Location: Bavarian National Park, Germany
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days
Group Size: Max 7
Level of fitness required: Easy
Photograph some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife in the natural setting of the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany. Brown bears, wolves and lynx are the focus of our 4-day wildlife adventure, and you’ll also have an opportunity to capture images of bison, rare wild horses, deer, otters and numerous species of birds of prey. With an inclusive package, which includes flight, transfers and accommodation, we’ve come up with a unique workshop that will ensure you capture once-in-a-lifetime images of some of Europe’s most endangered and enigmatic species.
The spacious wildlife ranges and large aviaries found in the wildlife enclosure of the Bavarian Forest National Park provide us with over 30-species of mountain-forest animals to photograph, within a stunning, natural environment. The population includes grey wolves and brown bears, as well as animals re-introduced to their native habitats, such as Eurasian lynx and black stork. We will also have an opportunity to photograph the endangered European bison, deer, wild boars, and river otters. The selection of birds includes eagle owls, Ural owls and grouse. Over the course of three days in the field, we will enjoy numerous opportunities to capture spectacular images of Europe’s top predators and endangered wildlife in natural forest settings. And, with the help of our top wildlife professional photographer, we’ll ensure you return home with images you’ll be proud of. We’ve also made this adventure easy to enjoy with an inclusive package that includes your flights, transfers and accommodation. In all, four days of truly spectacular wildlife photography adventure.
The 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 tour leader and photographic tutor will be with you throughout the trip in order to help you make the most of your passion for the photography of wildlife. He has a wealth of knowledge to share, and will be on hand at all times in the field to offer guidance in a relaxed and informal manner. To expand on the field based instruction your tutor will also provide further teaching by way of group tutorials held during breaks between game drives and on some evenings. In these sessions he will discuss the creative processes behind recording thrilling and memorable images of African wildlife, as well as provide inspiration for new ideas and photographic techniques for you to try.
Feedback on your pictures is crucially important to help you expand and refine your wildlife photography skills. Our tutors are keen to provide this at any time during the trip, whether on a one-to-one basis, or during the tutorial sessions. You will also be encouraged to seek instruction and ask questions to ensure you learn and gain the most from the photographic opportunities. In short your tutor will help you acquire the photographs you have come to capture!
Your tutor for this workshop is Simon Stafford. Multi-award winning professional photographer Simon Stafford has accrued a wealth of experience in his thirty-five year career.
His interest in photography began while studying Biophysics at Aberdeen University, where he talked his way into the job of photographer at the university’s weekly newspaper; he has been shooting pictures ever since. A life-long Nikon user Simon is also the Technical Editor of Nikon Owner magazine, and author of over twenty-five books on the Nikon camera system.
He was awarded Overall Winner of the Mammals category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 and had images shortlisted in the same competition in the previous two years. His work has been published internationally in newspapers, books and magazines, and his photography and writing is featured regularly in the UK photographic press, including Practical Photography, Digital SLR Photography, Professional Photographer and Nikon Pro.
He is a very knowledgeable and skilled tutor who presents a wide range of his own photography seminars and workshops, plus Simon is a highly experienced leader of landscape, travel, and wildlife photography tours in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.
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