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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.

   

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!

   

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.

   

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.

   

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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The photography opportunities were excellent. I loved the trip and will be back for more.
Lee S.
Hummingbirds and Toucans - Costa Rica
Greg and Alan did a great job. Greg is the best loon boat driver ever. Alan can find birds and deliver them to you on a perfect perch. Both are lots of fun, good and patient teachers, superb photographers and just overall nice people. I am feeling encouraged and challenged to raise the standards on my own image making.
Roberta O.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
Greg was the best workshop leader I have had the pleasure to have worked with. Unlike other experiences, his focus was on the participants and helping them improve their photography.
Michael C.
Rainforest Macro Photography - Costa Rica
Alan Murphy and Greg Downing are first-class workshop leaders and motivating photographers!
Rebecca F.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
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
Being in Amboseli National Park, Kenya with Piper Mackay was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She knows the area, the behavior of the animals and is a pro at directing the driver to get in position for that perfect head-on shot. I came home with priceless images and memories!
Laurie Rubin, Nik Software
The Best of Kenya, Africa