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08-02-2011, 08:12 AM
Wild Florida Photo Workshop

February 11-18, 2012

Saturday - Saturday

Photograph some the very best locations of Florida with professional nature photographer John Slonina. Florida natural lands are a nature photographer’s paradise. With it’s unique geology, wildlife, and climate. Escape the cold up north for warm South Florida.

Winter is known as the dry season. This is the time of year when the tropical storms and the summer rain have passed. The lower water levels means the wildlife is more concentrated and easier to find and photograph. Each day we will visit some of the best spots in the states. We will travel to a variety of natural habitats.

Each area was handpicked to provide the best photographic opportunities. This is based on John’s countless years of experience photographing Florida’s wild locations.

We will be visiting several A+ locations. They include Myakka River State Park, Venice Rookery, an Awesome Eagle Nest, Nesting Burrowing owls, Sanibel Island, Osprey nests, Corkscrew Swamp, Estero Lagoon and some secrets spots.

We also will visit Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve two of John’s Favorite places. Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The Biodiversity here is incredible.

Florida is the premier destination for bird photography. Expect to shoot thousands of bird photos along with other wildlife. We will also be photographing several species of wildlife and awesome landscapes.

Please note: Wildlife is extremely unpredictable. We have an extremely high success rate but we can’t guarantee we will see any particular species. In the past I have had no problem finding and photographing the following species. We should also be able to get full frame photos since many birds and other animals are just a few feet away.

Birds: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red Shouldered Hawk, Burrowing Owls, Barred Owls, Purple Gallinule, Rosette Spoonbills, Painted Bunting, Sandhill Crane, Green Herons, Little Blue Herons, Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Tri Colored Herons, Reddish Egret, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egrets, Limpkin, Brown and White Pelicans, American Coot, Moorhens, Wood Stocks, Cormorants, Anhinga, Black and Turkey Vultures, Glossy and White Ibis.

Mammals: Manatee, River Otter, Dolphins, Deer, Marsh Rabbits,

Reptiles: Gopher Tortoise, Crocodile, American Alligator, Several species of Turtles.

Since we will be shooting a high volume of pictures. Please bring lots of cards or film. We also recommend you bring a portable external hard drive to back up your images.


Febuary 11-18, 2012 Saturday-Sunday


$1895 per person

This includes hotel, instruction, transportation, tolls, refuge fees.


You can pay in full or leave a deposit.

$400 per person.


Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography.

We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

If you prefer to use credit card you can call our office at (508) 839-5111 or use the online shopping cart.

Who Should Attend:

All skill levels are welcome from a beginner to professional.

Anyone with an interest in wildlife photography (Digital or Film).

Group Size:

Our groups are small in size this one is limited to 6 people. We will work with each participant to provide complete, informative, helpful lessons. This also ensures that no question is left unanswered.

Before and after each workshop we will assess each participants needs, interests and skills so we can teach techniques that will help each participant.

Class Room Sessions: We will have some time in the mid day for a few class room sessions. We will use this time for lesions in post digital processing and photo technique. We also will do some critiques.


The exact game plan will be based by weather, tide levels, amount of rainfall. We will be prescouting some locations before the trip starts. I also will be getting recent reports, and monitoring tides and water levels. Each day is paced to maximize photo opportunities and the schedule will be flexible to maximize getting the best light.

Saturday Feb 11:

Meet at Hotel by 2pm. Group meeting and introductions. We will leave for a late afternoon trip to sunset where I will teach flight photography technique and we will photograph Ospreys, Gopher Tortoises and some landscapes till sunset then dinner.

Sunday-Wednesday Feb13-15th:

Every morning we will be doing a sunrise shoot. Followed by a mid day break. We will leave in the afternoon and photograph thru sunset photo session followed by dinner.

Thursday Feb 16:

We will have our early AM photo session then return to the hotel for checkout. We will head over to our next destination. We will stop on the ride over at Big Cypress Preserve on the way to the next hotel in Homestead. In Big Cypress Preserve we will photograph Birds, Several Alligators, and hopefully Manatees.

Friday Feb 17th:

We will spend the day in Everglades National Park. We will visit several different locations in the park including sunrise and sunset.

Saturday Feb 18th:

Early morning shoot in the Everglades/ Big Cypress Swamp as we return to the Ft Myers Airport for afternoon flights.


Transportation from hotel to field locations is included. There is an shuttle from the hotel to Fort Myers Airport if you fly in.

Weather and Lighting:

We believe in capturing the best light some our workshop include sunrise and sunset shoots (weather permitting). Early morning and later afternoon has the best lighting for photography. It’s also the time wildlife is most active.

What's Included:

The hotel is included in this tour (7 nights stay).

We will spend 5 nights in Ft Myers in a 3 star hotel.

Also two nights in Florida City.

Holiday Inn Express


Also included are instruction and all sanctuary.

Transportation is included from hotel to and from refuge and will also include pickup and dropoff at Fort Myers Airport.

Not Included:

Food is not included. We will eat at local restaurants.

The flights to and from Fort Myers is not covered.

On location, John will demonstrate how you can best use your equipment. We will do our best to help you get beautiful professional high dynamic quality images which will make gorgeous prints on your wall.

Before and after each workshop we will access each participants needs, interests and skills so we can teach techniques that will help each participant. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro we will help you grow as a photographer.

For more info

Contact info
Phone: (508) 839-5111
Email: jtslonina@aol.com

About Me:

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 25 years. He estimates he has taken over 250,000 photos. John has a love of natural history as well. You will receive information on photo technique and the natural world. Understanding the natural world not only increases your appreciation of nature but also helps you become a better nature photographer.