Osprey Photo Workshops And Tours

2020/2021 Photo Workshops

with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Florida workshop

In 2022, look for my photo workshop on Florida’s East Coast.

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.
White-tailed deer

Young white-tailed deer with antlers in velvet.

Assateague Island National Seashore, MD

Nature & Wildlife Photography

Oct. 9 – 11, 2020

Sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance

This workshop is held on Assateague Island, a barrier island off the coast of MD & VA 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, herons, waterfowl, pelicans and shorebirds. Includes tips on locating, approaching, and photographing wildlife.  Limited to 12 participants.

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

Wild horses

Wild horses in a field on Assateague Island National Seashore.

Red fox

Red fox lying down.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague Island & the Town of Chincoteague

Nov. 13 – 15, 2020

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 snow geese along with ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and other birds. It is also the home to wild horses, deer, raccoon, fox squirrels, etc. Used to being protected, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of humans. Other photo subjects include the beach, workboats, and sunrises and sunsets.

For details see:


Sunrise with Sika Deer in water.

Sunrise with Sika Deer in water.

Yellow-crowned night heron

Yellow-crowned night heron jumping from an abandoned boat.

Tangier Island, VA, Photo Workshop

May 7 – 9, 2021

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.

For details see: 


Tangier Island harbor.

Tangier Island harbor.

Buffalo on ridge at sunset.

Buffalo on a ridge at sunset.

Badlands of South Dakota

Sept. 19-23, 2021

During this fall Badlands of South Dakota Photo Workshop, we will explore Badlands National Park and locations in the vicinity. The workshop begins with an orientation session at the Best Western in Wall Sunday evening and ends on Thursday, Sep 23, 2020 at Sunset. Typically, we will be in the field before dawn to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the early morning light. Likewise, we will end each day’s activities at sunset when the sun is low in the sky, colors are warm, and the light accentuates the relief and texture of the land.  During the beginning and end of the day, the light is soft light and complementary, without the harsh light of mid-day.  At these times, animals are more active. Photo opportunities include both the unique scenery of the Badlands and local wildlife.  I timed the trip to coincide with the emergence of fall color and ended the workshop just before the beginning of the Buffalo Round-up in Custer State Park.

The number of participants is limited to 6 providing for one-on-one instruction and maximum flexibility.  Photographers of all levels are welcome.

For details see:

Bighorn resting on a ridge.

Fall color in West Virginia mountains.

Fall color in the West Virginia mountains.

Autumn in Southern West Virginia

October 15 – 17, 2021

This photo workshop celebrates Autumn in Southern West Virginia near the New River Gorge.  The program is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature photography. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills, creativity, and optimizing the use of your camera. The workshop includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography in the field. Included is a critique/review of images taken during the weekend. Beginning and advanced photographers are welcome.

This is my fourth photo workshop in Southern West Virginia.  As always, I will arrive in area several days prior to the program to scout locations and familiarize myself with current conditions.  The exact itinerary for the workshop will be based on my findings during this time, the weather, safety issues, park regulations, desires of the group, and on my past experience.  

For details see:


Cascade in Southern West Virginia mountains.

Cascade in Southern West Virginia mountains.

Due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus, some programs may need to be rescheduled.  Wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, plus other safeguards will be applied if the virus continues to be a threat at the time of the program. All deposits will be refunded in full if a class is canceled due to the COVID virus.

Instead of live presentations for camera clubs, due to the virus, I am now doing presentations via Zoom.  If your club is interested in a Wildlife Photography presentation, please contact me.

To register, check out future programs, explore my photo gallery 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

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