Tour Itinerary - (Itinerary can change depending on bird activity)

Tour Date: March 14-18, 2018 - (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
  • Composition
  • 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 & Four: Boat Tour Ride, Spoonbills & Much More

We’ll get up early and take a boat tour to one of the most productive locations in the area. At this location we'll have the opportuninty to photograph several species from a boat. This is one of my favorite locations.

We’ll photograph beautiful breeds of colored birds, their courtship rituals, nesting behaviors, habitat, chicks and much more. Be prepared to get wet (see full itineary for details) and photograph extensively during these two days.

Our leader 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 Five: Burrowing Owls


We will say farewell to the tour photographing burrowing owls and their habitat. This location is amazing!.

 

 

 

Suggested Accommodations

 

Our base camp will be located in Sarasota, Florida which is right in the middle of all the action.

Suggested lodging:

Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch
6231 Lake Osprey Dr
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 782-4400

Or

Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8565 Cooper Creek Boulevard
Bradenton, FL 34201
(941) 355-8619

 

Suggested Airport (s)

 

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Sarasota International Airport (SRQ)

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

 

What's Included

 

  • Boat Tour Ride
  • Tour Guide
  • Locations entry fees
  • Locations permits
  • Photography field classes
  • Photoshop seminar

 

What's NOT Included

 

  • Lodging
  • 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
  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Ball head
  • Wide Angle lens
  • 70-200mm lens
  • 300mm lens or larger
  • Lots of cards
  • Laptop computer
  • External Hard-drives
  • and a positive attitude!


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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

 

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 February 1st 2018.

  • Please fill out waiver form at the time of registration.


 

Contact me if you have any questions.