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

Nature and Wildlife Photographers of New England and Beyond
Nature and Wildlife Photographers of New England and Beyond
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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.

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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.


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.

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