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NatureScapes Photography Workshops
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Madagascar - “The Eighth Continent” An Utterly Unique Island of Wonders - Africa

October 2015 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Iain Campbell

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world with over 80 percent of the plants and animals existing only on this island. Featuring over 150,000 endemic flora and fauna species it's one of the most incredibly biodiverse travel and photographic destinations in the world.

   

Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania, Africa

October 2015 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join us as we travel to the east African country of Tanzania for one-in-a-lifetime safari. Featuring the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, this safari boasts the best of Tanzania in a custom small-group setting designed specifically for maximizing photographic opportunities.

   

Ultimate Primate Experience - Uganda, Africa

November 2015 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Join Greg Downing on a special primate adventure in the African rainforest. We'll travel to the Kibale National Forest for a unique and fascinating opportunity to visit and photograph chimpanzees, then onto the Kibale Forest for mountain gorillas and various other possible primate species such as Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and more!

   

Bosque del Apache - New Mexico

December 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.

   

White Sands National Monument - New Mexico

December 2015 - Instructor: Nikhil Bahl

At White Sands National Monument, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. Photograph this surreal landscape for 3 full days with Nikhil Bahl.

   

Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands

January 2016 - 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 bird breeding activity and to put you in the best locations to capture dramatic images.

   

California Coast - Big Sur and Monterey Bay

January 2016 - 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.

   

Quetzals, Toucans, Hummingbirds, 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.

   

Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix, AZ

January 2016 - 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.!

   

Rainforest Macro Photography - Costa Rica

April 2016 - Instructor: Tom Whelan

Led by NatureScapes macro forum moderator 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 2016 - 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 2016 - 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 2016 - 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.

   

Tropical Landscapes - Costa Rica

June 2016 - Instructors: E.J. Peiker, Greg Basco

Tropical areas have stunning landscapes but capturing them can be difficult. World-renowned professional nature photographers Greg Basco and EJ Peiker will be with you every step of the way in this specially designed tour to help you improve your landscape photography and capture fantastic images.

   

Ultimate Iceland Summer Adventure - Iceland

July 2016 - Instructors: Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, Nikhil Bahl

Join NatureScapes' workshop leader Nikhil Bahl, along with world-renowned ornithologist and Icelandic photographer, Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, on this once in a lifetime ultimate workshop in Iceland.

   

The Best of Australia - Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Devonport

September 2016 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Iain Campbell

Experience the best Australia has to offer with the leading authority on Australian birds and wildlife and author of two definitive Australia guide books, Iain Campbell, as well as NatureScapes.net founder and nature photography expert Greg Downing. Together we will embark on a one-in-a-lifetime adventure covering all the best areas from North to South in this comprehensive itinerary down under.

   

Madagascar - “The Eighth Continent” An Utterly Unique Island of Wonders - Africa

October 2016 - Instructor: Greg Downing

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world with over 80 percent of the plants and animals existing only on this island. Featuring over 150,000 endemic flora and fauna species it's one of the most incredibly biodiverse travel and photographic destinations in the world.

   

Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands

November 2016 - 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 bird breeding activity and to put you in the best locations to capture dramatic images.

   

Loons and More - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

June 2017 - 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 Falklands - Falkland Islands

November 2017 - 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 bird breeding activity and to put you in the best locations to capture dramatic images.

   

Workshop Testimonials
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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
I could not have picked a better leader for my very first photography workshop. Greg Downing is personable and knowledgeable. He not only is able to teach and answer questions, but he also can explain why and where the answers came from. This workshop has set my expectation bar high for any future workshops I may attend. Greg, Thank you.
Rita M.
West Coast Rookeries by Boat - Sarasota, Florida
Just back from Tanzania with Greg Downing. What an amazing trip and experience. The wildlife photography was incredible. The guides outstanding. Wonderful memories for a lifetime. Seeing the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet come to life in front of me was the most memorable. In particular, I enjoyed seeing the wildebeest migration and the cheetah hunting.
Steven Grad
Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania
The photo opportunities regarding the loons greatly exceeded my expectations. I live on a lake myself and because I'm pretty well the only person here, there is no way you can approach loons that closely as they are very wary of people. The leaders were outstanding in their patience and guidance. They really know their stuff and how to get it across. The workshop was well organized in spite of the weather and the meals were super!
Larry C.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
After many years spent mostly as a “grip-and-grin” photographer for an organization, this workshop helped fulfill my wish to become more proficient at photographing nature and wildlife for a change, while having a good time doing it.
Ruth S.
Chincoteague Weekend Event - Virginia
I had a great, relaxing time with Greg and the other students. It was a fun and stress-free time and I left the class shooting at a higher level than when I went in, especially for using longer lenses.
Alex C.
West Coast Rookeries by Boat - Sarasota, Florida