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Annual State of the Reserve
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
February 3rd Friday 2017

505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904.823.4504 | 904.825.6829 Fax

Photomacrography Workshop with Walter E. Lara
10:30AM – 12:00PM


This Photomacrography workshop is opened for anyone interested in photographing small subjects. This is a hands-on photo shoot, where participants can bring their own subjects. Three macro stations will be provided.

Station 1: Tent
For opaque or reflective subjects. Equipped with an 35mm SLR camera with a macro lens and an extension tube. Here participants can photograph small objects (shells, coins, jewelry, etc.)

Station 2: Transillumination
For translucent marine animals (including glass squid, larval blenny fish, jellyfish, crystals compounds and more). Polarizing filters will be provided.

Station 3.- A 4-Way Macro Focusing Rail Slider Macro Bellows.
In this station participants can try their digital 35mm SLRs with optics using this macro focusing tool and other gadgets provided.

Come out an hour earlier to the estuary, bring a plastic container to collect specimens.

Techniques you will learn:

1.-SLR Optics and accessories
a) Macro Lens types
b) Use of Extension Tubes, and 4 Way Macro Focusing Rail Slider Macro Bellows
c) Importance of Lens Hood and filters (uv, polarize, color conversion)
d) Focusing & depth of field issues
e) Use of Wireless Remote Control

2.- Use of SLR Camera and camera settings
a) Exposure metering
b) Bracketing
c) Shutter control
d) ISO

3.- Measurement and Magnification calculations
a) Use of the metric scale
b) Calculating magnification based on object size and sensor size.

4.- File types & Storage (raw, and compress images)

5.- Lighting
a) Types: transillumination, Tent, Texture
b) Lighting ratio measurement
C) Glare control
c) Subject metering

The traditional science symposium with oral presentations about the technical research conducted at the reserve will take place in the afternoon, followed by a poster session and reception in the early evening hosted by the Friends of the GTM Reserve.

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904.823.4504 | 904.825.6829 Fax

Walter E. Lara, RBP
Career scientific photographer and educator.

Native of Peru, educated in Lima, Miami, Rochester New York, and Jacksonville Florida.
As a graduate from the most prestigious school of Photography, The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, 90), his programs of study included, Graphic Arts and Biomedical Photographic Communications. He is a Registered Biological Photographer.
Mr. Lara works in St. Augustine and Orange Park as a Computer Science professor for St. Johns River State College in the areas of software, logic and design. In business, he leads Intraneting LLC, an internet marketing group.

During summer months, he travels Florida as a visitor photographer at Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve and 360-photographer for Google Inc.  His preferred medium is liquid and glass- aiming for symmetry in motion utilizing extreme optics.

UL77, LH84, RIT90, RPB 93, UNF95, Webster05

Registered Biological Photographers


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