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NatureScapes Workshops
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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 - 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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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
I was very satisfied—it was amazing how much my photography improved from the beginning to the end of the trip! Piper and our guides really helped with knowing the proper positioning for morning light to golden light.
Roger L.
Best of Kenya - Kenya, Africa
Along with their expertise in photography, Greg Downing and Greg Basco have very good senses of humor, which can be particularly important when dealing with a variety of personalities among the workshop attendees. They worked very hard to answer all questions and to anticipate logistical problems and deal with them promptly. Jóse, too, contributed mightily to the quality of the overall experience, with his quiet competence and knowledge of the birds and other ecological elements.
Eric W.
Hummingbirds and More - Costa Rica
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
My first trip to Africa, and I am so glad we were able to experience it with Greg at the helm. The itinerary was good. We were able to see diverse habitat and animals, of which there were plenty! Greg is very good at showing me what to take photos of, especially guiding me to try more artistic shots as well. I found that exciting! Also, getting the habitat in the photo, not just concentrating on the animals filling the frame. I was so happy when Greg helped me! It got me excited about trying new ways to see and photograph my surroundings, because there were many times I experienced "sensory overload" with animals everywhere! What to photograph? Vast landscapes as far as the eye can see... how to capture that? Greg helped me. And he has a very calm and easy manner. In a nutshell, he's a very good instructor. And he was very knowledgeable of the area. He knew where to go and we kept going. At a good pace, I think. So overall, I can say it was fantastic! Thanks Greg!
Lorelei M.
Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania
This was my first workshop with Greg and I really enjoyed my time with him. He is thorough and yet easy going. I have done a number of workshops with Alan and he never fails to provide the best opportunities for beautiful images, no matter the effort involved.
Barye H.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC