Tangier Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto 

My spring 2018 Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife.  Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.

During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons..

Includes: One-on-one instruction; image critiques; two night’s accommodations at a B&B; full breakfast; boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and transportation around the island by golf cart.

Photo workshop size limited 3-8 participants.

Merritt Island NWR with Colin Hocking

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, Florida.
According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the refuge consists of 140,000 acres, and provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species.

What we’ll photograph
Setting out before dawn we’ll be ready to capture the sunrise and awakening wildlife. Our afternoons will allow us time to provide instruction, and to upload photos in preparation for image critiques before setting out for sunset to capture more glorious images!
We’ll have the opportunity to photograph Osprey, a variety of Herons, Egrets, Spoonbills and more. Because the refuge is also a protected National Seashore there will be plenty of wading birds, too. Of course, it wouldn’t be Florida without alligators!

What you’ll learn
It will be my goal not only to provide you with the opportunities to photograph stunning scenery, but also to educate you in the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography when capturing landscapes and wildlife.

Birds of SE Arizona with Tim Boyer

Photograph the wide variety and beautiful birds of SE Arizona. Up to 5 different hummingbird species and 40+ other species of birds are possible. Based out of Green Valley this four-day workshop has four morning and four afternoon/evening photography sessions. We’ll be shooting from photo blinds and use multi-flash setups for the hummingbirds. All the flash equipment for the hummingbird sessions is provided for you to use, just bring your camera, lenses, and a tripod (with plenty of batteries and storage cards).

Costa Rica with Jeff Mauritzen and Steve Morello

Learn from two of the best nature photographers in one workshop! National Geographic Photographer Jeff Mauritzen & photographer Steve Morello will be instructing a one week workshop at Crocodile Bay Resort, located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Described by National Geographic, as one of “the most biologically intense paces on Earth”, the Osa Peninsula will offer us a chance to photograph all 4 species of monkeys that reside here, birds such as the Scarlet macaw and Chestnut-mandibled toucan, as well as a wealth of trees and poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles and of course, the beautiful rainforest!

Jeff and Steve have both led photo programs for National Geographic & Lindblad Expeditions all over the world, including many in Costa Rica. In our words, “We’ve set up this intensive wildlife photography workshop to bring you the best photo opportunities that Costa Rica has to offer.” Although we will have formal classroom instruction and feedback on your photos, the emphasis on teaching will be in the field, while we are on our excursions. This workshop is an opportunity to learn from two photographers who truly are experts in their field. Their combined experience covers every continent, every habitat, and years of working in the most difficult environments on the planet. Their experience will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to hone your photo skills and learn from the best.

For more details please visit the photo workshop link included here.

Pipestem Resort State Park with Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins

West Virginia is Almost Heaven, and some of the most beautiful sights are located within our State Parks! We’ll be exploring Pipestem Resort State Park, as well as Bluestone Lake State Park, and some other special locations along the way!

Pipestem Resort in southern West Virginia will be our base for the weekend, with discounted rooms at the Lodge, which also has a fine restaurant and meeting space for us. The Lodge overlooks the Bluestone Gorge, and the Bolar Lookout Tower at 3,000 feet provides an inspiring view, as well. It’s not uncommon to see eagles at Pipestem, and we’ll also trek to Bluestone State Park, where Park Naturalist, Julie McQuade, has recently spotted eagles! We will also visit the historic community of Bramwell, where coal barons built lavish mansions during the coal boom; and we’ll feature a visit to the abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, as well as some additional attractions.

Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins, our Instructors, will provide techniques and share their experience throughout our weekend! It will be an exciting and full one, with many locations to see and opportunities to learn.

Savannah, GA with Tom Mace

Savannah Georgia is known for its southern architecture, great restaurants and incredible nightlife. What many people miss while visiting the Savannah area is the amazing wildlife on display that rivals anywhere else in the Southeastern US. From Alligators to Wood Storks, there is an awesome collection of wildlife waiting to pose for our photographers. Tripod Travelers intimately knows where to take photographers to experience the wild side around the Savannah seascape. We choose this trip in the springtime to take advantage of the weather, nesting birds, baby alligators, and many other wildlife opportunities. There are two specific destinations around the Savannah area that will afford us tremendous opportunities to engage wildlife. When the adventure ends, we head back to our hotel on Bay Street to experience everything downtown Savannah has to offer on the waterfront. We schedule our trips after the St. Patrick’s Day craziness with itineraries that do not chew up a ton of vacation time, both trips are scheduled over long weekends. Your guides live in Georgia and have visited Savannah many times to escape the hustle of Atlanta. This trip will forever be remembered for the great wildlife photography, incredible food, fun nightlife and southern charm only Savannah and Tripod Travelers can provide.

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees are included in the price.

Anza Borrego with Sandy Zelasko and Barbara Swanson

Anza Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), located within the Colorado Desert of southern California, is the largest state park in California and second largest in the contiguous United States. It is a diverse and fascinating landscape with over 600,000 acresacres to explore, many unique microclimates and environs. Perfect for the nature photographer.

This workshop has carefully been developed to introduce you to different photographic possibilities in and around Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It will be an intense weekend of photo related themes, including but not limited to, macro techniques, night photography, wildlife possibilities, historical references and critique sessions with post processing discussion.

Your workshop leaders, Sandy and Barbara, have intimate knowledge of the park in all seasons. Participation is limited to 8 so we can offer a high level of personal attention and instruction.

Thanks for consideration! To view the itinerary visit http://www.investinnature.org/borrego-itinerary-final.pdf.

Birds of SW Florida with Tim Boyer

Florida has two of the best things a bird photographer could ask for, good light and plenty of cool birds. On this 5-day workshop we will have the possibility of photographing 75+ birds. We’ll go to a variety of habitats to find those birds, from wide-open beaches to cypress and mangrove forest, scrub and grassy habitats lake and rivers etc. Florida is a mecca for bird photography and we’ll go to close to twenty different shooting locations. This is a small group bird photography workshop, limited to 3 photographers so we can travel in one car and get around the Southwest portion of Florida quickly and efficiently. No need to rent a car, after you get to the hotel, transportation is included. A three to four hour chartered boat ride is included for a great chance to photograph Snail Kites and Limpkins. There will be lots of gulls, shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets, pelican, several duck species, some jays, nuthatches and several species of woodpecker as well. We’ll visit some of the most popular spots like Ding Darling, Fort de Soto, Venice Rookery, and Cape Coral and we’ll visit very productive sites that aren’t as well known but offer incredible photographic opportunities.