South American Photography Workshop

Imagine a place where the staff don’t frown if you need a 4 o’clock breakfast before you head out for first light. A place where your passion for wildlife and photography is shared by the other guests and staff. A place where you can walk in and see four telescopes, five pairs of bins, and a mass of camera gear sitting around because we’re all relaxed and we know that it’s a place where serious bird photographers frequent.

This a place where you can see fifteen-twenty hummers in a day, a dozen other species passing by the dining room windows over breakfast, and over one hundred species... and this is even before you step foot off the balcony. Now, throw in the canopy deck, the large forest floor feeding hide, an extensive trail system, and easy access to plenty of other nearby sites, and you possibly have the ultimate nature and relaxation based destination.

Our trip to the Equator Rainforest is for 7 days/6 nights, and is structured like this...

Day 1: Arrive in Quito on your flights from home. We will meet for dinner at our hotel and have a discussion with the group on our trip in Ecuador. We will discuss shooting techniques, the environment and hand out the itinerary

Day 2: 5:30am pickup from your hotel in Quito. Birding at Yanacocha and the Nono-Mindo ecoroute with a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge. Optional editing and composition discussion for those that want to participate.

Day 3: Full day birding in the Tandayapa Valley. You can have lunch at the lodge or take a packed lunch. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge. Optional editing and composition discussion for those that want to participate.

Day 4: Full day birding in the Rio Silanche with a packed lunch. Return to Tandayapa in the evening in time for dinner. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge. Optional editing and composition discussion for those that want to participate.

Day 5: Full day birding at the Milpe Bird Sanctuary with a packed lunch. Optional visit to the Mirador Rio Blanco tanager feeders ($3 extra per person). Afternoon return to Tandayapa. Night in Tandayapa Bird Lodge. Optional editing and composition discussion for those that want to participate.

Day 6: Most of the day birding Refugio Paz, including the antpitta feeding station, with a packed lunch. There may be time for more birding at Milpe or in the Tandayapa Valley before returning to Quito in the afternoon, arriving at our hotel in Quito by around 6pm.

Day 7: Depart for home as needed from Quito airport

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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.northof49photography.com Blog: http://northof49photography.com/blog/