Summer/ Fall Workshop Updates

I’ve got some breaking news regarding upcoming photography field workshops.

Milky Way over eastern Colorado
Milky Way over eastern Colorado

Night Sky Workshop in Eastern Colorado
Join me on Saturday, July 11th in Limon, CO for a night sky photography class. We will photograph stars and the Milky Way out by the wind turbines for some dramatic photo opportunities.
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Chicago: Last-minute opening
Due to a late cancellation, there is an immediate opening for Chicago: Art and Architecture Artistic Vision workshop August 19-23. RSVP deadline is July 17th. I’m co-leading this workshop with Deborah Sandidge.
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Stretching Time: Mastering the Long Exposure: August 8th, 2015
Join me in Colorado Springs to learn how to create time-stretching long exposure images! I’ll be teaching both traditional and time-lapse techniques in this workshop.
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Miami Beach Artistic Vision Workshop: Deadline August 13
Join me and Deborah Sandidge on the beach in Miami for a 4-day artistic vision workshop, where we’ll explore creative techniques while enjoying the art deco architecture and beaches in South Miami Beach!
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South Texas Birding 2016
The 2016 South Texas Birding Experience is completely sold out. If you’re interested in joining a wait list, please contact me directly.

Texas Birding 2016 Now Open

Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.
Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to the private photo blinds of south Texas in 2016 for a small-group instructional photo safari. This trip includes private blind access on two ranches, double-occupancy lodging for four nights, and all meals.

Reserve your spot before July 31st, 2015 and get a discounted early-bird rate.

Photo of the Day: Scaled Quail

Scaled quail, Starr County, TX. Nikon D810 with 500mm f/4 AFS G VR lens and TC-14EIII teleconverter.
Scaled quail, Starr County, TX. Nikon D810 with 500mm f/4 AFS G VR lens and TC-14EIII teleconverter.

Here’s another shot from this year’s South Texas Birding Experience photo safari. This scaled quail decided to take a dust bath right in front of the blind we were in one afternoon. Between the 500mm f/4 VR Nikkor/ TC-14EIII combo and the 36-megapixel D810, you can really get close to these birds! This is a fairly significant crop from the full-frame image, but there is still a TON of crisp details. The D810 is quickly becoming my “do everything” camera for all but the fastest shooting situations (which really aren’t that many for me).

Join me in Texas June 2-6, 2016 for bird photography from private blinds. Now accepting deposits for 2016.

Is Film Making a Comeback?

Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak, captured with Fujichrome Velvia 50 film.
Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak, captured with Fujichrome Velvia 50 film.

In the late 1990s, as the digital camera age dawned, I was shooting with a Nikon N70 film camera and whatever lenses I could afford on a graduate student’s (miniscule) salary. For me, the idea of switching to digital was something that I didn’t even fathom at the time, simply because a $5500 ┬ácamera was so far out of my price range that I was never going to realistically own one.

Of course, when something costs a lot of money and you know you can’t afford it, you start to rationalize with yourself as to why you don’t really need one. And by “don’t really need” I mean we find ways to explain why our current gear is as good or better than some new technology. As the new century dawned, the “film vs. digital” debate bloomed across the Internet in chat rooms and discussion boards. Recently, that debate has returned, as some photographers are switching back to using film for certain clients. Continue reading Is Film Making a Comeback?

Jason P. Odell photography