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Join us an instructional photo tour or workshop to 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. I have been doing this tour for several years. Last year we have over 20+ Black Bear Sightings. April is a magical time to be there. The forests are carpeted with wildflowers, lush forests, beautiful mountain ranges etc. The streams and waterfalls are flowing at peak water level. The Dogwoods and Red Buds should be in bloom. We also will photograph wildlife. Black bear, white tailed deer, coyote, and wild turkey are commonly seen The Park is home to approximately 1,600 kinds of flowering plants. In fact, the park is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” During mid to late April many wildflowers are in brilliant displays. What's great about the park being so large and having more than a 4,000 foot elevation range between its highest an lowest point is that you can chase a blooming season starting at lower elevations and warmer southern exposures to the higher elevations and more northern exposures to prolong the duration of peak bloom. 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 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 weather conditions, lighting, 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. This is also a good time to go over some more techniques and do photo critiques. The tour is based in Townsend, TN which is centrally located to many of the parks best photo locations. When: April 25-29, 2019 Where: Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Vicinity Tour begins and ends in Townsend, TN. For more Info or to Register Click Here: (http://www.sphotography.com/great-smoky-mountains-spring-photo-tour/) This trip will sell out so please register early. Itinerary: Day1: We will meet at the hotel. Check in time is at 3pm. 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 a beginner to professional. Group Size: Our groups are small in size. This is best for learning and also approaching wildlife and photographing in sensitive areas. 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. There is also a local taxi service that can take you to the hotel. You do not need to rent a car. 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.
Here is the updated 2019 Schedule. Yellowstone: Winter Wonderland January 11-19 (Sold Out) Florida Wildlife (Everglades, Big Cypress, etc.) Feb 1-7 (Sold Out) Central and East Coast Florida Wildlife Feb 10-15 (Almost Sold Out) Northern Lights (Aurora), Alaska March 18-25 (Sold Out) Great Smoky Mountains (Spring) April 25-29 (Sold Out) Acadia National Park with the Puffins: June 3-7 (Sold Out) Ultimate Bears Alaska: July 15-23 (2 Spaces Left) Alaska Wildlife and Glaciers: Land and Sea: July 23-29 Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Fall: September 18-25 (Sold Out) New England Peak Fall Foliage: October 1-5 Acadia Peak Fall Foliage: October 11-14 Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Coast: Dec 5-9 Wildlife and Landscape Photography (Wild horses etc) 2020 Yellowstone: Winter Wonderland January 16-24, 2020 Please sign up for email list to find out dates first. Upcoming Sold Out Tours: People on the Wait list will be notified when a space is available and will be the first to find out about next years dates. Click here for our 2019 Schedule https://www.sphotography.com/photo-tours-and-workshops-national-parks/ 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 a member of the Feisol Pro Photography Team and sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video. John Slonina Slonina Photography Email: [masked] Phone (508)[masked] Website: http://www.sphotography.com (http://www.sphotography.com)
Acadia National Park, Puffins, Maine Photo Workshops and Tours Join us on a photo tour 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 also will be taking a boat ride to an island to photograph Puffins, Razorbills, and Seals. 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). 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 4pm 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 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. Check out Gallery (http://www.sphotography.com/acadia-photo-tour-workshop-galleries/ ) When: June 3-7, 2019 Price: $1595 (this does not include hotel or food) For more info or to register click here: (http://www.sphotography.com/photo-tours-workshops/acadia-national-park-instructional-photo-tour) Lodging: A block of room is reserved under Slonina Photography with a discount rate for our participants. The hotel is strategically located to prime sunrise/sunset locations. It is also close to downtown bar harbor. Who should attend: Anyone with a interest in photography from a beginner to professional photographer who has a love of being outdoors and nature. Group size: This group size is small which 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. 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. 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.
Join us as on an instructional photo tour and workshop to the remote Downeast Maine Coast. We will travel by land and sea to photograph Puffins, Seals, Whales, Eagles, Lighthouses, and other coastal landscapes. We will also visit Campobello Island in Canada. We will photograph some incredible landscapes including Quoddy Head Light which is the eastern most point in the US. This tour will involve wildlife, landscape, night, and macro photography. Washington County has everything except crowds, traffic jams, and red lights. The region has every northern forest habitat: mature hardwood, mixed growth, and thick stands of boreal softwood. It has fast and slow rivers, marsh and bog wetlands, rocky coasts and mud flats, grasslands and blueberry barrens. It has two national wildlife refuges and one of the best offshore nesting islands on the east coast. All of Maine’s most highly sought-after species are found here, sometimes in abundance. Wildlife We will visit the world famous Machias Seal Island. We will be taking two separate boat trip to a remote island off the Maine coast to photograph puffins, lighthouses and seals. This is weather permitting. This trip includes the boat ride for the puffins $300 value. From the blind on the island we will target puffins, razorbills, and terns. Some of the birds are just a few feet away. Can you image having hundreds of puffins within 10 feet of you. On the boat ride back we will look for seals. The Boat rides are included in the tour fee. On the ride back to we will explore some hidden gems and quaint fishing harbors, lighthouses and seaside cliffs. So why take two boat rides? Occasionally the boat rides are cancelled due to bad weather. Since the trips are sold out it would be really hard to reschedule. This will give us two shots at getting on the island. It is an incredible experience that you would want to experience twice anyways. Each day would also have different lighting conditions. We also will be taking a third boat ride to photograph whales, eagles, seals, and lighthouses. This will be scheduled during the late afternoon light to sunset This trip has other wildlife opportunities. Bald Eagles are seen everywhere. This is moose and black bear country. We will point out any wildlife we come across. Landscape, Close-up and Night Photography We will photograph coastal communities and fishing villages. This is an area of stark beauty and simple living. Lodging and dining opportunities are plentiful but not extravagant. Chain restaurants are few and far between. You won’t miss them. We will visit several lighthouses including Word Famous Quoddy Head Light. This candy cane colored lighthouse is the easternmost point in the U.S. We probably will be the first people to see the sunrise in the US This instructional photo tour will include several different types of photography. We will have several opportunities for Wildlife, Landscapes, and Macro photography. We even plan to photograph at night. How many people have images of lighthouses at night? We will also photograph the milky way (if the weather cooperates). We also will have time for classroom instruction including some lessons on Lightroom which is the go to program for photographers. We will visit nearby Campobello Island in Canada. It is a beautiful island off the Coast of Maine but located in New Brunswick Canada on the Bay of Fundy. Campobello Island is one of three of the Fundy Islands; the "Fundy sisters" as they are sometimes called with the other "sisters" being Grand Manan and Deer Island. Campobello Island will capture your heart with breathtaking views, unspoiled nature at it’s best. We will visit the summer home of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, and a great lighthouse. To visit Campobello Island from the US, you must bring your passport. We will maximize our time in the field shooting a multitude of subjects as well as incorporating classroom instruction, critiques, and photographic assignments each day. We will photograph one of the last places in the busy eastern seaboard where you can get away by yourself in tranquil pine forests, or walk for miles on the salt-sprayed shoreline, exploring and discovering secluded tidal inlets, and the uncrowded pleasures of coastal life. Windswept coastal headlands, tidal flats, coastal islands, preserved peat bogs, beaches at low tide, boreal and northern hardwood forests, grasslands and meadows. For an unforgettable walking or hiking experience come and enjoy the tranquility and outstanding natural beauty in such abundance in our area. These towns create an unforgettable experience for travelers who long to find the traditional Maine way of life. When: June 9-13, 2019 Price: $2295 includes Hotel (4 nights stay at Oceanfront Hotel), Two puffin boat rides ($300 value) and a Whale and Lighthouse boat ride. Weather permitting Deposit: $300 This trip is full please join our waitlist and we will notify you if an opening occurs. http://www.sphotography.com/waitlist For more info or to register please visit: http://www.sphotography.com/photo-tours-workshops/down-east-maine-coast-instructional-photo-tour 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. Lodging: The Rooms are included in the price. A beautiful oceanfront hotel with a conference room and onsite conference room. Please contact us for details. Skill and Fitness Levels: Anyone with an interest in photography from a beginner to professional photographer who has a love of being outdoors and nature. There are several short hikes on this trip. All hikes are easy, Group size: Our groups are small in size and are limited to 6 people. 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 images and have a great time doing it. Some topics we cover Time of Day: Participating in a workshop is a great way to improve your photography. We believe in capturing the best light so our workshops include sunrise and sunset shoots (weather permitting). Early morning and late afternoon has the best lighting for photography. 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 learn many basic and advanced principles related to nature photography. On location, we 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. Getting There: Plane: Bangor International Airport (BGR): 2 Hours Away About Us: 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. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.