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Snowy Fall Color at Hovey Lake
Snowy Fall Color at Hovey Lake

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Welcome to the home of Gerlach Nature Photography!!

with John Gerlach and Dixie Calderone

johngerlachphotography@gmail.com    812 - 350-0799

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To become an expert at bird photography and photograph some gorgeous birds you have never seen before, join us in Texas!  The workshops are limited to only ten and we offer a terrific deal where our workshop includes all local transportation, meals, lodging, and much more.  We even pick you up at the airport !  The photography at the Laguna Seca Ranch and Martin Refuge is out of this world!!!!!!
John has been using his first mirrorless camera - the Canon R5 since October of 2020!  It is fabulous!  In 45 years of professional photography, the Canon R5 along with the new RF lenses are the best photo gear I have ever had!  Never did I think cameras would let me so easily capture the images I seek!
 All of our upcoming workshops scheduled for the next year are listed below.  We are planning to add some new offerings and will let everyone know through our free newsletter when a new program is ready to announce.  Subscribe to our newsletter and you will be among the first to learn of our new classes.

We look forward to being with you and teaching you a whole lot about photography this year!!!!!

John & Dixie


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Grand Tetons Autumn Color Photo Workshop

Sept. 24 - 30, 2022


The rugged Grand Tetons tower above the forests, lakes, and rivers.  This workshop is timed to coincide with superb autumn colors and wildlife activity.  The Tetons are a landscape and wildlife photographers dream.


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Northern Michigan Autumn Color Photo Workshop
Oct. 3 - 9, 2022
October 10 - 16, 2022

We will take you to magnificent landscape spots that are ideal for the prevailing weather conditions.  The colorful reflections in the many lakes there and the Lake Superior vistas offer splendid photo opportunities.

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Grand Tetons National Park Wildlife and Landscape Photo Workshop
Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 * Dec. 4 - 10 * Dec. 11 - 17, 2022 

The rugged Grand Tetons tower above the forests, lakes, and rivers.  This workshop is timed to coincide with superb winter scenes of the Grand Tetons and lots of wildlife.  Moose and bighorn sheep are especially likely to be photographed.


  Your hotel room, all meals, and transportation are included in the tuition! 

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Great Smoky Mountains Autumn  Photo Workshop
Oct. 22 - 28 or Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2022

Explore and photograph the Great Smoky Mountains while enjoying the stunning autumn colors.  This workshop is perfect for landscape photographers who wish to be inspired by beautiful scenes and learn cutting-edge landscape photography techniques.  The mountain vistas and wonderful streams are a delight to photograph. 

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Monster Texas Deer Photo Workshop 

Nov. 15 - 19, 2022
Everyone wants to photograph huge whitetail bucks during the peak of the rut and now we have the perfect private place to do that.  Enjoy three full days at the famous Tipps Ranch where huge buck deer are plentiful and easy to photograph!
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Yellowstone National Park
Jan. 15 - 21, 2023
Jan. 22 - 28, 2023
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2023

Learn to take superb landscape and wildlife images amid the snow in the best places found in Yellowstone.  We spend five full days photographing the interior of the park.  Selecting photo destinations to fit the prevailing weather is crucial for success!  We are experts at doing that.
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Birds and Landscapes of Arizona
Feb. 11 - 17, 2023  Waitlisted
March 18 -24, 2023  2 spots available

March 29 - April 4, 2023 Waitlisted
Spend 3 full days photographing the wildlife at the Desert Photo Retreat just north of Tucson, plus birds at local hotspots on other days.  And photograph the giant saguaro landscapes around Tucson.  Limited to only 4 participants
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Birds of South Texas Photography Workshops

Feb. 24 - Mar 2, 2023
April 14 - 20, 2023  

Photograph the unique birds of South Texas at the Laguna Seca Wildlife Photographers Ranch and Martin Refuge
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Floating Blind, Yellowstone Landscapes and Wildlife, Macro Photo Workshop

July 9 - 15 or July 17-23 or July 25-31, 2023
Join us for an intensive week of wildlife photography in Yellowstone and in our floating blinds, plus learn landscape and close-up photography.

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Kenya Wildlife Safari

Dec. 29, 2023 - Jan. 11, 2024

Join our deluxe Kenya photo safari to photograph the wildlife of the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Samburu.  Go with experience!  John has led more than 3 dozen previous Kenya safaris.  Everyone has their own row in the safari vehicle and we fly from park to park!


Instructional Photo Articles

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Shoot Sharp Wildlife Photos

I have had many questions about how I make such sharp images of wildlife.  So, I starting writing about this topic and it grew and grew and grew.  I cover 25 key points that cover the things I do that make it so easy to capture sharp wildlife images consistently.  The focus of this article is on wildlife, and I realize I will need to write a similar article about how I shoot sharp close-up and landscape images as many of my techniques are different for those subjects.  Enjoy the article and may your wildlife images sharpen up considerably.

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The Birds of South Texas

We enjoy warmer temperatures in March and April and love photographing birds.  Photographing birds in south Texas is wonderful.  The birds are colorful, varied, and unusual to us as many species barely make it across the border with Mexico here.  This is a pyrrhuloxia and our article describes some of the birds we photograph along with some key photo techniques we find effective.  Please join us on a photo workshop down here!  The photography at the ranches is incredible!

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AF Microadjust your Camera and Lens

Learn how we adjust the autofocus on our Nikon and Canon DSLRs.  By using the AF microadjustment tools in our cameras, we make sure our autofocus is right where it should be.    To eliminate variables like wind and mirror slap that contribute to less sharp images, we light the focus target with flash set to 1/8 power to use the short flash duration to negate image-softening factors so we can precisely check autofocus accuracy and make it accurate if it is off.  This is a crucial step for DSLRs!

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Exposure Methods we are Using Now

Our exposure methods have changed over the years and they continually to change a little as new exposure aids are added to cameras.  No doubt our methods will continue to evolve over time.  This detailed article describes what we do as of March 2021.  It is fast and delivers well- exposed images consistently that you see here on this site.

Floating Blind Wildlife Photography
I have used a floating blind to closely approach wildlife living on the water or along the shoreline for more than 20 years.  It is tremendously easy to do, super fun, and relaxing.  Read this article to learn all about it.  For the first time, we are offering a floating blind workshop at our Idaho home for three lucky participants.

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Exposure Mode Options we Prefer

We use manual exposure and Auto ISO most of the time.  But, for those who have trouble with manual exposure or prefer to always use an automatic exposure mode, aperture-priority does work well in certain situations.  This article covers the when and how of our exposure mode options.
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Telephoto Lens Options for Wildlife
One way or another, you need a long lens to photograph most wildlife well.  This article explains the many choices you have to get the magnification you need!
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Get more reach for wildlife with a  Teleconverter or In-camera crop, or Both?

Since getting the new Canon R5 in Nov of 2020, I shot over 100,000 wildlife images by May of 2021.  This article explains what you must do for best quality.
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Use Dripping Water to Photograph Birds

I suspended a tiny tube to drip water in a natural rock cavity in the aspen forest near my home.  I hoped it might draw some birds to within camera range.  Little did I know how well it would work during the autumn migration.  Since early August, migrating birds flock to it and provide terrific photo opportunities.  I suspect this technique will work for you too!
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Accurate Focus in Snowstorms

Autofocus tends to lock on to snowflakes in front of the subject.  This article describes some ways to overcome this problem and sharply focus the subject.
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Automatic Focus Bracketing

Learn how we shoot focus brackets automatically to cover extreme depths of field in macro and landscapes.
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Canon Long Lens RF Options for Wildlife Photography with the Mirrorless Cameras
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Handheld Bird Photography Techniques at the Birding Center on South Padre Island
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Use Custom Shooting Modes for Fast Camera Changes