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Join us on a photo workshop or photo tour to some of the best locations of Florida including Everglades. Big Cypress National Parks, and Sanibel.
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.
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. 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 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
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 or use credit card thru the online shopping cart.
The hotel is included in this tour.
Transportation is included from hotel to field locations. No need to rent a vehicle.
For more info or to register.:
Please visit our website and click on the photo tours link
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 25 years. 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.
Northern Lights (Aurora) Alaska Photography Tours and Workshops
Join us on a Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Alaska photo tours and workshops.
This tour is led by World Re-Known Professional Astro-Photographer John Chumack and Professional Nature Photographer John Slonina. This trip always sells out. It was covered by NASA, Spaceweather.com, Universe Today, Alaska News, Space.com, EScience other media.
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has mystified people down through 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. 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.
John Chumack watches the sunspots almost everyday year round so he has experience looking for unusual vs normal activity. This is a huge aid in predicting activity. We will also be monitoring the latest reports and predictions on the weather and solar wind.
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
This time of year has several other advantages. It has the highest percentage of clear days. It is near the Spring Equinoxes when the tilt of the earth's magnetic field mixes with the Sun magnetic fields. The Aurora combined with the snow makes some incredible foregrounds and backgrounds. The snow reflects and ambient and Aurora Light. What more could you ask for.
Please note we can't guarantee you see the aurora but obviously the odds are as good as it can get with this area, time of year, and the new moon etc. We got really lucky as we have had the aurora every trip and almost every night. We actually had a several people on our photo workshop that went to different locations like Iceland and Churchill and were unsuccessful because of high cloud cover or the wrong 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.
For more Info or to Register:
Please visit our website and click on the photo tours link
When: March 28-April 4, 2022
Included: hotel, instruction, snow coach fees, ice museum admission. The hotel is double occupancy and you can get your own room for a single supplement fee for $300
One of the hotels is World Famous Chena Hot Springs which is sold out for the next 3-4 years in the winter.
Transportation to and from hotel in Fairbanks. No need to rent a car.
Join us on a photo tour or workshop to one of America’s most beautiful places, Oregon. We will visit the stunning coast along with some spectacular waterfalls, wildflowers, and vistas of Columbia Gorge. It is a photographer’s paradise.
Oregon Pacific Coast Highway
This tour will travel along one of the most scenic and picturesque routes in the country, the Pacific Coast Highway. We will be photographing the best locations on the Oregon coast. We will visit several unique locations. This coastline is an inspiring landscape abundant with gorgeous subjects including enchanted forests, sand dunes, giant sea stacks, tide pools, dramatic cliffs, historic lighthouses, enormous waves and exciting wildlife. Each day, we will visit carefully selected sites depending on the weather forecast. We will be in the best place for that particular weather and light.
Columbia Gorge and the Hood River Valley
The Columbia River Gorge is among the rarest and most fascinating destinations on the planet. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a national scenic area.
This magical place is home to picturesque wildflowers, mountains, breathtaking vistas and majestic waterfalls, even Multnomah Falls. At 620 feet from the lip to the lower pool, Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the fourth tallest in the United States.
We will also photograph wildflowers, rivers, reflections of Mt Hood and waterfalls.
This is a landscape photographers tour but we will have some options for wildlife photography. The opportunities include Peregrine Falcon, Elk, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Black Oystercatcher, Murres and Harlequin Ducks.
This trip will be led by John Slonina, a Professional Nature Photographer and Guide.
When: May 2-9, 2022
Where: Columbia Gorge and the Oregon Coast
Tour begins and ends in Portland, Oregon
Price: $ 3295
Per person includes hotel, park admission and transportation. No need to rent a car.
Payment: Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept credit cards on our website.
Each day is paced to maximize the best light, opportunities and time of day.
Day 1: Participants fly into the Portland, OR (PDX) Airport. We will discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week. For sunset, we will photograph Mt Hood with a beautiful reflection.
Hotel: Troutdale Area
Day 2 : We will photograph wildflowers, waterfalls, and nearby overlooks with the Columbia River in the background.
Hotel: Troutdale Area
Day 3: We will photograph wildflowers, waterfalls, and nearby overlooks for the sunrise session. Later, we will drive to the coast with stops along the way. We will check in to the hotel and leave for an afternoon photo session until sunset.
We will be staying 3 nights in Bandon close to giant sea stacks and one of the most beautiful parts of the Oregon Coast. Bandon has many charms, but the beach is undoubtedly one of the Oregon Coast’s top scenic attractions. Giant sea stacks tower over your head and are seen scattered just offshore. There are caves to discover, crashing waves on the rocks, tidepools, and an astounding variety of seabirds to be photographed. We will photograph classic formations like Face Rock, Wizard’s Hat, Howling Dog and Elephant Rock.
Hotel: Bandon Area
Day 4 and 5: We will photograph several locations throughout the southern coast.
Hotel: Bandon Area
Day 6: After we photograph sunrise, we will check out of hotel. We will drive north along the Pacific Coast Highway and photograph along the way. We will check in to the next hotel and photograph until sunset.
Hotel: Newport Area
Day 7: We will photograph along the coast.
Hotel: Newport Area
Day 8: We will photograph sunrise and return to the hotel before checkout time. I will be able to drop-off people at the Portland airport for afternoon flights. We have a target time to reach the airport at 2 pm.
Our group size is limited to six people, which is substantially smaller than other tour companies. This will maximize learning and allow us to get closer to any wildlife.
This offers several advantages.
Personalized one on one attention, critiques, and photography advice. Both in the field and in the classroom. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.
We will be traveling in one vehicle. We can access more remote areas and respond quicker to photo opportunities.
What's Included: The hotels are included in this tour (7 nights stay).
We will be providing transportation. You do not need to rent a car.
To Register or More info:
Please visit our website and click on the photo tour link
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 30 years. John has a love of natural history. During the workshop, you will receive information on photography techniques and the natural world. Understanding nature not only increases your appreciation of it but also helps you become a better nature photographer.
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.
New for 2022: There is an additional boat ride. We will photograph lighthouses and seals at sunset.
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 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.
Price: $2395 (this does not include hotel or food)
PAYMENT: Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept credit card on our online shopping cart.
A block of room is reserved under Slonina Photography with a discount rate for our participants.
Who should attend:
Anyone with a interest in photography from a beginner to professional photographer who has a love of being outdoors and nature.
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. 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.
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.
To Register and Get More info:
Please visit our website and click on the Photo Tours Link
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.