Christmas Gift Ideas For Photographers

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Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

I haven’t done a post like this in awhile, but thought I would share some gift ideas for the photographer in the family.

Desert Photo Retreat  For starters, how about giving them the amazing experience of staying and photographing at the Desert Photo Retreat!   Thanks to our new lower pricing, you can buy the photographer in the family a night at the Desert Photo Retreat, which gives them overnight lodging and exclusive use to our two blinds and everything else going on at the property.  They should come away with an amazing experience and photos!  Buy now, and let them book later in the winter.  Other options include a night sky photo workshop, or a camera trapping workshop.  Or go all out for a full on Arizona photo tour!

Browning Game Camera.  It is amazing at all that happens in our back yards at night, or when we aren’t around – and it is really fun to see what we are missing!  I have tried 4 different types of cameras over the last couple of years, and only the Browning I link to is still working.  In fact, it worked all summer in the Arizona heat!  Great battery life, and will also capture video if you prefer.

A ballhead Super Clamp – $12!  Seems like I can always use new ballheads and clamps to hold things like flashes, triggers, small cameras including game cams, and this little guy works great – plus you can’t beat the price.  It is made of metal and is very solid for its little size.

Inflatable Solar Powered Light  These things are just fun – they are solar powered, but have a decent battery that lasts many hours.  They put out a nice light in all directions and they even float!  Great gift not just for photographers, but anyone really.

Books – I can’t have enough books!

 

Moose   As a wildlife photographer, you can’t know too much about your subject, and I think it is safe to say I have more books on moose then any other subject.  This new one by Mark Raycroft is the best of the bunch!  It is great combination of information and beautiful photography.  Having spent some time photographing with Mark, I can tell you he has a true passion for wildlife, and it shows in his beautiful photography.  Any wildlife photographer would find this inspirational and informational.

 

Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona s Wildlife, A Guide to When, Where, & How  Bruce is not only an outstanding photographer, but also has a PhD in biology!  I can’t imagine a more qualified author for such a book. It is loaded with location information and photography tips.  It is a must have for any wildlife photographer visiting Arizona.  No one has helped me more with the Desert Photo Retreat then Bruce.

Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How  It looks like it could be an amazing year for wildflowers in Arizona this year, and if so, there will be lots of photographers visiting from all parts of the world to capture this amazing transformation of the desert.  It would be a mistake to visit without this valuable resource!  Lots of great advice on locations, cool maps and even photography advice.  I believe this would be a good book for non-photographers as well.  This is another book written by friends of mine and great photographers, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Paul Gill.

Some of the links are Amazon Affiliate.

 

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Cactus glowing at sunset from about a week ago, near Tucson, Arizona.

Cactus glowing at sunset from about a week ago, near Tucson, Arizona.

I haven’t posted in a week – I made an unplanned trip back to Alaska due to the passing of my Dad unfortunately.   I’m now back in Arizona.

24 Hours at the Desert Photo Retreat!

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Javelina, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson.

Javelina, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson.

It has been some 24 hours at the water hole! I haven’t used my real camera yet as I want the animals to get used to our presence again, so I have been using the game cam. But, we had 8 deer cross the hillside above the water hole. Another 8 or so javelina. Gray fox showed up in the game cam 6 different times during the night, usually about an hour apart, sometimes two fox at the same time. Not sure if I’m seeing multiple animals, or just the two making repeat visits. We had two separate visits by a great horned owl who enjoyed a bath. We even had a hooded skunk!

That doesn’t include all the birds we are seeing during the day! We had our 6th new species in a week this morning, a Hutton’s vireo.

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Desert Sunset

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Sunset last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, Tucson, Arizona.

Sunset last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, Tucson, Arizona.

Seems like there is always more to do when we arrive then I expect, so I haven’t had anytime for photography, that is until last night – how can I not pull my camera out for an Arizona sunset!

Desert Photo Retreat Update

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Gray fox pair.

This is our gray fox pair at the water drip next to our RV last night at around 6:00 p.m. We haven’t seen the fox during daylight hours yet this year, but I’m sure any time. So far each night they arrive a bit earlier.
 
We are off to a great start here at the Desert Photo Retreat – in just our first 4 full days, we have already had 4 new bird species!  I hope to have the real camera out soon!

Camera Trapping Photo Workshop

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Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Here is the third photo workshop we will be offering this winter at the Desert Photo Retreat – I’m sure we will add more down the road, certainly one concentrating on birds is likely, but starting with these three for now.

If you really want your wildlife photography to stand out, close wide angle lens images are the way to do this!  Especially of rare animals.  A look at the recent Wildlife Photography of the Year competition confirms this, as many of the images were captured with camera traps, or at least with camera remotes.

I am excited to announce a workshop on camera trapping!  This is an exciting one as there aren’t many places where you can offer such a workshop and come away with successful images the first night!  I’m so confident, that I’m offering a $100 money back guarantee if you don’t come away with a photo!  I’ll be providing everything, you just bring your camera, lenses and tripod.  I’ll have the camera trigger, we will most likely use the Cognisys Sabre, but the Camtraptions trigger, or even a Pluto are possibilities.  I have Nikon flashes, along with wireless triggers for any camera system, flash stands.  Everything you will need!

I will spend the afternoon explaining the process, talking about the challenges and how to over come them.  I will go over all the gear, techniques and many other considerations.  Then before sunset we will set everything up.   The next morning we will discover your reward.

This is basically run as a private workshop, so any open date is an option.  So head to the website to get all the details:  Camera Trapping Photography Workshop.

Also offering Night Sky and Stars Workshop  and an Awesome Arizona, an all-inclusive, in depth photo tour.