October Monthly Meeting

Featured Speaker:    Blake Shaw


"Bird Photography in Southern California and Beyond"

Program Description

Blake Shaw has spent many years traveling throughout Southern California looking for the best bird photography locations. He quickly discovered that many of the popular spots for birding are not necessarily the best spots for bird photography. Certain spots are more likely to consistently reward the photographer with "keepers." Those spots are favorable in terms of access and proximity to the birds, numbers of birds, skittishness of the birds, lighting conditions, and scenic beauty.

Blake will share images from his favorite spots, stories behind the pictures, as well as tips for obtaining artistic and extraordinary bird photos. He will also share bird images from many trips throughout Baja California and the Yucatan.

This will be Blake's third presentation to the North County Photographic Society.


Blake is a native San Diegan, a physician and photographer. He was an original member of the Ordover Project Photography Gallery in Solana Beach, and regularly displays his work throughout San Diego. A number of his works are on permanent display at the Route 66 Museum in Barstow, California. He has won numerous local and national photographic awards, including Best of Show at the Del Mar Fair, and his website was featured in Shutterbug Magazine. He is a regular workshop instructor at the Sierra Club Photography Section yearly retreats.

He has been actively photographing birds for the past five years, and is a contributor to Bird Watcher's Digest, Living Bird Magazine, and the VIREO Avian Image Library at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Many of his images are found on the Audubon iPhone Mobile Field Guide.

His bird photography was featured in a solo show at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center in 2009, and will be featured again in November of 2012 with his solo show: Birds of the Californias: Bird Photography of Southern California and Baja California. This exhibit will feature between 40 and 50 photographs printed on canvas.

Blake's latest work can be found at his blog: www.photoabcs.com


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