Blue Cypress Lake near Vero Beach is part of Florida’s “Treasure Coast” on the eastern shore. Surrounded by drapes of Spanish moss and lined with cypress trees that glow blue in morning light, Blue Cypress Lake is home to over 240 pairs of nesting osprey. Every year at this peaceful location, busy pairs of osprey build their nests among towering cypress trees that overlook the water.
During this osprey photography workshop you will capture images of birds up-close, in-flight, and eye-level, as well as gorgeous environmental shots of the lake. You will also be treated to early morning sunrises and late evening sunsets on the lake, which are a wonderful setting for Florida bird photography.
The Best Location and Time for an Osprey Photography Workshop
Spanning more than 6,500 acres, Blue Cypress Lake is a massive territory for osprey and other wildlife. An adjacent canal system with shallow waters nearby ensure a reliable and plentiful food supply for osprey throughout the season. Osprey actively nesting, chick brooding and feeding, and flying in and out of nests at close range are all guaranteed.
We have reserved two exclusive 3 hour boat tours daily for Blue Cypress Lake photography. The dates of this osprey photography workshop are scheduled for the most coveted dates of peak chick brooding and nesting season. Planning in advance gives you up close access to photograph osprey during peak seasonal action.
What You’ll Learn
Nikhil will share the secrets of taking control of an active situation and how to best capture these magnificent birds in all their glory.
There will be a strict limit of 4 photographers per boat so you can photograph in comfort with ample space for your gear. Nikhil will spend equal time with all workshop participants, actively teaching you new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere you go.
“The opportunities to improve my photographic skills in the field were nothing short of mind-boggling. This workshop had everything I could have wished for and more: expert leadership, an experienced boatman, excellent trip companions, and stunning sightings and weather.” –Martha M.
Licensed Boat Captains Get You Where You Need to Be
During this osprey photography workshop you will be photographing from stable, modified pontoon boats with licensed captains who know the lake intimately. Our expert captains will position our group right where we need to be to create fantastic action shots.
Enjoy 3 full days of action packed bird photography on Blue Cypress Lake.
Day 1, April 13, 2018
During our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on photographing osprey at the Holiday Inn Express®. From the ideal settings for capturing action to compositional considerations for landscape photography on the lake, Nikhil will prepare you for the variety of opportunities you will encounter during the workshop. Nikhil will also go over logistics and the schedule for the following 3 days.
Day 2–4, April 14–16, 2018
Blue Cypress Lake Photography
All scheduled boat excursions are dependent on the weather. Other activities will be scheduled in case of inclement weather conditions.
Morning Sunrise Session
Each morning we will be on the lake to photograph pretty sunrises on the water and osprey in flight and on nests. We will enjoy up to 3 hours in our boats on the lake, depending on the weather and lighting conditions.
Midday Classroom Session
After our morning sunrise session we will take a break for lunch. After lunch we will meet back at our hotel for image review sessions. This is your chance to get feedback on your images made during the workshop. The feedback sessions will be constructive and help you make the necessary adjustments for some of the repetitive opportunities. One afternoon will be dedicated to a post-processing session where Nikhil will share tips and tricks to make your photos look their best.
Evening Sunset Session
In the evening we’ll enjoy the glowing light on the water for our Blue Cypress Lake photography sunset session.
- All in the field instruction
- Classroom presentations
- Friendly, personal image critiques
- Boat charter with driver/guide who knows the lake intimately
- Discounted lodging has been arranged; confirmations will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit
- Hotel breakfast if staying at Holiday Inn Express®
Itinerary Does Not Include:
- Cost of lodging and meals.
- Transportation throughout; we’ll encourage carpooling as the boat launch site is a 30 minute drive from the hotel.
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Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions.
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