THE EXPERIENCEONCE IN A LIFETIME
* Welcome to "Ghosts of the North" - a 2 day guided snowy owl expedition in Southern Ontario.
This is a friendly and welcoming experience open to all levels of photography - I'm excited to meet you and photograph owls together!
* Comfortable, small group setting.
* Full Moon Extravaganza - 2 evenings of "full moon" background opportunities!
* Professional photography instruction, as desired.
Immersed in prime owl habitat, we'll spend a couple days together searching for and photographing these majestic birds of prey! We'll travel in separate vehicles along concession roads as we search, taking photos from the roadside and on private land which we have unique access permission to.
The dates of this tour coincide with full moon backgrounds,
so we'll be striving to incorporate that into the moments we capture. This is a rare opportunity to really dive deep into serious wildlife photography.
Small groups - we're taking on only 3 clients to avoid a crowded setting. We will travel in separate vehicles but follow one another as we cruise down concession roads together. We'll meet early afternoon on Saturday, January 11th at the disclosed location. Our first owl-shoot will happen that afternoon and conclude at dusk. The group splits ways at this point - but we'll be back at it again at the crack of dawn! The morning shoot will last until about 11am. We'll then head into town for lunch, discuss our progress so far, while Chris and I continue to provide you with some tips and tricks. Note this portion is optional. We'll be back on location early-mid afternoon for one last excursion together. At this point, we say our farewells and head our separate ways.
What to bring
Clients are encouraged to bring patience as well as their sense of adventure! Very warm clothing intended for long periods of time outside is a must. We do recommend DSLR/mirrorless cameras with telephoto lens capabilities greater than 200mm in focal length at the minimum. Using a digital point and shoot camera? No problem as long as it has decent zoom! Please bring your own snacks and beverages. We *strongly* recommend having winter tires on your vehicle as road conditions can be unpredictable during the winter.
While on tour, it is critical that we do not overly stress the owls by approaching too closely or purposely flushing them from their positions in order to obtain "flight shots". Owls pick their locations based on where they foresee having hunting success. Approaching them closely causes them to lose focus altogether as they are distracted by humans, or relocate to less desirable hunting sites. There will be no owl baiting whatsoever.
COVID 19 Safety:
In order to maintain social distancing, we will travel together but in separate vehicles.
The tour will operate regardless of weather conditions (with exceptions being made for extremely severe weather). Cancellations non refundable within 3 weeks of tour start date. Tour will operate if a minimum of 2 of the 3 bookings are made (with a 100% refund provided otherwise). Regional accommodations/meals not included.