|Starts||May 8th 2022|
|Ends||May 14th 2022|
|Participants||4 (FULL - Returning 2025 - Email us to get on the early announce list!)|
Imagine being in a blind at ground level, 20 feet away from Green Jays, Painted Buntings, Northern Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia, Blue Grosbeaks and many other coveted species. Now, imagine all of this with colorful perches, great morning and afternoon light and beautiful buttery, out of focus backgrounds. Join us as we travel to South Texas to some of the most iconic bird photography blinds in and around the Rio Grande Valley. This workshop is five days of shooting. We’ve limited the group size to just 4 clients so you are guaranteed a lot of personal attention and quality time together!
South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley area has become known for bird blind photography. But being at a blind is not enough – critical to the success of this type of photography is creating beautiful perches and settings that the birds fly in to. Steve has been creating gorgeous setups for decades and now brings that expertise to Texas.
We have selected two exceptional ranches for this workshop: The Laguna Seca Ranch and Jones Alta Vista Ranch. Each ranch offers unique features while pulling in a wonderful diversity of species.
Over the course of this workshop you will have 9 different photo shoots! You will spend time at morning and afternoon blinds, including a set of fantastic raptor blinds to take pictures of these birds at different levels. You will also have the opportunity to photograph at a very special reflecting pool.
Each day we will head to the blinds after breakfast, shoot until the light gets harsh, have lunch and a break, and then return to the blinds for our afternoon/evening shoots.
These will be very full days so come ready for a lot of fun photography!
May 8, Sunday – Travel/arrival day
Today, you will fly in to Texas (typically McAllen airport) and drive to our first ranch, the Jones Alta Vista Ranch. We will meet together this evening for our group dinner and orientation for the workshop ahead. You will get the lay of the land with the blinds and get a feel for how to set up your gear.
May 9, Monday
Today will be a full day of photography at the Jones Alta Vista Ranch with morning and afternoon shoots. Jones Alta Vista has a wonderful chef on staff and we will enjoy all of our meals here in the historic buildings onsite.
May 10, Tuesday
Following breakfast, we will have a morning shoot at the Jones Alta Vista Ranch. Once we wrap up here, we will check out of the lodge and depart for Edinburg where we will check into our hotel. The remainder of the day will be free to explore a local wetland, process images, and get ready for the busy days of shooting ahead.
May 11, 12, 13, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
For these next three days, we will be shooting both morning and afternoon at Laguna Seca Ranch.
Laguna Seca Ranch has six different blinds including a raptor blind, and you will have the chance to be in all of them. There is also a terrific reflecting pool that you will have the opportunity to shoot at as well.
May 14, Saturday – Departure day
After a good nights rest, today you will head home.