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Next course 2018 : Seal Photography

Seal photography course spring 2018 is full!

Saturday 12th May: FULL

Sunday 13th May:  FULL


The next nature photograph course in Oravi and Linnansaari National Park wil be held 12th-13th May 2018. Subject of the course is Saimaa Ringed Seal. You can sign in for one day or for two days.

Our course leader is an award-winning nature photographer Pasi Lensu. He is also known for the Järven Tarina -movie released in 2016.

On this course we'll focus on taking pictures of the seals. Both days include taking pictures on water (from boat) and on land. During the course we'll do changing exercises from macro shoots to landscape. You can use anykind of camera from a SLR camera to a smartphone. Since we don't want to disturb the seals we'll take photos from distance. For seal photos you need a zoom to at least 20m.

Seal Photography Course 2018


Saimaa Ringed Seals and Finnish Lakeland

Sat 12th May and Sun 13th May 2018

DAY 1.

 9am start at the Restaurant Ruukinranta in Oravi

Short Theory of Nature Photography:

Course leader Pasi Lensu gives us a short introduction of the tools and techniques of nature photography. We also get to know of the basic principles of macro, telephoto and underwater photography. Before hitting the lake Pasi will check our camera settings ready for taking pictures of the seals. Seal guide will take us with boat on the waters of Linnansaari. Total time of looking for the seals/ taking pictures of them will be around 3 hours.

During the day we'll have Lunch in the wild (incl. in the price)

2nd photo shoot is on land in Linnansaari National Park. On one of the islands we'll have several exercises designed by the course leader. On the island we'll mainly walk between the locations so take good shoes and small snack and drink with you. Notice that we'll spend the whole day in the national park so take a drink and good outdoor gear with you.

6pm Return to Oravi. If you are staying in Oravi for the night you can have sauna and dinner in the Restaurant Ruukinranta.

DAY 2.

8am Boat transfer to the best seal locations. Seal and lakeland photo shoot for three hours. Depending where the seals are we'll go on land or take photos from the boat. There is also a possibility to spot Osprays and water birds like swans. On the area lives also otters and beavers.

Lunch in the wilderness (incl. in the price). Exercises continue on the land after the lunch.

3pm  Return to Oravi. Get together in Restaurant Ruukinranta to get feedback and to watch best shoots of the weekend.

For whom: Course is suitable for everyone interested in nature photography. You can join the course even without any prior experience. You can use any kind of camera, SLR camera or even a smartphone. Notice that for taking pictures of the seals you will need a zoom.

Where: In Oravi and Linnansaari National Park. Oravi village is our base camp with accommodation services, caravan area, restaurant and village shop. Photo shoots will be done in the archipelago of Linnansaari National Park.


For 1 day 155€/ person

For 2 days 280€/ person

(incl. Pasi Lensus guidance for 2 days, boat transfers, seal guide, 2 lunch in the wild)

Accommodation: For course participants accommodation in Oravi Apartments: 75€/ night/ dbl room or 130€/ 2 nights/ dbl room.  In the Ecohostel hut in Linnansaari island 55€/ night/ 1-4 persons. In Oravi villas from 245€/night/ 4persons.

Group: Group size max 10, minimum 5 persons.

Book your place on the course: online by paying the pre payment or contact directly the sales service oravi(at) tel. +358 44 27 47 078.

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