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Muskoka Winter Waterfall Spectacular-2

oin Andrew McLachlan in Ontario’s Muskoka District on January 3, 4, & 5 2020 for one full day and two half days of in-depth photographic exploration of the finest waterfalls in the region. Embrace the beauty of Muskoka this winter and learn the skills of landscape photography amid a winter wonderland of snow clad, iconic white pines and the intricate ice formations that adorn the waterfalls and rivers.

This workshop will require the ability to walk approximately 1 kilometre over uneven, snow-covered terrain. I do recommend the use of crampons on this workshop for the added safety they provide against slip and fall incidents if conditions should be icy.

I recommend that participants book their accommodations with the Sleep Inn in Bracebridge as they serve a continental breakfast. Please contact me prior to booking rooms for instructions on special rate.

This event will run, rain, snow, or sun.

Maximum number of participants is 10.

Itinerary:

Friday January 3:

• Meet at 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sleep Inn, Bracebridge and carpool to photo session at area waterfall

• Dinner (on your own)

• Optional night photography session at Bracebridge Falls as it is lit with flood lights

Saturday January 4:

• Meet in the parking lot of the Sleep Inn, Bracebridge at 7:00 a.m. and carpool to waterfalls for photo sessions

• Stop for lunch (on your own) at approximately 1:00 p.m.

• Visit additional waterfalls for photo sessions

• Dinner at local restaurant at 7:00 p.m.

• Get some rested for early start on Sunday

Sunday January 5:

• Meet in the parking lot of the Sleep Inn, Bracebridge at 7:00 a.m. and carpool to waterfalls for photo sessions

• Stop for lunch (on your own) 1:00 p.m.

• Depart for home

What’s Included:

• In-depth photographic instruction during each photo sessions with LCD review

• Saturday dinner at nearby restaurant

What’s Not Included:

• Accommodations (numerous options available… I will be staying at the Sleep Inn)

• Transportation (car pooling of participants is encouraged)

• Friday night dinner

• Breakfast (The Sleep Inn serves a continental breakfast)

• Alcoholic Beverages

Workshop Fee:

335.00 CDN plus taxes

Payment can be made via email transfer or by cheque.

To reserve your spot in the Muskoka Winter Waterfall Spectacular please contact me by clicking here to arrange payment.

Cancellation Policy:

No Refunds.

Check your schedule carefully prior to booking.

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Costa Rica

Join Andrew McLachlan and Jim Piggott in the rainforest of Costa Rica for an incredible opportunity to photograph a plethora of birdlife against beautiful poster-like backgrounds. We will also have opportunities to photograph several species of reptiles and amphibians. Our base camp in a remote rainforest eco-lodge will allow ample time for bird photography, macro sessions with reptiles and amphibians, as well as a river cruise for Herons, Kingfishers, and Caimans. These daily excursions and shooting schedules will be assessed each day and determined based on the current or expected conditions. As a result, there is no formal itinerary for this event. We will take advantage of the conditions to ensure the best possible results during our two half days and four full days of photography. We will also break out into smaller groups for specific sessions to ensure maximum shooting time. We will be doing a lot of photography during this tour and it would be highly recommended to travel with a minimum of two (3 is better) 1 TB external hard drives to back-up each day’s imagery. During the photo tour you may very well created upwards of 20,000 images!

Our photo sessions will include a jungle tour to familiarize yourself with the grounds, one session in a King Vulture photo blind, one hummingbird session with 3 to 4 different species, and a macro session for reptiles and amphibians. There is also an optional multi flash bat photography session available at an additional cost of $30 US (you must provide your own flashes). Throughout each day there will be ample time to photograph the multitude of birdlife that frequently visit the feeding stations around the lodge. For folks that may like a bit of quiet time to themselves the lodge provides canoes at nearby lagoons, if a quiet paddle is to your liking.

The maximum number of participants for this photo tour is 10

All photos on the workshop card were photographed by Jim Piggott during two previous trips.

This photo tour will run from May 16, 2020 to May 23, 2020. Participants will need to arrive in San Jose on May 15, 2020 and be ready depart for the lodge at 8:00 a.m. on May 16, 2020 from the Hampton Inn in San Jose. We recommend that participants book a single night accommodation on May 15 and again on May 23 at the Hampton Inn in San Jose.

Please do note that we have included an early bird special for those registrants that choose to book early. This special will expire at midnight on October 9, 2019.

It is highly recommended that participants purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as medical insurance. You may also want to visit a travel clinic to ensure you are up to date on any vaccinations you may require.

This tour will appeal to participants that have a good understanding of their camera system and will require a minimal amount of assistance in the field. In-the-field image critiques and composition suggestions will be provided during all photo shoots. Mealtime provides a great opportunity to discuss many photographic topics from image processing to your favorite shot of the day.

A detailed description of birdlife that can be seen at the eco-lodge can be sent to participants that may be interested in viewing the potential opportunities.

Photo Tour Fee:

$2250 US Early Bird Special (add $250 US for Single Supplement)

$2500 US (add $250 US for Single Supplement)

Please contact me by clicking here to register for this tour.

Participants will be paired with same sex participants for double occupancy unless you specifically state otherwise or if it is not doable based on the numbers that register.

A non-refundable retainer of $1000 US is due upon registration. A signed waiver of liability must accompany your payment at the time of registration. This will be emailed to interested participants that indicate a desire to register.

Balance owing must be paid by February 1, 2020 otherwise you risk losing your spot to participants on the ‘wait list.’

Once final payment has been made a no refund policy is effect.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals at the eco-lodge (dinner on May 16th through to lunch on May 23rd)
  • Transportation to and from eco-lodge
  • 2 half day photo sessions
  • 6 full day photo sessions
  • In-the-field image critique

What’s Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flights to and from San Jose
  • Hotel accommodation on May 15th and May 23rd
  • After visiting tropical rainforest environments myself I do encourage folks to bring along packets of powdered electrolytes (2 for each day) that can be dissolved in a glass of water to replenish what is lost during the heat and humidity of the day.

 

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Mansfield Poster v5 14x11 April 2020 1080p

Join Sherry Butts and Andrew McLachlan at the Ohio State Reformatory on Saturday, April 18, 2020 for an exclusive photo tour from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Originally built in 1834 the reformatory’s hauntingly beautiful architecture housed many famous and infamous criminals. It is also the same location where the Morgan Freeman film “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed.

The Ohio State Reformatory doors open to the public at 11:00 a.m., however, this exclusive photo tour will allow you the opportunity of early access at 7:00 a.m. That equates to 4 full hours of exploring the prison prior to the doors opening to the public. What a fantastic opportunity! We have also arranged the use of tripods inside the prison at no additional fee. Participants are welcome to remain on site until closing time at 4:00 p.m.

Maximum number of participants is 16

What’s Included:

• Meet & Greet with OSR briefing on Friday April 17, 2020 (location TBD)

• Entrance fee to Ohio State Reformatory

• Photographic instruction

• On site LCD image review

What’s Not Included:

• Transportation to and from Ohio State Reformatory

• Overnight accommodation for out of town participants

• Meals

Workshop Fee:

$295.00 CDN plus taxes

Payment can be made via email transfer or by cheque made payable to Andrew McLachlan

To reserve your spot in the Ohio State Reformatory Photo Tour please contact me by clicking here

Cancellation Policy:

91 days prior to workshop full refund less a $50 administration fee

90 days prior to workshop No Refund.

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Muskoka Fall Colour Spectacular

Join Andrew McLachlan in Ontario’s Muskoka District on October 7th, 8th, & 9th 2019 for 2 ½ days of in-depth photographic exploration of the finest waterfalls, rivers, forests and wetlands of the region. Embrace the beauty of Muskoka and learn the skills of landscape photography amid the palette of autumn.

Maximum number of participants is 8

Why worry about dealing with unrelenting crowds in Algonquin Provincial Park when you can enjoy photographing fall colour in Ontario’s Muskoka District without crowds and with better scenery too!

Do note that there will be some walking involved on woodland trails over uneven ground. The longest walk will be roughly 1 kilometre in length. Please do not hesitate to inquire should you have any concerns regarding physical limitations that may affect your ability to attend this event. Most of the locations selected are within very close proximity to where we will park our vehicles.

Itinerary:

Monday, October 7th:

• Meet in the parking lot of Brooks Falls (Huntsville area) at 7:00 a.m. for waterfall photo session

• Stop for lunch (on your own) at 1:00 p.m.

• Oxtongue Rapids & Ragged Falls (Huntsville area) photo session

• Dinner (on your own) at local restaurant at 7:00 p.m.

• Get some rested for early start on Tuesday

Tuesday, October 8th:

• Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the Sleep Inn Bracebridge and carpool to waterfall for photo sessions

• Stop for lunch (on your own) at 1:00 p.m.

• Additional waterfall / river sessions

• Sunset photo session – weather permitting

• Complimentary dinner at local restaurant

Wednesday, October 9th:

• Meet at 6:00 a.m. at Sleep Inn Bracebridge and carpool to Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve for sunrise and morning photo session

• Depart for home 12:00 p.m.

What’s Included:

• In-depth photographic instruction during each photo session with LCD review

• Dinner at nearby restaurant on Tuesday October 8th

What’s Not Included:

• Accommodations (numerous options available… I will be staying at the Sleep Inn in Bracebridge – they serve a continental style breakfast)

• Transportation • Car pooling of participants is encouraged to arrive at each location

• Breakfast and lunch

• Alcoholic Beverages

Workshop Fee:

$325.00 CDN plus taxes

Payment can be made via email transfer or by cheque.

To reserve your spot in the Muskoka Autumn Colour Spectacular please contact me by clicking here to arrange payment.

A Waiver of Liability will be sent to participants at the time of registering.

Please do not delay in booking your accommodations as hotels / motels in the area will fill up quickly.

Cancellation Policy:

61 Days or greater – full refund less $75 administration fee

60 Days or less – No Refunds

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Cayman Brac

Join yours truly on the Caribbean island of Cayman Brac from February 17 to February 21, 2020 for my second land-based photo tour of this rugged tropical paradise.

I was pleased to have world famous bird photographer Arthur Morris attend my first-ever photo tour on Cayman Brac. What did Arthur have to say about the trip;

A friend and I had the pleasure of attending Andrew’s Cayman Brac workshop in February 2018. With his extensive local knowledge and local contacts he was able to put us in great position every morning and afternoon. Andrew was great at helping this old man with his gear. And he was punctual and cordial as well as knowledgeable. We made a zillion great images of Brown Boobies doing all sorts of things from flying to courting to copulating to sitting on eggs to tending and feeding chicks sized from tiny ones to big ones. You can see the Brown Booby images by visiting www.BIRDSASART-Blog.com, typing either “Cayman Brac” of “Brown Booby” in the little white box on the trop right of each blog post page, and then hitting the search icon.

The main objective of this photo tour will be photographing nesting Brown Booby however, epic sunrises looking out over the Caribbean Sea at the base of the 140 foot bluff will not be over-looked, nor will the abstract opportunities inside many of Cayman Brac’s caves. During this time of year it is also possible to photograph numerous species of herons, endangered West Indian Whistling Duck, endangered Cayman Brac Parrot, as well as the critically endangered Cayman Brac Iguana.

During the mid-day hours when conditions are not particularly suitable for land based photography participants can explore the island on their own, grab some rest and relaxation, or accompany me on snorkeling excursions at numerous shore diving sites. These snorkel excursions are a great way to try your hand at underwater photography. I can provide advice on how best to get your gear into the water for those that are interested in this option.

Participants are expected to have a good understanding of their camera system and should be prepared for walking distances at some locations of 1-2 kilometres. While much of the terrain we will be walking over is easy it is important to note that there are other sections where it is uneven due to Cayman Brac’s eroded limestome coast. In some areas the eroded limestone is quite jagged and not for the faint of heart. You are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please do not hesitate to inquire if you have any concerns.

Please note that all fees for this photo tour are indicated in US dollars.

Photo Tour Rate

• $1275.00 US Currency ( a signed waiver of liability form must accompany payment)

Accommodation and meals (aside from the farewell dinner) are not included with this Photo Tour. I will be using the Carib Sands Condominiums as my home base and do recommend that participants book there accommodation there as well, although you are welcome to explore other rental opportunities on the island. With condominium rentals you are also responsible for your own toiletries, etc. Indicated below are the rates for condo rentals through Carib Sands (contact info will be provided to those interested in registering):

• Per night in a one bedroom condo US$200

• Per night in a two bedroom condo US$260

• Per night in a three bedroom condo US$385

Itinerary:

February 17:

6:00 p.m. meet and greet at the Carib Sands Pool

February 18 to 21:

6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. morning session for sunrise and bird life (various locations depending on weather conditions)

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. free time or complimentary snorkel excursions

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. evening session for sunset and bird life (various locations depending on weather conditions)

February 21

Farewell Dinner at 7:00 p.m. (rough time estimate – to be confirmed the day of)

What’s Included:

• In-the-field photographic instruction

• Transportation for photo tour participants during excursions (departing from Carib Sands)

• In-the-field image review

• Farewell dinner on February 21

• Complimentary snorkel excursions for interested attendees

• Free WiFi at Condominium

What’s Not Included:

• All flights to and from Cayman Brac

• Accommodations

• Meals

• Drinks

• Transportation outside of the photo tour excursions (folks attending daily snorkel excursions will be provided transportation based on availability)

• Masks, Fins, and Snorkels

Cayman Brac 2020 is open to a maximum of 4 participants. No minimum number required.

To reserve your spot in this photo tour your payment of $1275.00 USD is due now. At the time of booking a signed waiver form will be required and will be emailed to interested participants so that they can return the signed forms with their cheque made payable to: Andrew McLachlan. Please contact me via email by clicking here to reserve your spot today.

Cancellation Policy (Photo Tour Rate Only):

120 days prior to tour date full refund less cancellation fee of $500 US

Less than 120 days no refund. It is recommended that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Earlier this week I held my first-ever Bruce Peninsula Photographic Workshop with fabulous participants in attendance.The Bruce Peninsula is on the Niagara Escarpement, which is designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere.

We began the workshop with a visit to Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay and were greeted with a rather pleasant sunrise. The endless cobblestone beach at Halfway Log Dump has always been one of my favourite sights in Ontario.

Our next stop was at Indian Head Cove and the Grotto. The water levels on Georgian Bay are quite high this year and have submerged much of the foreground elements at Indian Head Cove however, there were many stunning vistas to capture, particularly when using wide angle lenses to exaggerate the rugged details along the small cliff face at this location.

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Indian Head Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

 

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Indian Head Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

As the end of day approached we ventured over to Dorcas Bay / Singing Sands to photograph sunset. Our first sunset opportunity was thwarted by rain, but on the second night we did have glorious conditions for sunset with pastel tones in the western sky and nice clouds to the east.

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Our second morning outing was cancelled due to heavy rain so we opted sleep in, have breakfast, and hold a Photoshop class until conditions improved to get back outside. After lunch the rain had subsided and our trip to Little Cove was a go. A light fog had developed along the Georgian Bay shoreline which was quite pleasing.

 

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Little Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

The timing of the Bruce Peninsula Workshop was scheduled to coincide with the newly emerging leaves of the forest trees, which tend to present all shades of green for very pleasing forest imagery as well as intimate photographs of the new growth.

Aspen Trees in early spring, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

New Growth on Aspen Forest, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Sadly there are many abandoned homes on the Bruce Peninsula, but some of them make wonderful images, especially for applying creative edits such as I did with Topaz Impression for the abandoned homested below.

Abandoned home on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Abandoned Homestead on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Our final morning was a return trip to Halfway Log Dump for a second chance at sunrise photography. This morning proved to be a better sunrise than the first morning, hence the reason I do make repeated visits to the same locations for sunrise photography. You will NEVER be presented with the same conditions as you had the day before 🙂

On this morning there was heavy cloud cover, but as the sun rose it found enough of an opening to illuminate the pre-dawn sky. After the sun had risen it was blocked out by much of the cloud cover, however, there were numerous shoreline scenes worthy of photographing and some of them would be prefect for creating black and white conversions.

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

We will be offering the Bruce Peninsula Photography Workshop again in 2020. To ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity please do send me a note by clicking here to be added to my workshop contact list.

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Mansfield Poster

There are still a few spaces remaining for the Ohio State Reformatory Photographic Workshop on Sunday April 14th. To find out more about this incredible opportunity please click here and to register yourself for this event contact me by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

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