GAUCHOS OF THE WETLANDS
Travel Photography Workshop with Nicholas Tinelli
5% Early Bird Discount up to 90 days before the start of the Workshop
Explore the Gaucho Culture of the Argentine Mesopotamia
Together with Entre Ríos and Misiones, Corrientes is one of the Mesopotamian plain provinces of Argentina. Our destination for this workshop is located approximately 325 km south of the main city. In a marshy land, bathed by the waters of the Paraná River: a paradise for wildlife lovers.
We will stay in one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, still in activity. With the support of Nicholas, a Travel Photographer specialized in Portraits, we will explore in depth the culture of the Gauchos of the Corrientes Wetlands and we will have many chances to photograph different species of animals of the area, including the caiman.
Once arrived in Esquina early in the morning we will meet with the group. Nicholas will give a brief introduction to the workshop before reaching the estancia. Portrait session with the gauchos.
We will spend the second day documenting in detail the work of the gauchos among the lagoons of the Estancia’s property, from sunrise until sunset.
This entire day is dedicated to Wildlife Photography, exploring the nearby “Estero del Pucú” by boat.
In the morning we will leave after breakfast to reach Esquina and say goodbye!
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | S = Snack | D = Dinner
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.
The workshop is mainly aimed at Portrait and Wildlife Photography.
For Portrait Photography the ideal focal lengths usually range from 50 to 200 mm, depending on what we want to achieve.
For Wildlife Photography we suggest a super-tele lens, generally from 100 to 800mm.
Since the prime lenses are very expensive and generally heavy, most photographers who are not only dedicated to this type of photography opt for zoom lenses, that allow to cover different focal lengths, saving space in the backpack and in the wallet.
More specifically, depending on the brand you use, different zoom lenses are available.
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.
Although the workshop is not primarily aimed at Landscape Photography, we always suggest to bring a tripod. A good opportunity to use it always happens.
The most important feature of a tripod is its stability and 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.
We always recommend to bring on travel:
1 – UV protective filter for each lens;
2 – Polarizer, to saturate colors, increase contrast and especially reduce reflections;
3 – ND (Neutral Density) filters, which allow you to remove luminosity stops from the lens and use longer exposure times, for example to create the famous “silk effect” in the water. To use this filter, you must bring a tripod with you.
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.
Nicholas transports all the equipment in a Think Thank Airport Navigator Trolley and once at destination, accommodates what he needs in a comfortable Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L.
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 with you. In addition to spare memory cards and if you have the possibility, a laptop computer (with Lightroom or Photoshop installed), so you can work in post-production with the workshop leader.
MORE ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Argentine Mesopotamia is one of the richest areas of fauna in the world, a paradise for enthusiasts.
We will have the chance to meet Caimans, Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), Kingfishers, Hummingbirds, Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Spoonbills, Vultures, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Ducks, Cardinals, among many others.
June and September are two good months to travel in the province of Corrientes, with average temperatures ranging from 11 to 26 °C (51.8 to 78.8 °F) and little rain. During the summer (December-January) temperatures reach over 35 °C (95 °F) with a high percentage of humidity.
Most of the planned excursions around the estancia cask are of low fitness difficulty.
We recommend taking a pair of waterproof boots, rain protection, a hat, sunscreen, and mosquito spray with you.
The flight is not included in the price.
However, we can coordinate with the Tour Operator to book the flight.