Danube Delta Scouting Tour with Jeff Parker

Because this is a SCOUTING TRIP this photo tour is offered at a very special low price: $2500 (all-inclusive; double occupancy – single is available).

Group size is limited to six (6)

During this Danube Delta photo tour, we’ll explore this biosphere reserve with cameras in-hand. This protected river network, famous with birders the world over, is Earth’s northernmost sub-tropical forest.

With over 5,500 species of flora and fauna, the Danube Delta is one of the world’s most bio-diverse places and hosts plenty of lens-fodder!

We already know birding here is awesome so we’ve organized this scouting trip to determine just how great the photography can be. As with our other scouting trips, this photo tour is offered only this once at this special price.

Mid-May is the to visit the Danube Delta. While the bird activity is at its peak, the temperatures are still relatively low compared to what they’ll be in the summer.

The Danube Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve, encompassing about 1.6 million acres of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes, floating reed islands, and sand dunes. The waters of the Delta meander to the Black Sea.

Raptors & Bird in Denver with Cheryl Opperman

Join Denver Audubon, HawkQuest, and award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman to master bird photography in this unique photo workshop that supports wildlife conservation and education. Photograph 10 different species in a variety of settings and attend photography classes daily. Small class size with individual critique sessions included.

What you will learn:

How to evaluate and modify light for bird photography including the use of flash when appropriate
The best camera settings to stop or intentionally blur action, ensure adequate depth of field, and tips to speed your response time so you are always ready to capture the action.
In depth exposure selection including the exposure triangle, best exposure modes for different lighting situations, and evaluating the histogram.
Customizable settings most useful in bird photography
Choosing effective compositions that direct your viewer through the image and eliminate distractions.
Anticipating bird behavior
Finding and photographing birds in the wild
Digital processing techniques to optimize your images.

Equipment needed (a more detailed list will be provided after sign-up):

Camera body with mostly telephoto lenses (Anything from 200mm to 600mm will work well as the birds are very close)
Tripod with panning head
Laptop computer with image processing software

Weekly Wow! Week of April 22, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska" © Rona Schwarz.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska” © Rona Schwarz.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 22, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 15, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Wilderness Waterfall Under a Summer Moon, Popo Agie Wilderness, Wind River Mountains, Wyoming" © Jeff Vanuga.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Wilderness Waterfall Under a Summer Moon, Popo Agie Wilderness, Wind River Mountains, Wyoming” © Jeff Vanuga.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 15, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 8, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Plains Zebras Fighting, Etosha National Park, Namibia" © Carol Grenier.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Plains Zebras Fighting, Etosha National Park, Namibia” © Carol Grenier.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 8, 2019.  This is the final Weekly Wow from NANPA’s Showcase competition.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 1, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Clearing Snowstorm, West Fork of Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona" © Harvey Stearn.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Clearing Snowstorm, West Fork of Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona” © Harvey Stearn.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 1, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 25, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Bluebird Yoga, Beverly Hills, Florida © Ken Dunwoody.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Bluebird Yoga, Beverly Hills, Florida © Ken Dunwoody.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 25, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 18, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: White-faced Whistling Ducks Fighting, Chobe River, Botswana © Myer Bornstein.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: White-faced Whistling Ducks Fighting, Chobe River, Botswana © Myer Bornstein.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 18, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 11, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Feeding Time, Lake Hodges, California" (Category: Birds) © Cameron Azad.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Feeding Time, Lake Hodges, California” (Category: Birds) © Cameron Azad.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 11, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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From the Archives: Secrets for Capturing Stunning Photographs of Birds

Editor’s Note:  With spring finally making an appearance across the United States, birds are very active; building nests for their young, looking for food during much of the day, and treating us to their beautiful songs and chirps.  This piece by Melissa Groo appeared in 2016 and is very worthwhile reading for this season.  DL

Story and Photos by Melissa Groo

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© Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, teacher, and speaker. She writes a regular column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and her photos have been published in many magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, and National Wildlife. Issues of conservation and ethics in photography are passions for her, but more than anything, she loves revealing the soul of her wild subjects and sharing that with others. Continue reading