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NatureScapes Workshops
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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.

   

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.

   

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.

   

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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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
Great photographers are not always great instructors; E.J. Peiker is both. He offered suggestions and made himself available immediately to help with any questions or problems in the field. We felt he was there primarily to help the participants and provide a great experience.
Patrick P. & Carol G.
Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix
For me the workshop was simply outstanding. I thought it was extremely well organized and the pace/schedule was just right. The photo opportunities were even better than I had expected and the informal and friendly atmosphere created by the two instructors was very conducive to learning as well as exceedingly enjoyable.
Keith K.
Costa Rica
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
As a biologist, this trip was a thrilling and long awaited exposure to the tropics. I took my share of photos, too, but also enjoyed taking in the culture and scenery of Costa Rica. It was a very mellow, compatible group of people. The lodges chosen were perfect for our purposes and I'd like to visit them again. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip!
Stephen and George-Ann M.
Hummingbirds and More - Costa Rica
I really appreciated Greg's supportive approach and his willingness to respond to our questions. His knowledge and experience did not come across in an arrogant way, but rather gave us access to the kind of gains that we could hope to make in improving our approach.
Daniel G.
West Coast Bird Rookeries by Boat - Sarasota, Florida