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KERRY JARVIS ~ THE NATURE GUY

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Kerry Jarvis retired after 28 years at Seneca College where he was Program Co-ordinator for Event Marketing Management. During his tenure at Seneca he taught Marketing, Photography, Videography and Event Management. A naturalist, educator, photographer, author, presenter, gardener and traveller, Kerry’s varied interests and background prove he loves everything in nature and he’ll go out of his way to experience it, record it and as you will see during this year’s HFBF…share it.

Kerry Jarvis

This year he has ‘something for everyone’ as his versatility is on display in 4 different events each with a different discipline. So if you’re interested in shooting videos, tree photography, identifying frogs, or mastering the art of waterfall photography, sign up for any of the following:

 A9 – GETTING INTIMATE WITH NATURE: RE-DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH VIDEOS: May 23 – 1:30 PM

Homemade videos are all over the Internet. Some good. Some bad. Living in a “YouTube” generation creates opportunities for everyone to reach for their smart phone or digital camera to capture and share their experiences through video. But a lot a people aren’t sure what to do with them, how to post them, add music, effects and generally make their YouTube moment more interesting. And given the length of our attention span these days, some of these amateur ‘video bites’ are quickly passed over. In this, his new ‘show and tell’ type workshop, Kerry will show you some of the basics and point you in the direction of available resources to help you shoot and package a more watchable video.

As an example, Kerry will share nature video vignettes that he has created like this one dealing with cecropia moths he shot in his own garden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytLkOnzIAEE

Kerry wants you to think about more than just taking pictures by showing you how to shoot vignettes around your home, your garden, even when hiking in the park.

 A22 – TIPS & TECHNIQUES ON SUCCESSFULLY PHOTOGRAPHING TREES: May 24 – 1:30 PM

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Kerry believes that ‘trees are pretty good models.’ They stay in one place and give you plenty of time to contemplate angles. Alone or in a stand, trees are more than just a backdrop to a scene; there is texture to their bark, shape to their leaves and patterns in their veins, they give us berries, buds, flowers and a unique way they capture light through all of our four seasons. Join Kerry in this new photography workshop hike, as he explores and inspires you to look at trees for the myriad of photographic possibilities they present. And timing couldn’t be better as the Park and surrounding forest should be budding and flowering, ready for you and your camera. (Intermediate to experienced DSLR camera users. Tripod & zoom/close-up lenses.)

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 A33 – FUN, FROG FROLIC AT MacGREGOR POINT: May 25 – 1:30 PM 

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Who knows what a casual frog hike through the Park can turn up. Wood Frogs, Eastern Grey Treefrogs, Leopard Frogs, Green Frogs, American Toads and Spring Peepers are all lurking in MacGregor somewhere, using their natural camouflage to stay hidden. Some  are tiny creatures, but under Kerry’s guidance you’ll learn to how ID their specific calls and visually locate them. If you bring your camera and close-up binoculars you just might be able to see them.

(REPEAT)  FUN, FROG FROLIC – JUNE 1 – B36 – 1:30 PM

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 B3 – TIPS & TECHNIQUES ON PHOTOGRAPHING WATERFALLS: 7:30 AM – May 29

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Given the winter we’ve had so far and the piles of snow that refuse to leave, the spring melt should work to your advantage…if your interest is in photographing waterfalls. Join Kerry as he takes you on a tour of several local waterfalls and gives you tips and pointers on how to get dramatic results by experimenting with a variety of photographic techniques; from the crowd pleasing “cotton candy effect” to “freezing water” as it cascades over the rock face.  Unleash your photographic creativity with the beauty of these magnificent and very different waterfalls on this full day outing.
(Intermediate to experienced DSLR camera users.  Bring tripod & zoom/close-up lenses.)

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 REGISTER NOW FOR ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE EVENTS WITH KERRY JARVIS

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Email: birdfest@rogers.com

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL  – MAY 23 to MAY 26  & MAY 29 to JUNE 1

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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A CONVERSATION WITH KERRY JARVIS

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I shared a warm beverage with Kerry Jarvis at Crema Café in Port Elgin the other day. The purpose of our get-together was to chat about his thoughts on his upcoming Huron Fringe Birding Festival Events. That’s when he proudly showed me a copy of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.

The cover featured a stunning shot of an Eastern Grey Treefrog.

I taped our conversation.

Kerry Jarvis cover fall 2012

Kerry:             

“This is my first national magazine cover. I’ve been on other provincial and regional covers – but this is the one I’m most happy with.”

HFBF:           

“So you have the cover shot and the lead article?”

 Kerry:             

“Right…its called Frogs and Toads Through Your Lens.”

 HFBF:                       

“Where was it taken?”

 Kerry:             

“There’s a MacGregor Point Park connection here. My wife and I were camping there one week in late June. Throughout the week we had been hearing the distinctive trill of a Grey Treefrog. Early one morning she spotted it on a nearby tree. I grabbed my camera, tripod and flash hoping to document this wonderful creature. Normally they retreat or freeze on your approach. Fortunately this guy decided on the latter. I’m always of the mind that if you’re photographing something you should have some knowledge about the subject, its behavior and its habitat.”

 HFBF:           

Fortunately for us…is this the inspiration for your June 1 HFBF event you’re calling  ‘How and Where to Photograph Frogs and Toads?”

 KERRY:         

“Yes it is. In MacGregor I’ve seen and photographed 6 species of frogs and toads – Wood Frogs, Eastern Grey Treefrogs, Leopard Frogs, Green Frogs, American Toads, and Spring Peepers. So my event is coming right on the heels of my article. I’ll do a session indoors first. We’ll learn to identify by call and visual. There’s only 13 species in the Province – so it’s easier to memorize a dozen or so calls – and I’ll talk about different species habitat. I’ll share photo tips on how to approach frogs…and then we’ll do a photo hike to see what we can hear and identify…some of them are  pretty small and well camouflaged,  so sometimes you have to play detective to find them. This is the fun part of taking workshops at the HFBF, you never know what surprises you’ll come across.”

 HFBF:             

“What kind of gear does one need to shoot these little guys?”

 Kerry:             

“You don’t always need pro gear. If you have a point and shoot you’re in good shape. When I did this article several of the images were taken with my compact camera. Basically I’ll be sharing some tips on how to take better images of frogs and toads regardless if you have a digital SLR or a compact camera.”

 HFBF:           

“You’re also doing another event on Saturday, May 25 at 1:30.”

 Kerry:             

“Right…Listening to the Sounds of Nature. It’s about being more acute with our ears. Instead of looking at nature it’s about listening when you’re outdoors. It’s about understanding the sounds your hear in the bush from common birds, frogs, mammals, and other critters…even the sound of wind and thunder.”

 HFBF:           

“How are you setting this one up?”

 Kerry:             

“Over the years I recorded various sounds of nature: — frogs, squirrels, moving water, rain, wind, birds and matched them with visuals…there’s more to nature than meets the eye. I became intrigued with the abundance and variety of sounds that nature provides us.”

 HFBF:           

“Sounds good…sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun.”

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Kerry Jarvis is recently retired after 28 years at Seneca College where he was Program Co-coordinator for Event Marketing Management. He taught Marketing, Photography, Videography, and Event Management. A naturalist, educator, photographer, author, presenter, gardener and traveller, Kerry’s varied interests and background proves he loves everything in nature and he’ll go out of his way to experience and record it.

 


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