Snowy Owl Workshop 2016

Snowy Owl Workshop
Please join us with your clients and witness the magic while you capture amazing images of the Silent Ghost of the North in Ontario. 

Instructors: Len Silvester, Chris Pepper, 3 or more Kevin Pepper (K2)

Dates: February.21st 2016 to Feburary,26th, 2016

Price: $2995CAD, $2295USD deposits are $1000 and balances are due 90 days before workshop starts. One day drop in $450. All prices are plus HST

Included: Single accommodation for six days and five nights, Dinner on day one, Breakfast at hotels each morning for attendees, Airport drop off via airporter or our transportation. ( 1 day drop in accommodations or meal not included.)

Not Included: Dinners(except day one where it is included, lunches Items of personal nature, international airfare, travelers insurance, anything not listed as included. 
Plan your arrival early afternoon on 21st and your departure after 8pm on the last day 

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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 sighted in numerous private property locations that we have secured permission to use. The 2012/2013/2014/2015 were very successful years with the average owl sightings of 6-8 Snowy’s, and 2 Barred owls, all located less than 2 hours of our base locations.

This workshop is designed to give you and your clients great opportunities to photograph the owls on properties not accessible to the general public. We will take you to the locations far away from the local birders and photographers so that we are not disturbed, and we will assist you and your clients with winter exposure, compensation, metering, focus tracking and more.

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 and your clients are ready. 
What we usually teach: 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. 

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Day One (always a Sunday), If you fly into Toronto airport we will direct you to a shuttle service or car service that will take you to our hotel.  
Tonight 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 week of photography. 
Dinner is included on the first night. 

Day Two We will meet at 7am 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. 
Breakfast Included 

Day Three  We will meet at 7am 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. 
Breakfast Included 

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Day Four We will meet at 7am 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.
Breakfast Included

Day Five We will meet at 7am 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). This could also be used as a possible brake away day if Great Grey owls are spotted in Southern Ontario. Many clients have an interest in photographing them as they offer a great contrast on a white blanket of snow.
Tonight we will be traveling to a new hotel for our following day with some different raptors.

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Day Six Today you get to sleep in as we will be meeting for a breakfast at 8 am. After we will take a short ten minute drive to our falconer’s property. Here we will have the opportunity to photography a Great Horned owl, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Eurasian Eagle owl, Snowy Owl, Great Grey owl and possible others. The beauty of this day is we can set up these raptors to manage our backgrounds and design desired flight paths. Around 12 we will take an hour to grab some lunch and go back for our afternoon session. Our second session we will be going back out in the fields and getting more pictures of the raptors in natural settings.
We will plan to depart around 4:30 to have you back to the airport for drop off @8pm