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1 Day: Birds at the Ramrod Ranch

Ramrod Ranch, Carmel Valley, California

               April 30 (Sold out)

               May 1 (Sold out)

               May 2 (Sold out)

               May 3 (Sold out)

               May 7&8 (Sold Out)

6 participants only

* Past eight years sold out*

* Don't delay your registration *

This is a complete photographic experience. You will learn about photo techniques, bird behavior, and the history of the Ramrod Ranch. You'll be blown away by the natural space just over one hour away from San Jose, California. The property has been developed for nature photography. We use photo blinds and place them next to the ponds, so with the right photographic equipment you can get frame-filled images. It is just marvelous to watch birds in their nature habitat, going about their lives, acting completely natural. To hear a group of California quail calling around your blind is music to the senses. Sometimes a few mammals will surprise us and come to drink too.

Spring time at the Ramrod Ranch is special. The Ranch is turning into one of the favorite spots for migrants to stop and refuel. Up to seven different warbler species can be photographed (Wilson warbler, Yellow warbler, MacGillivray's warbler, Black-throated Gray warbler, Townsend warbler Orange-Crowned warbler) and many other bird species, such as the blue birds, who have been nesting with consistency.

There is a maximum of 5 participants, so each will have the opportunity to receive individualized attention and instruction to ensure their photography workshop objectives are met.

Each spring it seems that the ponds are attracting more and more warblers as they remember this little oasis on their migration route. Come photograph with us in 2016.


Registration: $295


As an alternative, please check the 1DAY Bird photography workshop on June 18 or 19


Oliver Klink has been photographing birds at the Ramrod ranch for many years and wildlife from around the world. His image, “The Great Migration” won the grand prize at PhotoCentral Gallery Spring Show in 2013, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “I travel all over the world to photograph wildlife, but the Ramrod Ranch is special in the spring, where chicks are born and the migrants stop to refuel.”

- Bird photography: sharpness and composition
- Using flash effectively
- Photographing with meaning in mind, building a story
- Photographing from a blind
- Review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 1 day of guided photoshoot
- Bird blind photography
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included:
- Transportation to the ranch
- Meals, accommodation

Registration Fee : $295

Registration: $295

Terms and Conditions

- Short walk (a few hundred yards) from your car to the blind
- Not much else … Have a great time!

Where: Carmel Valley, California
When: Select the available date.
Who: Oliver Klink
Airport: San Jose (SJC)
Accommodations: not included
Weather: 60 – 80F. Possible foggy morning and hot during the day
Cost: $295

Workshop details for Birds at the Ramrod Ranch


Agenda 1 day of guided photoshoot and reviews

Various dates in May.

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Through a combination of instruction, shooting from photography blinds and daily reviews, you will learn how to photograph the birds at Ramrod Ranch. The instruction will touch upon bird behavior, how to find and attract them, exposure (critical when you photograph small song birds), composition and much more.

Daily shoot: 7AM - 4PM
• Sunrise and Morning Photoshoots
• Lunch Break/Review/Photo critiques
• Afternoon Photoshoots

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Camera Equipment:
- Digital or Film camera
- 300mm+ (400 to 600mm highly recommended)

- Tripod
- Flash with Better Beamer
- Extra Memory cards

Optional Items:
- Extension tubes
- Gimbal head
- Comfortable folding chair
- Knee pads

You will be photographing from a blind where temperature is fluctuating from cold in the early morning to warm during the day. We recommend layered clothing.

- Lunch, Snacks, and Drinks - NOTE: There is no restaurant near the Ramrod Ranch

For daily reviews:
- Laptop (with editing software, eg. Photoshop, Lightroom).


This workshop includes:
- 1 days of photoshoots and review
- Instruction on how to make images that stand out

Image review (Bring 5 images to the workshop), get pointers on your previous work

If you are interested in carpooling we will share your request with other participants.

Accommodation (not included in workshop) suggestions:
The closest accommodations are located in Soledad, CA
- Motel 8 - (831) 678-3814
- Valley Harvest Inn - (831) 678-3833

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Oliver Klink (408-910-6701) or email

Example Images from Past Workshops

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