NATURE PHOTO MASTERCLASS
STAFFAN WIDSTRAND & MARTIN STEENHAUT
NAT GEO EXPLORER - WILD WONDERS
MASTER EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHER
WITH SUPPORT FROM
NORWAY 23-28 JAN 2023
Close-up with majestic eagles in Norway - a real wildlife photography masterclass, guided by two experts in the field.
Enjoy an intense shootout with fantastic photo opportunities
Very personal coaching in a small group
Learn all about action photo techniques and styles
Try out some of the latest Sony gear and just have a lot of fun
You will come back a better and a happier photographer!
The best place in Europe for White tailed Eagle photography from boat at very close range
Golden eagles and Sea eagles from professional hides, set against amazing mountain backdrops, and in this time of year most often snow
Goshawk, squirrels and small birds close by, from a forest hide
Probably the most well experienced eagle photo guide in the world
A selection of the newest Sony gear available to borrow and try out in the masterclass
Personal coaching on techniques and image feedback & discussions
Dates and accommodation
arrival 23 jan. - depart 28 jan 2023
4 full days photography 24-25-26-27 jan
max 10 people with 2 guides. 2 groups of 5
the price includes: accommodation, full board from evening Day 1 to morning Day 6, local transports, 2 boat days (weather permitting) and minimum 2 hide days, transfer from Trondheim airport and all guiding
not included: transport to Trondheim airport, drinks, gratuities, single room supplement
double rooms standard, single room + €250
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The Living Sea
The wild sea in this coastal area is frequently referred to as “The Living Sea”, meaning that the ocean here really still is alive and healthy indeed. Fish are still aplenty, there are clouds of sea birds, the waters are clear, porpoises tumble around, otter and seal hunt for fish and seaweed abound. It is a wild coast.
The hides here are up in the mountain zone, just at the tree-line. They are professional, recently updated and with some of the best-performing golden eagles in Europe. With massive rock-walls behind, providing one of the best eagle-photo backdrops in the world. We enter the hides before sunrise and stay until after sunset. However, the days are not that long up here at this time of year… There are frequently several golden eagles around, and sometimes they pick a fight in front of the hides, also with White-tailed eagles that come down to spoil their party and take some food. We plan for minimum two days of hide sessions.
White-tailed sea eagles
This area, with this local guide and his perfect photo platform of a boat, is probably the best photo opportunity setup for White-tailed eagles in the world. The local “Eagle Man” has built a relation to the 20 or some pairs of eagles in these fiords over the last 30 years, he knows them all by name. And they know his boat from the sound of its engine… They come unbelievingly close and catch fish around the boat. Watching and photographing the eagles that close and with these backgrounds is simply pure joy! We plan for two days of boat trips, weather permitting.
Goshawk, squirrels and passerine birds
Also the powerful and charismatic Goshawk comes to a hide in the forest. A hide which is also frequented by a host of passerine birds and Red squirrels. Thera are often two adult goshawks around and one of their youngsters as well. From the hide there is good chance of getting them at less than 10 meters distance!
January 23-28 JAN 2023
(Registration fee 600 euro) *
Tour leaders/masterclass leaders
Martin Steenhaut & Staffan Widstrand
max 10 people with 2 guides. Two groups of 5.
September 30, 2021
Included in the price
Transfer from the Trondheim airport to the Masterclass location and back. Full board accommodation and meals from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 6, local transports, 2 boat trip days (weather permitting), minimum 2 hide days, and all guiding, Masterclass leaders and workshops. Accommodation in guesthouse or countryside hotel of medium standard (shared double room).
Flights to and from Trondheim airport, gratuities, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, visas, drinks, single room supplement, telephone, personal items and anything else not mentioned above as specifically included.
Single room supplement
The tour begins and ends at the Trondheim Airport, Vaernes (TRD) in Norway.
Since we will have opportunities for many different types of motifs, ranging from landscapes, eagles and gulls, to squirrels and big and small forest birds, it is wise to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. From the boat, lenses from wide-angle, 70-200 mm up to 500-600 mm can be very useful. To increase the focal length, you can also use a teleconverter. It is important to have protection for the camera equipment as it can be wet from ocean spray & splash, rain or snow. Bring good rain cover for your camera gear and for the camera bag.
If you have two camera bodies, it is good to be prepared by having these fitted with lenses of different focal lengths. This to avoid having to change lenses all the time. Tripods are difficult to use in the hides, where bean bags or the Wimberley type of swivel heads work better. In the boat, hand-held is best. Bring a tripod for possible Northern Lights, should the opportunity arise at night.
The climate up here in the wintertime is cold. Northern winter is cold and on top of that the ocean air is humid and always a bit colder. You need real thick outdoor gear, like a good parka or downjacket, plus rainjacket + raintrousers, sturdy hiking boots and at least two layers of socks – preferably the wonderfully soft and non-itchy Woolpower, Aklima or similar. Woolen long underpants and long-armed undershirt as well, preferably Woolpower, Aklima or the like. And a woolen sweater. Preferably not synthetics. In the boat, we will be handed survival outfit overalls, which keep us warm and dry, and warm snowmobile boots will be supplied for those who want. Warm hat needed and warm thumb/hand gloves - not finger gloves! Woolen turtleneck or warm scarf. In the hides there are heaters, and sleeping bags to sit in. And a dry toilet/outhouse for the needy. You might want to bring a thermos flask for hot drinks.
The accommodations are not specially adapted for people with disabilities. The boat we use may mean a slightly more difficult accessibility if you have reduced mobility. There is a short night-time hike needed to reach up to the eagle hide in the mountains and back, possibly in snow. Not specially adapted for people with disabilities. But we can tailor-make certain arrangements to try to accommodate for you, depending on what your disabilities might be. Please then contact us about it.
Payment - terms and conditions
The registration fee shall be paid upon registration, against an invoice. Final payment no later than 60 days before departure.
Passport and visa
Your passport must be valid, and depending on your country of citizenship, please check up that there are no visa requirements or other restrictions in place for entering into Norway.
Please check your travel insurance and cancellation policies. We always recommend you have insurance cover that also covers emergency transport, both on-site and at home.
Contact your physician if you need special health advise.
Group and language
This Masterclass is open to all nationalities, which means that the group will be international. The Masterclass sessions will be conducted in English. The leaders also speak Swedish, French, Dutch/Flemish and Spanish.
Information on key rights according to Directive (EU) 2015/2302
Preliminary day by day program
Day 1 (Dinner)
We meet up where the tour begins: at the Trondheim Airport, Vaernes (TRD) in Norway.
Transfer by minibus to our guesthouse/hotel in a village right on the coast. After check-in we will do a tour-briefing and a first camera settings talk. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2-5 (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
Four full days of photography, fully adapted to the light, wildlife and weather conditions.
The plan is two boat-trip days (if weather permits) and a minimum of two hide days. Should the weather be foul, then there is space for all of us in the hides. Lunches are packed lunches during the hide sessions. Packed lunches are to be self-prepared at breakfast time.
Day 6 (Breakfast)
After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Trondheim, our tour ends at the Trondheim Vaernes (TRD) airport for flights or trains homeward.
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WHO WE ARE
Staffan Widstrand, born in 1959 is a photographer and writer. Staffan is one of Sweden’s internationally most recognized
photographers. In 2011, Outdoor Photography Magazine called him ”one of the most influential nature photographers in the
world”. Appointed ”Wildlife photographer of the year” in Sweden and a award-winner in many international photo
competitions. He is a Sony Ambassador for Europe.
Staffan has also been on the jury of several international photo competitions including being a main jury member in World Press Photo. Published in most of the major magazines in the world, such as National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, and many more.
Staffan has had international solo or group exhibitions worldwide and has published 18 books, five of which have been winners of the WWF Panda book award. A picture editor at Natur & Kultur publishers in Stockholm for 5 years, a nature tour guide and tour production manager all across the world for many years. Appointed as Visiting Professor at the Beijing Ministry of Culture Old University, and he is also one of the founders of the ”Wild Wonders of China”and “Wild Wonders of Europe” initiatives. He is an owner of wildlife photography tour company “Wild Nature Photo Adventures” and has tour management and production experience since 1981.
Martin Steenhaut is a passionate professional nature photographer who tries to capture the beauty and vulnerability of our nature with strong moments and unique views. An all-round photographer who focuses on birds, mammals and landscapes, always with the utmost respect for his subject. A photo is not a trophy that you should make at all costs. With the ever- growing popularity of nature photography, there is sometimes also unwanted pressure on nature. Therefore, respecting your subject and avoiding disturbance is a golden rule. And that idea is also reflected in every one of Martin’s images.
With regular exhibitions, lectures and publications he tries to share his passion with the general public.
His work has been awarded several times in important international photo competitions. The highlights were a worldwide 2nd place in The World Photographic Cup in the USA, and winner of 1st places in Montier-en-Der, and Namur.
He was recently awarded the highest European label, as a Master Qualified European Wildlife Photographer and he became European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019. His motivation remains to share his moments and thus amaze and sensitize people. Martin is the owner of wildlife photography tour company “WildPix Travel” and has extensive tour management and production experience since many years.
This trip is organized by 2 leading european photo travel agencies, Wild Nature Photo Adventures and Wildpix Travel.
They have a temporary legal collaboration for this tour but all administration will be done by Wildpix Travel. You will be guided by their two head guides Staffan Widstrand and Martin Steenhaut.
When booking this trip you will be contacted by Wildpix Travel. You will first be asked for a downpayment of 10% of the total trip value. Some months before the trip you will get the invoice for the remaining amount.
In case of cancellation these rules will apply.
You can always contact your cancellation insurance.
Terms for cancellation costs:
5 TO 3 MONTHS FOR DEPARTURE. 25% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL AMOUNT
3 TO 2 MONTHS FOR DEPARTURE. 50% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL AMOUNT
2 TO 1 MONTH BEFORE LEAVING 80% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL
1 MONTH TO 1 DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE. 100% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL SUMMARY
WILDPIX TRAVEL B.V. - Natuurfotografiereizen
Martin Steenhaut - C.E.O.
4872 LA Etten Leur - Nederland
Chamber of commerce: KVK 71525688
BTW - VAT BTW NL 8587.49.440. B01
Wild Nature Photo Adventures
Lagmansgatan 5 C
392 35 Kalmar
Telephone: +46 (0)730 662 007
Registration number: 559082-3521