Bosque del Apache Workshop Logistics

Meet and Greet (optional)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

For those that can make it, we will meet for a “meet-and-greet” dinner at the Bodega Restaurant in Socorro on the night before the workshop between 7 pm ~ 9:00 pm.  Dress is casual.

If your travel schedule does not allow you to make the “meet-and-greet”, no problem!  All the pre-workshop information will be sent out beforehand, so you will not miss out on anything


Male Northern Harrier bathed in sunset light at the Bosque del Apache.

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 AM

  • We will meet on the dirt refuge road about 300 yards to the south of the “Flight Deck” on the refuge.
  • Carpooling from Socorro makes good sense.  Please contact me if you will not be at the meet & greet on Wednesday.
  • Please be on time, 5:30AM, ready to photograph (gloves, tripod, headlamp)
  • Allow 30 minutes drive time from Socorro
  • Please drive carefully and watch for wildlife
  • Please dim your lights and minimize noise on the refuge
  • Directions from Socorro to morning meeting spot
  • We will meet at other locations, to be announced in person, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday mornings

Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes huddled in the deep cold of a Bosque del Apache dawn.


  • Clothing.  Mornings and evenings at the Bosque del Apache are very cold (frigid).  Mid-day can be very warm.
    • Dress in layers.
    • Bring gloves you can wear while photographing, and warm boots.
    • Bring a sun-hat and sunscreen for the afternoons.
  • Prepare your setup in your warm hotel room before arriving at the refuge
    • Have tripod ready to go when you arrive
    • Good lenses for the morning include: { 24-70mm, 70-300mm, 100-400mm, or 150-600mm}.
    • Pre-dawn photography will use live view mode, on a tripod, exposure bracketing, 2-second shutter delay.  It helps to familiarize yourself with these settings on your camera before arriving at the Bosque del Apache in the dark.
  • The best light occurs very early, well before sunrise
    • Great color in the sky starts at nautical twilight
    • Nautical twilight Nov 14, 2019 is at 5:42AM
    • Ideal conditions = no wind –> water mirrors the colors of the sky

Sandhill Cranes flying out to forage in the dawn light at the Bosque del Apache.