for our D CNPC
Hi Mary Ann and Joe,
I’ve been home for a few days now and settled into the work mode once again, which has given me some time to reflect on last week. I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to get to know you both, as well as the others from the group, and what a great time I had.
The course is very well executed with a proper amount of material from the various areas of photography and post-production. I personally could have done a whole week on post-production alone, but what I learned will serve me well for a long while. The flash material is also going to prove invaluable. I have always been apprehensive to use flash in my photography. No more! I’m seeing all sorts of new possibilities now.
For future reference, please continue with the exposure quizzes. While some might not appreciate being put on the spot, this was an effective way to learn as well as reinforce the material we were learning. Having the instant feedback coupled with your additional input, regardless of whether our answers were correct or not, was critical for retaining the material. I feel confident that I will miss fewer opportunities, particularly those involving wildlife, as a result.
Most importantly, I wanted to convey that I was elated to discover that two of the giants in wildlife photography whom I have long admired from afar were indeed “real” people without ego. You both should be made aware of how approachable and open you are. I never felt like the course was a money grab and your hearts were not in it. It was very clear to me that you thoroughly enjoy what you do and love to interact with people. Regarding cost, the course is very reasonable. During the past few days, I’ve informed everyone at work that the course was worth it for the food alone (please thank Sally and Roy for me once again!). Costs are costs, but for the benefit of future participants, I hope you are able keep prices similar.
Some people attend such courses and workshops for the material they can take away with them, but for me it’s far more about the whole experience. And my experience was excellent! I wish I was still there and look forward to future adventures together! Thanks for a great experience!
I had a tremendous experience on your last course.
I'd like to express my gratitude for the fine course you presented last week. I gained a lot from it. I'm impressed with the hospitality and graciousness shown by everyone Liz and I came in contact with while we were there. It was truly a great time; too bad it had to come to a close.
Joe and Mary Ann,
I wanted to thank you both so much for a wonderful day of instruction and conversation. I learned so much and can't wait to practice it all. Joe - you are a great teacher and have a natural way of explaining things that just makes sense. That is a gift. Although I loved the personalized instruction, I kind of wish I had been able to take one of your workshops and stay the entire week. Your property is beautiful and the life you both have created is so amazing!
I have been looking more at your website this morning and your trips - they all sound perfect! I'm definitely going to tell my friends about you and hopefully some will join you on your trips. I also can't stop telling my friend here how great it was, so hopefully you will be meeting her sometime in the future.
Thanks again and I'll try and send you some shots once I get a hang of the manual thing :) I'm hoping it clicks (no pun intended) sooner than later. I'm also starting to save for the new camera gear....ahhh...the never ending desire for gear :)
Hello everyone at Hoot Hollow.
WOW! What a week!
I intended to get a more formal thank you note sent to thank all of you, but knowing the hectic pace of life I’m not convinced that’s going to happen.
It was definitely a superb week of learning. And it was great fun being part of the group. I definitely left the week feeling like I learned more than I would have thought possible. Looking back it was probably a very good thing that I didn’t have access to my cell phone and didn’t have time to sit at the farm late at night answering emails. It was a great mix of learning venues between the farm, the forest, the classroom etc.
I think we all appreciated the great effort on the food as well. I felt like I was on safari and being treated to lavish lunches! Great recipes. You’ll have to let us know when you recipe book is finished, Mary Ann. I don’t know how I managed to still fit into my clothes by the end of the week.
Mary Ann, I do hope you continue to bounce back from your knee surgery. What a trooper to put up with all of us so soon after the surgery. And Joe, you must have been a grade school teacher because you were certainly able to communicate to us on our level!! And the patience shown by both of you . . . terrific.
It was a great experience all in all. I promise to put the learning to work (I already have) and when I feel ready to take on a moving subject I hope to book one of your trips. And I know I’m not alone in that desire.
To fast swimming, faster convalescing, great shooting, and more great cooking,
Many, many thanks to all of you!
I want to thank you and Joe for an amazing week. Not only for your incredible patience and the invaluable knowledge you shared with us but also for the fabulous food and hospitality. I know it can be difficult to have a vegetarian in your midst so I particularly want to thank you for all the wonderful options you prepared for me. I understand the extra effort that it required and I appreciate it.
I also want to apologize for "cheating" on the rolling object homework. I truly didn't think I was cheating at the time. I guess I latched on to that last part of the description and convinced myself that "conveying the sense that it was moving" was okay. I feel bad about how that turned out. Please accept my apology.
Thanks again for everything! Hope you're on your way to a pain-free recovery!
All the best,
Hello MaryAnn….and Joe,
I am forwarding you my favourite shot of the week.
You both have a very refreshing teaching style, that allows people to absorb and actually learn what you are teaching.
As I stated to Joe, before coming to your course, I could not even spell meatr-rring! And now I can't see myself shooting any other way than manual mode.
This has been the best spent money, I have invested into photography….should have done it years ago!
Don't be surprised if you see me joining you on one of your outings in the future. Again thank you very much for all that you taught us!
P.S. MaryAnne hope you are feeling better!
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