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I am a pioneer in the field of photo workshops and tours, offering programs since 1979. Each is carefully crafted and well planned. By limiting the number of participants per program (primarily 3-8), I am able to offer personalized instruction.

Workshops are short and last from 1 to 3 days, often offered over a weekend. Photo sessions in the field are followed by image editing and critiques. My preparation for each workshop includes scouting out the photo opportunities at each location.

Photo Tours on the other hand, last from one to three weeks. They are custom designed and cover multiple locations. Sites are chosen for their natural beauty and relatively accessible wildlife. These can include wildlife refuges, eco-friendly ranches, private wildlife sanctuaries, and state and national parks. As per weekend programs, each location is carefully scouted. For international programs, an English speaking local guide accompanies the group. Past tours have included South Florida, South Dakota, NWT, Bryce/Zion/Arces Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Newfoundland, and the Falkland Islands.

Nature photography is the focus of the majority of programs with attention paid to composition, lighting, exposure, perspective, creativity, and attracting, locating, and photographing wildlife.

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Nature Photography Workshop At Chincoteague NWR

Dec 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Dec 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

| $415

This Nature Photography Workshop At Chincoteague NWR

Led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto, Osprey Photo Workshops & Tours


Chincoteague is an ideal location for a Nature Photography Workshop.  Over the past 20 years I have taught numerous programs there in both the spring and fall.  Located on the southern end of the barrier island of Assateague, Chincoteague NWR attracts thousands of snow geese in the fall along with ducks, herons, shorebirds and other migrants. These species plus wild horses, deer, raccoon, and other wildlife are unusually tolerant of humans, and offer visitors great photo opportunities. Other potential subjects include the surf, dunes, shells, workboats, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The workshop includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife.  It is a blend of field experience with one-on-one assistance and discussion of photo tips based on my more than 30 years experience in the field as a professional nature photographer.  Includes critiques of participant images.

Squirrel eating on branch in Chincoteague. Possible photo subject while participating in a nature photography workshop on Chincoteague, NWR.
Fox squirrel
Delmarva peninsula fox squirrel, an animal you might see on the Nature Photography Workshop on Chincoteague. NWR
Fox squirrel


Dec 2 , Friday:

7:30 PM-9:00 PM (orientation)

Dec 3. Saturday:

Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (image editing and lunch break)
1:00 – 3:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)

3:00 PM – Sunset (photography on refuge & in town)


Dec 4 , Sunday:

Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (image editing and lunch break)
12:00 – 2:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)

Orientation & critiques at the Best Western Plus Motel, Chincoteague Island, VA.

Sanderling escaping wave off Chincoteague's shore. Possible sighting for nature photo workshop.
Sanderling escaping wave

Detailed Description
This workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island and in the town of Chincoteague. Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) digital media and image storage, 6) basic image manipulation and 7) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Trawler at sunset on Chincoteague Shot in 2015 on nature photography workshop on Chincoteague.
Trawler at sunset

Based on my findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, we will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for thousands of migrating birds. Potential photo subjects include sand dunes, shells, the surf, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, local architecture, and wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.

Sanderlings running along shore. Commonly scene during nature photography workshop on Chincoteaague.
Sanderlings running along shore.

The orientation and discussion sessions at the Best Western Motel in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd just outside of the wildlife refuge. For the weekend, a small block of rooms is reserved at the Best Western for workshop participants at a reduced rate. Contact the hotel for availability at (800) 553-6117 or (757) 336-6557C. Mention you are part of the photo workshop led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto.  Also rooms should be available at other nearby hotels in the town of Chincoteague. For a listing of accommodations other than the Best Western, go to www.chincoteaguechamber.com

Cost/Person: $415

For details,  go to website www.ospreyphoto.com.  Go to events (left column) and click on Chincoteague Photo Workshop.  To register click on button “Register Now”

Deposit due: 50%.   Final payment due 11/2/16.  (Register early since this program has filled rapidly in the past.)

NOTE: Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees. Where possible, we will car pool to locations.

The number of participants is limited to 10.


Phone: 410-679-2873

E-Mail ospreyphot@aol.com or isacilott@aol.com

Common loon is a possible subject encountered during the nature photography workshop on Chincoteague NWR.
Common loon


Dec 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Dec 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
8231 Beach Road P.O. Box 62 23336-0062
Chincoteague, VA, VA 23336-0062 United States
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(757) 336-6122