Argentina: Wildlife Photography Master Class in Ibera

An exclusive wildlife photography master workshop based in Ibera known as the Serengeti of South America.

Expertly guided and led by renown nature photographer, Ossian Lindholm. Perfect for all levels of photographers with a passion for wildlife and landscape. Daily activities for non-photographers too. If you are interested in extending your adventure, request an itinerary for our pre-trip in Iguazu, Argentina from your travel agent.

Do you love taking photographs of animals or birds? Would you like to learn more or sharpen your skills? During this exclusive wildlife photography master class with Ossian Lindholm, you will have 10 incredible days to photograph the wildlife of Ibera, an extraordinary natural oasis. A well-kept travel secret, Ibera is the second-largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil, and is often referred to as the “Serengeti of South America.” Ibera’ is also one of Ossian’s favorite wildlife destinations.

This photo safari is based in the Ibera wetlands, which was until recently, unexplored. Now Ibera is recognized as one of South America’s most important freshwater reservoirs. Its myriad of rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands are all fed by natural rainfall, and make Ibera a wonderful refuge for a huge diversity of wildlife.

Environmentalists believe Ibera is one of the most remarkable of Argentina’s ecosystems.  In fact, educational and conservation-focused tourism, like this wildlife photography tour help ensure the economic success of the area; as guests in Ibera, your tourism dollars will contribute towards sustaining this paradise for generations to come.

With its mild climate and wonderful isolation, Ibera is one of the last natural paradises on earth. Similar to the Galapagos where animals and birds are not afraid of humans, Ibera is an area where wild animals are the stars of the show! Its marshes offer wildlife-lovers countless close-up encounters. There are caimans, capybaras, and otters to be spotted in its waters. The marshlands are home to swamp deer, pampas deer, and anaconda. You can also find howler monkeys and greater rheas here—in fact there are over 200 species of birds in Ibera.

All of these extraordinary features—stunning landscapes, enormous abundance of wildlife, perfect climate, peaceful isolation, careful and active conservation efforts, Ossian’s masterful teachings, and options for non-photographer all at an excellent value—make a journey to the Ibera wetlands a wildlife lover’s dream come true.

As a special bonus, we are offering you the Conservation Land Trust Experience, an inside view and hands on experience of the work of the late and great conservationist, Douglas Tompkins who with his wife Kris, co-founded CLT, dedicated to the creation and expansion of national or provincial parks to ensure the perpetuity of their ecological and evolutionary processes with the strongest long-term protection guarantee possible.

 

Class Highlights:

Class 1:  An approach to Conservation Photography. Playing with light in nature. An overview of the dozens of animals and over a hundred species of birds we will see during our workshop.

Class 2:  Exposure: Exposure Modes. Light metering modes. Exposure compensation. RAW vs JPG files. Basic photoshop editing for nature photography.

Class 3:  Focal distance: autofocus modes, autofocus area modes. Burst modes. The back button focusing mode or rear focusing mode. Photoshop editing using masks.

Class 4:  ISO and Noise. Composition: How to photograph birds in flight, Ossian’s recommended wildlife and landscape settings. Photoshop editing using adjustment layers.

Class 5:  Characteristics of light: How to deal with difficult light conditions. Photography inside the forest, the use of a flash in wildlife photography. Photoshop editing using adjustment layers.

Class 6: Camouflage techniques

Class 7 & 8:  Landscape photography vs. wildlife photography: How to move in both worlds and become a complete nature photographer. The secrets to getting dramatic landscape images. Bracketing. Introduction to the HDR photography.  The control of depth of field. Photoshop editing using adjustment layers.

About our Guides

Your guides for this tour will be Ciclismo Classico and Travel Vision Journey director, Lauren Hefferon, and Ossian Lindholm, renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker from Tucuman, Argentina. He has filmed and produced over 100 documentaries, and written six books on the natural and cultural splendor of Argentina.

Through his life experiences as a scholar, agricultural engineer, photographer, teacher, and now filmmaker, he has come to realize that his life’s work is to deliver a powerful message—the vital importance of conservation and sustainability for preserving his homeland’s splendor.

Highlights

  • Daily and abundant close encounters with wildlife
  • Exploration of Ibera, one of the most important freshwater reservoirs on the continent and the second-largest wetland in the world
  • Tranquil boat rides that glide through pristine wetlands
  • Educational talks by local naturalists and conservationists
  • Charming accommodation and the savoring of local specialties
  • Night photography sessions

Trip Details:

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Price: $3,900, with 3 Day Iguazu pre-trip $5,200

Single Supplement: $1,065, with 3 Day Iguazu pre-trip $1,200

Length: 10 days / 9 nights; 12 days / 11 nights with pre-trip

Level: Easy

Start/End Locations: Buenos Aires/Buenos Aires

Trip Dates:

  • 05/14/17 - 05/23/17
  • 10/01/17 - 10/10/17

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Day by Day

Buenos Aires

We meet you at the Buenos Aires airport and transfer to your hotel in the Recoleta. After lunch we have an afternoon photo walk of the center of the city, going through different porteño’ neighborhoods: La Boca, birthplace of Tango, the blue collar neighborhood of Buenos Aires in which the main street Caminito shows you the history of this beautiful and original rhythm. San Telmo, the oldest "barrio" of Buenos Aires, where the city was founded for the first time in 1536. Emblematic places as Parque Lezama, Defensa Street, and the Flea Market premises, Ezeiza family house and San Lorenzo alley talking about the slave market, the arrival of the great European immigration, literature and last but not least British Invasions to the city during 1806 and 1807. Tonight a welcome dinner!

Posadas, Carlos Pelligrini

Early morning transfer for the flight from Buenos Aires to the Posadas Airport in the Corrientes Province, where we will escort you in our own private van to our boutique hotel Nande Reta. Here we will spend three days immersed in the total peace and serenity that Ibera provides. After a stroll around the Estacia’s grounds, we will host our first wildlife master class, which will cover conservation photography, playing with light in nature and an overview of the dozens of creatures you will enjoy in Ibera. After a well-deserved rest you will be invited to enjoy a welcome feast made up of choice.

Aguape Lodge, Carlos Pelligrini

Sunrise photography class. We will rise early on your first morning here to make the most of the breathtaking reds, yellows and golds reflecting on the serene Ibera waters. After breakfast, we will enjoy a water excursion to enjoy sightings of the abundant birds and animals that live here undisturbed. After a picnic lunch we will return to the Aguape Lodge for our Master Class and an opportunity to share and review the photos taken during the day.

The golden hour of sunset offers another opportunity to study and capture the subtle, precious interplay of light across this watery landscape. As evening draws, you can share your day’s photography adventures over a delicious dinner. This will be followed by a special night under the stars to practice the magic of night photography.

Aguape Lodge, Carlos Pelligrini

The beauty of this special wildlife photography tours is that, with all the rich visual stimulation, one short day can feel like so many more! Pre-dawn, full daylight, sunset, or the night sky —each offers up distinctive and rich wildlife captures and experiences, all waiting to be captured through the lens of your camera. Today, we get up with the sun to witness animals and capture the subtle dawn light from another angle. With each passing day, you’ll find yourself slowing down and opening up to the tranquil spirit of this magical place.

Aguape Lodge, Carlos Pelligrini

The beauty of this special wildlife photography tours is that, with all the rich visual stimulation, one short day can feel like so many more! Pre-dawn, full daylight, sunset, or the night sky —each offers up distinctive and rich wildlife captures and experiences, all waiting to be captured through the lens of your camera. Today, we get up with the sun to witness animals and capture the subtle dawn light from another angle. With each passing day, you’ll find yourself slowing down and opening up to the tranquil spirit of this magical place.

Carlos Pelligrini - Rincon de Socorro

Hour transfer to Rincón del Socorro.

Estancia Rincon del Socorro is a small eco-touristic estancia that has been restored and is located inside a incredible nature reserve. The complex ecosystem of estuaries and reservoirs shelters a great variety of fauna. Among this fauna there are many species in danger of extinction. Rincón del Socorro, includes 12,000 hecatares dedicated to the recovery and care of the environment. Upon arrival we have lunch in the estancia. Meals are prepared with fruits and organic vegetables, mostly from the garden itself. When the weather permits, lunches and dinners are served outdoors.


Rincon de Socorro

During our stay here we will continue with daily excursions and wildlife photography master classes.

Rincon de Socorro

During our stay here we will continue with daily excursions and wildlife photography master classes.

Rincon de Socorro

During our stay here we will continue with daily excursions and wildlife photography master classes.

Rincon de Socorro - Estancia Santa Ines Posada

In the morning transfer to Estancia Santa Ines to have lunch and then to Posadas before your international connections or perhaps an extension to Iguazu or Buenos Aires.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • 12-person van
  • Airport shuttles
  • Water and snacks

On The Tour

  • Select wine tastings
  • All entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.

For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!

Aguape Lodge

Our location on the Riverside of the Ibera Lagoon will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the wetlands where the protagonist is nature… and you will be a privileged witness. At the center of Argentina’s largest Nature Reserve you will live alongside more than 60 species of mammals, 50 different reptiles, 35 amphibians, 110 kinds of fish, and more than 350 bird species.
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Rincon del Socorro, Estero de Ibera’

Estancia Rincon del Socorro is a 12,000-hectare former cattle ranch on the edge of the Iberá wetlands in north eastern Argentina that has been made into a nature reserve. It is a small, refined eco-tourist establishment with only six rooms in the main house and three bungalows within 50 metres of the house, all with private bathrooms. The main house has a communal living room, veranda, indoor dining area, and terrace dining area.
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Hotel La Cantera

Set within 3 hectares of tropical jungle, this upscale, lodge-style hotel is 15 km from Zoológico Bosque Guarani and 28 km from Iguazu Falls. Featuring balconies, the casual, contemporary rooms come with TVs and minibars. A gourmet breakfast buffet is complimentary, and is served in a bright dining room. A polished restaurant has a wine cellar, and an outdoor pool is surrounded by a sundeck with sunloungers.
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Meet the Guides