This past weekend I wrapped up four days of shooting on Matthew Studebaker's photo tour.
I was last with Matthew in 2014. For 2016, I didn't think it could get any better than 2014.
Boy was I wrong.
After four days of shooting, it took me at least another four days to go through all of my
images. I counted roughly 30 different species. That's crazy! A person could spend a week
at Magee Marsh and not see anything close to that number.
Weather wise...it was crazy!
Thursday was nice as the temps reached around 70. After that, each day saw a drop in
the temperature. Friday there was rain in the area, but Matthew was able to keep us out
of it (there were two other photographers on the trip). The best part, no sun, so we ended
up shooting almost non stop the whole day.
Saturday it was primarily Orioles, my favorite part. We were near the lake. It was windy, cold
and rainy. Luckily we were in blinds. Despite the lousy weather, it didn't stop the Orioles from
Sunday was interesting to say the least. The morning started off with a mixture of snow and
sleet...yes, snow. But the further south we moved, the more it turned to just rain. We shot
mostly at the Killbuck Marsh where it was mostly cloudy. But it was cold. I wore my winter
coat the whole day. Whacky.
So to come away with all of these images with this crazy weather is really remarkable. Plus,
nobody puts more into this than Matthew. Most tours/workshops, you usually go to one or
two plays in the morning and one or two plays in the afternoon. Not on Matthew's tour. I
gave up counting on how many different locations we went to. What he does is so much
tougher. To come away with anything is truly remarkable.
He added a Grassland tour this year. I had to chose between that one and the warblers.
I'm just sorry I couldn't attend both. The only reason why I didn't choose the Grassland tour
was because it was so close to the July 4th week, and getting time off might've been tough.
Here's one of the images I captured...