Tour Itinerary - (Itinerary can change depending on bird activity)
#1 Tour Date: February 22-26, 2017 - Openings Available
#2 Tour Date: March 22-26, 2017 - Openings Available
Day One & Two: Landscapes, Waders, Egrets & Herons
Our first location is going to be about 1½ hours north of the hotel. This location is well known for the terrific landscape photography opportunities; and waders, plovers, egrets and herons abound. During that time of year, we’ll experience first-hand mating behavior, habitat and courtship rituals of these species.
We’ll explore and stay at this location during the early morning and late afternoon hours. We’ll have the opportunity to photograph birds in flight at very close range. We'll break for lunch during the harsh light hours at a nearby restaurant and return in the afternoon. You should plan to shoot in the afternoon until the light is gone.
This location requires you to get wet, but don’t worry -- not that wet. We’ll cross ponds during low tide for ultimate opportunities. If you don’t feel comfortable getting wet, that’s okay. There are plenty of photo opportunities for you without getting wet.
Some Of The Topics You Will Learn:
- Manual Exposure
- Flash & Fill Flash
- Perspective & Habitat
- Natural Elements
- And much, much more…
At the end of the day, we can also explore creating silhouettes against the beautiful Florida sunset if the conditions are right.
Day Three: The Bird Rookery & Photoshop Seminar
We’ll get up early and travel south to one of the largest bird rookeries accessible to photographers in Florida. This is going to be our playground.
At this location, we’ll photograph beautiful breeds of colored birds, their courtship rituals, nesting behaviors, habitats and chicks. Be prepared to photograph extensively during the two days we are there.
During the morning, we’ll concentrate on photographing nesting behavior and courtship rituals. We’ll photograph feeding behavior and get some lovely close-ups. You’ll learn how to use and set up your flash as fill. This is a great opportunity to tune up your composition and fill-flash technique. Our leaders/instructors will be working closely with you to make certain you learn and understand the critical aspects of a successful fill-flash technique.
During the harsh light hours, we’ll gather for a well deserved lunch. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned so far and how we can improve even more. At this time you should feel free to share your images with the group.
At the Photoshop Classroom Seminar you will learn how to enhance your images using Quick Mask, learn about workflow and editing your images, as well as become familiar with the software we use to make it all work.
Day Four: Burrowing Owls
We’ll spend our fourth day in Southwest Florida. We’ll start our morning photographing nesting burrowing owls and their habitat. This location is prime for photographing owls.
Then we will wrap things up with dinner and head back to the hotel for our final workshop day!
Day Five: Anhinga, Cormorants, Wetlands and Landscapes - (Final location can change)
We will say farewell to the tour at the one-and-only Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance – one significant to all people of the world.
We’ll start our morning taking advantage of the beauty of the Everglades at a location with amazing landscape opportunities. We’ll get there well before sunrise to find the perfect composition. Once the amazing and vivid sunrise colors disappear upon the horizon, we’ll quickly move to Anhinga Trail where we are going to experience remarkable close-up opportunities for photographing native birds like anhinga and cormorants.
During our last visit, we were able to achieve incredible close-ups (see images) with a 70-200mm lens. The opportunities are incredible!
During the afternoon, we’ll go back for more opportunities and, of course, for a killer sunset. We then will drive back to the hotel.
Tour itinerary can change at any time without notification. This can happen due to bird activity, summer storms changing the landscapes and such. A final itinerary will be sent to you as we get closer to the tour.
Our base camp will be located in Sarasota, Florida which is right in the middle of all the action.
Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch
6231 Lake Osprey Dr
Sarasota, FL 34240
Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8565 Cooper Creek Boulevard
Bradenton, FL 34201
Suggested Airport (s)
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Sarasota International Airport (SRQ)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- Tour Guides
- Locations entry fees
- Locations permits
- Photography field classes
- Photoshop seminar
What's NOT Included
- Transportation - (Car pooling is highly recommended)
Photography Equipment Recommendation
Because of the large range of possibilities within the tour, it is critical that you bring the adequate gear.
This is what we suggest but you are free to bring what you wish.
- One or Two DSLR's
- Ball head
- Wide Angle lens
- 70-200mm lens
- 300mm lens or larger
- Lots of cards
- Laptop computer
- External Hard-drives
- and a positive attitude!
Previous Tours Gallery
What You Need To Know
It is important that you are well prepared for the tour. Most locations will require us to get our feet wet. Don't worry.... Our equipment will stay dry. Bring comfortable weather clothing as the temperatures can reach 70 degrees and as low as 40 degrees.
Contact me if you have any questions regarding gear.
Tour Guides & Photography Instructors
- Maxis Gamez - Local guide, photography instructor.
Tour Pricing and Other Information
- $1,999 (USD) per participant for the complete Tour package.
- $1,000 Non-Refundable deposit unless you find someone to replace your spot. Deposit should be paid at the time of registration. Remaining balance should be paid no later than Jan. 1st 2017.
- Please fill out waiver form at the time of registration.