Halloween Creepy Critters Night Photography event set for Oct. 27

Treat For Photographers

One night before Arizona kids say “trick or treat,” Boyce Thompson Arboretum offers a rare treat for photographers: an opportunity for after-hour access during a workshop that will focus on creepy critters such as scorpions (which flouresce eerily under blacklights!), and moths that can be lured to spot-lit white sheets, then photographed up-close.

Two Artists Team-Up

Scottsdale artist Paul Landau has learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing compound eyes, antennae and patterns invisible to the human eye. Mesa photographer David Oberpriller has spent the past two years honing his ability to capture vivid nighttime images of glowing scorpions – which flouresce an unreal “Gatorade-green” hue under ultraviolet light.

October 30 the two friends will team-up and share their techniques during an evening spent searching for rare scenes of nocturnal critters at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and sharing tips to photograph them alongside 15 participants.

The event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum; enrollment is $30 for BTA annual members, $39 for nonmembers. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll.

Point-N-Shoot? DSLR?

“What a totally cool way for any of us to spend a night before Halloween,” said Landau, “Dave and I are thrilled to offer this. You know one of the best parts about nighttime photography? Anyone can do it – most of today’s simple ‘point-and-shoot’ digital cameras have light gathering capabilities that far surpass 35mm camera, and rival the more expensive DSLRs… so this type of shoot is for just about any photographer enthused to try something new.”

Landau’s photography was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Arboretum from July through September, where he taught a popular series of workshops specifically devoted to hummingbirds at the park. See more of the Landau’s work and links to his websites (also Oberpriller’s impressive scorpion pics) at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.

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