Macroclass – close up nature and wildlife photography
Workshops by Gregory Pozhvanov and Yulia Vtyurina, 2017


Our goal is to promote your vision in photography and facilitate your way to making touching images of living nature, comprised of technical quality and artistic taste.
We conduct Macroclass in unique and pristine environments. All the participants are given the ability to photograph animals and plants in natural ecosystems, and are getting involved into nature conservation the right way.

Macroclass Leaders

Gregory A. Pozhvanov

Biologist, photographer, PhD, Adobe Certified Associate.
“Golden Turtle”, Global Arctic Awards, and National Geographic Russia contest finalist. Gregory′s interests are flora macro photography and nature landscape photography. He works in Belogorie nature reserve, travels to Ladoga lake skerries in Karelia and to mountains in Russian North above the Arctic Circle, teaches macro photography and organises photo expeditions.
+7 991 000-42-01, gregory@pozhvanov.com Facebook VK.com

Yulia Vtyurina

Wildlife photographer specializing in creative macro photography.
Jury member (2013), repeatedly winner and finalist of “Golden Turtle” nature photography contest, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalist. Works on her own creative projects in Valdai national park, Belogorie nature reserve and St. Petersburg regional conservation areas.
+7 999 204-17-38, edhel@macroclass.ru Facebook VK

We have changed our field workshops concept for 2017 to devote more time to creative exploration and to offer our participants new routes of progress.
Nevertheless, we do not abandon our educative seminars with a cup of tea at the projector′s.
That said, our field workshops have no more any minimal required number of participants. Tours will occur anyway, regardless of the number of participants registered, and tours will be as flexible as needed to account for your photographic interests and preferences. You are welcome to select any unit you like more, or to combine a few units in case you have time to see different locations.

Elton salt lake
Elton salt lake. Canon EOS 40D, EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM,  f/9 ISO 100 1/13″.

White – desert steppe in Elton lake nature park

  Elton lake nature park [ map ]
  10.04 – 15.04.2017
  Saratov – Volgograd, 5.5 days

  Fully booked
  Registration deadline: 15.02.2017

Dry salt at Elton lake Camping at Elton
Camping at Elton. Canon EOS 40D, EF 17–40mm f/4L USM,  f/9 ISO 100.
Elton lake Iris sp.

Accomodation: tent camp, field cuisine
Photography: iris and tulip flowers in desert steppe around lake Elton, wetland birds on migration path, takyr textures, desert flora, minimalist landscape.
Equipment: basic2 + warm sleeping bag, windstorm jacket, membrane jacket, fleece pullover or underwear, hat, baseball cap or bandana, sunglasses, membrane waterpfoof pants, fisherman′s boots

Iris sp., Kalmykia
Iris sp., Kalmykia. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina.

Red, yellow and orange – tulips and sands of Kalmykia

  Harbinsky state nature area [ map ]
  19.04 – 22.04.2017
  Astrahan′ – Elista, 4 days

  Participants: 1–2
  Registration deadline: 7.04.2017
  Contact Gregory to participate: gregory@pozhvanov.com

Tulips in Kalmykia. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina Geranium. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina
Tulips and geranium in Kalmykia. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina.
Tulips in Kalmykia. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina Geranium. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina

Accomodation: motel, tent camp, field cuisine
Photography: flora and texture close ups, birds, desert landscapes
Equipment: basic2 + warm sleeping bag, windstorm jacket, membrane jacket, fleece pullover or underwear, hat, baseball cap or bandana, sunglasses, membrane waterpfoof pants

Аспект цветущей черемши, Мезмай. Фото Марины Сотниковой, Плантариум
Аспект цветущей черемши, Мезмай. Фото Марины Сотниковой, Плантариум.

Green and blue – Mezmay – primroses in mountains of Caucasus

  Mezmay, Krasnodar region, Western Caucasus [ map ]
  24.04 – 29.04.2017
  Krasnodar – Mezmay – Stavropol, 6 days

  Participants: 3–4
  Registration deadline: 15.04.2017
  Contact Gregory to participate: gregory@pozhvanov.com

Буково-грабовый лес. Фото Марины Сотниковой, Плантариум Самшитовый лес. Фото Марины Сотниковой, Плантариум
Beech and hornbeam forest. Box-tree forest. Photos by Maria Sotnikova, Plantarium.

Папоротники Phyllitis scolopendrium и примула Сибторпа на берегу ручья Петроглифы папоротника
Phyllitis scolopendrium fern. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM,  f/11 ISO 200 1.3″.

Forest on mountains in spring, Adygea
Forest on mountains in spring, Adygea. EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM,  f/13 ISO 200 1/200″.

Accomodation: tent camp, field cuisine
Photogragphy: primroses, spring forest, mountain landscape
Equipment: basic2 + warm sleeping bag, windstorm jacket, membrane jacket, fleece pullover or underwear, hat, baseball cap or bandana, sunglasses, membrane waterpfoof pants, fisherman′s boots, photo backpack
Optionally: Trekking poles

Field of poppies. Naryn Huduk, Kalmykia
Field of poppies. Naryn Huduk, Kalmykia. EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM,  f/9 ISO 640 1/640″.

Red – poppies, birds and deserts in Kalmykia

  Chernie Zemli nature reserve neighborhood, Manych lake, Kuma river [ map ]
  30.04 – 5.05.2017
  Stavropol – Ulan-Hol – Elista, 6 days

  Participants: 1–2
  Registration deadline: 15.04.2017
  Contact Gregory to participate: gregory@pozhvanov.com

Poppies. Tsegan-Elsin sands, Kalmykia Texture of sand. Tsuva, Kalmykia
Poppies. Tsegan-Elsin sands, Kalmykia. Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8,  f/2.8 ISO 100 1/1000″.
Texture of sand. Tsuva, Kalmykia. Fujifilm X100T, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 Aspherical Super EBC,  f/2.2 ISO 50 1/10″.

Oro tree Tsuva sands, Naryn Huduk
Naryn Huduk, Kalmykia. EF 17–40mm f/4L USM,  f/11 ISO 200 1/50″.

Swamp owl. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina
Swamp owl. Photo by Yulia Vtyurina. EF 300mm f/4L IS USM,  f/5.6 ISO 500 1/400″.

Accomodation: tent camp, field cuisine
Photogragphy: poppy fields, sand textures, birds and animals around salt lakes
Equipment: basic2 + warm sleeping bag, windstorm jacket, membrane jacket, fleece pullover or underwear, hat, baseball cap or bandana, sunglasses, membrane waterpfoof pants, fisherman′s boots

Sage and feather grass
Sage and feather grass. EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM,  f/9 ISO 400 1/160″.

Protected areas macro photography – creative seminar in Divnogorie

  Divnogorie museum reserve, Voronezh region [ map ]
  13.05 – 14.05.2017
  Participants: up to 15
  Registration: from 28.02 to 7.05.2017

Creative seminar is devoted to 100th anniversary of Russian system for protected areas.

Preliminary programme

1. Photo story: Life in industrial landscape
– Yulia Vtyurina, Gregory Pozhvanov

2. Photo story: Textures of flora: patterns and exercizes with composition
– Yulia Vtyurina, Gregory Pozhvanov; seminar + practice

3. Technical seminar: Cloudless past and foggy future
(how to organize photo library to make it handy and painless)
– Gregory Pozhvanov

4. Technical seminar: photographer′s gadget ecosystem and RAW converters
(new ON1 catalogless converter and new tricks in Lightroom/ACR)
– Gregory Pozhvanov

European wood anemone, Anemone nemorosa, under spring forest, Divnogorie
European wood anemone, Anemone nemorosa, under spring forest, Divnogorie. Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8,  f/2.8 ISO 100 1/1000″.

Accomodation: camping, hotel, private accomodation
Photography: spring forest, lawn in Tikhaya Sosna flood-lands, feather grass steppe and expression of wind
Equipment: basic2

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Photographers are saying about Macroclass:
a href="http://monastyrskiy.ru/blog/?p=1029">Dmitry Monastyrskiy [ one, two ],
Anna Osinaone ],
Yulia Vtyurinaone, two ],
Gregory Pozhvanovone, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ],
Photographers′ responses: Dmitry Abanin and Sergei Kukuev
TRK “MIR Belogoria” reported about Macroclass.

Macroclass in 2013–2016

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Участники и ведущие Макрокласса–2015 в Агрии на берегу Чёрного моря: Дмитрий Абанин, Юлия Втюрина, Алла Ленкова, Григорий Пожванов, Александра Ипполитова Участники и ведущие Макрокласса–2015 в Белогорье: Сергей Кукуев, Анна Осина, Юлия Втюрина, Геннадий Федоровский, Григорий Пожванов Участники фотомастерской Юлии Втюриной и Григория Пожванова в Дивногорье, 2 мая 2015, с флагом Макрокласса
Macroclass participants in 2013–2016. Photos by Gregory Pozhvanov, Dmitry Monastyrskiy, Svetlana Ivanenko.

1 Participation fee

Fee includes:
1. Detailed route, transportation and guidance
2. Consultations, macro photography seminars and additional lectures on location
3. Common equipment (stoves, gas, cookware, tent*)
4. Field kithen and food (3 meals per day on location)
5. Radio

Fee does not include:
1. Your transportation costs to/from tour start/end points
2. Health insurance
3. Alcoholic drinks, caffees, etc.

* in case you have your own tent, we advise you to take it.

Discount:
applicable if you are driving by car and take one or more participants with you.

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