WHAT: Bosque del Apache Avian Photography Tour With Scott Bourne
WHEN: November 27 - November 30, 2020 Small Group Tour - NOTE: This is a shorter tour than my usual Wed/Sun trips due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will have five shooting sessions instead of seven so this trip is a little bit less expensive than my usual trips and less expensive than the one I already sold out for December.
WHERE: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 1001 New Mexico 1 - San Antonio, New Mexico (Nearest airport Albuquerque, New Mexico)
COST: Group fee $1149 per person. There is a $150 early bird discount if you reserve your seat and pay your deposit before April 1, 2020. That makes the net cost $999. All seats are sold first-come, first served. This tour will sell out early so act now if you are interested. $500 non-refundable deposit holds your seat. Balance due in full no later than September 1, 2020.
All Photos Copyright Scott Bourne
General Information: The small group tour allows for up to nine participant-photographers plus the instructor to explore the wildlife refuge twice daily in planned activities plus additional one-on-one critique sessions in the afternoons. We will also take a trip to Albuquerque (weather permitting) to photograph at one of Scott's favorite (secret) locations for waterfowl.
About Your Tour Leader
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary and award winning nature and wildlife photographer, who has had his work featured in more than 200 publications. Scott will lead this workshop to one of his most favorite places to shoot on the planet: Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. With three decades of experience at the refuge, Scott knows where to go and what to look for and he will teach participants how to photograph avian subjects for publication. He has been a featured speaker at the "Festival of the Cranes" hosted by the Friends of the Bosque and has even written a book on how to find and photograph birds at Bosque del Apache. Lots of people lead tours here - few with Scott's experience or credentials.
What you will learn on this tour...
- Recognizing and evaluating a situation/learning to see like a professional
- Choosing your perspective
- Getting the right exposure: basic principles, exposing for highlight control, exposing to the right and evaluating/adjusting the histogram
- Tripod handling and hand-holding techniques
- Capturing the sharpest images possible
- How (and why) to get on sun angle
- Poses and proper head angle and what the orientation of the subject should be relative to the imaging sensor
- Understanding what wind direction has to do with (and how it impacts) bird photography
- Flight photography basics
Participants will learn how to properly expose and create artistically designed images. Because of the small group size, you will have plenty of attention and support from Scott. Most tour companies bring twice as many students making it harder for you to get your questions answered. On this tour, you will have plenty of room to work and all students will have the chance to shoot elbow to elbow in the field with Scott. You will learn his award winning techniques and the essential aspects of avian photography. Throughout the tour, participants will learn professional insights and techniques.
All registered participants will receive an information package with details on what to wear, what to bring, where to stay and meet, suggested gear list, sample itinerary, etc. All registered participants will receive an orientation phone call prior to the tour.
A firm understanding of your camera operations is required. It is preferable that participants are familiar with using manual mode, f-stops and shutter speed is needed. This workshop is for advanced beginners as well as intermediate and advanced photographers.
All Camera Types/Brands Welcome
No matter what type of camera you have or what brand you use, you will be welcome on this tour. It is advised that you bring a lens of at least 400mm (or equal on crop sensor bodies) to have the best experience. Scott shoots with Olympus and if you are an Olympus shooter, he can help set up your camera for success at Bosque. All other camera brands are welcome but you are expected to know how to set up your own camera.