Guest Speakers: Cindy Walpole and Chuck Fritsch, November 28, 2018

High-Speed Hummingbird Photography

Hummingbirds were one of the first subjects of high-speed photography. Cindy Walpole and Chuck Fritsch will discuss the history of high-speed photography and its application to hummingbirds. They will share their methods for getting good images of hummingbirds in flight with minimal equipment and introduce some of the concepts that are the foundation of multiple flash high-speed photography.

Steely-vented Hummingbird-18655 © Cynthia Walpole, Color photograph of hummingbird and flower.
Steely-vented Hummingbird-18655 © Cynthia Walpole

Hummingbirds of Costa Rica are the basis of an ongoing joint project. There are about 50 different species of hummingbirds in the varied micro climates of our small mountainous country. They range from the endemic and endangered Mangrove Hummingbird found in the Pacific lowlands, to the rainbow-colored Fiery-throated at 11,000 feet. By comparison, in the US, only one species, the Ruby-throated, is generally seen east of the Rocky Mountains.

Chuck and Cindy’s goal is to enhance awareness by creating hummingbird-based artwork that reveals their extraordinary beauty. They hope to stimulate the political will and gather the international support that will ensure a bright hummingbird future.

Cindy Walpole and Chuck Fritsch’s fine art images have been exhibited at The American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institute,The San Diego Museum of Natural History, and The National Museum of Costa Rica.

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White-throated Mountaingem 26880 ©Charles Fritsch, photo of hummingbird and red flower
White-throated Mountaingem 26880 © Charles Fritsch

Event Details

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Doors open 6:00 pm. Program begins 6:30 pm.

Meetings are held at The Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center (located on the north side of West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, closer to Amsterdam). From the street level, take the elevator or escalator up one level and proceed through the revolving doors into the lobby of the Rose Building to get the elevator up to the 6th floor.

Lincoln Center is well served by public transportation—Subway: the #1 Local train stops at 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station; Buses: M5, M7, M10, M66, and M104 all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.

Suggested donation: $7.00

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