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Rainforest Macro Photography - Costa Rica

May 2014 - 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.

   

Tropical Wildlife Photography - Costa Rica

May 2014 - Instructor: Greg Basco

Led by NatureScapes founder and professional photographer Greg Downing and Foto Verde Tours’ co-founder and professional photographer Greg Basco, this new tour takes you to some of your leaders’ favorite places for tropical wildlife photography. Greg and Greg, who have worked together for many years, have chosen a mix of well-known and secret destinations that will allow you to produce a stunning portfolio of Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife.

   

Springtime at Chincoteague Island - Chincoteague, Virginia

May 2014 - 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 of birds 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.

   

Loons and More - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

June 2014 - 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 Adventure! - Iceland

July 2014 - Instructors: Greg Downing, E.J. Peiker, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Join NatureScapes.net founders Greg Downing and E.J. Peiker, along with world renowned Ornithologist and Icelandic photographer, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, on this once in a lifetime ultimate workshop in Iceland.

   

Hummingbirds and Toucans Workshop - Costa Rica

July 2014 - 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.

   

Jaguars and More! - Pantanal, Brazil

August 2014 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Steve Metildi

The Pantanal - Explore these tropical wetlands with Greg Downing and Steve Metildi. This unparalleled wildlife sanctuary is an ecological paradise boasting hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, caimans, and our target subjects the endangered jaguar, Hyacinth macaws and giant river otters.

   

Arizona's Navajo Country and North Rim of the Grand Canyon - Northeast Arizona

August 2014 - Instructor: E.J. Peiker

Join NatureScapes co-founder E.J. Peiker on an exciting exploration of Arizona’s north including the majestic Monument Valley, the exclusive Canyon X slot canyon, and the beautiful North Rim of the Grand Canyon. E.J. has lived in Arizona for 20 years and knows the area intimately and knows the Navajo guides personally.

   

Coastal Brown Bears Adventure! - Lake Clark, Alaska

September 2014 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join us in Lake Clark National Park, the premier destination for Coastal Brown Bear photography. Our adventure begins in Anchorage Alaska, where we will meet at the local airstrip for our flight via small aircraft, to the renowned Lake Clark National Park. After landing on the beach on the western shores of the Cook Inlet, we'll immediately be on the lookout for bears. Each day will be a new adventure as we work the tides watching and photographing the bears.

   

Banff and Jasper National Parks - Alberta, Canada

October 2014 - Instructors: Greg Downing, E.J. Peiker

Join Greg Downing and NatureScapes' Technical Editor and widely acclaimed professional nature photographer, E.J. Peiker, for 7 full days in the Canadian Rockies. This workshop offers the perfect mix of landscape and wildlife photography in Banff and Jasper National Parks—the photography opportunities will not disappoint.

   

Galápagos Adventure - Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

October 2014 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join NatureScapes founder Greg Downing for 7 full days in the Galápagos Islands. We'll spend a day with the giant Galápagos tortoise, visit the world's largest breeding albatross colony, search for land iguanas and frigate birds as well as 3 species of booby: Nazca, Red-footed, and Blue-footed—this trip is one you do not want to miss!

   

Hummingbirds and More! - Ecuador

November 2014 - 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.

   

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 - Socorro and Alamagordo, 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.

   

West Coast Rookeries by Boat - Sarasota, Florida

April 2015 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Learn and practice in-flight and action photography with Greg Downing as we spend 3 full days touring 3 of the best and most populated wading bird colonies on the west coast of Florida. Greg has been teaching action and flight photography for more than a decade and is one of the best and most knowledgeable instructors on the subject. The locations of this workshop simply cannot be beat!

   

Osprey by Boat - Vero Beach, Florida

April 2015 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join Greg Downing 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.

   

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.

   

Tropical Wildlife Photography - Costa Rica

May 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Greg Basco

Led by NatureScapes founder and professional photographer Greg Downing and Foto Verde Tours’ co-founder and professional photographer Greg Basco, this new tour takes you to some of your leaders’ favorite places for tropical wildlife photography. Greg and Greg, who have worked together for many years, have chosen a mix of well-known and secret destinations that will allow you to produce a stunning portfolio of Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife.

   

Ultimate Iceland Arctic Adventure - Iceland

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

Join NatureScapes.net founder and Technical Editor E.J. Peiker and Iceland's world renowned Ornithologist and photographer Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson on a very 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 Workshop - 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.

   

Workshop Testimonials
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This is the 2nd NatureScapes workshop that I have attended. Greg Downing is a great teacher and photographer. His trips are very informative and fun. The afternoon lectures are exceptionally good—you definitely get your money's worth. I look forward to attending more of Greg's workshops in the future.
Helen Jo P.
Florida
I especially enjoyed the shoots, of course the loons, but also the opportunity to see and photograph birds I don't normally see: Ruddy Duck, Red-Naped Sapsucker, Mountain Bluebird, Stellar Jay, and Evening Grosbeak. Greg and Alan, you do a superb job of teaching—not just getting us to a shooting position, but teaching as we go. Thank you.
Julie J.
Loons and More - Kamloops BC
It was my first experience at an event like this. As a true beginner I learned a lot about my camera. I thought the instructors were excellent; patient and willing to do anything to help me in the field. I am definitely looking forward to attending another event.
Ross C.
Chincoteague Weekend Event - Virginia
Being in Amboseli National Park, Kenya with Piper Mackay was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She knows the area, the behavior of the animals and is a pro at directing the driver to get in position for that perfect head-on shot. I came home with priceless images and memories!
Laurie Rubin, Nik Software
The Best of Kenya, Africa
The locations like Látrabjarg, Flatey and Floi were beyond my expectations as a birder, as was the simply stunning scenery at every turn. But apart from the natural wonders, it was also fantastic to meet such a great group of like minded people.
Whayne P.
Ultimate Iceland Adventure
I have attended MANY workshops over the years, but no experience even begins to compare with the incredible Tanzania trip that we just experienced. In addition to learning more about life and more about photography, Dik and I had the time of our lives! We are huge Greg Downing fans! This was my fourth Greg workshop, but definitely not my last!
Patricia H.
Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania