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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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Photo Workshop – Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island (2015)

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015

Nature Photography Workshop

Photo from Chincoteague Virginia taken just prior to photo workshop
Black Skimmer

Photo Workshop Schedule (2015)  

No spots remain in the 4-6 Dec workshop.  Second session open: 11-13 Dec 2015

Dec 11,  Friday 

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

Dec 12,  Saturday 

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

2:00 PM til Sunset (photography in the field)

Dec 13, Sunday 

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

Orientation & critiques will be held at the Best Western Plus Motel, Chincoteague Island, VA.)

Photo taken at Chincoteague on Assateague Island
Fox Squirrel


This photo 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.

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.

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The orientation and discussion sessions for this photo workshop will be held 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) 336-6557.  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

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Snow Geese

Cost/Person: $415.

Deposit 50% of cost.  Final payment due 3 weeks before start of photo workshop.

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NOTE: Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees. Where possible, we will carpool to locations. The number of participants is limited to 8.

Photo taken at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refute on Assateague Island
Egrets fighting


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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