Osprey Photo Workshops And Tours

2021/2022 Photo Workshops

with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Foal scratching. Near the beach on Assateague Island

With more than 35 years’ experience, I have led photo workshops and tours in the U.S. and abroad.

Programs feature…

  • Well-researched and planned itineraries.
  • Locations scouted prior to workshops to identify those ideal for photos.
  • Practical tips based on personal experience.
  • Image critiques during multiple-day workshops for immediate feedback.
  • Relaxed, friendly environment to foster learning.
  • Small groups for personalized attention, typically 8 participants or less.
  • Beginners welcomed.

Whimbrel shaking off loose feathers after preening.

Fall color reflected in a West Virginia stream.

Autumn in Southern West Virginia (both, wait list only)

October 15 – 17, 2021

October 22 – 24, 2021

This photo workshop celebrates autumn in Southern West Virginia near the New River Gorge.  Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills, creativity, and optimizing the use of your camera. The program includes visits to local waterfalls, views of the New River Gorge canyon from the rim, the grist mill at Babcock State Park, local wildlife, and more.  The workshop includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography in the field. Included is a critique/review of images taken during the weekend. Beginner and advanced photographers are welcome.  The exact itinerary for the workshop will be based on my findings during my pre-workshop scouting trip, the weather, safety issues, park regulations, and desires of the group.

For details see: https://www.ospreyphoto.com/event/autumn-in-southern-west-virginia/

At sunrise on Assateague Island, willet feeding in wet sand. Footprints visible.

Assateague Island National Seashore

November 5 – 7, 2021 (wait list)

NEW! April 22 – 24, 2022

Sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance

This workshop is held on Assateague Island, a barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia and home to the famous Assateague Island wild horses. The program combines field experience, one-on-one assistance, classroom instruction, & image critiques. Potential subjects: sunrise/sunset, sand dunes, the surf, wild horses, and other animals including deer, fox, raccoons, herons, waterfowl, pelicans and shorebirds. Includes tips on locating, approaching, and photographing wildlife.  Limited to 12 participants.

To register, contact the Assateague Island Alliance: https://assateagueislandalliance.org/collections/artist-workshops/products/assateague-nature-photography-fall-workshop.   

For additional details see: https://www.ospreyphoto.com/event/assateague-island-national-seashore-photo-workshop-2/

Snow fence & small dunes on Assateague Island in the early morning light.

Wild horses at Chincoteague NWR grazing on marsh grasses.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague Island & the Town of Chincoteague

Nov. 12 – 14, 2021 (1 opening) and Nov. 19 21, 2021 (waitlist)

Chincoteague NWR is located on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague.  In the late fall, the refuge attracts large numbers of birds—snow geese, ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and others. It is also the home to wild horses, fox, deer, raccoons, fox squirrels, etc. Accustomed to being protected on the refuge, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of photographers and vehicles. Other potential photo subjects include the seashore, harbor, and sunrises and sunsets. 

For details see: www.ospreyphoto.com/event/chincoteague-november-photo-workshop-2021/

Great Egrets face off. Breeding plumage displayed.

Workboat from Tangier Island

Tangier Island Photo Workshops

May 6 – 8 & 13 – 15, 2022

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. 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.

Black Skimmer fishing in a channel on Tangier Island.

For details see:


Curious Black Bear photographed on Pocosin NWR, Pungo Unit in North Carolina.

Check out my presentations for camera clubs and other organizations, either zoom or in-person.  If your club is interested, please contact me. Info is available on my website – https://www.ospreyphoto.com/presentations-camera-clubs/

COVID-19 virus precautions may apply depending on the CDC guidelines at the time of the program—possibly wearing masks, social distancing, plus other safeguards.

To register, check out future programs, explore my photo gallery, read my blogs, or sign up for my newsletter, go to my website or contact me at:

Website: www.ospreyphoto.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (410) 679-2873 (office)
Mobile: (410) 960-5871

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