COLOMBIA: THE MOST BIRD RICH COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

  • DATE 1: January 15-30, 2017 (15 nights) - SOLD OUT
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6 Photographers
  • FROM: Medellin, Colombia
  • WORKSHOP LEADERS: Glenn Bartley

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS PHOTO WORKSHOP

Colombia is a place that every bird watcher or photographer dreams about. It is after all the country with more birds than ANY other with a whopping 1900+ species! This is a place that every bird photographer should not leave on their bucket list.   I have designed this trip to visit a few of the really special bird hotspots in the mountains of Colombia. From Mountain Tanagers to Antpittas to Cock of the Rocks and hummingbirds this trip has some fantastic and unique photo opportunities!

PHOTO ITINERARY

n this trip we will focus on some of the really unique, exciting and entirely safe birding destinations around the beautiful city of Medellin.  Participants will be met at the Medellin airport and transferred to our meeting hotel in Medellin. After a welcome dinner on the first night we will set off to our first lodge nestled in the mountains near the city of Manizales. This will be a great place to start our trip. The trails around the lodge can be VERY birdy and there are some real stunners to chase after like White-capped Tanager and Powerful Woodpecker. But the real stars of the show here are the up to 5 species of Antpittas that are coming in to feeding stations. We’ll try to do some really nice set ups for these on several mornings. There are also several species of hummingbirds around the lodge to try for and a few specie of owls are quite possible at night.

After 4 days at our first lodge we will drive just a short (1 hr) way up the road to a beautiful highland retreat. We will be staying at a gorgeous hot springs hotel where we can soak in the thermal pools after a long day out chasing birds around. This area has more Mountain Tanagers than I have ever seen! Scarlet-bellied, Buff-breasted, and Hooded are all very possible as is the gorgeous Golden-crowned Tanager. In addition several species of hummingbirds come in to the feeders at the lodge. If there is enough action at the feeders we’ll set up for a day of multi-flash. From here we will also make a morning trip up to a nearby National Park to look for the reliable Buffy Helmetcrest Hummingbird and if we are really lucky the Rainbow-bearded Thornbill.

After 3 days of soaking in the birds (and soaking ourselves in the hot tubs) we will move on to our next destination. Here we will focus our efforts on the incredibly active Cock of the Rock lek as well as the endangered Yellow-eared Parrots. Other great birds in the area could include Black-billed Mountain Toucans and Lacrimose Mountain Tanagers.

Our final lodge of the trip is a very comfortable one where we can try for some more hummingbirds and tanagers around the feeders at the lodge. We can also try for a morning excursion to search for beautiful birds like the Purplish-mantled Tanager.

After 3 nights at our final lodge it will be time to head back to Medellin for a final nights dinner and then to catch our flights home (with hard drives full of images I am sure!).

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

On this photo adventure we will focus on the following opportunities:

Multi-flash Hummingbird Photography: Learn techniques to use 4-6 flashes to achieve otherwise impossible flight photographs of these flying jewels. What makes this workshop special is that Glenn will be sharing his techniques for taking multi-flash images that actually look natural (unlike most others out there).

Using flash effectively as a source of fill light: Because tropical regions are often cloudy - it is extremely important to learn how to use flash - either as fill or as a main source of light. Participants will also learn how to do set-ups for birds using more than one flash. These skills can easily be taken home and applied in your very own backyard!

Attracting birds to a perch setup: Participants will learn strategies to attract birds to a given perch and how to achieve images that have attractive light, an outstanding perch and a smooth background.

Strategies for successful tropical photography: Glenn has spent over a year and a half photographing wildlife in the tropics. Throughout the workshop he will share tips and tricks that he has learned along the way.

Macro photography of tropical insects and frogs: At each of our locations there will also be opportunities to find and photograph an amazing diversity of colourful frogs, butterflies and insects.

Nocturnal photography: During the nights around the lodges we will keep our ears open for night birds like owls and potoos. If we hear any we will try to track them down and learn techniques for successful night time bird photography.

Spectacular landscape photography: The cloud forest and rain forest are spectacular places and the opportunities for landscape photography are superb.

Digital Workshops:  During the evenings for those who wish to participate, we will have image review sessions and talk about techniques and what we can expect to see the next day.  In these post processing workshops participants will have ample opportunities to improve skills in Adobe Photoshop.  Guided by Glenn, participants can learn how to take their images from straight out-of-the-camera RAW images to stunning final works of art (ready for printing or websites).

A Few Highlight species include:

  • Up to 5 species of Antpitta
  • Hooded Mountain tanager
  • Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager
  • Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager
  • Purplish-mantled Tanager
  • Golden-crowned Tanager
  • White-capped Tanager
  • Golden crowned Tanager
  • Powerful Woodpecker
  • Andean Cock of the Rock
  • Buffy Helmentcrest
  • Green and Black Fruiteater
  • Lots of amazing Hummingbirds

KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

On this photo adventure participants will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Proper exposure settings for challenging tropical lighting conditions
  • Proper use of flash as fill or ambient lighting
  • How to "set up" a nature photograph and get pleasing images
  • How to place your subject in the frame and get beautiful backgrounds
  • Image workflow and digital processing that will ensure your images are the best that they can possibly be

 WHY TRAVEL ON GLENN BARTLEY'S WORKSHOPS?

  • Glenn focuses on more personalized attention,instruction and guidance.
  • Glenn is regarded one of the world’s top professional photographers in bird portrait photography. Just go pick up a birding magazine and you will almost certainly find his images.
  • Glenn often utilizes local guides with years of experience in their home areas.
  • Glenn has more experience.  He has been to the places that he will take you – not for a week or two – but for months!!  Glenn knows where to get the best possible images and can show you how to achieve them. 
  • Having completed his Msc. in Environmental Studies Glenn is very environmentally and socially aware.  When we visit communities around the world we give something back to these places and the people who live there. 
  • At the end of the day Glenn’s goal is simple – To give you the best possible photographic workshop imaginable.

 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS

  • This is a medium activity level trip.
  • Some shooting is done near the lodges or vehicle.
  • At other times we will be out looking for birds on the nearby trails (within 1/2 - 1 mile).

LOGISTICS

This workshop/tour is limited to 6 photographers to ensure the best photographic opportunities and instruction possible.

Price:

  • The cost of this photo workshop is USD $7399 / person
  • I preffer payments and deposits to be made by check. Paypal can also be arranged (send email).
  • Accommodations are designed to be two persons per room. If you will be traveling alone and would like a private room there will be an additional charge of $750
  • Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation invoice and registration package.

Prices include:

  • All expert photo instruction
  • Local guides and drivers
  • All entrance fees to natural areas visited
  • All accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals from the first evening of the tour to breakfast on departure day
  • Land transportation during workshop
  • Airport transfers to hotel

Price does not include:

  • International airfare to place of tour origin (Medellin)
  • Departure flights from place of tour end (Medellin)
  • Any additional nights accommodation outside of the tour dates
  • Additional tips for staff such as guides and camp staff
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
  • Bar bills at lodges
  • Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

Payment Terms:

A $1500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on this tour.  The balance of the payment is due before September 15, 2016.

Suggested Equipment:

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and a lens of 300mm or greater.
  • A wide angle lens (if you are interested in landscape photography)
  • A tripod is recommended
  • A flash (if you have more than one)

HOW TO JOIN THIS PHOTO ADVENTURE? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NEXT?

We like to keep our workshops small, so space is extremely limited. Once the workshop seats are full – that’s it…  If this exciting photo workshop sounds like fun to you, then now is the time to register.

STEP 1 - Read the booking and refund policies below.

STEP 2 - To confirm your registration you will need to mail a check for the $1500 deposit to Glenn Bartley. Payments can also be arranged through Paypal. Please email me to let me know that you are sending a deposit or for paypal instructions. Once a deposit is received it is understood that you have read, understood and accepted all terms and conditions as outlined in the Booking and Refund Policies.

Please make checks out to:Glenn Bartley / 3214 Wordsworth Street / Victoria, BC, Canada / V8P 4B6

Once I have received your deposit I will send you your complete registration package by mail.

Please see the complete booking and refund policy by clicking the link below.

If you have any questions before registering, send me an e-mail with any inquiries to:

Please note:

  • Glenn Bartley Nature Photography strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance.
  • All funds are quoted in USD dollars and subject to exchange rate fluctuation and gas surcharge if we are billed additionally.
  • We will attempt to stay true to this itinerary. However, certain unforeseeable conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may require changes to the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will do our absolute best to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible.

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