# 304 Birds, Alligators and other Wildlife in Florida Photo Safari
Instructor(s): Bryce Denison
This eight-day seven-night workshop will put you in close proximity to wild alligators and wading birds that you can photograph with a 200-300mm lens – but don’t worry; you will be shooting safely from a boardwalk.
On Sunday evening after photographing all-day, a slide lecture/program will be presented on photo technique. For the balance of the week, we will be in the field photographing wildlife! The first day is Venice Rookery, then an evening shoot in Cape Coral shooting Burrowing Owls. Just after sunrise at Estero Beach then on to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The next day is Corkscrew Swamp and 12 Mile Slough. Then we drive south down the Gulf Coast with an all day stop at the Naples Botanical Garden. From there, we travel west to visit Shark Valley and the Great or Big Cypress swamp finally on to Everglades National Park at the Royal Palms station at the Anhinga Trail. Then we head up the East Coast to Wakodahatchee Settling ponds (Delray Beach), Green Cay Wetlands (Boyneton Beach) and finally up to Merritt Island just outside of Cape Canaveral. Our last stop is The Orlando Wetlands (Christmas) before returning to Orlando to fly home.
You will learn about Fresnel lenses to create a telephoto fill flash and about the natural behavior of wildlife. If you have powerful telephoto lenses or 2X converters, bring them. 35mm, digital and medium format cameras are welcome. This is tripod shooting! This workshop is appropriate for photographers and painters who will paint from their photos once back home. Airfare, lodging, and ground transportation is not included. Contact MPW for help in renting large lenses. Students attending the 300 Series Safaris will qualify for a one-day Photoshop opportunity to print exhibition quality images from their recent safari, under the tutelage of Bryce a few weeks after your return. This printing day is included at no additional charge.