Osprey Photo Workshops And Tours

2022 Photo Workshops

with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto


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.

Fall color in West Virginia reflecting in river.

Autumn in West Virginia

October 7-9, 2022

This photo workshop celebrates Autumn in West Virginia with visits to Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, and Dolly Sods.  The program is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of 35 mm SLR digital or mirrorless cameras 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 and image review sessions. Beginning and advanced photographers are welcome. 

Although I have conducted many photo workshops in West Virginia, I will arrive in the area several days prior to the program to scout locations and check current conditions.  The exact itinerary for the workshop will be based on results from my time scouting, weather, safety issues, park regulations, desires of the group, and on my past experience.  

For more details see my website:


Blackwater Falls

Atlantic Shoreline

Assateague Island National Seashore

Oct 28-30, 2022

April 21-23, 2023

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 one-on-one assistance in the field, classroom instruction, & image critiques. Potential subjects: sunrise/sunset, sand dunes, the surf, wild horses, and other animals including deer, fox, raccoons, herons, waterfowl, and shorebirds. Includes tips on locating, approaching, and photographing wildlife.  Limited to 12 participants.

To register for the October program, contact the Assateague Island Alliance (AIA):

For additional details, on my website see:


To register, contact AIA:


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 410 629-6095/443 614-3547

Wild Horse Fight

Pony Encounters Cattle Egret

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Assateague Island

Nov 11-13 & Nov 18-20, 2022

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located on the southern Virginia end of the 37-mile-long barrier island of Assateague.  The refuge attracts large numbers of birds—ducks, geese, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and others. It is also the home to wild horses, fox, deer, raccoons, and fox squirrels.  Under the protection of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge inhabitants are unusually tolerant of photographers and vehicles. Other potential photo subjects include the seashore, Chincoteague Harbor, and sunrises and sunsets. 

For more details see my website:


Double-crested Cormorant

Avalon Pier at sunrise

Outer Banks of North Carolina

December 6 – 9, 2022

This is my third photo workshop on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is comprised of a series of barrier island off the Atlantic coast. The area offers a variety of photographic opportunities —lighthouses, miles of pristine beaches, sand dunes, harbors, historic sites, fishing piers, wildlife reserves, and parks. Potential wildlife subjects included pelicans, herons, shorebirds, warblers, pelagic seabirds, dolphins, deer, fox, and other animals. Locations to be visited include Bodie and Currituck Beach lighthouses, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Duck boardwalk overlooking Currituck Sound, Wanchese Harbor, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve, Corolla, the Bonner Fishing Pier at Oregon Inlet, Hatteras National Seashore, and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge where it is possible to see black bears. Sunrises and sunsets are often very colorful. For the photo above, I used a slow shutter speed to photograph the Avalon Pier as a silhouette in the foreground as the sun rose above the horizon.

For more details, see my website:


Bald Cypress silhouette at sunset

Tangier work boat with crab traps

Tangier Island Photo Workshops

May 5-7 & 12-14 2023

In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Island, VA, is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Herons, rails, waterfowl and other wildlife species thrive in this rich environment.  This includes a large population of ospreys, with many nesting locally.  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.  From a chartered boat, we’ll capture unique images of the offshore crab shanties and watermen as they work.

Details coming:

Canadian Geese Family


Check out my Zoom presentations for camera clubs and other organizations.

If your club is interested, please contact me. Info is available on my website. – https://www.ospreyphoto.com/presentations-camera-clubs/

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Regarding COVID-19 virus precautions, I will follow CDC guidelines applicable at the time of the program—this could include wearing a mask indoors, social distancing, or other safeguards.

To register for any of my workshops, fill out the registration form accessible on my website: https://www.ospreyphoto.com

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (410) 679-2873 (office)
Mobile: (410) 960-5871

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