Both Michael and I agree, of all the owls the Snowy Owl is at the top of the list when it comes to magnificent moments in photography. Having said that the opportunity to capture these magnificent birds on film is rare especially in Eastern Ontario. That means you either have to get incredibly lucky or find an owl photography tour that knows what their doing and sign up for what is sure to be a memorable experience.
Each year there are a cast of owl photography tours offered and it has been our experience that some are better than others so if you are going to invest the time and money you ‘ll want to make sure you go with a guide that has a proven track record.
Many of our readers may already be familiar with Marc Latremouille as he is a very well respected guide and has been offering owl photography tours for the past 8 years under the banner of Wingstretch and the name says it all along with one of his photographs which he was kind enough to allow us to post for this article. Any wildlife photographer would be proud to call this image their own and that opportunity awaits you with a Wingstetch Owl Photography Workshop regardless of your skill level as a photographer.
Michael and I had the pleasure of joining Marc last year when the Great Grey Owl’s were in the Ottawa area and one of our first observations was how focused he was on his clients and making sure they got quality shots. As with any workshop the level of experience of the participants varies greatly, with some folks being high end amateurs to the “this is my first camera” person.
Marc made sure that every one in the group knew how to get the best shots through the use of proper exposures, ISO and depth of field settings and positioned them with an eye to creating pleasant backgrounds which is key in owl photography. Of course while Snowy Owl’s may be the prize for many photographers the migration can be full of surprises and Marc quite often leads his groups to photograph Great Grey owls, Northern Hawk owls, Boreal owls and other northern species have been known to winter in this area. As every wildlife photographer can attest, often times its the unexpected opportunities that make for that winning photograph and Marc definitely knows how to take advantage of that to optimize photographic opportunities for his clients.
Below are the details you’ll want to familiarize with:
Owl Photography Workshop description: The owl photography workshops are held Mondays to Fridays in the months of January and February. You will travel by vehicle to the various locations where the owls have claimed their winter territories. A typical day in the field starts at first light with a break for lunch and then photographing until last light. Marc’s Snowy Owl Photography Workshops are kept to a maximum of 4-5 participants to always maintain focus on every client and you will feel that commitment from day one.
Cost: The 5 day workshop (Monday-Friday) is $2500.00Cdn and includes five days of shooting, photographic field instructions, and guiding service. It does not include accommodations, meals, drinks, and transportation between the airport and the hotel.
Note: Exact location of the workshops will be disclosed to you once I have confirmed their presence, photographed them and determined the best locations. This is usually in December.
HERE’S A KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINGSTRETCH AND OTHER WORKSHOPS: Marc will only offer you a spot on his owl photography workshop once he is confident that you will have the best photographic opportunities with these stunning owls. Marc prides himself on a 100% success rate and client satisfaction is his number one priority.
Workshop weeks (2016):
1-January 4-8 (SOLD OUT)
2-January 11-15 (SOLD OUT)
3-January 18-22 (1 SPOT LEFT)
4- January 25-29 (SOLD OUT)
5- February 1-5 (3 SPOTS LEFT)
6- February 8-12 (3 SPOTS LEFT)
*Daily rates are also available, please contact Marc for availability and prices.
See some of Marc’s fabulous photography on our Snowy Owl Page. Marc has some of the very best owl pictures we have seen.
Be sure to visit Marc’s website Wingstretch for more details and to view more of the magnificent Snowy Owl photographs that will soon be hanging your own wall.
You may reserve your workshop by sending an e-mail directly to Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention that you were referred by Bill and Michael at Owl-images.com we want to stay on Marc’s Holiday greeting mailing list.:))