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.

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.

There are 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 some of the top locations throughout the US.

Alaska (Bears and the Northern Lights)

Yellowstone

Grand Teton

Acadia National Park

Great Smoky Mountains

Arizona

Utah

Mt Rainier

New England Coast

White Mountains NH

Delmarva

New Jersey

Florida (Everglades, Big Cypress, West Coast, and East Coast

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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photo Tour

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

$1,395.00

Join on a photo tour or workshop to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas. The incredible biodiversity makes this one of the top areas in the country for nature photography.

October is an magical time to be there. The lush forests, beautiful mountain ranges, rivers will be great with an explosion of fall color. We also will photograph wildlife. Black bear, white tailed deer, coyote, and wild turkey are commonly seen. White Tailed Deer and Elk will be in the rut and have large antlers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 66 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 50 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.

The reason for the large number of species is attributable to several factors, including vast differences in altitude and temperature and lots of rain (averaging 90 inches per year), the impact of the ice age, and the preservation efforts by the National Park Service. The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. The Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile.

This tour will greatly enhance your skill as a photographer. We will be doing a lot of landscape, wildlife, and macro photography. We also have a conference room reserved for additional critique sessions and lessons. We will cover several subject including exposure, depth of field, histograms, shutter speed, filters, macro, wildlife photography, digital darkroom, Photoshop, and lightroom.

Our itinerary will be planned around lighting, weather conditions, and recent wildlife activity. We will take advantage of the lighting and the unique opportunities. Our goal is to capture the best images we can during our tour. Each day we will be starting before dawn and ending after sunset. However, we typically will take a mid day break to rest and recuperate. The tour is based in Townsend, TN which is centrally located to many of the parks best photo locations.

When:

October 22-26, 2021

Where: Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Vicinity Tour begins and ends in Townsend, TN.

Price:
$1595. Per person includes , instruction, and transportation. Park admission, permits and transportation from hotel to field locations.

Please register early our last Smoky Mountain Workshop sold out.

Payment:
Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept credit cards thru the shopping carts on our website.

Itinerary:

Day 1: We will meet at the hotel. Check in time is at 3 pm. We will have an introductory meeting go over safety issues, recent wildlife sightings etc. We also will discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week. We will then leave for an evening shoot continuing to sunset.

Day 2-4: We will meet and be on location before the sun comes up to take advantage of the morning light and the peak wildlife activity. There will also be an afternoon session continuing to sunset. Each day is paced to maximize photo opportunities and the schedule will be flexible to maximize getting the best light.

Day 5: Early morning photo shoot. We will conclude trip and return to hotel before check out time of 11 am

Who Should Attend:
Anyone with an interest in photography from an absolute beginner to professional. Some topics we cover Group Size:

Our groups are small in size. We will work with each participant to provide complete, informative, helpful lessons. This also ensures that no question is left unanswered.

Before and after each workshop we will assess each participants needs, interests and skills so we can teach techniques that will help each participant.

Getting There:

Plane: McGhee Tyson airport (TYS) is the closest airport to park.
It is approx 20 miles to Townsend. There is also some local taxi services that can take you to the hotel.

To find out more info or to register:
Please visit our website and click on the photo tours link
http://www.sphotography.com

About Me:

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 25 years. John 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.

The Coast of MD, VA, & DE (Wildlife and Landscapes)

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Join us on an instructional photo tour to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Bombay Hook, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island with professional photographer John Slonina. We will be visiting the best places to photograph along the Delmarva Peninsula.

Located on the southern end of Assateague Island in Virginia, the refuge was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory waterfowl habitat with emphasis on conserving the greater snow goose.

The refuges has more than 14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, saltmarsh, and freshwater marsh habitats. This diverse ecosystem is home to a spectacular variety of migratory birds, plants, and other animals.

The refuge is also one of the most visited refuges in the country and provides outstanding opportunities to connect you with nature.

We will also visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

This is a great time to photograph this awesome area. We have thousands of migrating Snow Geese taking off and landing. This is a event you will never forget. It is a great photo opportunity.

We will also look for other wildlife. The species we usually photograph include Tundra Swans, Herons, Egrets and other waterfowl species. Mammals include Red Fox, the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel etc, River Otters, and White Tailed Deer etc.

We also will look for the famous Wild Horses. Since this area is protected wildlife sighting are common and many species allow a close approach.

This area is a landscapes photographers delight . There area includes several beautiful coastal landscapes, sand dunes, surf, forests, sea shells, marshes, and a lighthouse.

Day One: We will meet at the hotel for a quick meeting followed by a afternoon sunset shoot at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge then dinner. Day Two: Sunrise shoot Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge then drive to Chincoteaque. Check into hotel, afternoon photo shoot till sunset. Dinner

Day Three: We will travel to several different locations (depending on the lighting conditions) starting on location at sunrise. 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.

Day Four: Morning Sunrise AM shoot, breakfast check out of hotel and drive to next hotel in Dover DE. Afternoon - Sunset Shoot Bombay Hook Delaware. Day Five: Sunrise Shoot Bombay Hook Delaware. Return to hotel in time for 11 am checkout.

When:

December 2-6, 2021

Price: $ 1895

(this Includes hotel, instruction and refuge permits, admission)

Deposit: $300

Payment:

Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography or thru our website.

To Register and Get More info :

Please visit our Website and clink on the Photo Tours Page
http://www.sphotography.com

What's Included:

The hotel is included in this tour (4 nights). Instruction

Lodging: Included (3 Star Hotels) 2 nights have ocean view

Fitness Level: 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.

Group size: 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.

Goals:

The entire workshop is devoted to capturing the best nature images possible on digital camera or film. 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.

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.

About Me: 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.

Nature Photography Presentation: Free on Zoom

Online event

Join us for a free zoom presentation on Nature photography. The Two December lectures will be different. The subjects will be determined at a later date.

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 is a national known expert in Nature Photography.

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.

Nature Photography Presentation: Free on Zoom

Online event

Join us for a free zoom presentation on Nature photography. The Two December lectures will be different. The subjects will be determined at a later date.

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 is a national known expert in Nature Photography.

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.

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