Birds of Spain Photography Workshop
Up until a month ago, if someone asked me where in the world they should go photograph birds, Europe would have been dead last. Birds have fallen prey for their feathers for centuries. Wars have destroyed birding habitat, and now the sprawling population takes its toll. Then I found paradise and people who love the birds and work to protect wildlife and present photographers with unmatched photo opportunities.
Our destination is approximately 600 acres (250 hectares) of pristine wetlands. The property is at the confluence of two great rivers the Guadiana and Riánsares. The overflow from the rivers has created a magnificent lagoon, and it is a perfect sanctuary for birds. The location is also ideal for the millions of birds that migrate from as far away as South Africa to Northern Europe. In other words a bird photographers paradise.
You will learn a lot during this 7-day workshop, whether you want to or not! 🙂
One of the most important things that I will teach you is how to think about your photography. It’s not always about the settings; it is about envisioning photographs! Superb compositions lead to high impact imagery. I am continually observing bird behavior, often without my camera. I want to hear vocalizations that announce their presence or that a predator is near. Those audio cues help me take my possible images. I watch bird behavior to anticipate their next move better. When you can “sense” the direction a bird will depart the scene, you will likely capture that perfect moment. Lastly, my typical approach while photographing birds; is to start shooting as soon as I see a bird and continue to hammer away until the bird is gone. Then I sort it all out at home on the computer. This “shotgun” approach does yield results, but with a downside. The big problem is downloading hundreds or even thousands of duplicate and awful images. It is also likely that you missed the one best shot of the encounter. During this workshop, we have the luxury of photographing from a hide. The huge benefit is the birds will typically linger in camera range. There is no need to blast away, take a breath, and look for the picture the birds have presented!
With a small group and smaller blinds, there will be plenty of time for one on one instruction. We will have group downloads, and I will be happy to look over your images offering congratulations and or advice on taking your bird photography to the next level.
My goal is to ensure you thoroughly enjoy our adventure, make some images that you brag about, and leave a better bird photographer than when you arrived!
This workshop is a first for me; I am taking clients to a location that I have not personally experienced. With 20 years of experience leading photography workshops around the world, I have every confidence you will not notice. I have spoken with the owners often and have been very specific in what we need and expect. I believe everything will meet or exceed all of your expectations. Based on all my bird adventures over the years, I am confident this experience also will be memorable.
The tuition for the Bird of Spain workshop $3495 USD double occupancy.
The deposit for this workshop is $100 USD. The deposit can be paid by PayPal, Credit Card, Wire Transfer or Check. Actually, if you have another way you would like to pay, I am open to new ideas when it comes to collecting money!
The balance of the workshop tuition will be due March 2, 2021 (90 days prior).
Ready to Go?
Here is the Birds of Spain workshop in a nutshell. You are going to learn something new, you are going to make beautiful photos, you are going to Spain and photograph incredible new birds. Oh, and it’ll be fun too! How does this sound? Do it! Hit the register button now!
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