"Photographing Loons and Chicks-The First 10 days"
by Ken Carlson - MA
Monday, November 4, 7:30 PM
Our first presentation in November is a combination program. Greater Lynn member Ken Carlson of Ipswich, MA will not only give you some great tips on how to photograph loons, but he will also present a natural history study on the behavior of loons and their chicks. Our speaker, who went to Michigan this past June for four days states ‘Why go all the way to Nettie Bay, Michigan to photograph loons when you can find them close by in many lakes of New England? Because, Ken states ‘it is a unique opportunity to observe the behavior of loons in a unique environment.’ Having this unique combination allows the photographer to be in a ‘create’ situation rather than just a ‘capture’ situation. Rather than a ‘spray and pray’ experience, the photographer can begin to plan the shoot and make the best of opportunities. This discussion will include the how and why the images were chosen from the behavioral aspect, to the camera settings, and to the boat positioning.
It will also cover how he was able to use his prior photographic experience, and combining it with the opportunities of this trip, was able to increase the likelihood of getting great images. Photographers may benefit from the how’s and whys of the images but even those of you, who never intend to buy a 500-600mm lens will enjoy the stories and images of these beautiful but elusive and usually difficult to photograph birds.
A print and projected image competitor, Ken has been a member of Greater Lynn since 2011 and has been a serious digital photographer for the last five years. Twenty five years ago he was active with color slide photography but family and professional needs as well as various interests took him in other directions prior to the digital epiphany. A veterinarian by profession, his photography varies from a specialty in nature to waterfront and seascapes to athletics and lifestyle. Our speaker states that he has been influenced by three people with regard to his photography: Galen Rowell for his color and vision; Andrew Wyeth whose painting inspired him with its power of light and a close friend who introduced him to his ‘artists’ palate’ concept. Ken states: he takes photographs to give pleasure,-my pleasure-my client’s pleasure-my family’s pleasure and hopefully your pleasure.
A good description of his approach to photography comes from his website www.sleepydogphotography.com
’My biggest pleasure in life is learning. I believe that the journey should be as important if not more important that the destination. Photography, to me, is like that. There are infinite opportunities to create images that are better, different, interesting and so on, no matter how much of a ‘master’ that you may be'.