Wildlife photography workshop from floating hides to photograph water birds
We organize wildlife photography workshops from floating hides for photographers hungry for natural beauties and passionate for water birds. The technique of using floating hides allows making unique and very creative photos. It allows not only to be closer to the birds to observe and photograph them but it also allows for views unobtainable from a tripod in a hide on land.
These workshops are organized only for five photographers. With few people it ensures the best possible encounters and the trainees receive the best tips to manage good pictures.
The floating hide: a technique to move to the surface of the water in the marshes
As the name suggests it is primarily a photographic technique based on hiding the photographer from the animals. The floating hide allow the photographer to watch without to be seen when walking in the marshes. A floating hide is made with a light inflatable structure. It can easily float. The floating structure is then covered with a tent that allows the photographer to be invisible for animals.
The floating hide however has an advantage compared to a hiding blind set up on land: it is mobile. The photographer wearing long boots arriving to the chest waders can push the floating hide as he walks in the marsh.
The only constraint is that the water level can never exceed the armpits of the photographer. Indeed, there is nothing worse than having water in waders.
First advantage: get close to the water animals
The first advantage of the floating hide is to allow the photographer to approach closer water birds, insects such as dragonflies or water mammals like nutria.
Water birds are very afraid of any human presence from the banks: it is a potential danger. The floating hide is quite tolerated by most water animals. The photographer has just to softly approach without brutality and without making a sound. The floating hide is a shelter that totally masks human parts such as hands, face which are synonymous with danger for water animals. Only the front of the lens exceeds the tent.
For many birds like the purple heron, there is an invisible safety zone beyond which the floating hide becomes a potential danger. If that line is crossed then the bird then chooses to fly to escape.
The floating hide also allows the photographer to explore areas inaccessible by the banks, just if the water level is not too high. A photographer may then observe very well night herons, egrets and other birds hidden in the trees.
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The second advantage: unique shooting perspective
For us, photographing animals with unique perspective is the main advantage of this photographic technique. The photographer is able to create from the surface of the water giving the audience the impression to be in the scene. The photographs do not have the effect of bird's eye view of photos taken from the bank. Contact with the eyes of animals is direct, giving a major impact to photographs.
« This workshop showed me the importance of light and setting. I have felt this in the past, but I had never managed to express it before. Amar helped me discover it. His approach completely changed my mind. Now photography is much clearer to me. »
Using a floating hide is easy
Learning to use a floating hide is very fast and easy. A photographer just needs a few minutes. The entrance is from the back. Once the ball placed on the dedicated screws, simply set the lens and then begin to move.
Water is a real danger to the camera equipment. A degree of caution is required when entering inside the tent but nothing too difficult.
The only real enemy of the floating hide is the wind. It is almost impossible to fight against a strong wind. If the wind blows inside the tent, it is impossible to maintain it on the water.
Creating beautiful pictures with water animals
If you already have some experience with photography and you want to improve your technique on very particular points, then this trip is perfect for your needs. Since the number of participants that we take is limited, you are guaranteed to learn the specific information you want.
This trip is not only an adventure that you will share with other photographers. It is also a time during which you can ask any technical questions you want to address. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with an improved photographic approach.
Every day, we will review everyone’s photos. In addition to giving tips for improvement, we will provide technical presentations on topics that the participants are interested in.
Participating in this photography trip with us is the best way to meet other photographers who love the beauties of nature while learning new skills in a pleasant, relaxing environment. You will enjoy this holiday where you can exchange your inspirations, impressions, and technical insights with other photographers who share your interests.
The places we will go have been selected to meet the unique needs of wildlife photographers. This is the advantage of a trip organized by photographers. We are familiar with the area where we will take you. The sites we have chosen are gorgeous. The wildlife is fabulous, the landscapes are unique. It will be a delight for anyone who loves nature's beauties.
« This workshop on wildlife photography using floating hides was very well organized and innovative. It was an opportunity for me to continue my quest for photographic inspiration. The technical explanations were simple and clear. The food was excellent. The lights that bathe the area are beautiful. This is a photography workshop that I would take again as soon as possible. »
A perfect mix of holiday and learning experience
Participating in a wildlife photography trip with us is the best way to meet other photographers who also love the beauties of nature while learning new techniques in a pleasant, relaxing environment. You will enjoy this holiday where you can exchange your inspirations, impressions and technical insights with like-minded photographers.
« I really enjoyed this wildlife photography workshop. The atmosphere and location were new to me, even though I have already participated in numerous wildlife photography trips. I have traveled to many different places, but this time it was totally different. It was very surprising to discover the beautiful lights and magical environment of La Dombes. »
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