In this introduction to birds in flight (BIF) photography, learn techniques for panning, shutter speeds, fast action photography and auto-focus tips.
Spend a long day with professional nature photographer Sean Quintilian photographing the fauna, flora and landscapes of Shenandoah National Park.
We will meet up at Big Meadows for early morning light to try and photograph white tailed deer fawns as they feed and play in the meadows. The fawns will be over 2 months old and full of energy by this point, as well as more comfortable around people, Our goal will be to photograph them at a respectable distance.
After early light shooting we will have breakfast at the restaurant at Big Meadows, followed by a short hike to a waterfall to practice moving water photography. Sean will teach on proper use of Polarizing filters to remove glare and neutral density filters for long exposures. This will also be a good exercise in using your camera’s manual settings,
The mid-day will be spent exploring about a 30 mile stretch of Skyline Drive. There will be opportunities for wildflowers and butterflies. Some teaching on landscapes and panoramic photography will be included if conditions favor it. There’s always a possibility for a bear or two!
For those who are interested an excursion will be made for Timber Rattlesnakes. This will include some hiking and a steep uphill.
There will be at least 2 breaks during the day including a lunch at a picnic ground (pack your own or purchase at nearby wayside). During these breaks Sean will be available to answer your wildlife and nature photography questions, concerning technique, locations and gear choice.
Please try to email Sean questions in advance so he can be prepared: [email protected]
The day will end at a westward facing overlook to capture the sun as it sets behind multiple ridgelines.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet At Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center, Milepost 51, Skyline Drive, Stanley, VA 22851.
Since he first bought a used Pentax K1000 in 1989 Sean Quintilian has traveled over much of North America in search of outstanding wildlife and nature photographs. His body of work includes images from 14 U.S. National Parks and dozens of National Wildlife Refuges, with over 100 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles recorded. Sean has spent over 600 days on location over the past 17 years including 20 weeks in Yellowstone National Park alone. His work has appeared in publications, exhibits and even a CD jacket. His fine art prints have graced the walls of many offices and homes. During the past three years Sean has started a growing portrait and wedding business. Sean lives in Abingdon Maryland with his wife Jessica and daughter Juliana.