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Photograph the famous
Bosque del Apache blast-off.

Beautiful Bosque, New Mexico workshop

 

In conjunction with Natures Images, join us in New Mexico's Bosuqe del Apache Reserve. It is here we'll see one of most incredible sights and sounds the US winter has to offer, the early morning and evening take-off and landing of tens of thousands of Snow Geese. This is an awe inspiring experience for wildlife photographers! Photos courtesy of Natures Images.

DETAILS

Alongside the target species of Snow Geese, we will also have opportunity to photograph the over-wintering Sandhill Cranes roosting nearb. The conditions at this time of year are nearly always cold, clear and colourful offering silhouettes, blurred mass take-offs, individual portraits: there’s something to cover all bases. For daytime options we will look to including sunning Roadrunners, Coyotes, Mule Deer, colourful Meadowlarks and Quails before finding the best dusk silhouette opportunities to end the day. A full agenda full of colour and photographic potential is offered on this trip.

 

Group size

For our 2022 trip, this photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 4 with one photographic guide.


For our 2023 trip, this photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 8. With two photographic guides.

 

Fitness level
Walking around the reserve and other areas will be on flat and relatively easy going terrain. There will be early starts but also some down time during the day too.

 

Accomodation
Clean and comfortable US style Motel accomodation, on a shared twin room basis, will be used. American sized rooms always offer large beds and ample space to share. Single supplement options available on request.

Alongside the target species of Snow Geese, we will also have opportunity to photograph the over-wintering Sandhill Cranes roosting nearb. The conditions at this time of year are nearly always cold, clear and colourful offering silhouettes, blurred mass take-offs, individual portraits: there’s something to cover all bases. For daytime options we will look to including sunning Roadrunners, Coyotes, Mule Deer, colourful Meadowlarks and Quails before finding the best dusk silhouette opportunities to end the day. A full agenda full of colour and photographic potential is offered on this trip.

 

Group size

For our 2022 trip, this photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 4 with one photographic guide.

 

For our 2023 trip, this photography workshop holds a maximum group size of 8. With two photographic guides.

 

Fitness level
Walking around the reserve and other areas will be on flat and relatively easy going terrain. There will be early starts but also some down time during the day too.

Accomodation
Clean and comfortable US style Motel accomodation, on a shared twin room basis, will be used. American sized rooms always offer large beds and ample space to share. Single supplement options available on request.

GUIDES

Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside being a judge for both that and other international photography competitions.

In 2023 Richard will be joined by Chris Gomersall, a professional photographer with over 35 years experience. This includes 14 years as the in-house photographer for the RSPB. He has done commissioned work for the WWF (UK), BBC wildlife magazine and many more, as well as being one of the other few British winners of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

 

TESTIMONIALS

N Kingston

As a fan of Richard Peters’ work I was delighted when my wife booked a 6 hour one-to-one workshop for my birthday. I have enjoyed taking wildlife photographs for a long time, gradually improving but realised I was taking the same old photographs. It was time for a new approach, good advice and a fresh pair of eyes. Upon arrival to our workshop, Richard bought me a coffee and we sat down to a short portfolio review. Richard looked at how I had composed, cropped and processed my images using Lightroom and suggested options and alternatives. It was a fantastic eye opener to have professional opinion and critique and Richard shared his technical skills and passion for photography, along with some methods of using light creatively. This Lightroom overview helped me learn some great shortcuts, which have since made a big improvement to my workflow. A run through of important camera settings, lots of questions from me and lots of great answers from Richard and we set off with our cameras to put the theory into practice. We soon spotted a very co-operative heron in some great light, I snapped away listening to Richards tips and it was great to see my shot then the next shot with Richards suggestions incorporated (you could really see the difference). The afternoon ended with an amazing sunset and, taking Richards advice, I waited until the sun had dropped low enough to experiment with backlighting. The 6 hours flew by and it was a fantastic day, with advice and encouragement from Richard throughout, and some great shots on the camera. Richard’s knowledge, and ability to pass it on in easy to understand ways, made this a valuable experience for me to push my photograph forward and help turn the same old photos into something new. Thank you!

K Bangs

As a relative newcomer to the world of photography, I booked a one-to-one with Richard with only 4 months experience of using a DSLR camera.

My aim was to improve my overall understanding of the different settings, including manual, with an overall objective to improve my wildlife photography (off the auto setting!) prior to my impending holiday to Africa. One of the specific issues I had been finding tricky was focusing on moving subjects, Richard soon put me on the right track and resolved this.

Richard also provided me with lots of well explained advice around different camera settings and image composition, which we put into practice throughout the day. I opted for the image review at the start of the session, I found this particularly useful as it helped highlight any areas that needed development during the session and also increased my confidence through the constructive feedback. Overall the workshop was really beneficial in terms of improving my knowledge and understanding, but it was also a really enjoyable day.

I would highly recommend a one-to-one to anyone wishing to develop their skills.

T Gehlot

Having seen Richard’s incredible work I was naturally a little intimidated when I initially booked my one-to-one with him. However he immediately made me feel at ease with his humour and friendly nature and our workshop had a great flow and was well thought out.

What I loved the most is that it was informative yet open and relaxed. Richard is a humble and passionate photographer who was very willing to share his tips and tricks and as a result of only a few hours together, I now have a much better understanding of where I am as a photographer and the areas I need to concentrate on to improve my photographic skills.

I wasn't sure going in how much benefit I would get from my workshop but it exceeded my expectations, everything was explained with great clarity and it inspired me to be more creative and confident.

Richard's knowledge and demeanour left me eager to push my photography further and once I’ve hit my next set of challenges, I’ll look forward to booking in again to learn more! Richard, thank you for such a wonderful experience.

ITINERARY

Day 1: On ourr arrival at Albuquerque airport we have a 2 hour transfer to Soccoro and our overnight accommodation, dinner and planning the next few days’ photography.

 

Day 2: Our days in Socorro will be broadly similar to ensure we maximise the opportunities of this justifiably famous location. We will arrive at the Bosque del Apache reserve in time for dawn, to photograph the snow geese taking off in their thousands. Following this, a short trip to the overnight sandhill cranes roost will provide another similar take-off opportunity.

 

Following a hearty American breakfast, we will rest during the harsh midday light the desert environment gives.

In the early afternoon we will then head back to the reserve in search of roadrunners, coyote, kestrel and more before returning to the prime geese and crane locations for the dusk arrivals. The evenings give the opportunity for some photo critiquing, slideshows and general rest and recuperation.

 

Days 3-7: Each day will follow roughly the same pattern where we will work on images and at locations that we feel will benefit from more time and focus. The spectacular snow geese blast off is one of nature’s finest shows but capturing it in a still image can be challenging, so we will spend plenty of time perrfecting our images durring our time at Bosque.

 

Day 8: We will aim for one last dawn photo session before returning to Albuquerque for an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving early on the 9th day.

PRICE & DATES

Beautiful Bosque, New Mexico 2022, £2095

26th Nov - 4th Dec

 

Beautiful Bosque, New Mexico 2023, £2295

Limited availability

25th Nov - 3rd Dec

A deposit of of £325 is required at the time of booking.

 

Book your space for 2022 now via the Natures Images booking form.

 

Or to book for 2023, please fill out this booking form .

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  • All meals
  • Local transfers
  • Flights to and from Albuquerque
  • Sundry items
  • Alcohol

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