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.
Acadia National Park (with Puffins) Photo Tours and Workshops
Acadia National Park (with Puffins) Photo Tours and Workshops
Acadia National Park and the Puffins, Maine
Photo Workshops and Tours
I am an Authorized Permittee of the National Park
Join us on a photo tour / workshop to Acadia National Park and the Maine Coastline with professional photographer John Slonina. We will be visiting one of our favorite places to photograph. It is one of the most dramatic areas on the east coast. Experience the magic of the rock bound coast and soaring granite cliffs where the mountains meet the sea.
We will photograph one night after dark. The coast with the milky way is incredible .
We also will be taking a boat ride to an island to photograph Puffins, Razorbills, Lighthouses and Seals. Weather permitting we will land on the island. This is the only place in the US where you can land on a island with the puffins. This separates us from the other boat tour's who can't land. There are thousands of birds on the island. Some of the Puffins and Razorbills are just a few feet away. This trip is weather permitting.
This is a great time to photograph this awesome area. Beautiful forests, mountain peaks, wildflowers, birds, lakes, streams, waterfalls, lighthouses, tide pools, carriage roads etc. We also will be on the lookout for park wildlife including seals, deer, beavers, eiders, and foxes. There is a lot less traffic then peak tourist season (July-September) where traffic jams and long lines at restaurants are common.
Be one of first people to see and photograph the rising sun in the country. Cadillac Mountain sweeping vistas has a view you will never forget. The days are paced to maximize photo opportunities and the schedule will be flexible to maximize getting the best light.
Day 1 Afternoon: We will meet at the hotel at 4 pm for a quick meeting followed by a sunset shoot then dinner.
Day 2-4: We will travel to several different locations (depending on the lighting conditions) starting on location at sunrise. We will conclude with sunset. Each day will be a photographic adventure.
Since sunrise is early am and Sunset around 8:20 pm. There will be a long break in between morning and afternoon shoots. This would be a great time for a break, nap, etc. We will also have some classroom time to review and critique work, digital techniques, digital processing tips ect. John will be bringing a digital projector for presentations.
One day will be taking a boat trip to a remote island off the Maine coast to photograph puffins, lighthouses and seals. This is an incredible photo opportunity since you can actually land on the island and not have a distant boat view. This is all weather permitting.
From the blind on the island we will target puffins, razorbills, and terns. Some of the birds are just a few feet away. On the boat ride back we will look for seals. The Boat ride is included in the tour fee. On the ride back to Bar Harbor we will explore some hidden gems and quaint fishing harbors, lighthouses and seaside cliffs.
Day 5: Morning Photo Session Trip concludes late morning early afternoon.
June 3-7, 2019 (1 Space Left)
Per person includes , instruction, and transportation. Park admission, permits and transportation from hotel to field locations. This also includes the boat ride out to see the puffins $150 value.
Please note: This trip always sells out.
So please register early.
Transportation: Participants ride in a comfortable passenger van. Once you arrive at hotel there is no reason to drive at all. This is very important many tours make you drive you own car. This is a problem since some of the best photo opportunities have only room for one of two cars. This forces the tours to skip some of the best locations.
Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography.
We also accept credit cards thru our online shopping cart.
A block of room is reserved under Slonina Photography with a discount rate for our participants $79 night. Click on link for more info.
Who should attend:
Anyone with a interest in photography from a beginner to professional photographer who has a love of being outdoors and nature.
Our groups are small in size. This group size allows for flexibility in our plans if interesting and unexpected photo opportunities present themselves. Also it will allow us to work with each participate to provide complete, informative, helpful lessons.
This trip will involve some short flat walks. None of the hikes are long most of them within site of my tour van. So you do not have to be in great shape for this tour.
The entire workshop is devoted to capturing the best nature images possible. John draws upon his decades of experience as a professional photographer to offer several methods to improve your nature photography. John will share numerous proven beginner thru advanced techniques.
On location, John will demonstrate how you can best use your equipment. We will do our best to help you get beautiful professional high dynamic quality images which will make gorgeous prints on your wall.
Before and after each workshop we will access each participants needs, interests and skills so we can teach techniques that will help each participant. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro we will help you grow as a photographer. At the end of the workshop you will be able to comfortably apply these tools and start your own unique style.
Time of Day:
Participating in a workshop is a great way to improve your photography. We believe in capturing the best light our workshops include sunrise and sunset shoots (weather permitting). Early morning and late afternoon has the best lighting for photography. Mid day sunny days is not as photogenic and more windy. Also early morning has some other advantages less traffic and people, wildlife is more active, and less wind.
What you will learn:
Our job is not only to help you create beautiful images and have fun but also teach skills and techniques you can use to take your photography to the next, higher level! Attendees will have a solid understanding of many basic and advanced principles related to nature photography.
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing the nature for over 25 years. He has been published in multiple books, magazines, and calendars. He has a love of natural history as well. You will receive education not just in photo technique, but also in the natural world. Understanding the natural world not only increases your appreciation of nature but also helps you become a better nature photographer.
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