Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops
Join professional nature photographer, John Slonina, for a photo tour or photo workshop to some of North America's most beautiful and wild places. We visit several national parks which include Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Everglades, Mt Rainier, Olympic, Arches, Canyonlands, Big Cypress, Alaska, Katmai and Lake Clark. We lead moose and bear photography workshops, photo classes and photo safari's. We also teach Lightroom and Photoshop.
Our group size is small. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to professional.
Florida Wildlife Photo Tour Workshop
Florida Wildlife Photo Tour Workshop
Join us on a bird and wildlife photo workshop or photo tour to some of the best locations in central Florida. We will be spending 7 days with incredible photo opportunities. This is a trip of a lifetime.
Florida is one of the best places in the world to photograph wildlife. It is simply the best bird photography location in the US. Expect to shoot thousands of bird photos along with other wildlife and awesome landscapes. Escape the winter cold and visit warm southern Florida.
This bird photography tour will not overlap the areas covered on my Southern Florida Photo tours or workshops.
The goal of this trip is simply explore the best bird photography areas of central Florida and shoot incredible amazing photographs that you will never forget. Florida's unique wildlife and climate make it a nature photographer's paradise.
In February, the tropical storms and the summer rain have passed. This is the dry season in Florida. The lower water levels means the wildlife is more concentrated and easier to find to photograph.
Florida has incredibly tame birds. It is common to have some species just a few feet away on multiple occasions. We should be able to get full frame photos since many birds and other animals are just a few feet away.
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has photographed in Florida's wild locations for over 20 years.
We will be visiting several A+ locations some of the best in the state. . Each area is handpicked to provide the best photographic opportunities at a wide variety of habitats.. This includes classic locations along the East and West Coast including Merritt Island and Ft Desoto. We will also visit an incredible swamp in Central Florida. This location has several more nesting owls, nesting herons, frequent Bobcat sightings, armadillos, and several species of birds. We also will be visiting several secret locations; for example eagle nests, nesting barred and great horned owls, rookeries, and osprey nests. We will spend a lot of time visiting my top Roseate Spoonbill locations.
Since we will be shooting a high volume of pictures, please bring a lot of memory/flash cards. We also recommend you bring a portable external hard drive to back up your images. We still recommend a 400+ mm lens. Many companies rent lenses if you don't already own one. Please contact us for suggestions. We also work with some companies who will rent longer lenses to participants.
Feb 9-15, 2018
The hotel is included in this tour.
6 nights lodging
All rooms are single occupancy so you will have you own room
Also included: Instruction and all permits, admission and entrance fees.
Transportation is included from hotel to and from the field locations.
This will also include pickup and dropoff at Sarasota Airport.
There is no need to rent a vehicle.
You can pay in full or leave a deposit.
The deposit is $500 per person.
Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography.
We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
If you prefer to use a credit card you can call our office at (508) 736-1167 or use the online shopping cart on our website.
The itinerary will be dependent on the weather, tide levels and the amount of rainfall. We will be pre-scouting several locations before the trip starts. I will review recent wildlife reports, monitor tides and water levels. Each day is paced to maximize photo opportunities. The schedule will be flexible to maximize getting the best light.
Day 1: Meet at Hotel by 2 pm. Group meeting and introductions. We will start with introductions and have a short group meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming week. After the group meeting we will leave for an afternoon photo session and photograph until sunset. We will photograph a beautiful rookery until Sunset.
Day 2 and 3: We will be photographing several incredible areas. We will spend the next two days photographing different ecosystems. We will photograph great birds along the coast and swamp including nesting owls.
Day 4: We will start the day with photographing at sunrise then return to the hotel in time for checkout. After lunch, we will switch hotels to a new location in central Florida with several nearby areas loaded with wildlife.
Day 5: We will start the day photographing at sunrise then return to the hotel in time for checkout. After lunch, we will switch hotels to a new location in the East Coast with several nearby areas loaded with wildlife. We will have an incredible afternoon photographing until sunset
Day 6: We will have an incredible sunrise photographing silhouetted birds in flights including nesting herons. The rest of the day will be action packed with several of the top bird photography locations in the US.
Day 7: We will have our early AM photo session and then check out of hotel by 11 am. We will then head back to Sarasota for late afternoon flights.
Our group size is limited to six people. This is substantially smaller than other photography tour companies.
This offers several advantages.
Personalized one on one attention, critiques, and photography advice. Both in the field and in the classroom. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.
We get much better access to remote areas than bus tours, day tours and car pools. There are several incredible places that only have room for one or two cars.
We will be traveling in one vehicle designed for wildlife viewing. We can access more remote areas and respond quicker to wildlife sightings.
Our smaller groups allow a closer approach to wildlife. Larger groups makes animals more nervous.
This trip will involve some short flat walks. Most of the walks are within sight of my tour van, so you do not have to be in great shape for this tour.
Transportation from hotel to the field locations are included. There is a free shuttle to and from the hotel to the Airport if you fly in. No need to rent a car.
Food is not included. We will eat at local restaurants. The hotel will have breakfast.
The flights to and from Airport are not covered.
Sarasota Bradenton (SRQ): Hotel has shuttle for pickup and drop-off at airport.
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 30 years. John has a love of natural history. During the workshop, you will receive information on photography techniques and the natural world. Understanding nature not only increases your appreciation of it but also helps you become a better nature photographer.