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 – The nature photographers’ paradise! There is so much wildlife here, that you won’t want to sleep for fear of missing an incredible photo opportunity. Seriously! Costa Rica is home to more than 800 bird species including a huge variety of Hummingbirds, the amazing Resplendent Quetzal, Toucans, Macaws, and the vibrant Honey Creepers and Tanagers.
Along with those beautiful birds, we will get up close and personal to photograph a wide variety of insects, lizards, snakes, and those brightly colored poison dart frogs.
As if that weren’t enough to keep those shutters clicking, we will see monkeys, sloths, and other mammals too!
A trip to Costa Rica certainly wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the exotic orchids and other unique flora of Costa Rica, along with the beautiful jungle scenery and picturesque landscapes.
As a nature photographer, it should not come as a surprise that Costa Rica is one of our favorite places in the world to photograph wildlife. We will take you to the best and most iconic locations for nature photography in all of Costa Rica!
Also for your enjoyment, we will be bringing our high-speed flash system for our participants to use while photographing hummingbirds in flight when we visit the cloud forest. You will walk away with breathtaking photographs of hummingbirds in flight that without this specialized equipment, would be impossible to do.
One important piece of advice should you decide to join us on this trip… Bring lots of memory cards, charged batteries, and a very large hard drive for all your images, because you will need it!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 →