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NatureScapes Workshops
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Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands

November 2014 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Spend two weeks with Greg Downing in one of the world’s BEST locations for wildlife photography. The Falkland Islands host a variety of species of penguins, as well as albatross and other birds, seals and sea lions! We have painstakingly designed this itinerary to coincide with peak breeding activity and to put you in the best locations to capture dramatic images. You will not want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

   

Bosque del Apache and White Sands - New Mexico

January 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

Bosque del Apache is one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks gather each autumn and stay through the winter. At dawn and dusk snow geese erupt in an explosions of wings, flight after flight of geese and cranes can be witnessed either going to the farm fields to feed or coming in to roost in the marshes.

   

Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix, AZ

January 2015 - Instructor: E.J. Peiker

Join NatureScapes' Technical Editor and widely acclaimed professional nature photographer, E.J. Peiker, for this exclusive Phoenix, Arizona DuckShop!™ This 3-day DuckShop™ will put you right where you need to be to walk away with breathtaking images of an array of ducks, waders and other species at some of the best hot spots in the U.S.!

   

Tropical Birds and More - Costa Rica

January 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Greg Basco

Co-led by NatureScapes founder/professional bird photographer Greg Downing and Foto Verde Tours co-founder Greg Basco, this diverse itinerary offers the best Costa Rica bird photo opportunities possible. You’ll capture spectacular images of toucans, hummingbirds, honeycreepers, Green and Scarlet Macaws, and colorful frogs as well as some world-class landscapes.

   

California Coast - Big Sur and Monterey Bay

January 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

The rugged coastline of Big Sur is a photographer’s delight! The rocky coast has sea stacks, arches, and one of only two waterfalls (in California) that cascade directly into the ocean. The iconic Point Lobos area is geologically unique and contains a rich and diverse plant and animal life both on shore and in the water. It is considered a crown jewel in the California state park system for good reason. The southern part of Monterey Bay is also one of the best locations to photograph sea otters and California sea lions.

   

The Best of Southwest Florida - Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, Florida

April 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

With many birds displaying their full breeding plumage this is a great time to be in Southwest Florida. There are several locations where we will be photographing free and wild birds that are habituated to humans. This will afford us the opportunity to get closer for more intimate portraits and hone your skills alongside Nikhil.

   

Rookeries by Boat and Fort Desoto Park - Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida

April 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

Join us as we photograph nesting Wood Storks, egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and more on this special Birding by Boat and Land Adventure!

   

Osprey by Boat - Vero Beach, Florida

April 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Nikhil Bahl

Join Greg Downing and Nikhil Bahl for 3 days of action-packed photography. Each year over 240 nesting pairs of Osprey, many at eye level, have been counted on Blue Cypress Lake. We have reserved the most coveted dates and arranged an exclusive boat tour each morning. This will provide close access at the peak of action.

   

Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

April 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

Springtime in the Smokies is a treat for photographers! Spring greens, flowing streams, blooming wildflowers, and valleys filled with fog and stunning mountain views await. Come join us for a fun and educational photographic experience in one of the premier locations for nature photography on the east coast.

   

Rainforest Macro Photography - Costa Rica

April 2015 - Instructors: Greg Basco, Tom Whelan

Co-led by Foto Verde Tours founder and professional nature photographer Greg Basco and award-winning nature photographer and naturalist Tom Whelan, this instructional workshop takes you to some of the best places in Costa Rica for macro photography. We'll photograph all manner of macro subjects, including poison frogs, tree frogs, insects, mushrooms, and orchids to capture outstanding images of the amazing colors and details contained in the small world of Costa Rica.

   

Springtime at Chincoteague Island - Chincoteague, Virginia

May 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

Spring is a great time to be at Chincoteague! This workshop will cover how to think conceptually and create abstracts of common subjects to challenge the viewer's perceptions. We will create abstract art with flowing water and photograph ocean views, beach scenes, patterns and textures in the sand, marshes and plant life. You can expect to see and possibly photograph many different bird species that return to the island in the spring. There may be opportunities to photograph the fabled Chincoteague Ponies, Sika Deer and other wildlife that inhabits the island.

   

Ultimate Iceland Arctic Adventure - Iceland

May 2015 - Instructors: E.J. Peiker, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Join NatureScapes.net co-founder and Technical Editor E.J. Peiker and Iceland's world-renowned ornithologist and photographer Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson on a unique and diverse Northern Iceland Workshop. This workshop has it all, from the most spectacular and powerful waterfalls in all of Europe, to one of the richest waterfowl breeding lakes in the world to cliff dwelling birds such as the colorful and comedic Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Murres and many other sea birds and Arctic species, it is also one of the most spectacular landscape spectacles on the planet.

   

Loons and More - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

June 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Alan Murphy

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to photograph Common Loons, with chicks, at close range, as well as many other species that nest in the area. In an intimate small group setting you can expect to learn the techniques Greg and Alan use to capture captivating images of these birds.

   

Ultimate Iceland Summer Adventure - Iceland

July 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Join NatureScapes founder Greg Downing along with world-renowned ornithologist and Icelandic photographer, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, on this once in a lifetime ultimate workshop in Iceland.

   

Hummingbirds and Toucans - Costa Rica

July 2015 - Instructor: Greg Basco

Led by Foto Verde Tours co-founder Greg Basco, this itinerary focuses on obtaining outstanding images of elusive toucans, various species of parrots and macaws as well as hummingbirds in flight and pollinating local flowers.

   

Hummingbirds and More! - Ecuador

September 2015 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join Greg Downing in the cloud forests of Ecuador in search for hummingbirds, tanagers and more! Greg has been a pioneer in multi-flash hummingbird photography and will share the tips and techniques he has learned for capturing these tiny jewels in flight and in action.

   

Tropical Birds and More - Costa Rica

January 2016 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Greg Basco

Co-led by NatureScapes founder/professional bird photographer Greg Downing and Foto Verde Tours co-founder Greg Basco, this diverse itinerary offers the best Costa Rica bird photo opportunities possible. You’ll capture spectacular images of toucans, hummingbirds, honeycreepers, Green and Scarlet Macaws, and colorful frogs as well as some world-class landscapes.

   

Ultimate Iceland Summer Adventure - Iceland

July 2016 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Join NatureScapes founder Greg Downing along with world-renowned ornithologist and Icelandic photographer, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, on this once in a lifetime ultimate workshop in Iceland.

   

Workshop Testimonials
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This was an outstanding experience for us. There are three elements that are important to a workshop like this: location, instruction, and feedback; each stood out. This was an excellent location at a very good time of year. Nikhil's individual help and suggestions were always spot on and his feedback was honest without being brutal.
Guy C.
Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The experience was extremely fulfilling. Photographers are keen to share their tricks and techniques with each other and it was great to be included in the camaraderie. All 3 of the guides were knowledgeable and their expertise complemented each other well. I especially enjoyed Jóhann's insight into Iceland, its birds and history. The enthusiasm of the guides was infectious and even in adverse weather conditions the holiday was fantastic and exceeded my expectations.
Megan A.
Ultimate Iceland Adventure
This workshop was excellent with lots of ideas, tips, and explanations given from both Greg and Tom. They have superb knowledge which they are very willing to share, and provided expert instruction with endless patience.
Moira G.
Rainforest Macro Photography - Costa Rica
The reality of our experience with Greg Downing during the Ultimate Africa Experience workshop FAR EXCEEDED our expectations. We chose NatureScapes because of Greg. Based on our past interactions with him at conferences as well as a previous trip, we knew this trip would be well organized and that we would enjoy spending time with and learning from Greg. The itinerary that Greg designed certainly was “the ultimate African safari”. His photographic support was invaluable in making MANY high quality images. Both our driver/guide, Ellson, and the other driver-guide, Thomson, were also primary reasons why the trip was so enjoyable and successful; they were extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cared about providing us with the best safari possible. We were surprised at the opportunities to closely view and photograph an enormous number and wide variety of wild animals in their natural environment—many times with no one else around us for long periods of time. Ellson was especially patient and accommodating with our interest in seeing a variety of birds as well as the spectacular mammals. We thought of this as a “once in a lifetime trip”. Now, we are saving up for another African safari, hopefully with NatureScapes—it was THAT AMAZING!
Debora and Paul Novak
Ultimate Africa Experience
I highly recommend workshops with Nikhil Bahl and NatureScapes. The workshop was well organized and Nikhil has a love for the area, putting us at the best locations at the right time. I learned new techniques and now look at various shooting opportunities differently. I also have many great images to add to my portfolio.
Doreen M.
Springtime at Chincoteague Island - Virginia
Greg is a great photographer and more importantly he is a fantastic person. He attends to everyone's needs and had a good rapport with each of the folks at the lodges. He knows how to bring people together and have them function as a cohesive unit under challenging circumstances. I will never forget the day at Sea Lion Island when the wind gusts were 85 knots (97 mph). We were both out there loving it, even though we had a hard time seeing each other from 20 feet away with the blowing sand and rocks. For craziness, I knew I had met my match with Greg. When we filled out the form for what we expected from the trip, I had asked for a tutorial on flash photography. Sure enough he not only had read what I had wrote but gave us an excellent tutorial on use of flash. This to me is the mark of a person who listens and who wants to please his clients. I highly recommend Greg, without reservation, for anyone interested in his workshops. I now consider him a true friend. Thanks!
John G.
Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands