Special Opportunity

Bosque Del Apache Tour

December 5-8, 2020 - Only $400

Contact  RADykstra.photo@gmail.com  or  858-485-8199

to reserve your place on the tour.

We only accept PAYPAL(3% fee) or check/cash.

* Some photos provided by California Wolf Center

Come join us for this wonderful opportunity to photography tens of thousands of wild animals and birds.   Bosque Del Apache is a wildlife refuge developed along the upper Rio Grande river, to aid the migration of many species.  Approximately 50,000 snow geese and 10,000 sand hill cranes migrate here each winter.  These wetlands provide critical habitat, protection, and food for thousands of migrating waterfowl and a bewildering variety of wildlife.  In addition to the geese and cranes, many species of ducks, hawks, eagles, blackbirds, ravens, coots, and other birds along with occasional mammals, such as mule deer, coyotes, bob cats, javelina and jackrabbits are seen regularly and up-close.  All this and landscape photography locations.   BTW, the sunsets are amazing!

Additionally to the tour you will receive expert instructions on how to use a DSLR. The first night will include an instruction session, going over the operation of your camera, with an emphasis on photographing birds and other wildlife.   You will learn about exposure and metering modes, how to best use the focus features of your camera, and what to look for compositionally-wise to create the images you will be proud to hang on your wall.  Then each day we will go out on two separate wildlife drives, looking to find the inhabitants of the area.  Randy will also guide you to some of the better viewing locations and always be on the lookout for photographic opportunities.  You can use this time to ask questions, gather guidance or unique tips to advance your skills and hone your techniques.  After the first full day of shooting, we'll offer a review session where you can bring your photos and get tips or more guidance on how to improve them or general applause for a job well done! 

We will meet the evening of Dec 5th in the hotel, for the instructions and go over logistical details for the rest of the event.  

 

I have 10 hotel rooms reserved. Cost TBD for now. should be approx $65 per night.(+taxes/fee)

Itinerary:

Day 1   Transportation to Socorro New Mexico.   Meet at 7pm to get information.     

Day 2 Meet for quick breakfast at 5:45-6:00 am. We need to be on site no later than 6:30 am

- Locate and setup for the best opportunity to photograph the morning "blast off".

- Afterwards we'll will take a leisurely tour of the refuge search for various wildlife.

- Each day prior or after lunch Randy will provide everyone at least one opportunity to have      a 1 hour One on One session in the field.

- Mid-day free time for lunch or to explore more on your own.  (try the Owl Bar & Cafe) 

- Meet at visitors center at 3:30pm to look for more wildlife and find a sunset location for golden hour. 

Day 3 Meet for quick breakfast at 5:45-6:00 am. 

- Once again find  the best opportunity to photograph the morning "blast off".

- Continue our search for various wildlife.  (may separate into more focused interest groups)  

- Each day prior or after lunch Randy will provide everyone  at least one opportunity to have      a 1 hour One on One session in the field.

- Mid-day free time.  2:00pm meet at hotel for photo review and sharing session.   

- Leave hotel at 3:30pm to look for more wildlife and find a sunset location for golden hour. 

Day 4 Meet for breakfast 5:45-6:00 am and go to site by 6:30 

- Once again find the best opportunity to photograph the morning "blast off". 

- Finish up with One on One sessions in the field.

- Continue our search for various wildlife.  (may separate into more focused interest groups) 

- Final farewell as tour ends at lunch time. 

 Recommended equipment:

 DSLR camera -  Lens  min 200mm or longer (500mm is better)

 Tripod or monopod.   Especially for early morning and late afternoon sessions.

 

Tour Excludes:

- Ground transportation, lodging, food and personal items and any parking fees. (if applicable)  

- Optional Hotel package will be available with Group rates.   TBA

- National refuge pass ($5 per day)

       (unless you have an annual "America the Beautiful" pass)

-Gratuities 

Directions and additional materials will be provided after sign up

- Your are responsible for any personal accidents or incidents during event and/or transportation to and from site.

Workshop Includes: 

  • Camera modes, exposure settings, and autofocus options.

  • Understanding “Creative” settings, depth of field, Hyperfocal distance

  • Discussion of compositional elements, techniques and concerns

  • Wildlife shooting issues, timing, behaviors

  • In addition, Randy will be available to answer questions share tips, tricks and suggestions as applicable or on request.  He will be available to assist, support and answer any questions and can help you by reviewing specific photos if requested.  

Costs:   - $400 Includes

- Instructional session.

- 50+ page presentation (free pdf available) - Tips and information about photographing Wildlife.

- Guidance and instruction throughout the refuges

- 1 hour one on one session with Randy to go over photography techniques or skills requested

- Share and learn session (some lightroom instructional tips included)

- All permits.

$150 non-refundable deposit required to reserve spot.

Balance is due 60 days prior to trip.

(note all PayPal transactions an added fee of 3%+$.50 is added to base price)

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Refund Policy:  Reservation deposit is Non-Refundable.  100% refund of remaining balance  (minus any credit card charges) is available up to 60 days prior to event.  50% of balance is available up to 30 days prior   Within 30 days no refund is available.  You can sell your spot to another person up to 1 week prior.  RADykstra Photography ( here-forth RAD) reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. RAD  will offer refunds for our cost only (-$25 service fee)  if RAD has to cancel the event. No other costs such as transportation or other reservations are covered.  RAD recommends travel insurance.  World Nomads or Allianz are two good sources.  Note: no refunds for bad weather. We do all we can to get as much photography as possible given the weather conditions, but we will not place anyone in harms way by going outdoors in harsh weather as determined by guide