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New Website 2014 Schedule

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It has a new photos. blog, and a 2014 schedule

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Winter Photography Tips

Photography Tips Winter

Polar Bears

The weather outside is frightful for photography it is quite delightful.

Let it Snow!!! Let it Snow!!! Let it Snow!!!

Winter photography can be challenging but it is worth the effort. Here are some tips to improve your winter photography.

Don’t Exposure Camera equipment to Extreme Temperature Changes. Condensation is a major problem for camera equipment. Electronics and moisture don’t mix well. The good news is that the moisture will eventually evaporate if the equipment is allowed to warm up to room temperature, but it can take a long time.

I keep my camera in its bag before going indoors or outside. The bag insulates the gear a little from extreme temperature changes. When I return home I just leave my gear in the camera bag and make sure I don’t open the bag for at least one hour.

I also keep my car cold. It minimizes condensation. It also seems like less of a shock from going out of the warm vehicle to the cold. If you take off you gloves and coat, crank the heat,  you will find it tempting not to even get out of the car and take a picture.

Keep batteries warm. Your camera will work fine in very cold temperatures as long as it has functioning batteries. Batteries drain quicker with cold weather. When I do a winter shoot I often bring several sets of batteries which are charged daily. Certain types of batteries perform better than others in the cold. I keep extra batteries in a pocket inside my jacket where I can keep them warm. Sometimes I put a chemical hand warmer in that pocket also. I often rotate the batteries between my camera and my warm pocket.

Tripods: Avoid touching a cold tripod with you bare hands. Some people use tripod leg warmers to help with this problem. Several manufactures make tripod leg warmers. You can also use plumber’s pipe insulation for the tripod legs. For less than five bucks you can make your own tripod leg covers from foam pipe insulation and hockey tape (the best tape to use ’cause it can handle the cold). Be careful not to force your tripod into the snow. You can damage you tripod.

A Lens hood can help to prevent problems with snow on the front element of a lens from falling or blowing snow.

Hand Warmers are easy to use, they start warming the instant you open the package. You can keep some in your boots, gloves, and coast pockets.  I keep one stuffed in each glove or mitten, and this way my gloves are always warm when I put them back on.

Exposure:  don’t blow out the whites. The camera will want to make the snow a neutral gray color which is a problem. Learn to read the histogram and you will find exposing the snow properly is very easy.

Get out early. Winter landscape photography looks best with fresh snow on the branches. It is best to be out there before it melts or gets blown off the branches.

Take extra precautions. Let other know of you travel plans in event of an emergency. Bring emergency supplies with you on your adventures.

You can add interest and color to snow shots simply by including a colorful object or two in your composition.

Fly to Florida. If you need a break from the cold you can’t beat Florida. It is warm and incredibly beautiful. The wildlife photography is incredible. Winter is the dry season in Florida. Since there is less water the wildlife concentrates into smaller areas which make it a wildlife photographer’s paradise.

Some of my favorite photo opportunities are during winter. Don’t let the cold keep you inside. Get out and enjoy.


How to Dress for Winter Outdoor Photography

 

ALASKA SUNRISE PHOTO TOUR

ALASKA SUNRISE WINTER

 

Dress for the Cold. Proper dress is critical for outdoor winter photography. It will keep you warm, comfortable and dry. Winter weather can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

The important thing to remember is to dress in layers. Layering simply means wearing a combination of clothes (in layers) to help regulate your temperature and keep you warm and dry. You can add or subtract layers to match the weather and activity. Once you have a layering plan, you can adjust your temperature control simply by removing or adding layers as needed.

There are essentially three layers to consider: base, mid, and outer. Each layer has a specific function. The base layer wicks moisture & perspiration away from your skin to keep you warm. The mid layer is for insulation and keeping you warm. The outer layer allows moisture to escape while blocking wind, and repel water.

The base layer is in contact with your skin. A tight fitting and wicking material is best to keep you warm and dry. Polypropylene, silk, polyester, Thermax, Thinsulate, and wool are all good choices Base layers come in various weights (lightweight, midweight and heavyweight). Select a weight based upon the outside temperature and your activity level. The lighter weight is better at wicking, the heavyweight has more insulation.

The Mid layer provides insulation. The insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Common material for mid layers includes down, polyester, fleece, wool and synthetic/ natural blends. Many mid layer clothing has extras such as pit zips, long front zippers, adjustable cuffs and collars.

The outer layer blocks wind and allows moisture to escape. An outer shell is an important piece in bad weather, because if wind and water are allowed to penetrate to your inner layers, you begin to feel cold. Furthermore, without proper ventilation, perspiration can’t evaporate but instead condenses on the inside of your shell. Typical outer layers include shells made of Gore-Tex or a similar material. Extras such as pit zips, ankle zippers (for pants), and a variety of ventilation options are standard. Outer layers should also be tough enough to withstand tears and abrasions. Other less high tech options may include wind resistant materials, or water resistant fabrics. I personally like a coat that has pit zips and a hood.

Avoid cotton because it traps moisture, so it stays wet and draws heat from you. Anything that can dampen your clothes, such as perspiration, rain, or falling in the water, can cause cotton to start robbing you of heat fast.

Gloves are very important for winter photography. It is hard to shoot with cold hands. The cold temperatures can also damage them. I have tried several different methods to keep my hands comfortable. There are several options.

a.) Heavy gloves are too bulky to set camera controls. If I am not shooting that much I use this method and quickly take my hand out of the glove for adjusting controls.

b.) There are gloves which split and allow quick access to thumb and finger tips. The fingers simply can be opened up temporarily so you can operate the camera or gadget directly while keeping the rest of your hand warm.

c.) I like using glove liners with and without heavy gloves. Glove liners allow access to controls. They will keep you hands a little warmer. I can also use them with a heavier glove when I am not photographing.

Footware: Waterproof and insulated Hiking boots. Socks should be layered also.

Gaiters are an essential element of your gear for winter and spring backpacking. Many backpackers and hikers also use them year round. In the winter and spring, gaiters provide extra insulation for your lower legs, particularly if you are snowshoeing. During mud season, they are also essential for keeping your socks dry. If you do a lot of bushwacking, they also provide a lot of extra leg protection. Many people will also use them in drier seasons to keep rocks and sand from getting into their boots or trail shoes. Gaiters come in different lengths called high and low gaiters. High gaiters are used for snowshoeing and mountaineering and extend to just below your knees.

Lip Balm and Sunblock. Prevent your lips from cracking in the cold and protect your face from sunburn. The sun still project UV light in the winter even on cold days.

Sunglasses are very important.  The sun reflects a lot of glare of the snow even on cloudy days so protect you eyes.

Dress warm and you will be a lot more comfortable and safer which will lead to better photographs.


Presentations on Photography

Hello Everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Things have been very busy at Slonina Photography. I have been traveling across the United States leading photo workshops and tours. I also have been doing several presentations to various groups and conferences on photography. It is a lot of fun I love to teach new techniques and tips. You meet some very interesting people.

Here is a photo from last weekend.

Nature Photography Presentation

I love to lecture on photography and nature.

 


Black Bear Nap

Too much time on your paws.  Zzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz

Black Bear Sleeping

What Does A Bear use for an alarm clock?

 


Photo Tours and Workshops New England (1 Day)

Join us as we photograph several great locations throughout New England.

Currently we have 5 trips planned.

They will  come back with some great pictures and have fun.

Southern Maine Coast Photo Tour:  December 1, 2013

Photograph winter landscapes along the beautiful Maine Coast. The day will begin with sunrise shoot. We will photograph the dramatic rocky coastline, pounding surf, lighthouses, fishing harbors, lobster boats etc.

Mid Day we will take a well deserved break at a warm restaurant then back out to continue our photo adventure. We will conclude with sunset at Nubble Light which will be lit up with Holiday lights.

Plum Island MA-NH Coastline Photo Tour:   January 12, 2013

Join us on a photo tour as we photograph the Massachusetts and NH Coastline. We will visit several areas looking for local wildlife and beautiful landscapes. We will be out from sunrise to sunset with a mid day break for lunch.

The day will begin with sunrise shoot at Plum Island NWR. We will work our way to Salisbury Beach and head north along the 18 mile NH Coastline. I will also be looking for beautiful landscapes and winter wildlife like Bald Eagles, Seals, Snowy Owls, and anything else we come across.

Quabbin Reservoir (Massachusetts) Photo Tour: March 23, 2013

Located in central Massachusetts, It was built in the 1930′s to provide clean drinking water for the Boston region. Over 2500 people in the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescottsections of seven other towns were forced to give up their homes in the Swift River Valleyto make this project possible.

Today, Quabbin is recognized as one of the largest drinking-water reservoirs in the world, a remarkable feat of engineering, an “accidental wilderness” that is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, and a wonderful place to explore winter landscapes. Join us as we hike into Quabbin Reservoir to experience the beauty of the wilderness and diversity of life and habitats.

Note: In the event of a snow storm this tour will be cancelled and participants will be issued a full refund.

NH and Southern Maine Coastline Photo Tour:   March 30, 2013

Join us on a photo tour as we photograph theMaineand New Hampshire Coastline. We will visit several areas looking for local wildlife and coastal landscapes. We will photograph from sunrise to sunset with a mid day break for lunch.

We will head north along the 18 mile NH Coastline and intoSouthern Maine. The dramatic rocky coastline, pounding surf, lighthouses, fishing harbors, lobster boats etc provides us with unlimited subjects to photograph. I will also be looking for winter wildlife like Bald Eagles, Seals, Snowy Owls, and any other wildlife we come across

Newport (Rhode Island) Photo Tour: May 4, 2013

This photo tour we will cover the beautiful hotspots of Newport, RI. We will photograph some of the many marinas, Fort Adams State Park, Newport Bridge, Goat Island, Ocean Drive, the Lighthouse, and many other Gems. This is a great time to visit Newportbefore the busy tourist season.

For more information please visit

http://www.sphotography.com/tours.htm


See the Light

See the Light

Light Matters

Join us on a photo workshop or tour. See the Light

 


Photo Workshop Tip: 360 Degrees

Acadia Photo Tour

Cadillac Mountain Sunset

Here is a photo taken of Cadillac Mountain from my Acadia National Park Instructional Photo Tour.

Whenever you are photographing constantly look around 360 Degrees.

Sometimes you may be anticipanting a photo but the best shot is behind you.


Understanding Shutter Speed

osprey

This Osprey photo was taken at 1/1000 of a sec

Shutter speed is the amount of time a shutter is open. It is measure in seconds usually fractions of seconds.

Common shutter speeds include

1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8. ¼, ½, 1 second, 2 seconds etc

Each one is approximately double the other.

Motion:

When considering shutter speed consider whether your subject is moving. Do you want the subject to be blurred or sharply focused?

In most cases I hope to stop the motion. There are a few exceptions

a.) Water: If taking a photo of a waterfall and want to show how fast the water is flowing.

b.) If you want to see a feeling of speed like a running Elk or photos of stars where you are trying to show how the stars move over a longer period of time..

Here as some common shutter speeds and their applications.

  • 1/2000 s and 1/1000 s: Used to take sharp photographs of moderately fast subjects under normal lighting conditions. A good example  would be photographing birds in flight and moving subjects.     
  • 1/500 s and 1/250 s: Used to take sharp photographs of people in motion in everyday situations. 1/250 s is the fastest speed useful for panning. I use this shutter speeds for mammals and other wildlife that is not moving fast.
  • 1/125 s and 1/60: This speed, and slower ones, are no longer useful for freezing motion. I use this speed for subjects that are not moving.
  • 1/30 s: Used for panning subjects moving slower than 30 miles per hour and for available-light photography. Images taken at this and slower speeds normally require a tripod or other camera support to be sharp.
  • 1/15 s and 1/8 s: This and slower speeds are useful for  photographs other than panning shots where motion blur is employed for deliberate effect, or for taking sharp photographs of immobile subjects under bad lighting conditions with a tripod-supported camera. I like this shutter speed for waterfalls and moving water. This speed will blur the water and give it a cotton candy like effect. This speed requires a tripod.
  • 1/4 s, 1/2 s and 1 sec: Also mainly used for motion blur effects and/or low-light photography, but only practical with a tripod-supported camera.
  • B (bulb mode) (1 minute to several hours): Used with a mechanically fixed camera in night and astrophotography and for certain special effects.

If you are using a shutter speed slower than 1/60 of a second you will need additional camera or lens support like a tripod. Actually I recommend a tripod for almost every picture anyway.

Relationship with Aperture:

Remember as discussed in a earlier Blog post on Aperture.

Shutter speed and Aperture have an inverse relationship.

Faster shutter speed = less the depth of field.

Slower shutter speed = more depth of field

As you change shutter speed you may need to change the Aperture or ISO or both to compensate for it.

For example if you speed up your shutter speed one stop (for example from 1/125th to 1/250th) you’re effectively letting half as much light into your camera. To compensate for this you’ll probably need to increase your aperture one stop (for example from f16 to f11). The other alternative would be to choose a faster ISO rating (you might want to move from ISO 100 to ISO 400 for example).

Please consider joining us on a photo tour or workshop.

http://www.sphotography.com/tours.htm


Weekly Photo Tips

 

Grizzly Bears and Cubs

Grizzly Bear and Cubs

Every week will be adding some new photography tips to our blog. I am going to target Wednesdays.

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Florida Photo Tour Wildlife List Feb 2012

Alligator Photo Workshop Florida

American Alligator

WILDLIFE  CHECKLIST: FLORIDA PHOTO TOUR

REPTILES:  American Alligator, American Crocodile, Anole, Red Bellied Turtle

MAMMALS: West Indian Manatee,  Raccoon, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White Tailed Deer, Dolphin,Doberman Pinscher

 DUCKS: Whistling-Duck, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, 

PODICIPEDIDAE — GREBES:  Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe

CICONIIDAE — STORKS:  Wood Stork 

PHALACROCORACIDAE — CORMORANTS: Double-crested Cormorant 

 ANHINGIDAE — ANHINGAS & DARTERS: Anhinga B 

 PELECANIDAE — PELICANS: American White Pelican, Brown Pelican 

 ARDEIDAE — HERONS, BITTERNS & ALLIES: Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, □ Tricolored Heron,  Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret,  Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, 

THRESKIORNITHIDAE — IBISES & SPOONBILLS: White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill 

 CATHARTIDAE — NEW WORLD VULTURES: Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture 

 PANDIONIDAE — OSPREYS: Osprey 

 ACCIPITRIDAE — HAWKS, KITES, & EAGLES: Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk 

 RALLIDAE — RAILS, GALLINULES & COOTS: Purple Gallinule, Common Gallinule, American Coot 

 ARAMIDAE — LIMPKINS: Limpkin 

 GRUIDAE — CRANES: Sandhill Crane 

 CHARADRIIDAE — LAPWINGS & PLOVERS:  Wilson’s Plover, Killdeer 

 RECURVIROSTRIDAE — STILTS:  Black-necked Stilt

 SCOLOPACIDAE — SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES & ALLIES: Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Sanderling,  Semipalmated Sandpiper

 LARIDAE— GULLS, TERNS & SKIMMERS: Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Least Tern, □ Caspian Tern   

COLUMBIDAE — PIGEONS & DOVES: White-winged Dove  

STRIGIDAE —OWLS: Great Horned Owl,  Burrowing Owl, Barred Owl  

PICIDAE — WOODPECKERS:  Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker  

 TYRANNIDAE — TYRANT FLYCATCHERS: Eastern Kingbird  

 LANIIDAE — SHRIKES: Loggerhead Shrike  

 CORVIDAE — CROWS & JAYS: Blue Jay, American Crow  

 MIMIDAE — MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS:  Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird  

 PARULIDAE — WOOD-WARBLERS: Ovenbird,  Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler

 CARDINALIDAE — CARDINALS & ALLIES: Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting,  Painted Bunting   

ICTERIDAE — BLACKBIRDS: Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle 

 PASSERIDAE — OLD WORLD SPARROWS : House Sparrow


Wild Florida Photo Tour Results

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill in Florida

Wild Florida Photo Tour Results 2011.  

I just got back from Florida last week. It was a long but exciting trip. It started out on a bad note when the Patriots lost the Superbowl. Thankfully each day got better. 

I spent many weeks preparing for this trip even though I have photographed Florida for almost 20 years. It is important to keep up with the recent wildlife reports. I check the internet, call and email other photographers, birders, biologist etc. I also monitor the water levels and tide charts. 

I drove down a week early to scout out the area. I checked on some eagle, osprey and owl nests.  Some of my most photogenic nests were vacant this year but I had other ones planned out. 

The tip started off in Fort Myers. Participants flew into the Fort Myers Airport and took a shuttle to the hotel. This group was a lot of fun. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time.  

The wildlife on this trip put on quite the show.  

Some of the highlights were 

  • Roseate Spoonbills (multiple locations)
  • Manatees (Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve) one 10 feet away
  • Alligators (multiple locations) including Baby Alligators
  • American Crocodile
  • Some of the herons, egrets, anhingas, wood stocks, vultures, and cormorants were so close they were able to get head shots.
  • Pelicans: Both White and Brown Pelican were photographed. Some nesting, perched, and diving for fish.
  • Bald eagles: (multiple locations)
  • Nesting Burrowing, Great Horned and Barred Owls.
  • Purple Gallinule (Multiple locations Everglades)
  • Limpkin: (multiple days and locations)
  • Osprey: perched, in flight, nesting (multiple locations)
  • Red Shoulder Hawk (multiple locations)
  • Black necked Stilt (multiple locations)
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Painted Bunting
  • Watching hundreds of birds return to their rookery at night
  • The beauty of the Everglades, Sanibel Island, Big Cypress Preserve
  • Burrowing Owls (multiple nests)
  • Great Horned Owls (two locations)
  • A great sunset in the Everglades
  • Reddish Egrets
  • Ospreys nest building at Sanibel Island
  • The vultures at Myakka
  • Robert was Here: Tropical Drinks

 

It was sad to drop people off at the airport after the tour was over. 

Thank you all for the memories and laughs. 

 You never know what you are going to see in Florida everyday is an adventure. 

 I can’t wait for next year. 


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Virginia

 

Wild Horses

Wild Horses Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

I am currently at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Virginia. I love this place it is beautiful and it is a great place to see wildlife. Today i started off with a beautiful sunrise and later photographed the wild horses. I have been here several times and you really can’t go wrong. We will be leading a photo workshop there November 16-18, 2012.  Hope you can join us.

http://www.sphotography.com/chincoteague%20photo%20tour.htm


Roseate Spoonbill Florida

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I love photographing Florida I have been going there for several years.

The Roseate Spoonbills is one of my favorite birds. This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders.

We still have space on on Florida Photo Tour.  

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup


Dream Big

Dream Big Slonina Photography Tour

Dream Big


Moose Country Photo Tour (Trip Report)

PITTSBURG, NH

SUNRISE FIRST CONNECTICUT LAKE

I just returned from leading my Moose Country Photo Workshop. It was a lot of pictures, laughs and most of all fun. The days were long with a 4:30am sunrise and a sun that set around 8:40pm.

Over the weekend we saw 12 moose, 4 white tailed deer, snowshoe hares, red fox, several species of birds, wildflowers. We also photographed Common Loons, a nesting Osprey and Common Mergansers.

Several of the local residents reported seeing less moose that usual this year. Some of the reasons include Tick Infestations, Late Spring, Heavy Snowfall, increased hunting pressure. We did manage to see 12 moose but we worked for it. I guess you can’t go wrong in the Northern Forest.

We also had two amazing sunrise shoots. The first one was at Lake Francis with the sun rising thru the morning fog and another at first Connecticut Lake. We also did a sidetrip to Rangeley where we photographed more Moose, Rangeley Lake, and Height of the Land. Other subjects included a waterfall which looked great with the recent rainfall.

We visited several locations throughout Northern New Hampshire and Maine. Many miles of both dirt and paved roads near the Canadian Border.

The participants in the group were wonderful people that I would definitely now call friends. You got to be a little crazy to get on location before the sun even rises and spend the weekend taking pictures deep in the heart of moose country. It is nice to know I am not the only crazy one.

Thank you for attending.

Next year’s trip will be June 15-18, 2012 and will include a platoon boat wildlife ride on Lake Umbagog.

Stay in touch.


New Hampshire Fall Tour

FALL FOLIAGE: NEW HAMPSHIRE SEPT 30-OCT 2 and or OCT 3-5
Join us as we travel to the beautiful White Mountains and Northern NH to photograph fall foliage. This is timed to see some of New England’s most beautiful places during the peak times. We will photograph mountains, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, reflections, birch trees etc. The subject matter is endless at this wonderful time of year.

There is also a discount if you mention this website.

Please visit our website or contact us for more information

http://www.sphotography.com/tours.htm


Acadia National Park, Puffins Photo Tour and Workshops

Acadia Photo Tours and Workshops

Acadia Photo Tours and Workshops

Acadia National Park and the Puffins Photo Tour and Workshop 

http://www.sphotography.com/acadia-photo-tour/

June 11-15, 2014 (3 Spaces)

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.

June 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. June has 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 4:45am and Sunset around 8:20pm. 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.

http://www.sphotography.com/acadia-photo-tour-workshop-galleries/

http://www.sphotography.com/testimonials/

When:

June 11-15, 2014

Price:

$895 (this does not include hotel or food)

Deposit: $300

Please note: This trip always sells out.

So please register early.

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) 736-1167 or use the online shopping cart.

Lodging:

A block of room is reserved under Slonina Photography with a discount rate for our participants.

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center (800)- 336-2463.

Estimated price $93 night with a incredible ocean view. The hotel is strategically located to prime sunrise/sunset locations. It is also close to downtown bar harbor.

http://www.barharbormainehotel.com/

Participants are not required to stay there. There a numerous lodging and camping options with different price ranges. We have hotel starting around $60

Please contact us for details.

For more info please visit

http://www.sphotography.com/photo-tours-and-workshops/

Cancellation:

If you cancel before 90 days of departure you will receive a full refund.

If you cancel within 90 days you will lose deposit amount.

Unless we are able to fill the spot. Then there will be a full refund.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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 our workshops include sunrise and sunset shoots (weather permitting). Early morning and late afternoon has the best lighting for photography. Mid day sunny days is not as photogenic and more windy. Also early morning has some other advantages less traffic and people, wildlife is more active, and less wind.

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.

Getting There:

Plane:

Bangor International Airport (BGR):  1 Hour Away

Bar Harbor Airport (BHB): 15 minutes

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.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

John Slonina

Slonina Nature Photography


Great Gray Owl

The Watcher In the Woods

About this picture: Great Gray Owls are one of my favorite birds. When I photographed this bird it was perfectly parallel to the tree.  I then changed my locations to the side of the owl which was now totally blocked by the same tree.  What I was anticipating was the owl peaking around the tree and looking at me which he did.  This viewpoint gives you a sense of mystery since his face is partially blocked.

The Great Gray Owl is the largest owl in North America. The Great Gray Owl has a body length of about 24 – 33 inches, a wingspan of 4 1/2 – 5 feet, and weighs only 1 1/2 – 3 pounds, despite its large size. Great Gray lacks ear tufts and has a relatively large head and small eyes. Like other owls, the great gray owl has eyes that face forward. This gives it depth perception. Also, like other owls, one of its ear holes is higher than the other. This helps it identify the source of a sound, which is useful in finding prey.

 Great Gray Owls prefer dense forests interspersed with open meadows, clearings, or bogs. This owl lives in taiga, boreal, and mountainous forests of North America

The main food of this owl is small mammals, like voles, but it will also eat birds, amphibians, and insects. They hunt mainly during dusk and dawn (crepuscular) from a perch at the forest edge or in a clearing, but will also hunt at night (nocturnal) and occasionally during the daytime (diurnal). They have a keen sense of hearing and can dive in the snow and catch a rodent that was not even visible.

Even Though they are the largest of the North American Owls they are Great Horned and Snowy Owls are stronger and weigh more.


Two Headed Black Bear

When i was in Minnesota I photographed several bears but I had no idea I would bump into the elusive Two headed bear (lol)


The Watcher

black bear

the watcher

While I was crossing an open field I noticed this black bear watching me.


Black Bear Photo Workshop June 2011

Join us as we travel to Northern Minnesota . We will be visiting one of the best places to photograph wild black bears in North America.  This a great time to photograph young cubs. We hope to photograph many different behaviors with the bears. We also will keep an eye out of other widlife and landscape oppurtunities.

The Dates are June 9-12, 2011 price includes lodging.

For more info

http://www.sphotography.com/bear%20tours.htm

Black Bear Mother and Cubs


Black Bear Cub Naptime

Black Bear Cub

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