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David FitzSimmons 2010 SIGMA Photography Workshops:
3/13  Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
5/15  Clifty Falls State Park, IN
5/22  Watkins Glen State Park, NY
6/12  San Diego Zoo, CA
6/13  San Diego Zoo, CA
7/24  Insects of Madera Canyon, AZ
10/22-24 Mohican State Park, OH

This year, with sponsorship from Sigma, I will be leading workshops on everything from landscapes to macro, from seascapes and waterfalls to fall foliage and insects. Sites range across the United States, from California to New York.

Point Reyes National Seashore in California. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

The small-group workshops begin March 13th at Point Reyes National Seashore, California, focusing on extraordinary seascapes. We will welcome Bay Area photographer Patrick Smith, who will assist in this coastal landscapes workshop. Shooting will go until sunset, with two classroom sessions in between. 

Clifty Falls State Park in Southern Indiana. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

The next two workshops focus on the beauty of waterfalls. The first, May 15th, is in Clifty Falls State Park in southern Indiana. The two-mile long gorge there leads down to the Ohio River. Along the way numerous waterfall cascade over the limestone and shale cliffs.

Watkins Glen State Park in New York. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

The following weekend, May 22nd, the workshop series moves to Watkins Glen State Park, New York, where noted naturalist and local author Tony Ingraham will lead our expedition into the famous gorge. Watkins Glen offers all kinds of waterfalls, from gentle cascades to plunge falls. If you haven’t been to the Glen, it’s time to visit. It’s amazing. Spring is an exceptional time to photograph watery features in both of these locations. 

San Diego Zoo in California. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

 The San Diego Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country; that’s why we’ve chosen it as the location of two one-day workshops in mid-June. We will work our way around the zoo in a small group (limited to a dozen participants), stopping for mini lessons on lighting, lens selection, composition, and other techniques. One session is on Saturday the 12th; the other is on Sunday the 13th.

Madera Canyon in Arizona. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

 In July the workshop series travels to Arizona, visiting Madera Canyon, one of the top insect locations in the country. For this July 24th workshop, noted entomologist Eric Eaton, author of the Kaufman Guide to Insects, will join us, leading the field collecting and helping with natural history and identification questions.

Mohican State Park in Ohio. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

 The final workshop will be a weekend fall foliage foray in the glaciated hills of Ohio. Mohican State Park features a deep gorge, beautiful red and sugar maples, and several waterfalls. In addition, we will travel to Malabar Farm State Park, shooting in and around Rock City Cave. Fall in Mohican is something special.

For each of these workshops, Sigma will provide loaner lens for participants to try. In addition, there will be numerous door prizes and discount coupons. Come for the fun. I hope to meet you there…. 

For more information or to register, visit and select workshops.

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