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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) has issued an invitation to join them for a morning stroll in Salida, focused on capturing photographic images of sunrise, the lake, and wildlife.

Spring flowers brighten C Street residence. Photo by Merrell Bergin

The landscape and wildlife photography course with Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar from Elk Raven Photography will be offered on August 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 a.m. Kempfer and Kasar will discuss how to play with different kinds of light, tips for composing and creating unique images, and techniques for taking photos of animals commonly seen around the lake such as birds in flight, waterfowl, hawks, and deer.

GRANA points out that all levels of photography experience are welcome. This course will not dive into the nitty-gritty of settings for every particular circumstance but will focus on exploring the area and composing and developing an “eye” for great shots.

To get the most out of this workshop, participants should know how to change settings and lenses on their camera(s), and feel free to bring a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, and something in between for a variety of shots.

In addition, Elk Raven will present an optional Zoom class on Thursday, August 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. to go over photography concepts; including the Rule of Thirds for composition and shooting on Manual Mode (shutter speed, aperture & ISO).

This course is $10 for GARNA members and $20 for non-members. Check out for more information and to register. Please email or call 719-539-5106 with questions.