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Workshop - Blue Ghost Fireflies #1 with Roger Trentham

  • 05/25/2024
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Cosby, Tennessee
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  • The registration fee includes 12 months membership in SANP.

SANP is proud to present, with the assistance of Roger Trentham, a Blue Ghost Firefly workshop.  Roger is a nature and wildlife photographer in the Gatlinburg area.  Roger conducts numerous workshops throughout the year with national photographers in addition to his workshops. Roger has agreed to do this workshop for SANP members.  Roger will be offering instruction on how to photograph the Blue Ghost Fireflies 

Please read all the details about this workshop.

Why Should You Attend Roger’s Workshop: You will have the opportunity to photograph the Blue Ghost Fireflies which are unique and fly closer to the ground than most fireflies.  This workshop will begin a classroom presentation at 6:00 p.m. of firefly photography then a demonstration of shooting backgrounds in the forest around Roger's residence. Sunset is approximately 8:40 p.m. with actual firefly photography beginning about 9:30 p.m. and concluding at 11:00 p.m.(longer if the fireflies cooperate).

The following image is the blue ghost fireflies with out a background image.

What to Bring:  Your camera and lens with a small folding type chair and flashlight. Tripods are required and shutter release cable is recommended. Insect repellant will be necessary,  Roger will have deet based repellants but some people may wish to bring their own.

Participants should bring a long lens for the possibility of photographing bears before dark. If bears appear during the classroom presentation, we’ll photograph bears but they may or may not appear. Each participant will be shooting almost continuous thirty second exposures for one and one half hours. They will be taking approximately 150 firefly images in addition to background images and possibly bears. Two fully charged batteries are recommended.

The following image is blue ghost fireflies after being processed.  Roger will provide instruction on how to accomplish this type of image.

Rules You Must Know: There is a minimum of four and a maximum of eight for this workshop. 

There is no refund. Guests are not allowed to accompany you to this workshop.  There will be no cancellation for weather until actual thunderstorm/heavy rain that would prohibit shooting between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The workshop will proceed during a light rain so each participant should bring personal rain gear in the event there should be a shower.  Cancellation for weather will be determined by Roger  on the evening of the workshop.

Date and Time:  Saturday, May 25th, 2024. Directions will be emailed to those who register for this event.  Additional instructions for photographing fireflies will be emailed to you prior to the event.  

Snacks and Drinks:  Bring your choice.  There will not be a break for dinner. 

Location: To be provided to by email. You must check your emails regarding this event after you register.

Registration is available until May 18th or until all positions are taken.  Everyone who attends must register online, with no exceptions. Do not wait to register for this event as positions are limited and will not be exceeded. There will only be two dates for the blue ghost fireflies workshop.

Registration fees: Members fee is $95 dollars. Non-members fee is $125 dollars which will include twelve months of membership in SANP.

Any questions email me at

All images are copyrighted by Roger Trentham and may not be used without his permission.

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

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