Upcoming Workshops


This class on flower and garden photography centered on Longwood Gardens gave me several new perspectives on how to take photographs.  Irene has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which helped me improve composition and see images in a new way.  I came away from the class with a completely new appreciation for taking photos of flowers and garden scenes.  Irene has a very helpful teaching style.
Edward Bouwer, Ph.D.

Presentations (on-line & in-person)

The following presentations are designed for photography & nature clubs, conservation organizations, and other educational venues and can be tailored to the needs of the client. They transport viewers to interesting locations and are filled with stunning images, photo tips, and thoughtful commentary regarding wildlife, unique communities, and travel. In-person presentations are limit to COVID-type health concerns and distance from my office in Joppa, MD. On-line programs can be offered any where in the U.S. and abroad.

To book a program or for details, please contact me: ospreyphot@aol.com or call 410 960-5871 (Cell), or use the form at the very bottom of this page.


A Passion for Wildlife Photography, The Stories Behind the Images 

This talk is based on my more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife and covers the requirements, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging images of animals in their natural habitat.  Included is information on lighting and composition, plus locating, attracting, and approaching wildlife and capturing action.  Also covered are comments on safety and ethics. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some of the images.  Photos from my recent urban wildlife projects are included.


Life in the Chesapeake Bay – Tangier Island, a Visual Journey

Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lies Tangier Island, VA.  It is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. From the mainland, it can only be reached by boat or small plane.  On its narrow roads, golf carts and bicycles replace cars as the primary mode of transportation.  It is a charming community of shop owners and waterman, with many inhabitants making their living on the water as did their ancestors, oystering and crabbing. Recently, Tangier Island has been the focus of news stories as a possible casualty of climate change and sea level rise as each year flooding on the island becomes more frequent and erosion increases. This presentation is a visual journey, compiled from photos that I have taken over the years.  It explores life on Tangier and paints a picture of the island, waterman community, and the wildlife that inhabits its marshes, lagoons, and tidal guts.  Includes tips on photographing the waterman community and wildlife.

Assateague National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague Island National Seashore is a 37-mile-long narrow barrier island lying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. It is one in a chain of barrier islands stretching from Maine to Texas. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) occupies the Virginia end of the island and like other wildlife refuges is focused on managing critical habitats for the benefit of wildlife. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague NWR is a major resting and refueling spot for thousands of migrating birds. It is an important link in the chain of coastal refuges helping to preserve disappearing coastal wetlands.  The seashore’s sand beaches and over-wash areas are critical habitat for nesting birds including Piping Plovers and Least Terns.  Besides the beach, the Chincoteague ponies and wild horses of Assateague are a favorite attraction for visitors.  This presentation explores the island’s diverse habitats and associated wildlife while providing a basic understanding of barrier island dynamics.


Programs soon to be available include…

  • Adventures in Bird Photography
  • Flowers & Garden Photography
  • Urban Wildlife Photography
  • South Dakota Badlands and Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico





“On behalf of the Silver Spring Camera Club, I would like to extend a huge thank you for sharing your passion for wildlife with us.  Your presentation was comprehensive, informative and appealing to all skill levels.  The praises from our members and guests were flying out of the chat room at the end of your program! We appreciate the amount of time, thought and effort you put into the presentation. It truly was a wonderful visual learning experience! Once again, thank you kicking off our season on such a high note.  We hope you will agree to speak with us again in the future. Warm regards and best wishes for continued good health,

Karen Finkelmam, Program Co-chair

“On behalf of the BCC, I want to thank you for an amazingly informative and entertaining presentation. Seriously! I’ve received emails from participants thanking me for inviting you – but I told them to thank YOU for such a wonderful evening.  The comments shared related mostly to your expertise and knowledge about nature and photography. I think many were deeply impressed with your “passion” for nature.  You are also very generous with your images, using them liberally throughout the presentation to illustrate your ideas.”

Sandy Nichols, Program Chair
Baltimore Camera Club (BCC)

Your presentation last evening was a big success and I have received very good feedback.  You provided so many great examples of wildlife images along with the strategies to employ to best capture the subjects.  It was a lot of very worthwhile information. I look forward to seeing the recording over the weekend to fully digest the content.

Margaret Hennes
Delaware Valley Camera Club

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