Osprey Photo Workshops & Tours
with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
I have more than 30 years experience leading workshops and tours in Brazil, Iceland, Newfoundland, Argentina, Chile, Kenya, the Falklands, and other international destinations plus multiple U.S. destinations including Assateague Island, Chincoteague NWR, Tangier Island, South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache, the coasts of Maine and Florida, Utah’s parks, etc. My programs are informative, fun, and well organized. I specialize in small groups for personal attention. Beginners are welcome. I enjoy speaking at camera clubs and am always looking for new sponsors.
Summer 2017 Presentations:
"A Passion for Wildlife Photography, The Stories Behind the Images," August 2, 2017, St. Mary’s County Camera Club, www.smccc.org
“A Visual Journey into Brazil’s Pantanal,” Sep 7, 2017, Silver Springs Camera Club, www.ssccphotography.org
2017/2018 Photo Workshops:
Assateague Island Photo Workshop, Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1, 2017, Sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance
This photo workshop is focused on nature photography on Assateague Island, a barrier island off the coast of MD & VA and home to the famous Assateague wild horses. It combines field experience with one-on-one assistance, classroom instruction, & image critiques. Potential subjects: sunrise & sunset, sand dunes, surf, fisherman, wild horses, and local wildlife including whitetail deer, herons, waterfowl, pelicans and shorebirds. Limited to 12 participants. To register go to the sponsor’s website. Assateague Island Alliance website.
“Bosque Wildlife,” Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Nov 27-Dec 1, 2017, co-leaders Irene Hinke-Sacilotto & Sandy Zelasko.
Along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks, eagles, hawks, turkey, meadowlarks, quail, roadrunners, coyotes, mule deer, and more.
In late November and early December, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present on the refuge. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to feed in nearby fields. Each day we will arrive at the refuge at dawn to capture images of this spectacle and more. After a mid-day break, we will return to the refuge and continue photographing until sundown. Find more information at Bosque Wildlife New Mexico Photo Workshop and investinnature.org . To register, contact Sandy Zelasko with Sandra Lee Photography, Phone: 760-749-2174.
Photography at Tangier Island, VA
April 27-29, 2018
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Island, VA, is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. It's home to watermen who make their living crabbing, fishing and oystering, as did their ancestors. We'll photograph the community and harbor at dawn plus explore the beaches, tidal creeks and wetlands in search of wildlife, including the ospreys that nest locally. From a chartered boat, we'll capture unique images of the offshore crab shanties and watermen as they work. In the past, this workshop has filled quickly, so register early. For more details and registration, go to Tangier Island Photo Workshops.
Why Select Osprey Photo Workshops & Tours?
- More than 30 years experience offering workshops and tours.
- Well-researched and planned itineraries.
- Locations scouted prior to workshops.
- Practical tips based on my personal experience.
- Image critiques during weekend workshops for immediate feedback.
- Relaxed, friendly environment to foster learning.
- Small groups for personalized attention.
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