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BugShot Insect Photography Workshops

I am pleased to announce that BugShot, our humble insect photography event from last summer, is poised to expand into a series of courses & workshops. For starters, this means two things:

  1. The 2012 BugShot summer workshop now has a time and a place: the magical Archbold Biological Station in Florida, August 23-26.
  2. BugShot now has a dedicated web page, bugshot.net.

Registration for the summer course opens March 1st.

Links for the New Year

Myrmecia pilosula, Australia charming (and dangerous) jack-jumper ant.

Welcome to 2012! You look like you need something to read:

Also, we have a date and place for this year’s BugShot insect photography workshop: 23-26 August at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida. Full details & registration information will be posted by February; consider this a pre-announcement.

BugShot 2011 update: the final program!

Our Labor Day weekend insect photo workshop is fast approaching, and the final logistical details are falling into place. I’m excited! The venue is gorgeous and staffed by exceptionally friendly people, my co-instructors John and Thomas are among my personal photographic heroes, and the attendees I’ve met are bright, lovely people. It’s going to be an amazing event!

I’ve emailed the following information to all participants, but just in case it didn’t go through I’m posting the program and other details here:

BugShot 2011 Program

BugShot 2011 info: what to bring, driving directions

Also, a map of BugShot attendees:

BugShot participants are from everywhere! Not pictured: Belgium & Belize.

A preview of the BugShot venue

Hooray! We’ve just returned from a productive organizational visit to Shaw Nature Reserve, site of the upcoming BugShot photography workshop. It’s gorgeous!

The cabins are clean and comfortable, the meeting room is spacious and airy, the surrounding prairies are in full bloom, and the ponds are positively buzzing with dragonflies. Those of you attending will receive updated information from us shortly. Those of you not attending should register: we have 3 spaces remaining 2 spaces remaining 1 space remaining.

And for everyone else, some snapshots from today:

The Dana Brown Education Center will host BugShot presentations & meals.
One of four woodland cabins where BugShot attendees will be lodged.
Worried about rustic bathrooms? Not a problem. SNR has the cleanest facilities I've ever seen.
James Trager, ant taxonomist and Shaw's resident naturalist, at the Casa Audlon Lodge. This cabin is one housing option for BugShot attendees staying on-site.
The BugShot 2011 advance scouting team: Jo, Patsy, & James.
James thought I was taking a photo of him, but it was all a flimsy excuse to shoot a thorn-mimicking treehopper.

BugShot 2011 adopts Beetles in the Bush!

I am pleased to announce that our upcoming BugShot insect photography workshop has recently picked up the Beetles in the Bush guys- Ted MacRae and James Trager- to assist in the event.

I am particularly excited to have James and Ted on hand, as both are superb field naturalists with years of experience in the habitats we’ll be exploring. For example, James is an expert on the Ants of Missouri, and Ted is… well, I presume you all read Beetles in the Bush. Right?

Ted will also be organizing a panel discussion on photography-in-social-media, a programmatic addition once we realized many participants are also bloggers.

Here is a map of BugShot attendees as of this afternoon (as drawn by TicketLeap):

The event will be held in St. Louis, and registrants predictably cluster near the center of the continent. Oddly, none of the registrants are from Missouri itself. Is Shaw not exotic enough to attract locals? Or am I drawing too many conclusions from a small sample size?