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This workshop is an 8 day, 7 night trip to Acadia National Park and to see the puffins of the remote nesting site of Machias Seal Island. This trip will be limited to 4-5 participants to ensure everyone has plenty of one on one time learning more about wildlife and landscape photography.
Dates: Sunday June 17- Sunday June 24, 2018
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What we will see and do:
Over the course of the week we will see and photograph many different aspects of Acadia National Park. We will photograph sunrise, sunset and even the stars/milky way in many different spots throughout Mount Desert Island. We will visit places like Bass Harbor Light, Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond and many more. There may also be the opportunity to possibly see loons, bald eagles and barred owls that reside here if we are lucky. We will also visit the picturesque town of Bar Harbor where there are many great restaurants and shops.
We will be scheduled for 2 trips to Machias Seal Island to see the nesting seabirds which includes puffins. Please be aware that these trips are sometimes cancelled due to the weather or sea conditions as the island is very difficult to land on, but the dates will be spaced apart to ensure we have at least one opportunity to visit the island. The boat departs from Cutler, Maine which is a 2 hour drive from where we will be staying (transportation included in the trip) followed by a 50 minute boat ride to the island. Only 15 people are allowed on the island per day from the US and we are limited to 3 hours on the island with approx. 1 hour shooting time from a blind. There are many opportunities to shoot from the boat and while preparing to enter the blinds as well. Some of the other nesting birds here are razorbills, common murres and gannets.
What to bring: Camera with a wide angle lens and a zoom lens if you have one. For landscapes you will want a wide angle lens. For the puffins anything from a 70mm lens or higher will work as they do come very close to the blinds. I also recommend the Sigma or Tamron 150-600mm lenses for this trip. I personally shoot with a 70-200mm, 200-400mm. My larger lenses do not work well in the blind as space is very limited.
What’s included: Lodging, we will stay either in a hotel on the island or in a large private house just outside the park where you will have your own private room and bathroom (lodging depends on availability at the time of reserving as this is a popular area and accommodations cannot be guaranteed this early). Park fees and transportation throughout the park and to Machias Seal Island are included. You will also learn about landscape and wildlife photography or videography if you prefer taking videos. There will also be editing lessons in both Lightroom and Photoshop.
Whats not included: Flight or travel costs to Mount Desert Island. Food, drinks and souvenirs are also not included in the trip cost.
Cost: $2175.00 USD per person. Deposit of $500 due at the time of booking that is nonrefundable after Jan 15th 2018. All payments are due in full by Feb 1st 2018 as the reservations must be done far in advance to ensure we get some of the very limited spaces to see the puffins. Payment methods accepted are PayPal or personal checks.
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