What we're about

This is a group for anyone who loves nature photography. We will visit various locations throughout the year. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to professional.

This is a great opportunity to explore, take pictures and have fun. Our subject matter will include landscapes wildlife, insects, flowers, night photography, etc. We also will be offering a Lightroom classes in the future.

Some events are free and others cost a fee.

All events are lead by John Slonina a professional nature photographers who work is nationally recognized. He teaches photography across the US at photo conventions. trade shows. lectures, classrooms and I lead photo tours and workshops.

Find out how to create award winning images and shoot like a pro. Develop your own personal vision and take your photography to the next level while having fun.

All skill levels are welcome from absolute beginner to pro.

New England has some incredible locations from the mountains to the sea. We will visit a wide variety of locations and photograph several different subjects.

We also will visit several other top locations throughout the US.

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing the nature for over 25 years. He estimates he has taken over 700,000 photos. He has a love of natural history as well. Meetup group members also get a discount on all photo workshops and tours.

Please visit http://www.sphotography.com

Upcoming events (4+)

Nature Photography Monthy Events for 2022

Needs a location

Hi everyone, this is not an event just an updated schedule of future events.

2022 Photo Tours and Workshops

Yellowstone: Winter Wonderland: January 2022

Florida Wildlife (Everglades, Big Cypress, etc.): Feb 2022

Northern Lights Alaska: March 28-April 4, 2022

Oregon Coast and Columbia Gorge (Waterfalls and Wildflowers):
May 2-9, 2022

Acadia National Park (Puffins and Milky Way) : June 13-17, 2022

Downeast Maine: (Puffins. Milky Way, Lighthouses, Campobello Island): June 20-24, 2022

Alaska Eagles, Wildlife and Glaciers: Land and Sea: Best of Alaska
July 7-12 or 14-21, 2022
This is a great trip with full frame eagles, whales, puffins, glaciers, sea otters, seals, sea lions and incredible private boat rides.

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons: Sept 14--21, 2022

New England Peak Fall Foliage: October 1-5, 2022

Zion, Bryce, and Valley of Fire: Nov 1-8, 2022

Bosque de Apache and White Sands: Dec 1-6, 2022

2023 Photo Tours and Workshops

Ultimate Bears of Alaska July 6-12, 2023

Upcoming Sold Out Tours: People on the Waitlist will be notified when a space is available and will be the first to find out about next year's dates.
https://www.sphotography.com/waitlist

Click here for our Schedule under Tours
https://www.sphotography.com

Free Zoom Sessions: We will continue to offer them in the future. At the present time our schedule is packed so the first planned session will be in December 2022 or earlier if we can fit it in. This link will give you the latest info.
https://www.sphotography.com/zoom

Important to know: All skill levels are welcome, Small Group Size, transportation provided

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America.

John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule.

He is sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.

John Slonina Slonina Photography
Email: [masked]
Phone (508)[masked]
Website: http://www.sphotography.com

Florida Wildlife Instructional Photo Tour (Everglades, Big Cypress, Sanibel)

Fort Myers Hotel

$3,495.00

Join us on a photo workshop or photo tour to some of the best locations of Florida including Everglades and Big Cypress National Parks. We will also be spending several days with incredible endless photo opportunities. The goal of this trip is simple explore some of the best sections of Florida and get incredible photographs that you will never forget. Florida's unique wildlife and climate make it a nature photographers paradise.

For More info or to sign up please visit our website. Click on the photo tours page and select the tour you want to learn about.

https://www.sphotography.com

John has been photographing and leading tours in this area for over 20 years.

This tour emphasizes Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Reserve. This is John's favorite locations Wild Florida at it's best. Wild, Beautiful and tons of wildlife.

Florida is the premier destination for bird photography. Expect to shoot thousands of bird photos along with other wildlife and awesome landscapes. February is the dry season. This is the time of year when the tropical storms and the summer rain have passed. The lower water levels means the wildlife is more concentrated and easier to find and photograph. Each day we will visit some of the best spots in the state. Each area is handpicked to provide the best photographic opportunities.

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has photographed in Florida's wild locations for over 20 years. We will travel to a variety of natural habitats. We will be visiting several A+ locations. They include classics like Sanibel Island, Everglades, Big Cypress National Reserve. Estero Lagoon etc.

We also will be visiting several secret locations like Eagle Nests, Nesting owls, Rookeries, Osprey nests etc. We also will be visiting one of the best locations in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Reserve. . Check out the Florida Galleries on this website

Since we will be shooting a high volume of pictures. Please bring lots of cards We also recommend you bring a portable external hard drive to back up your images. We also have some companies we work with that rents longer lenses. Florida is famous for some tame birds that will stand just a few feet in front of you.

When: February 12 - 18, 2022

Price: $3495 This includes 6 nights hotel (single occupancy)

Transportation to and from airport (you do not need a car)

Also instruction, transportation, tolls, refuge fees.

Deposit: You can pay in full or leave a deposit.

Payment: Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. If you prefer to use credit card you can call our office at (508)[masked] or use the online shopping cart.

Itinerary:

The exact game plan will be based by weather, tide levels, amount of rainfall. We will be prescouting some locations before the trip starts. I also will be getting recent reports, and monitoring tides and water levels. Each day is paced to maximize photo opportunities and 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 discuss plans for the upcoming week. We will then leave for an afternoon photo session and photograph till sunset. Possible subject include nesting eagles, herons, and or owls.

Day 2:

We will have our early AM photo session and then check out of hotel by 11am. We will travel to new hotel near the main entrance to Everglades. We will make many stops along the way thru Big Cypress Reserve. We also will do a quick stop at Clyde Butchers Photo Gallery.

Day 3 and 4:

We will spend two days exploring the best locations of the Everglades. Including Royal Palm, Shark Valley, Anhinga Trail, Flamingo Bay etc.

Day 5: Sunrise Everglades then check out of hotel by 10am head back to Ft Myers

Day 6: Every morning we will be doing a sunrise shoot. We will leave in the afternoon and photograph thru sunset photo session followed by dinner.

Day 7: Early Morning shoot and return to hotel by 11am in time for checkout and afternoon Flights.

Transportation: Transportation included airport and back and in between. There is an shuttle to and from the hotel to Fort Myers Airport if you fly in.

What's Included: The hotel is included in this tour.

Transportation is included from hotel to field locations

This will also include pickup and drop off at Fort Myers Airport. No need to rent a vehicle.

Not Included: Food is not included. We will eat at local restaurants. The hotel will have breakfast. The flights to and from Fort Myers is not covered.

Getting There:

Plane: Fort Myers Airport (RSW): Hotel has shuttle for pickup and dropoff

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before 120 days of departure you will receive a full refund. Within 120 days you will lose deposit. Within 60 days you will lose the full amount.

If we are able to fill the spot you will receive a full refund.

About Us:

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 25 years. He has a love of natural history as well. You will receive information on photo technique and the natural world. Understanding the natural world not only increases your appreciation of nature but also helps you become a better nature photographer.

Nature Photography Monthy Events for 2022

Needs a location

Hi everyone, this is not an event just an updated schedule of future events.

2022 Photo Tours and Workshops

Yellowstone: Winter Wonderland: January 2022

Florida Wildlife (Everglades, Big Cypress, etc.): Feb 2022

Northern Lights Alaska: March 28-April 4, 2022

Oregon Coast and Columbia Gorge (Waterfalls and Wildflowers):
May 2-9, 2022

Acadia National Park (Puffins and Milky Way) : June 13-17, 2022

Downeast Maine: (Puffins. Milky Way, Lighthouses, Campobello Island): June 20-24, 2022

Alaska Eagles, Wildlife and Glaciers: Land and Sea: Best of Alaska
July 7-12 or 14-21, 2022
This is a great trip with full frame eagles, whales, puffins, glaciers, sea otters, seals, sea lions and incredible private boat rides.

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons: Sept 14--21, 2022

New England Peak Fall Foliage: October 1-5, 2022

Zion, Bryce, and Valley of Fire: Nov 1-8, 2022

Bosque de Apache and White Sands: Dec 1-6, 2022

2023 Photo Tours and Workshops

Ultimate Bears of Alaska July 6-12, 2023

Upcoming Sold Out Tours: People on the Waitlist will be notified when a space is available and will be the first to find out about next year's dates.
https://www.sphotography.com/waitlist

Click here for our Schedule under Tours
https://www.sphotography.com

Free Zoom Sessions: We will continue to offer them in the future. At the present time our schedule is packed so the first planned session will be in December 2022 or earlier if we can fit it in. This link will give you the latest info.
https://www.sphotography.com/zoom

Important to know: All skill levels are welcome, Small Group Size, transportation provided

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America.

John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule.

He is sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.

John Slonina Slonina Photography
Email: [masked]
Phone (508)[masked]
Website: http://www.sphotography.com

Northern Lights Photo Tour Alaska

Fairbanks

$4,895.00

Join us on a Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Alaska photo tour. This tour is led by World Re-Known Professional Astro-Photographer John Chumack and Professional Nature Photographer John Slonina.

Check my website for information. This tour was covered by NASA, Space Weather, CBS online, Universe Today etc.

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has mystified people down through the ages, scientists, poets, and lay persons alike. Written records of so-called "Great Auroral Displays" date back more than two thousand years. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural displays on the planet.

Try to imagine the most colorful, textured sunset you've ever seen, then send it swirling and pulsing across an otherwise clear and starry sky. Maybe add some faint outlines of mountains on the horizon and a hooting owl or a howling wolf for ambiance.

Greater Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth for experiencing the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. Bright, energetic curtains of yellow, green, red or even purple light brighten our night skies regularly. Fairbanks is situated within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the Aurora Oval. This location provides a terrific balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Plus, our continental climate offers many more clear nights than you would find in a coastal area.

This is the predicted to be a peak time for aurora activity. These magical lights are just one of the many things we have planned on this trip. This trip is scheduled to coincide with the new moon. This is one of the darkest nights of the month. The will enhancing the strength of the aurora which makes for some breathtaking images. While no one can ever say with certainty exactly when and where the aurora borealis display might occur we are at one of the best spots in the world at one of the best time of year.

Fairbanks has been an aurora destination for decades,” said Luke Hopkins, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, “With a high degree of successful sightings, visitors from all over the world come to Fairbanks each and every year to see spectacular northern lights displays. Our clear, dark nights and global position under the ‘Auroral Oval’ make this one of the best places on earth to see the aurora borealis.”

We will drive to different locations to view the northern lights outside of the city lights. It is also very nice to have many different backgrounds to add variety to your pictures.

Why March ?: March and September is when the northern lights are most active. This is when the Earth's Atmosphere is at it's weakest. September is the cloudiest month of the year. March has the most clear nights of the year. That is why we have had the northern lights multiple nights and never stuck out. This is unlike other parts of the world. It is also a great time of year. It is incredible to see the aurora and enjoy this winter wonderland.

The northern lights are the main focus bet we have other subjects we plan on photographing. We will be photographing several beautiful Alaskan Landscapes. We will also keep a look out to photograph local wildlife.

Our schedule will be determined by the aurora borealis and the weather. We will shoot sunset followed by dinner then wait to see what happens. We will have the latest forecasts and predictions but it is honestly a wait and see approach. We will be flexible and ready to go.

We will both be doing some presentations on photography. Photography of the Night Sky will be the first lecture, using wide field camera lenses to capture constellations and the Milky Way, using just a Camera & tripod! We will discuss more advanced portable tracking options as well. We also will be doing presentation on outdoor landscape and wildlife photography.

In the following days we travel 60 miles to the acclaimed Chena Hot Springs Resort. Chena Hot Springs is world renowned for being one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights. The resort is located under one of the most active regions of magnetic fields producing aurora borealis. It is away from the light pollution of city lights, and the skies over Chena are clear more often than those over Fairbanks. We will be there near the vernal equinox when auroras are typically the strongest, as well as during the new moon when the night sky is also the darkest!

The resort has a large heated mineral indoor pool, the outdoor rock lake and numerous hot tubs are providing a great opportunity to soak, swim or rejuvenate until the Northern Lights are appearing in the evening. Included is the visit of the famous Aurora Ice Museum and Stoli Ice Bar. ou may even see the northern lights just outside the door of your room.

Snow Coach: we will take a snow coach to 30 minutes to the top of a mountain where no city lights interfere the aurora. The compositons are incredible with the Aurora and mountains in the background. After arriving on top you can step inside the heated Mongolian Yurt to warm up and enjoy a hot beverage. For the next few hours enjoy spectacular 360-degree Aurora displays. Return to the resort at around 3 AM or later if the lights are active.

World Ice Championship: Fairbanks is home to one of the largest ice sculpting competitions and exhibitions on earth featuring more that 70 teams from around the world. 45,000 visitors come to the park to see these intricately carved masterpieces.

What's included: Hotel, Snow Coach Rides to top of mountain, Tour of ice museum, Wold Ice Championship Admission. Transportation (no need to rent a car) and photo instruction.

Price: $4895

Deposit: $500

For More info or to sign up please visit our website. Click on the photo tours page and select the tour you want to learn about.

https://www.sphotography.com

Email: [masked]

Phone: (508)[masked]

Past events (221)

Yellowstone Winter Instructional Photo Tour

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

$4,495.00

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