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Coastal Brown Bear Boat Adventure - Katmai, Alaska

July 2016 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Carl Donohue, Chuck Keim

Join Greg Downing and Carl Donohue on a superb brown bear and coastal Alaska wildlife photo adventure. Supported by the best charter boat in the bear viewing business, Coastal Explorer, with renowned Alaskan captain Chuck Keim at the helm you will be hard pressed to find a better team!

   

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.

   

Bosque del Apache - New Mexico

December 2016 - 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 2016 - 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.

   

Quetzals, Toucans, Hummingbirds, and More! - Costa Rica

January 2017 - 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.

   

Hummingbirds and More! - Ecuador

January 2017 - 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.

   

Bird Photography Workshop at Rio Grande Valley - Laguna Seca Ranch, Texas

February 2017 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Alan Murphy

Learn how to get stunning images of birds in all their glory at a private ranch near Edinburg, Texas. This workshop is limited to just five photographers per instructor, so each will receive personalized and focused attention.

   

Arizona DuckShop™ - Phoenix, AZ

February 2017 - 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

May 2017 - Instructors: Greg Basco, Tom Whelan

Led by Foto Verde Tours co-founder Greg Basco and 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.

   

Ultimate Galápagos Sailing Adventure - Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

May 2017 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Jan Post

Join us for two full weeks on what is to be THE ultimate Galápagos tour aboard the only true sailing yacht in the archipelago! With Jan Post's ample knowledge of the islands and their wild inhabitants along with Greg Downing's photography expertise, we'll make sure that you not only walk away with a full portfolio of images but also with solid knowledge and appreciation of these unique islands and all they behold.

   

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 Iceland Summer Adventure - Iceland

June 2017 - 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.

   

Puffins and More Adventure - St. Paul Island, Alaska

July 2017 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Alan Murphy

This exciting adventure takes us to the tiny remote island of St. Paul in Alaska's Pribilofs. Situated in the Bering Sea, St. Paul Island attracts hundreds of thousands of seabirds to nest in its vertical cliffs, and the majority of the world's population of Northern Fur Seals to bear and raise young on its shores.

   

Coastal Brown Bear Boat Adventure - Katmai, Alaska

August 2017 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Carl Donohue, Chuck Keim

Join Greg Downing and Carl Donohue on a superb brown bear and coastal Alaska wildlife photo adventure. Supported by the best charter boat in the bear viewing business, Coastal Explorer, with renowned Alaskan captain Chuck Keim at the helm you will be hard pressed to find a better team!

   

Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania, Africa

October 2017 - 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, Tarangire National Park and the famous Mara River extension, this safari boasts the best of Tanzania in a custom small-group setting designed specifically for maximizing photographic opportunities.

   

Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands

January 2018 - 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.

   

Quetzals, Toucans, Hummingbirds, and More! - Costa Rica

January 2018 - 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.

   

Bird Photography Workshop at Rio Grande Valley - Laguna Seca Ranch, Texas

February/March 2018 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Alan Murphy

Learn how to get stunning images of birds in all their glory at a private ranch near Edinburg, Texas. This workshop is limited to just five photographers per instructor, so each will receive personalized and focused attention.

   

Ultimate Galápagos Sailing Adventure - Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

April 2018 - Instructors: Greg Downing, Jan Post

Join us for two full weeks on what is to be THE ultimate Galápagos tour aboard the only true sailing yacht in the archipelago! With Jan Post's ample knowledge of the islands and their wild inhabitants along with Greg Downing's photography expertise, we'll make sure that you not only walk away with a full portfolio of images but also with solid knowledge and appreciation of these unique islands and all they behold.

   

Loons and More - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

June 2018 - 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.

   

Workshop Testimonials
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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
More than ample opportunities to photograph loons and great attention to lighting and backgrounds by Greg and Alan when maneuvering the boats into position. I didn't expect the opportunities to photograph the snipe, Virginia Rail, or sora—3 notoriously difficult birds to see. Amazing! The flicker was also a treat. Surprisingly, I enjoyed shooting in waders most of all! Plus, it's something I may be able to put into practice at home. And Ruddy Ducks, wow!
Valerie K.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
Nikhil was great! He was constantly checking with each of us about our camera settings, and he challenged us to think about the background and what it was we were trying to capture in the shot/location.
Carl K.
Bosque del Apache - New Mexico
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
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
Nikhil was an informative and gracious leader.
Donald M.
Rookeries by Boat and Fort Desoto Park - Florida