Wildlife Photography Workshop with Darío Podestá
5% Early Bird Discount up to 90 days before the start of the Workshop
The extraordinary marine life of the Argentine coast
The Chubut area is one of the most outstanding destinations of the Patagonian coast. The waters around, are home to an abundance of marine life: whales, dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals, and much more..
Accompanied by Darío Podestá, Puerto Madryn based Biologist, and expert Wildlife Photographer, you will be able to know the behaviors of the Patagonian fauna and discover hidden places in the area, realizing breathtaking images.
In search of the great whales, but not only: you’ll have opportunities to photograph many other animals as well, including the beautiful Chilean Flamingo. You will find yourself in the right places during the best light moments of the day.
Once arrived in Puerto Madryn we will meet with the group in the hotel where we will stay for three nights. After settling in, Darío will give an introductory speech to the workshop. In the afternoon, we will spot elephant seals, orcas and whales at Punta Ninfas. There, we will also have a great view of the cliffs at sunset.
We will dedicate the whole day to discover and photograph the extraordinary wildlife and landscape of the peninsula. Visiting Doradillo Beach, Puerto Pirámides, Punta Norte, Caleta Valdés and the San Pablo Reserve. Whale whatching at sunset in Puerto Pirámides.
During the third day of the workshop we will explore Punta Tombo and the Isla Escondida.
Breakfast. End of the service.
Please note that these are only suggestions given by our experience. It is not necessary to have all the equipment reported, everyone prepares for the journey according to their needs.
For example, some people may only want to take pictures with a smartphone while others will want to take a drone with them. But it is our duty to guide you to a better choice.
Although you can participate with any type of photographic device, we recommend a reflex or mirrorless camera, which allow much more freedom and creativity.
Considering the wide variety of photographic situations this workshop presents, it is advisable to have available focal lengths ranging from wide-angle (shorter distances) to telephoto (longer distances).
For those who like to photograph landscapes, a 17-40mm zoom lens or similar might work well.
For boat trips, a 70-200 mm, 100-400 mm zoom or similar would be ideal.
For terrestrial wildlife, a 300mm or longer telephoto lens is the best choice.
Consider also buying a tele converter to increase the focal length of the lens: 1.4x or 2x. Even if with loss of luminosity.
Finally, choosing the right set of lenses is not easy. If you encounter difficulties and need some suggestions do not hesitate to contact us.
The most important feature of a tripod is its stability. Since it is a trip that involves some trekking we will have to take into account also the weight.
We suggest a good carbon tripod that maintains a good balance between weight and stability, that can easily change from one height to another and that locks in little space.
Aluminum is also fine, as carbon is generally much more expensive. We know that choosing a tripod is not easy and we are available to help you choose the right model for you.
A Polarizing filter will be very useful on boat trips to neutralize water reflections.
For those who love Landscape Photography, ND filters with 6 or 8 steps will be also very useful.
It is recommended to carry UV or Skylight filters, useful to protect the lenses from dust and splashes.
Finding the right photo backpack can be a difficult challenge. We recommend you to rely on a brand with quality and experience in the market such as Think Thank, Lowepro or Manfrotto.
The type of backpack clearly depends on your equipment. But what really matters is that you feel comfortable with it and possibly fitted with a rain cover.
You can’t miss in your backpack: a cleaning kit for the lenses, a remote control to shoot without touching the camera, hood for the lenses (to avoid flare) and a robust / comfortable camera strap.
It is also important to take spare batteries and memory cards with you.
MORE ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
The Valdés Peninsula is a unique conservation area, home to an abundant marine life, terrestrial mammals, and birds.
Among them: the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis), the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca), the Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus), the Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii), the Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina), the South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens), the Guanaco (Lama guanicoe), the Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis Patagonum), the South American Gray Fox (Lycalopex griseus), the Big Hairy Armadillo (Cheatophractus villosus), the Darwin’s Rhea (Rhea Pennata), the Rock Shag (Phalacrocorax magellanicus), the Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps), the Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), the Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus), etc.
On both dates (mainly in July) it can get very cold, especially during boat excursions.
We recommend wearing heavy clothing and a waterproof or windbreaker jacket.
Hat, neck cover, gloves and sunglasses.
Sturdy, comfortable footwear (hiking type) for walking.
Comfortable and robust backpack to carry your gear and protect it from dust, water and bumps.
The flight is not included in the price.
However, we can coordinate with the Tour Operator to book the flight.