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all photographs posted on this page were taken by Julie E. Brent at Weeks Bay Reserve
Proceeds from this workshop will be made as a donation to the Weeks Bay Foundation for the preservation of our natural environment.

SEE-ing with Intention -
Digital Photography Weekend at Weeks Bay Reserve

11300 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, Alabama 36532
phone 251-928-9792
 More details on Weeks Bay
May 1,2,3, 2009
Starts 5:15 pm Friday evening - Introductions and Orientation
ALSO: Beginners Workshop Friday 1, 2-4 pm

workshop registration details - Limited to 15 participants - register early!

The workshop is taught in collaboration by Julie E. Brent photographer-instructor guiding you in seeing with an eye for excellent lighting and composition and Fred Nation the naturalist guiding you on seeing plants and ecology of the Weeks Bay Reserve.

About the Photographer: Julie E. Brent
Julie has been professionally and artistically taking photographs for over 25 years. You can browse her full resume of education and exhibitions.

About the Naturalist:  Fred Nation
Fred has documented and photographed the wildflowers and native plants of South Alabama for more than 20 years. He teaches these subjects and plant nomenclature for Weeks Bay Reserve, the Baldwin and Mobile County Master Gardener intern classes and for the Adult Learning Center in Fairhope. He has taught classes in wildflower photography at Faulkner State Community College. Fred is the author of the book, Where the Wild Illicium Grows; Historic Plants of South Alabama and the Central Gulf Coast.

About the Photography Workshop:
Digital cameras have changed the dynamics of photography in many ways, but many of the basics are the same. This workshop will focus on how to SEE the way an artist sees, to work with natural lighting indoors and out, and to think of composing your photograph in the camera as much as possible.

One of the things that makes digital cameras so valuable is that you can concentrate on the ART of photography and let the new technology of the camera do most of the work for you. Julie took her first photography course in 1980 while doing graduate work. In those days she learned the technical language and skills needed to use a single lens reflex camera and get the settings 'just so' for the photograph. After getting her first digital camera she was amazed at how easy it was to use what the camera offered to skip much of that mental process and get straight to shooting photographs as an artist and not a technician.

This class will focus on how to SEE what is out there and capture what you see with your digital camera. You will focus on how you can use the automatic settings of your camera to get the most out of them freeing you to most of the time to concentrate on creating great images without a lot of time spent on digital editing.

Much of our time will be spent in the process of taking photographs. You learn from taking lots of pictures and will be encouraged to do just that with plenty of time set aside for practice, structured assignments, and time for evaluation and discussion on what works and what doesn’t.

You will discover some easy ways to transfer your digital images to your computer, editing without hassle and how to manage the files.

Tentative Weekend Schedule - all daily schedules are tentative based on weather conditions.  Bonus: Sunrise Sunday on Weeks Bay Pontoon Boat for excellent bird viewing!!

Workshop fee: $300.00
Fee $325.00 after April 20.
Full payment must be received 7 days prior to the workshop’s start date. All major credit cards accepted using PayPal
Call 251-504-5328
to reserve your place - limited to 15 participants. Please use Registration form before making payment. Please call Julie at 251-504-5328 and confirm that you are registering before you mail your payment.
Mail Check to: Weeks Bay Foundation, C/O: Julie E. Brent, P.O. Box1381, Point Clear AL 36564

Price includes weekend workshop and one meal, accommodations can be found locally. Please look at the following links for Fairhope AL 36532 and Foley AL 36535 to find a hotel or for B & B if you are coming from out of town You will be within 6 - 12 miles from Weeks Bay at any of these locations.

Cancellation policy: Please : call 251-504-5328 to cancel.
Full refund minus a $35 processing fee will be given for cancellation requests received before April 20, 2009. Requests received April 20-26 will be refunded 50%, minus a $35 processing fee. Cancellation requests received after April 26 or a no-show will not be refunded. You may send a substitute for your registration but please call 251-504-5328 for details.

Beginners Workshop Friday May 1, 2-4 pm  - If you want to spend some time learning how to use your particular camera there will be a short pre-workshop for digital camera basics to get you ready to actually shoot photographs over the weekend. We will focus on the terminology, reading your owners manual and functions of your camera. This workshop can be taken as a stand alone class. There will not be an outdoor photo shoot in this class. Fee: $40.00 -  Please register for the Beginners Workshop using this form

 Newest addition to the Weeks Bay Facitities

The Weeks Bay Foundation is the 501c3 friends group of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Foundation works to support the Reserve through environmental education, water quality monitoring, public outreach and land protection. The Foundation is also an operating land trust. More information about the Foundation can be found on their website

This workshop precedes the Annual Weeks Bay Photography Contest, giving you a perfect opportunity to get photographs for the contest. Details are posted on the Weeks Bay Reserve website for submission of your work. Winners will be displayed at the Eastern Shore Art Center in July.

About the
photography workshop instructor
Julie E. Brent

Photographer Julie at work.

Photo donated
by D.

Sunrise/Sunset Data
May 1
Sunrise: 6:08am
Sunset: 7:29pm
Moonrise: 12:18pm 
May 2
Sunrise: 6:07am
Sunset: 7:29pm
Moonrise: 1:24pm
May 3 Sunrise: 6:06am

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