadside, and small mammals coming out of hibernation. There is always a chance to see birds like Bald Eagle, Ruffed Grouse or even a Northern Goshawk. We’ll keep our eyes out for interesting mammals like Porcupine, Eastern Chipmunk, Beaver or River Otter. It’s always a treat to photograph wildlife surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Your experienced instructors, Tony Beck & Nina Stavlund, will guide you through the day while providing instructions regarding manual exposure settings, automatic functions, composition and various field techniques.
For best results, your equipment list should include items like a telephoto lens (300mm or more), and a wide-angle lens. Zoom lenses can provide a lot of convenience today. A tripod, monopod and cable release are always advantageous but not mandatory.
Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We might be doing a couple of short hikes, so make sure to wear comfortable footwear and bring a bottle of water. In case of heavy rain, the workshop will be cancelled. However, in case of mild drizzle, we will still run the workshop. But, make sure to bring rain gear for you and your camera. Although steady rain is a problem, light drizzle has the potential to provide rich colours, a sense of depth, and a pleasing texture on most surfaces.
We meet at Lincoln’s Fields Shopping Centre (let us know if you prefer to meet somewhere else) next to the “Pizza Pizza” and car-pool from here.