Snowy Owl Migration Workshop

Please join us and witness the magic while you capture amazing images of the Silent Ghost of the North and possibly even the Great Grey Ghost in Ontario.

We promise you will be captivated by their mesmerizing yellow eyes and witness the stealth flight and the subsequent attack on the unsuspecting voles and rodents they feed upon. We will get you close enough so that you can shoot with lenses from a 70-200mm to fill the entire frame upon attack of their target, to as long as a 500mm telephoto to capture the acrobatic turns and wing action while in flight.

We will locate and photograph these owls that have continually been sited in numerous private property locations that we have secured permission to use. The 2012/2013 was a very successful year with the average owl sightings of 6-8 Snowy's, 3 Great Greys and 2 Barred owls, all located less than 2 hours of our base locations. The 2014 year was an explosion year with even more owls in the area.

This workshop is designed to give you great opportunities to photograph the owls on properties not accessible to the general public. We will take you to the locations away from the local birders and photographers that line the side of the roads, looking from afar, and assist you with exposure, compensation, metering, focus tracking and more. During our workshop we also cover editing after the days photography and discuss owl behavior to watch out for while shooting.

Snowy owl photography is one of the most challenging conditions you may face, cold winds, blowing snow with a white subject, but we will make sure you are ready. In contrast, the Great Grey Owls are slow and powerful and offer different challenges. These powerful birds are slow and erratic, the challenge of capturing the iconic face and their trade mark plunge into the snow are what will set your images apart from others.

A maximum of 6 people will spend time together with Len Silvester and Kevin Pepper at a few different locations to ensure you get the shots you came to capture.
We can only take a maximum of 6 people on each workshop to keep the numbers at a mini...mum while on location. We like to make sure that minimal people are there so the owls do not get intimidated and you come away with the shots you wanted.

What you will learn: We will focus on planning for a successful bird of prey shoot... from clothing, to gear, to positioning, difficulties that shooting in snow offers and planning techniques.

When we are out photographing the owls we will discuss camera settings, holding your camera properly and what settings to consider using to maximize the number of shots that you consider a "keeper". We will also discuss bird habits to watch for to increase your success.

When we return to the hotel we will then open up our laptops and discuss editing techniques to achieve sharper images, composition from cropping and introduce you to some techniques we use to create more appealing images.

Dates:

Workshop #1 is January 25th to January 29th, 2015 with one space left.

A second workshop is now available from January 18th to January 21st, 2015.

Day One If you fly into Toronto airport we will pick you up at the airport and take you to our hotel. If you are driving up, we will give you locations and directions to our hotel.Today will go through numerous owl photos so that you can identify the photos you want to take. We will also discuss possible settings and potential hurdles you will face during our workshop when we are photographing the owls. Our goal for that session is to best prepare you for the next few days of photography.If everyone arrives early enough in the day we will get out for an afternoon session with the owls in the area.

Dinner is included on the first night.

Day Two We will meet at 8am and head out for a day of shooting Snowy Owls at different farms. Our goal is to introduce you to snowy owls. We will also go and try to find the Barred Owl that we frequently see roaming around the hay barns on these properties.

We will shoot in the morning, go and grab some lunch and discuss the morning activities. We will then prepare you for the afternoon with other birds, and if the morning birds were accommodating, spend more time with them

After our afternoon shooting we will head back to the hotel and open up our laptops and go through the images to help you edit and compose the images you took that day.

Day Three 
We will meet at 8am and head out for a day of shooting Snowy Owls at different farms. Our goal is to introduce you to snowy owls. We will also go and find the Barred Owl that we frequently see roaming around the hay barns on these properties.

We will shoot in the morning, go and grab some lunch and discuss the morning activities
before we depart or our second location.

Day Four We will meet at 8am and, if they are in the area, head out for a day of shooting different owls. If there are no Great Greys we will go find other raptors, or go back and shoot different snowy owls.

We will shoot in the morning, go and grab some lunch and discuss the morning activities. We will then prepare you for the afternoon with other birds, and if the morning birds were accommodating, spend more time with them

After our afternoon shooting we will head back to the hotel and open up our laptops and go through the images to help you edit and compose the images you took that day.

Day Five We will meet at 8am and head out to the location of the owls (if they are in their usual locations... if not, we have other owls we can visit in the area).

We will shoot in the morning, go and grab some lunch and discuss the morning activities and have one final time to go through your images to make sure you are headed home with images composed and edited to exceed your expectations.

In the afternoon we will head back to drop you off at the airport or to your vehicles for a departure around 1pm. Plan your flights for after 5pm on the 29th.

Included: Accommodation for four nights on day one through day five, Dinner on day one, Breakfast at hotels on morning of day two to day five, Coffee,juice and water, light lunch and snacks while out in the field, dinner on day one, Airport pick-up and drop off if required.

Photography teaching, Editing and Composition teaching, Transportation during workshop (including gas and insurance), Entrance Fees

Not Included: Dinner(except day one where it is included), Items of personal nature, travelers insurance, anything not listed as included.

Plan your arrival early afternoon on day one and your departure after 5pm on the last day

Price Per Person: $2595
Cdn

$750Cdn deposit to secure your spot.

If coming to Canada in the winter does not excite you... LOL... check out these migration workshops...

Bald Eagle Migration Workshop - http://northof49photography.com/bald-eagle-tour-with-len-silvester

Spring Migration Workshop - http://northof49photography.com/ontario-migration-workshop

Mother Loon and Young Workshop - http://northof49photography.com/2015-common-loon-and-algonquin-workshop

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com