Attention, nature photographers: Workshop to be held on Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is offering a nature photography workshop for intermediate and advanced photographers.

Conducted by professional nature photographer Ruth Hoyt, well-known in the Valley for excellence in teaching and photographic endeavors, this workshop will offer in-depth discussions on focus, exposure, composition and content.

The workshop will be held at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.

The class will gather Friday evening for Hoyt to get acquainted with the group and the gear being used, and the first classroom lecture. The field photography segment will take place on the scenic dunes and beach of South Padre Island in the early morning to take advantage of the sunrise and morning light.

The in-the-field effort will be immediately followed by additional classroom instruction and dialogue at the Nature Center, with a critiquing session for all participants. Following the late morning classroom segment, lunch will be on your own, with the option to return to the Birding Center boardwalks to incorporate the newly learned techniques.

Space will be limited in the workshop to allow for ample idea exchange and questions.

Registration is required for this workshop. The fee is $150, which includes the Friday evening session, the classroom instruction and the field session with instructors. A block of rooms is reserved at the Ramada Inn for those who wish to stay at the host hotel.

Further details and registration are available on the RGVCTMN website at — click on the Photo Workshop tab — or by calling Heidi Linnemann, committee chair, at 956-787-2872.