Washington State USA Red Fox Photo Workshop
Join American photographer Amy Shutt and Canadian photographer Shane Kalyn of The Canid Project for a canid-centric workshop photographing and learning about the Red Foxes of Washington.
Our aim with The Canid Project workshops is to provide experiences that will not just focus on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, but also on how you can use your photography for conservation and education. We also focus strongly on the ethics of wildlife photography.
Each workshop is led by carefully selected ethical wildlife photographers. When applicable we strive to work with conservation-based organizations and projects that provide unique and intimate information throughout our workshops by way of professional researchers and biologists.
Our workshops target canid species and areas and the issue or efforts that directly affect these species. We hope to be part of the solution by educating.
Proceeds from these workshops go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and outreach, as well as the fox rehab in Louisiana.
Current Washington Workshop Dates:
June 4 - 7, 2019
June is a great time for urban fox families because the den sites are active with older kits ranging in age from approximately 2 to 4 months old. This provides a great opportunity for not only pictures but for learning how to approach urban wildlife ethically, which is our main goal with this workshop. Nowadays we don't have to go "out there" to experience wildlife, all we have to do is take a look right outside our back doors.
Amy Shutt has a formal background in photography and education and Canadian photographer Shane Kalyn has a formal background in biology and wildlife management. Both Amy and Shane have spent many years photographing wild foxes and together they will use their keen understanding of fox family dynamics and behaviours to get you in the best position to create beautiful photographs, while at the same time respecting our subjects and acting ethically in our approaches.
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ABOUT The Workshop
Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, coastal Washington is a magical place. We will be venturing to a coastal gem to unwind and escape from it all. The area is a nature lover's dream and a biodiversity hot-spot, boasting a rich diversity of flora and fauna ranging from orcas, bald eagles and sea lions to endemic populations of rare butterflies to rare and endangered Garry Oak ecosystems.
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This area offers unique opportunities to photograph foxes in scenic coastal, grassland, forested and even urban settings, offering photographers the ability to create a variety of stunning images. The foxes themselves are unique, and it is possible to see and photograph several distinct colour pelages ranging from the more common red, cross and silver colour phases to the rarer grey pearl and, if you're lucky, the elusive cinnamon pelage!
Why the odd-ball colors?
Unique to this location is the fact that these foxes were released into the area from local fur farms, and perhaps also from live trapped and released, to help eliminate a overpopulation of rabbits (which were also released in the late 1800s). These introductions are presumed to have taken place in the first quarter of the 20th century and again in 1947, according to “old timers’” stories and the trappers’ harvest records via the Washington State Dept of Game. In the 80s it was unknown if there were any foxes in the area, but now the population has clearly rebounded.
While the melanistic “silver” and partially melanistic “cross” mutations are seen in the wild, the others are not. These interesting pelage colours that are only seen in this area are the result of the introduced foxes being fur farm stock. The colors are selected for in the breeding foxes of fur farms and rarely, if ever, seen in the wild. You can liken it to the pelage colorings of domesticated animals like black and white cows, dogs, and cats; these odd-ball colors are not seen in their ancestral wild counterparts. Why not? Simply because it doesn’t help them to blend into their environment and has never been selected for in the wild.
And while we can not guarantee seeing foxes of any age, June is the perfect time of year to photograph these foxes and it is common to be able to photograph multiple active den sites, often with multi-coloured litters, so the chances are very high.
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WORKING ITINERARY for June 2019 Workshop:
You will receive a detailed itinerary which includes more detailed location info, transit, and lodging information once your deposit has been paid, but please see these exciting points below that make up this unique wildlife photography workshop. Please feel free to email with any questions: email@example.com*
*Lodging is included in the workshop price for the nights of June 4, 5, 6 and 7*
June 4, 2019 / Tuesday: If you arrive before 7pm on this day, please enjoy a meet and greet with Shane and Amy.
June 5, 2019 / Wednesday AM: We will meet in the morning over breakfast for a presentation by Shane and Amy. We will also discuss the workshop and logistics in detail.
June 5 - 7, 2019 / Wednesday to Friday: Three full days of in the field shooting, and reviews. Detailed shooting itinerary will be provided on June 5th.
June 7, 2019 / Friday PM: The workshop will conclude the evening of June 7, 2019
Photography will take place for 3 full days at the best times for light and fox activity in the mornings and late afternoons.
The workshop will conclude the evening of June 7, 2019.
Amy and Shane will instruct you in many facets of wildlife and conservation photography, canid conservation, and ethics including:
Ethical practices of wildlife photography
The natural history of the Red Fox in North America
Conservation photography and how you can contribute to raise awareness
How to tell compelling stories through wildlife photography that help to educate the public
Best camera settings and gear for wildlife photography
Photographic techniques, composition, and use of natural light as it applies to wild canid species
If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities. Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go, Borrow Lenses, and Lensrentals. Email Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org and she''ll let you know! :)
DSLR or mirrorless camera that does well at high ISOs
Long lens (something that extends to at least 300 to 600mm)
A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm
Travel insurance is required (see our travel agent to purchase)
Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather
Warm clothing for early mornings and late afternoons.
Bug spray is a good idea!
Limited to only 6 participants
Price: $2150 USD (includes all photographic instruction from two photo leaders, guiding, presentations, and lodging for 4 nights, beginning the first night of the workshop)
Non-refundable deposit of $750 USD secures your spot
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Once your deposit is paid you will receive a full itinerary with detailed information about the workshop and your lodging.
What the price includes:
All photographic instruction from two photo leaders
Lightroom editing tutorials available upon request
Lodging for 4 nights (June 4, 6, 7, 8)
What the price does NOT include:
Food and drinks (although our lodging does have a refrigerator and microwave in each room)
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HOW TO SIGN UP:
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Shane Kalyn is a natural world photographer based out of Vancouver, Canada. He has a deep-rooted love of the outdoors which led him to pursue a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, which led to a career as a freshwater salmon scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; it is a job he loves and takes him to wild and remote corners of his home province of BC. Never content to sit still, he has traveled to over 40 countries. Together, these are the experiences that have truly shaped his photographic style. Shane’s photography focuses on anything natural, but he has a real soft spot for wildlife. He tries to create photographs that capture fleeting moments, or intimate natural behavior, with the intention to inspire and show that the nature of this planet is worth protecting. His photography has been awarded internationally and features in Canadian Geographic Travel, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Orion Magazine, and National Geographic. He is a contributing photographer to British Columbia Magazine. 4elementphotos.com
Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a recent focus in photo-documentary projects. A formally trained and published photographer, Amy also teaches various photography classes and workshops throughout the United States and in Africa. Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start The Canid Project. She hopes to preserve, educate, and inspire through this endeavor.