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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 - 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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Greg is a great photographer and more importantly he is a fantastic person. He attends to everyone's needs and had a good rapport with each of the folks at the lodges. He knows how to bring people together and have them function as a cohesive unit under challenging circumstances. I will never forget the day at Sea Lion Island when the wind gusts were 85 knots (97 mph). We were both out there loving it, even though we had a hard time seeing each other from 20 feet away with the blowing sand and rocks. For craziness, I knew I had met my match with Greg. When we filled out the form for what we expected from the trip, I had asked for a tutorial on flash photography. Sure enough he not only had read what I had wrote but gave us an excellent tutorial on use of flash. This to me is the mark of a person who listens and who wants to please his clients. I highly recommend Greg, without reservation, for anyone interested in his workshops. I now consider him a true friend. Thanks!
John G.
Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands
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
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
Greg B. and E.J. were wonderful. The trip met all my expectations and I obtained most of the photos that I wanted. Greg is outstanding with his knowledge of Costa Rica and his friendship with many people that allowed us much better opportunities for outstanding photography. Also, we also could not have done this trip without Jóse, who is more than the bus driver. He is an integral part of the team and he has great photography skills also. This was my second trip to Costa Rica with Naturescapes/Foto Verde and this year outdid last year. I really did not want to leave!
Myer B.
Hummingbirds and More - Costa Rica
Piper was instrumental in making this workshop a success. She was timely, organized, and helpful with photography questions. She worked well with the guides to get them in the best positions. She was mindful of each client's needs; those needing a little guidance and those needing more. She worked hard to see that she rode with everyone equally in the vehicles to share her expertise and to see how they were doing.
Sandy S.
Best of Kenya - Kenya, Africa
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