South Florida offers a stunning variety of birdlife, especially waders, and is arguably one of the best places to view and photograph birds in the wild! Winter in Florida is the dry season and in turn wildlife congregates in and around the shrinking water holes making Everglades National Park the place to be to photograph all of these beautiful birds up close. In addition, alligators, turtles, lizards and frogs are also readily available for their close-ups and we may even encounter the endangered American crocodile and the gentle manatee. The area, known as the “River of Grass” offers a strikingly subtle landscape of mangrove swamps, dwarf cypress prairies, pine forests, and palm hammocks that produce images of quiet beauty, especially at sunrise and sunset.
We commonly see Great Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, Tricolored and Green Herons, White Ibis, Wood Storks, Cormorants, Turkey and Black Vultures, Purple Gallinules, and Ospreys among others, with regularity and in close proximity. Other sightings include Roseate Spoonbills, Little Blue Herons, Least Bittern, Bald Eagles and Ravens. It is also not uncommon at this time of year to see nesting Anhingas and their newly hatched chicks. Join us as we explore all the unique wonders that the Everglades has to offer and that in some cases are found nowhere else on earth!
*** Please Note: Some light hiking is required to access some of the best photographic locations.
Wednesday, February 12 – Afternoon Meet and Greet followed by our first sunset shoot in the Everglades. We will then head back for dinner.
Thursday, February 13 – We will begin our day with a sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Friday, February 14 – We will begin our day with another sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Saturday, February 15 – We will begin our day with another sunrise photo session followed by a late breakfast and an afternoon photo editing session and critique session. We will then head back out for a sunset photo session.
Sunday, February 16 – We will have a final sunrise shoot followed by a final critique and finish by 10AM to get ready for hotel check out.
- Transportation daily to shooting locations throughout the Everglades.
- Daily personalized one-on-one instruction with Tina and Kevin in the field, post-processing classroom instruction and constructive critiques.
- Water and snacks.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Airfare to and from the south Florida area.
- Transportation between the airport and your hotel.
- Hotel lodging.
- Daily meals and beverages.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera.
- Lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto. Super-telephotos ranging from 400mm and up are helpful for photographing the birds and animals, though not required. Great images can be taken with a 200mm lens.
- Sturdy Tripod.
- Extra memory cards and camera batteries.
- Laptop with Photoshop (trail versions are usually available if you don’t already have Photoshop).
- Sunscreen and bug repellent (mosquitoes aren’t a huge problem at this time of year but there can still be a few around so it is a good thing to have just in case its needed).
- Sturdy walking shoes.
A deposit of 50% of the workshop price is due upon registration and is non-refundable or you can choose to pay the total amount up front. Final Payment is due 30 days prior to the workshop event. If the final payment is not made by the due date your space will be forfeited.