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NatureScapes - Workshop Instructors
Our Instructors

Greg Basco

Greg Basco is a resident Costa Rican professional photographer and environmentalist who enjoys a working relationship with Canon. He is a Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windlan Smith Rice prizewinner, and his photos have been published by National Geographic and other magazines and have been used in many books, public exhibits, calendars, and other projects. Greg's latest work in progress is a coffee table book of artistic photos from the rainforest.

In addition to his own photography, Greg truly enjoys working with tour clients to help them improve their photography and capture great photos of their own in the challenging habitats of Costa Rica. Indeed, he liked it so much that a few years ago he founded Foto Verde Tours, Costa Rica's first and only travel company specializing in photographic tourism. Greg has been working for the past few years with NatureScapes co-founder Greg Downing to run hummingbird photography workshops in Costa Rica.

Check out Greg's blog at www.deepgreenphotography.com.

Piper Mackay

Piper Mackay is a freelance cultural documentary and wildlife photographer. Her work is heavily concentrated on the African continent, a land she fell in love with when she first touched foot on its rich red soil. Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to inspire others to explore, respect and preserve the beauty of our fragile planet.

Her work is licensed through Getty Images. Her images have been displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, The Museum of History and industry in Seattle Washington, The Art Wolfe gallery, as well as local galleries in the Los Angeles area. Featured articles of her work have been displayed in major publications such as Rangefinder, Nature Photographer, and Selamta, as well as several regional publications. Her images have graced the pages of National Geographic, Nature's Best, WWF calendars, and many other publications. She also leads tours to Africa.

Bret Edge

Bret Edge is a nature and adventure photographer in Moab, Utah. His interest in photography evolved as an extension of his life long passion for the outdoors. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, mountain biker and canyoneer. A visit in 1999 to an exhibit featuring photographs by Ansel Adams, Jack Dykinga and David Muench stoked Bret's creative fire such that he immediately purchased his first SLR camera, a Canon Rebel. In the years since, he has traveled extensively throughout the American West creating a diverse portfolio of dynamic images.

Bret's work has appeared in magazines, calendars, travel guides and advertising campaigns. His clients include Backpacker magazine, Popular Photography, the Utah Office of Tourism, Charles Schwab & Co. and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

While Bret enjoys seeing his work in print, he receives the most satisfaction by helping others realize their potential as photographers. He accomplishes this by leading several group workshops each year and guiding photographers on private photo excursions. For information about his workshops and guided excursions, visit www.moabphotoworkshops.com. To view a collection of Bret's images, visit www.bretedge.com.

Bret lives in Moab with his wife, Melissa, their son Jackson, and two All-Terrain Pugs named Bierstadt and Petunia.

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, is a leading authority on the birds of Iceland and one of the country’s most experienced bird photographers. He has written numerous articles on birds in books, magazines and papers and is the author of the bestselling book Icelandic Bird Guide, a photographic guide which has been sold in almost 40,000 copies. Jóhann Óli has held many courses, lectures and exhibitions and his photographs has been published around the world in books, magazines, on stamps, bank notes, etc.

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan is an award-winning nature photographer and naturalist who specializes in close-up photography of plants and insects, portraits of wildlife, and intimate landscapes. His images range from abstracts of natural designs, to butterfly portraits, high magnification images of ice crystals, floral abstracts, and forest and waterfall scenes. He is a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the North American Butterfly Association, and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. His clients include the City of Aspen, Colorado, Trent University (Ontario), the North American Butterfly Association, the Boston Museum of Science, and others. Tom's photographs have won awards in competitions sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation and the North American Butterfly Association. Visit his website at: www.whelanphoto.com or his blog at tomwhelan.wordpress.com.

Jason Hatfield

Jason J. Hatfield is a professional nature photographer living in Denver, Colorado with his wife Megan. He specializes in landscape photography of the American West, nightscapes and Adobe Lightroom education. An Ohio native, Jason developed his passion for photography through his family's many camping trips to the west. A constant explorer at heart he's spent the past 6 years travelling extensively around the western states and Canada. His other interests include trail running, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and skiing. Jason's work has been displayed in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, galleries and museums; he also travels to select art shows in the Southwest. Jason published a popular eBook on one of his favorite subjects titled "Colorado's Fall Colors—A Photographer's Guide."

Jason's vision is to share the beauty of nature through his art, to reveal all that is breathtaking and beautiful, astonishing and different. "Whether it's a place often visited or not at all, I want others to see the world as I have, to motivate them to see it for themselves and protect our wilderness. The best way to do that is by sharing my knowledge and passion for photography through education and wilderness conservation."

To learn more about Jason and his work please visit his website at www.MountainSkyPhotography.com.

Steve Metildi

Steve has lived his entire life in southern California where he has been an avid wildlife photographer since his late teens. He spends most of his time pursuing large mammals and birds in optimal photographic locations and staying current in all technical aspects of nature photography. As much as he is passionate about the latest gear and techniques, Steve is most interested in wildlife conservation and thoroughly understanding animal behavior prior to setting out to photograph a species.

The majority of the time Steve photographs along the diverse coastline, desert, and mountains near his home in southern California and has assembled an extensive portfolio of western birds and mammals. Steve's highest interest though is reserved for traveling the world to capture intimate portraits and environmental photos of the world's great predators and primate species. In the past few years this has led him to the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic, the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Brazil, Ecuador, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Steve thrives on meeting others with these same interests and in teaching others his techniques and photographic vision.

Check out Steve's work at www.stevemetildi.com.

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a professional photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor. He currently resides in Montgomery Village, Maryland (U.S.A.). His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and tours in the United States. His instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision, rather than simply following the traditional rules of photography.

Check out Nikhil's work at www.nikhilbahl.com.

Greg Downing

Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.

Greg's images are known for their unique style, exacting composition and strict attention to detail. As an internationally recognized photographer, his numerous publishing credits include books, advertising campaigns and editorial publications such as Birding Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Birder's World, National Geographic and many others. Especially passionate about birds, his images can also be found in printed form in several Wildbird Centers on the east coast, as well as appearing in private art exhibitions.

In 2003 Greg founded www.NatureScapes.net with E.J. Peiker and Heather Forcier. Today Greg is the Publisher, President and sole owner of the company and oversees all operations from his home base in Parkton, Maryland.

As Greg travels the world taking pictures he enjoys meeting others, teaching and sharing his passion while making new lifelong friends in the process.

To see more of Greg's work visit his website at www.gdphotography.com.

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy, an award winning photographer, grew up in England and is an avid birder. Upon immigrating to the States Alan picked up a camera and began pursuing his vision of how birds should be photographed. Alan has developed a style that is very recognizable with stunning portraits of birds on beautiful perches. Alan turned a full time professional bird photographer a few years ago and is now in demand to speak at festivals, conferences and photography clubs around the nation. Alan is the Author of an ebook called "Alan Murphy's Guide to Songbird Set-up Photography" which has sold thousands of copies and has helped many photographers learn how to take better photographs of birds.

Alan teaches his techniques around the nation through his highly successful in-the-filed workshops with small groups. If Alan is not in the field taking images, then he is busy submitting images to many magazines. His published credits include National Geographic, Birders World, Wildbird, Birding, and many more.

Visit Alan's web site at www.alanmurphyphotography.com.

E.J. Peiker

E.J. was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany and moved to Ohio in 1969. E.J. attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then completed graduate studies in Microelectronics and Semiconductor Physics and worked for the Intel Corporation for 27 years. E.J. has two sons, Nicholas and Gregory, and has lived in Chandler, Arizona since 1994. E.J. is a professional freelance photographer and has formally studied photography at the University of New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. He specializes in artistic images of ducks and teaches bird photography through his DuckShop™ workshops. E.J.'s first photographic love, however, is landscape photography. E.J.'s photographs have been published worldwide in books, advertising, magazines, billboards, murals and more. Some of his clients include The National Geographic Society, The National Parks Service, US Fish and Wildlife, the United States Navy, State Parks Arizona, Barrons, Dorling Kindersley, and zoos. Visit his website at: www.ejphoto.com.

Workshop Testimonials
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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
Gloria and I really enjoyed the experience. Although she is a non photographer, the leaders and guides went our of their way to make her feel like a part of the group.
John J.
Hummingbirds and More - Ecuador
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
Thanks to the both of you (Greg and Alan) for putting on such a good workshop. I think that all the folks regardless of ability level got something out of the workshop. Also, thanks for being so flexible in getting people to the places that they wanted to shoot. Alan thanks for the setups, a cursory look at my photos shows that I have some ones that I will like very much. I know that Judy and I enjoyed ourselves - thanks for the fun workshop!
John Sturtevant
Puffins and More Adventure - St. Paul Island, Alaska
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
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