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Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club

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Presentations Videos

Some photo club meetings in 2021-2022 were held online during a temporary closure of the visitor center at HNWR.

Getting More Out of Your Visit to Hagerman NWR with Pam Rendall-Bass

Watch Video   Presented January 15, 2022

The 11,320-acre Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is a mixture of forests, grasslands, creeks, freshwater wetlands, and Lake Texoma. Many visitors only see a very small portion by only utilizing Wildlife Drive. Please join the Photography Club for an eye-opening experience with Pam Rendall-Bass.

About Pam Rendall-Bass: I officially caught the photography "bug" after being encouraged by several friends. I purchased my first DSLR camera (a Canon Rebel) at the end of 2015 and was hooked! Since that time, I have learned a lot, mostly that I still have a lot to learn! I tend focus (pun intended) on nature photography and little details that are sometimes overlooked. I have been fortunate enough to have had my work published in several publications and consider myself lucky to have won a few awards along the way. I even began selling my work online and local boutiques. To know my work is hanging in people’s homes is very humbling.

Wildlife Photo Hacks with Michael Keck

Watch Video Presented November 20, 2021

So you like to photograph wildlife, but don't want to spend a fortune on gear. Mike Keck's program provides tips for photographing birds, reptiles, and amphibians on a (somewhat) reasonable budget.

Dr. Michael B. Keck has been photographing wildlife with SLR cameras for about 40 years. His wife, Trish, and he run a small photography business in their spare time, wherein they specialize in portraits, weddings, and pet photography. Michael is a biology professor at Grayson College. He earned his Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied reptiles and amphibians.

Storm Chasing with Anita Oakley

Watch Video  Presented September 18, 2021

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Would you like to take great photos of a storm? Well, Anita Oakley will talk about why she chases storms, how to prepare for a chase and safety. She will share images from her three years chasing between Texas and South Dakota and cover her equipment and shooting strategy. For those who are interested in trying to chase, she will offer suggestions for getting started. 

Anita Oakley has always loved photography and has been drawn to nature and wildlife. Once her children were grown, she resumed her hobby, took classes, and got serious about it. She is now building a professional reputation, having been published on the Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris website, in Nature Photographer magazine, and on the Nature Photographer Web. She has a good following on Instagram as @anitaophotos. Business trips took her to India, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and England – and she got hooked on travel. So the logical progression was to marry her passions for photography and travel. She has shot puffins in Iceland, polar bears in Svalbard, cheetahs in Kenya. In 2019 she started chasing severe weather in the Plains states, and she can’t wait for the 2022 chase season.

Wide Angle Landscapes with Sean Fitzgerald

Watch Video Presented July 12, 2021

Many photographers are scared to use a wide-angle lens, or never seem to like the results. That is a shame. Sean will demonstrate how photographers can use their wide-angle lens as a storytelling tool or as an artistic instrument to help take unique images that are both intimate and sweeping. Sean will help you learn how you can see the world from the unique perspective that wide-angle photography provides.

Sean Fitzgerald is a Dallas-based nature, conservation, and travel photographer. Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, Audubon, Photo District News, Backpacker, Bicycling, Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and many more. His fine-art prints are found in private and corporate art collections and large-scale installations across the country, including hospitals, banks, museums, and convention centers. Sean leads photo workshops for Ted Turner Reserves. His work is varied but focuses primarily on Texas and endangered ecosystems such as Texas prairies. Sean is a past president of the North American Nature Photography Association and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. You can see more of his images at www.seanfitzgerald.com. He has taken a lead role in the efforts of photography organizations to modernize the copyright system to better protect visual artists and is also actively involved with protecting artist rights on public lands.

Lightroom with Brian Loflin

Watch Video Presented May 15, 2021

Want to know more about using Adobe Lightroom to process your photos? Brian Loflin will present an online overview of Photoshop Lightroom, one of the most user-friendly and powerful photo editing suites. He will outline the requirements to get started, how to manage your library of images, and an in-depth demonstration of Lightroom’s ease of processing. In addition, registered attendees will receive a complete, step-by-step process of one of his own images from import of images fresh from a shoot, through export for use outside the computer.

Brian Loflin is a highly respected photographer, author, teacher, and consultant. His seasoned professional career spans more than five decades in the advertising, aviation, bio-medical, and publishing industry.

Brian is a graduate biologist with an extensive background in marketing and communications. As a highly regarded teacher, his passion is about passing his knowledge and vision along to others. In addition to hosting a variety of photography workshops, he currently teaches a new curriculum of Wildlife Photography at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He held similar teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Riverside, and Riverside Community College.

Wildflowers with Carol Fox Henrichs

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Have you tried photographing wildflowers and been disappointed with the results? Did you discover that seemingly small issues can very quickly ruin a photograph as well as your entire wildflower photography experience? Carol Henrichs will show us how do you deal with ever-changing environmental conditions. She will also discuss tips and tricks for addressing issues related to tools & equipment, sun, wind, and clouds.

Carol Fox Henrichs is an interpretive nature photographer and photo artist. She considers this her encore career, which she began in earnest after retiring from Texas A&M University. Her published works have appeared in the North American Nature Photography’s annual publication and Ranch and Rural Magazine and she has won numerous awards. Carol began her photography education in 2004, earned a Professional Photography Diploma from the Photography Institute and successfully completed the Cameras, Exposure, and Photography program from Michigan State University. Ever the teacher, she leads workshops and prior to COVID, photo tours. Website: carolfoxhenrichs.com.

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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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