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

Dates: Workshop is Feb 26- Mar 5th, 2016

Included: Accommodation for eight nights on day one through day nine, Dinner on day one, Breakfast at hotels on morning of day two to day seven, Coffee,juice and water, light lunch and snacks while out in the field, dinner on day one, Airport 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: This Workshop is SOLD OUT

$750Cdn deposit to secure your spot.

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, and 2 Barred owls, all located less than 2 hours of our base locations. The 2015 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.

A maximum of 5 people will spend time together with Len Silvester and Chris Pepper and co leader David Miles at a few different locations to ensure you get the shots you came to capture. We can only take a maximum of 5 people on each workshop to keep the numbers at a minimum 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.

Day One If you fly into Toronto airport we will pick you up and will take you 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 you arrive in the afternoon we will meet for dinner to discuss the days ahead.

Dinner is included on the first night.

Day Two Today 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. This day will help prep you on tracking abilities and to be mindful of backgrounds setting for rest of our week.

After our session we will be on our way North to settle in at our hotel for the next 4 days

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.

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 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 Five We will meet at 7am and, if they are in the area, head out for a day of shooting the different 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 Six 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 more snowy owls. We will also go and look for the bald eagles and peregrine falcons that we frequently see picking off ducks at a local area on the lake. While we are waiting for the money shot many rare birds are stacking for migration in this area.   We will shoot in the morning, go and grab some lunch and discuss the morning activities before we depart to our second location.

Afternoon session will be determined based on current activity in the area for best photo opportunities.

Day Seven Today we are on the move again, we will grab our breakfast and start our journey north again. In the morning we will be stopping at a major stacking and fly zone for the north. This area keeps all the ducks and snow geese tight as they can only stay in a small open water area on the river. Steaming fog rolls off the water from the morning sun makes this a great area for stunning pictures. Our goal is to reach our hotel mid-day, we will stop for a quick lunch and head off to Algonquin Park. The park is a great area to view Moose, Deer, Pine Martins and Fox. Along with a frequented area for many birders as its large feeding areas are set up to assist migrating birds over the winter.

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 Eight We will have a light meal in the morning and head back out to the Park again. Based on wildlife sightings we will focus on different areas of the park. Algonquin is home to 3000-4000 moose and many wolf packs. Most trails are very easy to walk and are not that long so we don’t have to lug our gear far. In the afternoon we will go back to back to photograph birds and possibly find some Great Grey owls as we have spotted them in the park before. We will return back to our hotel after sunset.

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 Nine- Today we will start our journey back south. On our way we will stop buy a few frequented areas know for deer and red fox sightings. After our lunch we will complete our drive back to the Airport. Please book your flights after 5pm.