Crane Fiesta 2020 is pleased to partner with Zeiss, Richard Moncrief and Catherine Hamilton

Zeiss – Who are they?

“ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. In the past fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 6.4 billion euros in the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, and Consumer Markets, and invested 11 percent of its revenue in research and development (as of 30 September 2019). ZEISS has a long tradition of similarly high expenditures for research and development, which also represent an investment in the future.
For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world’s leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.
With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company’s significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS’ technology and market leadership.

With over 31,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 sales and service companies, 30 production sites and 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.”


Richard Moncrief

Rich has been with ZEISS for 18 years and has developed a passion for birding through working with optics. He is especially interested in advocating for young birders and the programs that support them. During his time with ZEISS he has worked in many different aspects of the sports optics business but especially enjoys working with the birding community in both championing ZEISS as well as advocating and planning with ZEISS to support the birding market. He currently serves as a Territory Account Manager for ZEISS and handles a variety of sales, marketing and public relations duties.

Join Zeiss and Richard Moncrief in this live webinar:
Easy Phonescoping
Friday, November 20th
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Richard Moncrief and learn about Phonescoping. Richard will explain what Phonescoping is and how to make the most of it for great photography. From equipment to technical tips, this webinar will help you understand how to make those phone photos even better.

Join Zeiss and Richard Moncrief in this live webinar:
How to Select Birding Optics 2020
Friday, November 20th
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Since we are diurnal, handy creatures, toolmakers, and tool users, our eyes work best within the reach of our arms and in full daylight. To observe more distant detail, color, action, and in poor light conditions, we need a little bit of help. Join Richard Moncrief as he shows what to look for in the world of binoculars.

Join Zeiss and Richard Moncrief in this live webinar:
Birding for Kids
Friday, November 20th
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Rich Moncrief as he shows young birders how to get started with birdwatching. He will talk about birding responsibly, locating birds, and some key points on how to identify them.

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine began birding at age seven with her father, an avid birder, and started her first birding sketchbook at that time. Mysteriously, her parents encouraged this activity, and today she melds birding and art into a career. She leads birding and field sketching tours around the globe, works out of her studio in Los Angeles, and gives keynote speeches and workshops at birding festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional artist. Catherine’s fine art can be found in private, corporate, and small museum collections in the US and abroad. Her illustrations and writing can be found in books like the Princeton University Press book “The Warbler Guide” and “Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White” from Houghton Mifflin, and in journals and magazines such as the journal “Nature,” “Living Bird,” “Bird Observer,” and “Orion Magazine.”
Catherine is featured in the 2012 HBO documentary “Birders: the Central Park Effect,” and is the presenter for the 2018 short film “A Reason For Hope,” where in her role as ZEISS Sports Optics’ Ambassador for Birding, Catherine worked with partner organization Birdlife International to help promote conservation awareness through birding and art.

Join Zeiss and Catherine Hamilton in this live webinar:
Color in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico’s birds as seen through an artist’s palette
Friday, November 20th
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join Catherine Hamilton as she explores the bird species of New Mexico through observing and recording their colors in context with their environments. A brief guide to taking color notes in the field at a time when it is difficult to get into the field!

Cameron Darnell

Cameron Darnell is a 19 year old wildlife photographer and birder specializing in bird photography. He lives outside of Washington, D.C., and will be attending Williams College in the fall of 2021. Cameron has been birding for as long as he can remember, and began photographing birds at the age of 12. He finds the creative aspect of bird photography thrilling and always strives for the most aesthetic image possible. In addition to his home state of Maryland, Cameron has photographed throughout the United States, including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and Alaska. He has photographed in many different habitats, including seashore, grasslands, boreal forest, tundra, and desert. Cameron has led birdwalks and conducted wildlife photography workshops for organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, and was recently a guest on the Wildlife Photo Chat podcast. Cameron’s images have been honored by the National Audubon Society Photography Awards (Top 100), the Massachusetts Audubon Society Photography Contest (Winner, Youth Division), and the American Birding Association Young Birder of the Year Contest (Winner, Photography Module). In 2019, he was selected to attend The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event.

Bird Photography: Getting Creative
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM MST
Friday, November 20th

Live photography webinar with Cameron Darnell

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes backlight, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how he spots birds from afar with his Zeiss binoculars and subsequently determines how to create a thoughtful image that tells the bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Hunt’s Photo & Video

Friends of Bosque del Apache and Hunt’s Photo & Video have been partners for many years. Each year Hunt’s works tirelessly to bring photography content to Friends of Bosque del Apache events through their partnerships with companies like Zeiss. Please reach out to Hunt’s Noah Buchanan for all your photography and optics needs!

More about Hunt’s Photo & Video

“Three generations of Farber family ownership have established Hunt’s as a trendsetter in the imaging equipment industry. Begun as a pharmacy in 1889 and acquired by pharmacist Solomon Farber in 1952, Hunt’s began building its camera business during the 1950s under the visionary leadership of Solomon’s son, Jack. As interest in photography grew, Hunt’s began shifting its emphasis from the pharmacy business to the business of cameras and accessories. By 1993, imaging equipment became Hunt’s primary focus.

Led today by Jack’s sons, Scott and Gary, Hunt’s proudly serves a diverse audience of individual, corporate, educational, law enforcement, and government clients as one of the country’s largest retailers of photo, video, and digital imaging products. Visit Hunt’s 30,000 square foot flagship store at 100 Main Street, Melrose, or one of its satellite locations in Boston, MA – Cambridge, MA – Hanover, MA – Holyoke, MA – Providence, RI – So. Portland, ME – or Manchester, NH to discover how Hunt’s Photo and Video can help you create your own picture-perfect experience. Click here for directions, store locations, and hours of operation.”