SOUTH TEXAS BIRD PHOTO TOURS
South Texas Bird Photography Workshop
2019Dates: January 27 – February 2, 2019
(NEW TRIP ADDED)
Dates: March 3 – March 9, 2019
Limit: 6 photographers\ 3 photographers per guide.
Locations: Rio Grande Valley, Texas. 3 of the best birding ranches in South Texas.Register for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Explore the best the Texas Rio-Grande valley has to offer for bird photography during the South Texas Bird Photography Workshop as we visit three of the best photo ranches in the valley.
During the week, we will visit the Laguna Seca Ranch, the Santa Clara Ranch, and one of the largest historic Texas ranches settled in the 1890’s.
We will explore these premier nature photography locations that have been designed for photographers by photographers. Each ranch location has multiple professional below-ground photo blinds designed to capture the beautiful morning and evening light. They also place the photographer at eye level with the wildlife and add desirable warm creamy backgrounds that bring focus to your subject.
Each of the three private ranches have unique wildlife species, as well as varying backgrounds that will make your portfolio from the trip stand out.
As we are visiting a very remote and dark locations in South Texas, we decided to add a little twist to the South Texas Bird Photo Workshop and include night photography to the agenda. Once the sun has set, we will head out into the night and photograph under the stars if we are fortunate to have clear skies.
We plan to photograph star trails, constellations and the night sky and introduce tracking systems as well as remote telescope imaging that you can do from anywhere you have an internet connection.
A local guide will be joining us to assist the group with the wildlife trends and behaviors as well as assist with photogenic perches and tricks for attracting with wildlife. Over the years, we have found that having a local guide assist the photo workshop is a great asset to the group as they are daily out in the field at the ranches we visit and are familiar with the species that are currently visiting the blinds.
GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTO TOURS
Grizzly Bear Photo Tour
2018Dates: July 21-July 27, 2018
Dates: July 26-August 1, 2018
2019Dates: July 21-July 27, 2019
Dates: July 26-August 1, 2019
Limit: 8 photographers
Locations: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska and Anchorage, AlaskaRegister for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Shetzer for a trip of a lifetime on our grizzly bear photo tour in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
During the grizzly bear photo tour, you will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque setting of the Alaskan wilderness. Guests on the grizzly bear photo tour will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears while enjoying home-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck.
Shetzer’s grizzly bear photo tour specializes in one-on-one instruction for photographers of all levels in a small group setting, to ensure maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests. Grizzly bear photo tour leaders are assisted by a Lake Clark bear guide who knows the animal’s behavior and habitat and will take you to the prime destinations to capture magnificent images of grizzly bears.
Lake Clark National Park is a photographer’s paradise. The wildlife preserve is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears because these bears have never been hunted. They aren’t threatened by human presence and are not aggressive. This gives photographers on the grizzly bear photo tour the rare opportunity to closely observe bears in their natural habitat.
Shetzer’s grizzly bear photo tour maintains a focus on small groups, allowing photographers to move around easily and efficiently to get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout your wildlife safari – while maintaining respect for the animals. By doing that, we end up with really natural shots. On a recent grizzly bear photo tour, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of us without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience our guests will never forget.
ECUADOR HUMMINGBIRD PHOTO TOURS
Ecuador Hummingbird Photo Tour
2019Dates: May 19 – May 25, 2019
Dates: May 26 – June 1, 2019
(2 SPACES AVAILABLE)
2020Dates: May 17 – May 23, 2020
Dates: May 24 – May 30, 2020
Limit: 4 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup
Locations: Best Hummingbird lodges in Ecuador and Quito, EcuadorRegister for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Explore the vibrant rainforests of Ecuador with us during our 7-day hummingbird photo tour and learn specialized techniques to create stunning images of hummingbirds as they feast on native flowers.
Over the course of the hummingbird photo tour, we will journey over mountain passes and across the equator into lush rainforests to three different bird lodges. Each destination we stop at is home to unique species of hummingbirds and a diversity of flowers, giving you the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of exotic hummingbird images.
Have you always wanted to know how to photograph hummingbirds? We have perfected our hummingbird photo tour setup by using a series of seven to eight flashes synchronized by wireless radio transmitters. The multi-flash technique creates a strobe effect and freezes hummingbird wings (which can beat up to 80 times per second) in their tracks.
Guests who attend the hummingbird photo tour will capture superb images of dozens of colorful hummingbird species feeding on beautiful native flowers.
Hummingbird photo tour participants who arrive in Quito early can also enjoy adventure attractions such as rafting, mountain biking, swimming in waterfalls, climbing snow-capped volcanoes and cruising around the Galapagos Islands. There are also opportunities to see Quito’s modern side before or after the hummingbird photo tour, by taking scenic tours, shopping at South America’s largest market and enjoying cultural fare.
Why do we go to Ecuador? It has the best photography opportunities with the most diverse species of hummingbirds of any country in the world.
BALD EAGLE PHOTO TOURS
Bald Eagle Photo Tour
2018Dates: November 5-11, 2018
Dates: November 12-18, 2018
2019Dates: November 4-10, 2019
Dates: November 11-17, 2019
Limit: 6 photographers\ 3 photographers per guide.
Locations: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Alaska and Haines, AlaskaRegister for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Join us in capturing the majesty of America’s national bird at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve during the largest bald eagle migration in the world. Our bald eagle photo tour is centered on bald eagles in southeast Alaska that congregate from far and wide to feast upon salmon during the last major run of the season.
Every bit of the 48,000 acre Chilkat Preserve is inhabited by the American Bald Eagle at some point during the year. But a unique natural phenomenon attracts a breathtaking amount of birds to the picturesque landscape near Haines, Alaska in the early winter months. The convergence of three rivers creates a warm upwelling that prevents the water from freezing – making an easy meal for one of America’s largest birds of prey.
Shetzer’s bald eagle photography tour will assist photographers in capturing crystal clear pictures of eagles along the scenic stretch of the Chilkat preserve. Here, illustrious birds with 7-foot wingspans perch on branches waiting to dine on 10-pound chum salmon from the Chilkat River. Unlike other bald eagle photo tours offered in Alaska, you will have the opportunity to view bald eagle’s natural behavior. There’s no need to bait or use captive birds during the tour. Just natural and wild photos await.
Matt has led 15 bald eagle photography tours in this area in the past seven years, and spends the entire month of November scouting the best locations for getting one-of-a-kind images of bald eagles in their natural habitat. He will guide you to the best locations for photographing the eagles, using his experience and knowledge to show you the places with the best light, and will provide detailed instruction on how to capture your perfect shot.
The Bald Eagle Photography tour takes place at the height of the salmon run in Alaska – the peak time to view bald eagles. Every day, hundreds of eagles can be seen congregating along the snow-capped sandbars, perched upon snags emerging from the river and roosting in the branches of cottonwood trees.
COSTA RICA PHOTO TOURS
Costa Rica Photography Workshop
2019Dates: April 13-24, 2019
2020Dates: April 18-29, 2020
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Limit: 4 photographers
Locations: Best hummingbird and wildlife locations in Costa RicaRegister for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Join us on our 12 day photographic adventure through stunning Costa Rica as we capture beautiful images of hummingbirds, resplendent quetzals, toucans, other colorful birds, sloths, frogs, flowers and much more.
During the Costa Rica photography workshop, we will share our techniques for creating hummingbird images with flash photography setups as well as natural lighting to ensure you go home with your perfect image.
Learn how to freeze the hummingbirds wings and display all their feather detail. We will show you how to use 6-8 flashes per multi-flash setup controlled by radio triggers to produce an effective shutter speed of 1/10,000 of a second.
During the photo workshop, we will visit 4 of the best hummingbird and bird lodges in Costa Rica to see a variety of species, as well as a local family who has turned their farm acreage into breeding grounds for the colorful Costa Rican frogs, and an area that offers opportunities to photograph the amazing Resplendent Quetzal.
ICELAND PHOTO TOURS
Iceland Photo Tour
2018Dates: September 8 – 15, 2018
2019Dates: August 31 – September 7, 2019
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Limit: 4 photographers
Locations: Iceland (South, Central, West and Snæfellsjökull peninsula)Register for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Join us in stunning Iceland, “The Land of Fire and Ice”, to photograph beautiful cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, cool blue glacial ice, glacial lagoons, Icelandic horses and much more. During the Iceland photography workshop we will be visiting the iconic “must-see” locations as well as some of the more remote locations that offer breathtaking images of this Nordic island nation.
September is a great month to be in Iceland as the sun now sets unlike in the summer months. The start of fall offers nice temperatures and perfect opportunities to photograph the stunning Aurora Borealis over interesting foreground objects. We will still have over 12 hours of daylight each day to explore and capture the natural beauty of Iceland.
Over the week we will be traveling from the Reykjavik region down the southern coast and back up to the Snæfellsjökull peninsula to see the best Iceland has to offer with its dramatic landscapes, glacial lagoons, massive glaciers and enormous waterfalls.
Each night we will keep an eye on the weather and monitor the conditions for Northern Lights photography. If the skies are clear, we will head out in hope of capturing images of the infamous Aurora Borealis. The aurora is always occurring and will appear in different strengths due to solar storms.
Iceland’s waterfalls are perhaps the most impressive of any country. We will be photographing the most photogenic of the waterfalls including the iconic waterfalls of Skógafoss, Seljandsfoss and Kirkjufoss. Icelandic waterfalls are often wrapped by basalt cliffs making them a dramatic waterfall photo.
COLORADO FALL COLORS PHOTO TOURS
Colorado Fall Colors Photo Tour
2018Dates: September 25- September 30, 2018
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Limit: 3 photographers per guide
Locations: San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride and Marble ColoradoRegister for the WorkshopAsk Us A Question
Colorado local photographer, Matt Shetzer, will be hosting a unique tour of southwestern Colorado’s fall colors. His local knowledge, combined with a 4×4 Jeep and a small group of just 3 photographers per guide, will take you to places that other photographers just dream of during the Colorado Fall Colors Photo Tour.
This Colorado Fall Colors Photo Tour will take you to iconic Colorado locations such as Crystal Mill, Yankee Girl Mine, and Dallas Divide with its stunning views of the 14,150 foot Mt. Sneffels.
All of these locations are gorgeous themselves, but add in the beautiful yellow, orange and red aspens and you have a photographers’ paradise.
Colorado’s aspens are famous for their stunning gold colors and the southwestern Colorado landscape has some of the most picturesque locations to catch them in their prime.
Whether you are looking to photograph beautiful white snow-capped mountains, the zigzag patterns of split rail fences, lake reflections, or colorful aspen groves, this small and personal tour has a little bit of everything for you.
The end of September provides beautiful weather, and you will enjoy the crisp cool mornings and the rugged beauty of the San Juan mountains each day. The beautiful golden Aspens together with the colorful underbrush provide stunning foreground focal points to capture the beauty of the region.
By keeping our group size extremely small during the Colorado Fall Colors Photo Tour, we will be able to visit many popular locations in the area, and also explore areas where vans, buses and 2-wheel drive cars can’t access. You will enjoy the serenity and the unlimited access to great compositions in these back-country locations.
The Colorado Fall Colors Photo Tour is a unique opportunity to explore locations off the beaten path and create beautiful images with your own personal touch. Our discussions will hone your photography skills and you will learn how to get the most out of your camera equipment. It’s also an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories and plenty of pictures to commemorate the experience.
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