SE Arizona with Jeff Parker

This SE Arizona Photo Tour offers loads of action for your lenses, including the activities of birds you’ll find no where else in the United States. Overall, Southeastern Arizona boasts nearly 250 avian species.

We’ll take advantage of the area’s winged variety throughout the photo tour. Our journey will include visits and lodging at privately-owned locations where birds are fed year-round.

Costa Rica Birds and Wildlife with Charles Gangas

This 13 day photo tour features the best lodges and locations for bird photography in Costa Rica. You will photograph toucans, tanagers, curassows, parrots and King Vultures in the Northwest, beautiful poison dart frogs and roosting owls in the Sarapiqui Valley. We do multi-flash hummingbird photography at 2 different lodges at both mid level and higher altitude elevations to get a lot of different species. We spend a day and a half photographing the majestic Resplendent Quetzal and we will go on a river cruise where we photograph raptors, herons and crocodiles up close. We will also have a multi-flash bat photography session and a snake photography session. And those are just the highlights of the tour.

Ecuador Birds with David Stimac

We’ll be staying at three beautiful locations and visiting many more. From the cloud forests on the eastern slope of the Andes to the arctic-like paramo of the highlands, down to the lowlands of the west slope, we will cover many different habitats and see a dizzying array of birds. I’ve reserved some of the best accommodations and bird photography locations available, and we will have an expert local guide with us for the entire workshop. Along with the birds, we will also have great opportunities for landscape and macro photography. You’ll find all of this on a backdrop of fantastic mountain scenery, mysterious cloud forest landscapes and rushing mountain streams, plus stunning orchids, butterflies, moths, reptiles and amphibians.

Ecuador Birds with Charles Gangas

On this exciting Ecuador Bird Photography Tour you will do multi-flash hummingbird photography which produces stunning images of hummingbirds in flight at Guango Lodge, Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Sachatamia Lodge. We will also photograph a lot of other great birds including Cock-of-the-Rock, several species of Antpitta, numerous beautiful tanagers which come in to fruit feeders and many others. We visit the Antisana Volcano where we have a chance for rare species such as Andean Condor and Spectacled Bear. You will have 2 excellent leaders, Charles Gangas and Guilherme Battistuzzo. Trogon Photo Tours has a great deal of experience leading tours in Ecuador and helping our participants produce award-winning multi-flash images.

Ecuador Birds with Jeff Parker

Winged Wonders of Ecuador Photo Tour ~ 2019

Join award-winning pro, Jeff Parker for his “Winged Wonders of Ecuador Photo Tour ~ 2019” and focus on the avian jewels of the Neotropics. Visit several elevations in Ecuador’s Chocó Region and experience different ecosystems & the special birds they harbor.

Hummingbirds are the highlight! In Ecuador, they come dressed in dazzling colors & a variety of forms — including the magnificent Booted Racket-tail & Sword-billed Hummingbird! During this Ecuador Photo Tour we could have the opportunity to photograph up to 40 unique hummingbird species!.

A big part of this trip will be multi-flash hummingbird photography. Jeff will provide the equipment & backgrounds & other items needed to get great shots. And by limiting the tour to just eight (8) participants everyone gets to utilize the set-ups as much—or as little—as they wish.

But hummingbirds are just part of what you’ll photograph. Tanagers, motmots, toucans, manakins, euphonias & the improbable looking Cock-of-the-Rock will also fill your memory cards.

This tour also includes a trip to an Oilbird roost where we’ll get the rare chance to capture images of the nocturnal birds while we have the light to do our photography.

LIMITED TO EIGHT (8) ~ All-inclusive; double-occupancy
More info at: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/ecuador-photo-tour/ ~ or call: (512) 378-3355

NANPA Weekly Wow: Sept 19-26

Pholcid spider holding eggs in her jaws © William Tyler

Pholcid spider holding eggs in her jaws © William Tyler

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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Multi-flash Hummingbird Photography by Nate Chappell

A Sword-billed Hummingbird (left) and a Chestnut-breasted Coronet battle over a hummingbird feeder. © Nate Chappell

A Sword-billed Hummingbird (left) and a Chestnut-breasted Coronet battle over a hummingbird feeder. © Nate Chappell

Images and Text by Nate Chappell

Photographing hummingbirds in flight in countries like Ecuador and Costa Rica with natural light or with just one flash can be very difficult. The reason – most of these birds live in the cloud forest where there isn’t much light due to both shade from trees and cloud cover. One solution for this, which creates beautiful flight shots, is a multi-flash hummingbird setup. By setting up several slave flashes set to 1/32 or 1/16 power around a hummingbird feeder or flower you can produce stunning images of hummingbirds in flight. The reason is that the flashes are actually synching at speeds of 1/8000 to 1/12,000 of a second changing the effective shutter speed from what is on your camera – let’s say 1/200 sec to the lightning fast speed of the flashes synching. The key to this is having the flashes produce all of the light, otherwise you will be mixing ambient light and flash lighting. In that case the 1/200 sec shutter speed will affect the image by causing blurring in parts of it. So you need to have your camera’s exposure set to at least -3 or -4 stops below the ambient lighting.Another helpful component is to have an artificial background – often a large printed photograph held a few yards behind the mutli-flash setup. Continue reading