Winter Owl Photo Tour | Owl Photography Workshop
January 24-27th, 2024 | Northern Minnesota
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Additional Owl Workshops for 2024
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.
Winter Owl Photography Workshop Information | Great Grey Owl Photos
Group Size: Limited to 3 people; larger groups can be accommodated.
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 Photo Tour
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
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 | Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop
We will meet in the lobby of Super 8 by Windham, Eveleth, MN at 6:30am on January 25 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 24. You will have the evening to yourself to get camera gear ready and then meet in the lobby the morning of the 25th 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 ends after lunch on January 27th. Check out of the hotel is at 11am on January 27th.
Lodging, Travel & Transportation | Winter 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.
Amenities include Indoor Pool, Free Parking, Free WiFi, complimentary breakfast.
Note that our rooms are only booked and scheduled for the night of January 24th and check out on January 27th. If you plan to arrive day earlier or stay later, please be sure to set up your own hotel accommodations.
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
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
- Hand/toe warmers
- Make sure you always bring water and some snacks
Recommend Camera Gear
- 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 Winter 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