Arizona Birds & Bats with Jeff Parker

This 5-night Birds & Bats of SE Arizona Photo Tour offers loads of action for your lenses. This region is known as one of the most vibrant places in the United States and the tiny speedsters will certainly be one of our main subjects. Fifteen species of hummers have been seen at the lodge where we spend our first three nights. I bring along all the high-speed flash gear and you just show up.

One of our destinations is the famous Pond at Elephanthead. At this awesome photographer-friendly site, the owner keeps blinds, perches, water features, feeding stations, and set-ups in place year-round. One of our shoots here takes place after dark so we can capture shots of bats swooping in for a drink.

Limited to EIGHT (8) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy) ~ MORE INFO:

Ecuador Birds with David Stimac

11 Days of Photography
Limited to 6 Participants

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.

Participants will learn the best techniques for a variety of situations, including:
How to use multiple flashes to freeze motion yet maintain a natural look
Using an off-camera flash to enhance natural light
Obtaining sharp images at slow shutter speeds
Understanding your camera’s meter and histogram
How to frame your subjects for dynamic compositions
Post-processing tips on how to make your images look their best

Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us January 12-17, 2020, on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph 12 spectacular Costa Rica waterfalls in four amazing national parks, and immerse yourself in nature photography with stunning landscapes and hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, flowers, frogs, jungle cats, monkeys, sloths, and other Costa Rican wildlife. Improve your photos with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in fantastic award-winning hotels. Enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine and travel in comfort with private transportation. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide, and pamper yourself with free massages and spa services. This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own. Only 4 spaces available!

Ecuador Birds with Chuck Gangas

Join Chuck Gangas to photograph Ecuador’s beautiful birds. This photo tour visits 4 of the best bird photography lodges in Ecuador, Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Guango, San Isidro and Sachatamia. Sachatamia and Tandayapa Bird Lodge are the premier sites for multi-flash hummingbird photography on the West side of the Andes. There are regularly 12-20 species of hummingbirds at each of these lodges. At Sachatamia many species are easily photographed coming into both fruit and hummingbirds feeders, we visit Angel Paz’s site for Cock-of-the Rock, Antpittas and other elusive species. Guango lodge is great for Sword-billed Hummingbird and multi-flash photography. When we are in the Quito area we will visit the Antisana Volcano for highland species. We will be doing multi-flash photography at 3 lodges which makes for stunning hummingbird images.

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 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