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Location: Lower Silesian, Poland
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days
Group Size: Max 6
Level of fitness required: Easy

Join Tatra Photography in Lower Silesian, Poland photographing the iconic White Tailed Sea eagle. In our location around 100 pairs of White Tailed Sea eagles are nesting. Tatra photography have exclusive use of boats to use on the lake which will give us incredible opportunities to photograph the White Tailed Sea eagle in flight, diving for fish provided from the fisherman and perched on trees & beaches.

We will have four sessions on the boats photographing the eagles and other birds which will include Cormorants, Whooper swans, Heron, Scaup, Goldeneye and Goosander. Each session will be early morning and late afternoon to capture all the best light. On average we have experienced 15 eagles diving for the fish on each session. The boats are limited to 4 people per boat so each photographer has plenty of room to maneuverer and valuable space for camera equipment.

During the other two sessions of the photography tour we will visit the local wetlands area and have the opportunity to photograph White tailed sea eagle, Crane, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Kestrel, Heron, Tufted duck, Common Coot, Common Merganser, Smew, Red Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, Grey Lag Goose, White Fronted Goose, Great White Egret, Lapwing, Kestrel and Buzzards.

Over the course of four days you will enjoy unique opportunities to capture spectacular images of Raptors and wetland birds with numerous more species in one of Europe’s top wildlife regions.  Guidance and tuition on how to get the best from each situation will be available throughout the workshop from our professional photographer Ben Hall so we’ll ensure you return home with images you’ll be proud of.

Recommended equipment

The distance of the eagles from the boat will be regulated by placing out fish. The eagles usually come within 20-50 metres of the boats. This photography tour offers you very diverse photographing opportunities so we would recommend that you bring along lenses from wide angle & 70-200mm for close up shots and 300mm-500mm for the birds in flight.

 Tutorial Presentations

presentationThe learning experience of a Tatra Photography workshop is not confined to guidance and tuition you will receive in the field, as each evening a tutorial is presented to help develop your camera and wildlife photography skills. The tutorials cover a variety of topics, for example, to enhance your camera skills they provide in-depth explanations of key camera functions, such as understanding TTL metering, achieving accurate exposures, configuring autofocus settings for wildlife photography, plus showing you how to use of depth-of-field and shutter speed creatively. To broaden your craft of wildlife photography the tutorials will help you to expand your vision of a subject, by teaching you how to appreciate the qualities of light, and guide you in the art of composition. The workshop tutor will also provide constructive feedback on your pictures during the course of the workshop, to compliment their input from the tutorials.

Your tutor for this workshop is Ben Hall. Ben is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife photographers. His personal approach to nature photography lies in the creative art of ‘seeing’. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer’s aesthetic sensitivity. He is described by “Living Edge” magazine as ‘a passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail’. Ben’s work is represented by Getty images, RSPB Images and Naturepl and is sold worldwide.
Ben specialises in bird and mammal photography and has won numerous international awards including category wins in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. In 2009 he was named ‘Geographical’ Photographer of the Year. He is a regular contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, PhotoPlus magazine, Digital SLR User, Photography Monthly and many more. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC’s Walk on The Wild Side and is a member of the 2020VISION photo team. Ben has just finished writing his first book, Wildlife Photography Workshop, which he co-authored with Ross Hoddinott.

Accommodation

Hotel Jeziroro will be our accommodation for the duration of the workshop. The hotel has spacious double & twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

All clients have a private room with no single supplement. Half board is included. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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