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Sean Fitzgerald

Sean is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer. Sean tries to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects are widely varied, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both. Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of publications, including Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife, New York Times, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Photo District News, Backpacker, Bicycling, and many more. His fine-art prints are found in private and corporate art collections and large-scale installations across the country, including hospitals, banks, museums and convention centers. Sean leads photo workshops for Ted Turner Expeditions.

He has won numerous regional and national photo contests, including the Wildlife in Focus Contest (twice), Texas Tech University’s High and Dry Contest, and PhotoMedia’s World in Focus photo contest. His career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and CBS News recently named Sean one of the 10 emerging artists in the Dallas area. Sean received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival and his career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and other publications. The Bravo Network has featured his artwork on several home redesign shows and Barbara Streisand recently used one of his images as a concert backdrop. Sean is a past president and current board member of the North American Nature Photography Association.You can see more of his images at www.seanfitzgerald.com.

What’s in the bag?

Sean’s main camera is a Canon 1Dx II. He primarily uses a Canon 200-400mm f/4 and 2x extender for telephoto work, a Canon 70-200 f/4 and a Canon 16-35 f/4 for landscape and portraits, and a Canon 180mm macro for the small stuff. For support, he uses an old Gitzo LS3541 carbon fiber tripod plus an equally abused Really Right Stuff BH55 ball head. To modify the light, he often carries a flash or two and small LED light panels as well as small reflectors and diffusers. And always a cable release.

Upcoming Events

April 2023
April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the world of beach landscapes and abstracts, using the simplicity of sand, sky, water, and even long exposures to create surreal images. Suggested Equipment: Bring a couple of zoom lenses ranging from wide to telephoto. If you have a macro lens, bring that as well in case we see some tiny abstract opportunities, like sea foam bubbles. A polarizer can be helpful. A neutral density filter might be useful for long exposure effects.  A tripod is highly recommended, as…

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April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Are you baffled by flash? Unsure of when, how or why to use flash, or overwhelmed by the technical aspects? Join Sean Fitzgerald for a comprehensive workshop on using flash and supplemental light in your nature photography.

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April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Pleasure Pier is one of Galveston’s top attractions. A giant Ferris wheel and roller coaster dominate the pier that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. From nearby jetties, participants will photograph the setting sun and twilight sky. From under the rides, we’ll photograph lights in motion and stretch our creativity. We will not be going on to the Pleasure Pier for this event. This photography field trip is a FeatherFest favorite! Suggested Equipment: Camera, tripod, wide angle lens. Note:…

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April 22 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am

Meet Sean Fitzgerald at the north end of the Strand to begin a walk to streets with interesting details and abstract possibilities as well as street life full of decisive moments for you to capture. Sean will explain his thoughts on street macro photography and how to look for and shoot tiny urban details and turn them into large scale abstracts that tell a story (and look great on your wall)! And Sean will show you how travel and street…

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April 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Good photography can change hearts and minds. Join professional photographer Sean Fitzgerald for a presentation on how to photograph an ecosystem for maximum impact, with a particular focus on often overlooked Texas prairie ecosystems. Learn valuable tips to take better photos using a variety of techniques to help you tell the stories you want to tell.

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April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Sean Fitzgerald on this unique experience on Galveston Bay to photograph birds in flight from a boat. One of the best ways to learn to photograph birds in flight is to practice and this trip will provide ample opportunities to do just that! The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing many photo opportunities as the birds come and go from the islands. In Galveston Bay, there are man-made islands where large numbers of breeding birds nest. Hector will teach you his tricks and methods for capturing birds in flight. This will include metering modes, focusing techniques and other skills for catching artistic shots of the birds of the area.

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April 23 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

The tip of the Bolivar Peninsula offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities and you are in for a treat on this morning photography adventure. Begin your trip with a ferry ride across the Houston Ship Channel. The group will be meeting Sean on the Bolivar side where there will be opportunities to photograph birds at the ferry landing. From there you will caravan to the North Jetty for an opportunity to photograph American Avocets and other wading birds. Finally, the group will photograph wading birds in several marshes nearby. Locations are subject to change based on tide, wind, and location of the birds.

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