2025 GREAT GREY OWL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - SESSION 1

January 19-22, 2025 | Northern Minnesota | Session 1


Additional 2025 Owl Workshop Sessions

Session 2 | January 23-26


Great Grey owls can be found along the north shore of Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. This winter scene makes a beautiful setting for this owl.



Winter Owl Workshop Overview

Join Joe Garza on this enchanting world of owls and wildlife with our upcoming photography workshop. We will enter the captivating lives of the majestic Great Grey Owls and the ethereal Snowy Owls along with other owls such as the Northern Hawk Owl, Saw-whet Owl, and the Barred Owl. These iconic birds of prey, known for their striking beauty and elusive nature, are the stars of this exclusive workshop, designed to help photographers of all levels capture their essence in their natural habitats.

Imagine the thrill of capturing the piercing gaze of a Great Gray Owl as it silently glides through the forests and snowy landscapes. These owls, with their charm and presence, have long been a subject of fascination for wildlife photographers, and now, it's your turn to learn the art of capturing their magic through your lens.

Photographers of all levels are welcome and a small group size ensures personalized attention and instruction.

Ethical and Responsible Birding Practices

Ethical birding practices will be followed. We will not feed, bait, lure, call, or disturb the owls or animals we will be photographing.

Snowy owls coming from the artic are the heaviest owl in North America. They come from the artic tundra.



Winter Owl Photography Workshop Information

As the evening sun was setting this Great Grey Qwl was resting on this tree. Perfectly posed set this amazing capture in the woods.

It was a amazing evening watching this Great Grey owl resting as the sun was setting directly behind him. These amazing owls are so majestic as they are perched chilling.

Group Size: Limited to 6 people

Cost: $2,250.00

Deposit: 50% deposit due at the time of registration which can be completed at the bottom of this page.

Included: Lodging, transportation during the workshop

Not Included: Airfare, transportation to/from the airport, meals, snacks, gratuities for instructors and/or guides.

Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop begins. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.


Workshop Instructors | Owl & Wildlife Photography Workshop

The northern Hawk Owl is a fierce owl located in the north woods and forests. Sax Zim Bog is a home for these owls.

This little fierce Northern Hawk Owl located in the Sax Zim Bog in northern Minnesota is one of most aggressive owl. These little monsters are fast and dangerous.

Led by Joe Garza, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Joe is a professional landscape and nature photographer with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. Additionally, Joe has both passion and experience when it comes to photographing owls.

We will create a relaxed, fun environment where you feel comfortable asking questions about your camera gear, settings, techniques, and composition so you can bring your photography skills to the next level. Workshops are a great opportunity to learn as the guided photography tour will bring you right to the best locations and sites so you can focus on your photography and observing these majestic birds. Feel free to contact Joe directly with any questions.


Targeted Owls, Birds, and Wildlife Photography Workshop

Snowy Owl flying just over a field.

On this workshop, we anticipate and hope to see the following owls, birds, and other wildlife:

  • Owls: Great Grey Owls, Snowy Owls, Northern Hawk Owl, Saw-whet Owl, and the Barred Owl
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee
  • Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak
  • Northern Shrike
  • Canada Jay
  • Snow Bunting
  • Ermine and Pine Martin
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Timberwolf, Moose and more!

Workshop Schedule | Owl Photography Workshop

The boreal chickadee is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is found in the boreal forests of Canada and the northern United States.

The Boreal Chickadee is one of the few birds living completely within the northern boreal forests of Canada and the United States. It prefers dense conifer stands, particularly black spruce and balsam fir. These little birds are a photographers bucket image to capture due to how rare they are to see and find.

We will meet in the lobby of Super 8 by Windham, Eveleth, MN at 6:30am on January 19 to kick off our workshop. Well take time to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions. Then we'll head out for our first day of finding owls!

Prepare to arrive and check in at the Super 8 by Windham, Eveleth, MN after 3pm on January 18. You will have the evening to yourself to get camera gear ready and then meet in the lobby the morning of the 19th to kick off the workshop.

The majority of our days will be spent driving and finding owls, birds, and wildlife to photograph. We will stop to observe and photograph on as many opportunities as the owls and wildlife present to us.

Prepare for cold temperatures cold temperatures and bring gloves and plenty of layers to stay warm. We will stop for lunch and dinner each day and the hotel offers a complimentary breakfast from 6am to 10am.

Most importantly we'll create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for a incredible experience. You will gain confidence in taking your photography skills to the next level. Our workshop will end at 9am on January 22nd. Check out of the hotel is at 11am on January 22nd.


Lodging, Travel & Transportation | Owl Photography Workshop

Lodging at the Super 8 by Windham, Eveleth, MN is included with single occupancy. You do not need to make a hotel reservation. We have secured rooms and will send you a reservation number for your room prior to the workshop. You will want to check in after 3pm on January 18th.

Amenities include Indoor Pool, Free Parking, Free WiFi, complimentary breakfast.

Your workshop fee includes check in on January 18 and check out on January 22. If you plan to arrive day earlier or stay later, please be sure to set up your own hotel accommodations.

Photo of the Super 8 in Eveleth, MN accommodations and amenities.

Travel: Plan to fly into Duluth and rent a car or take a cab to arrive the hotel. The Super 8 by Windham in Eveleth, MN is about 55 minutes from the Duluth airport.

Transportation: Transportation is provided to take everyone from the hotel to our shooting locations each day. You only need to book transportation to and from the airport.


Difficulty of Workshop and Recommended Gear

Barred owl sitting in a tree
Boreal Owl | Photo © copyright by Joe Garza.

Very little hiking is required for this workshop. Our shooting areas will give you the most remote breathtaking views to enhance your experience. The following clothing and equipment are recommended.

  • Warm snow boots
  • Warm base layers - top and bottom
  • Snow jackets
  • Warm hoodies
  • Snow pants
  • Beanies, gloves, face mask covering
  • Wool socks
  • Headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Make sure you always bring water and some snacks

Recommend Camera Gear

Ermine in the Sax Zim Bog in MN
Ermine | Photo © copyright by Joe Garza.
  • DSLR or mirrorless or camera
  • Lenses: 16-35mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm, 100mm-600mm
  • Solid tripod with either a ball head
  • Extra batteries; at least 3 full batteries charged every night due to cold weather
  • Memory Cards
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
  • Camera manual

Professional Instruction Provided During the Owl Photography Workshop Includes:

  • A guided photography tour of Owl, Bird, Wildlife habitat in Northern Minnesota
  • Shooting in manual mode (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field)
  • Lens selection for subject matter, composition, and lighting
  • Creating stunning compositions for birds and wildlife in motion and at rest
  • Capturing landscape photos
  • Focus stacking, bracketing, histogram usage, as appropriate

Winter Owl Photography Workshop



CANCELLATION POLICY

The workshop must be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop starts. Client cancellations prior to 90 days before the workshop will be eligible for a full refund or transfer of funds paid to another workshop. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.


THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

JOE GARZA

Joe Garza | Winter Owl Workshop Photography Guide

Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Joe has always had a passion for photography. It started while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's when his travels brought him all over the world. He was able to turn his passion into his profession and continues to focus on bringing you amazing images through his collection of images from National Parks, Hawaii, and the U.S. from the east coast lighthouses, Colorado mountains, and canyons and deserts across the southwest. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with with his 3 children.