Jay Fleming and April Abel to highlight nature photography workshop Aug. 19

August 5, 2014

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will host a nature photography workshop from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the refuge auditorium to help nature enthusiasts improve their photography skills.

This workshop will feature two professional photographers, Jay Fleming and April Abel, who will share their journeys in professional photography and provide tips on taking better photographs.

Fleming will present on underwater photography, including his underwater work from Delmarva and around the world.  Abel will focus on the elements and choices that go into taking quality photographs and will also open participants' eyes to the beauty of Delaware’s natural areas, including Delaware State Parks, wildlife refuges, and preserves.  Fleming and Abel will also discuss the criteria they use when judging photographs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their photographs to be critiqued. Space is limited and preregistration is required; call the refuge office at 302-684-8419.

Though beginning under the tutelage of his father, former National Geographic photographer Kevin Fleming, Jay Fleming quickly and naturally developed a photographic style and identity all his own.  His photographs of the threatened Cutthroat Trout appeared in a publication by National Geographic that was designed to inform the public of the increasing threat of invasive species on native ones.

Fleming has spent the past two years actively documenting all aspects of the seafood industry on the Chesapeake Bay, from underwater shots of oyster divers, to crabs shedding their shells, to incredibly poignant portraits of workers in a crab-picking house, to watermen in their deadrise boats leaving the dock before sunrise. He hopes to illustrate the full spectrum of the seafood industry in his first book, “Working the Water," expected to be published in 2015.

Jay Fleming is available for commercial, editorial, wedding and portrait photography.

Abel picked up a digital single-lens reflex camera for the first time in 2008 as a media arts student at Wesley College. From there it has been a rapid journey of discovery, documenting the landscapes and wildlife of central Delaware and beyond. Her photography has been featured in The News Journal, Delaware Beach Life magazine, Outdoor Delaware magazine, and Delaware State Parks official publications. She exhibits and sells her photography at the Rehoboth Beach Museum, Gallery 37, the Rehoboth Art League and with the Milton Arts Guild. Abel works as exhibits coordinator for Delaware State Parks and is a freelance photographer for local and state publications.

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