Nature Photography On Your Phone

April 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 9 to 11 am
Where: Neacoxie Forest Habitat Reserve, Gearhart
Led by: Neal Maine


Join Gearhart naturalist and photographer Neal Maine on a photo safari to Neacoxie Forest—equipped with only your camera phone. Anyone can snap a photo with a phone, but by paying close attention to background, foreground, direction of light—these and other old-school photography basics—you can elevate your smartphone photography to art. In the process, you may find that you are no longer just looking at the forest but are seeing it as if for the first time, the whole as well as the parts. Neal chose to hold this photography workshop at Neacoxie Forest, one of several habitat reserves within North Coast Land Conservancy’s Neacoxie Wildlife Corridor Conservation Initiative, because of the variety of subject matters here, including the Sitka spruce forest, the open water, and Neal’s favorite ancient native crabapple tree.


NEAL MAINE followed a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School with becoming the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he had co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion to make deeper connections to the coastal system, using photography to record some of his experiences and to develop greater public appreciation of living in what he considers paradise. Through his photography business PacificLight Images, a partnership with his grandson Michael Wing, he attempts to raise awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with which we share this region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands, and forests.


Outing info: Be prepared to walk short distances on uneven land. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water, snacks, and a smartphone or other camera phone. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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