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Saturday, March 16, 2019  |  Instructors, Robert Sullivan and Al Diaz

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Everglades ADVENTURE Photo Workshop  |  with Robert Sullivan

Chasing the light at our last Everglades workshop

7 am – 8:30 am  Optional and complementaryadd-on Sunrise photo shoot:
Meet Sullivan and Diaz at Kirby Storter Roadside Park (5-minute drive west from workshop location) for a sunrise photography session. 

Located at 48900 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141.

9 am10 am Beginning of workshop: The workshop will begin with introductions, followed by a demonstration of how workshop instructor Robert Sullivan safely carries himself and his photography equipment on his standup paddleboard for his photographic journeys deep into the Everglades. 

Located at 52388 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141.

10 am – 1 pm Swamp walk in the Everglades: Get your feet wet as you marvel at the pristine splendor of natural Florida as one of Clyde Butcher’s naturalists guides you through a rarely seen world, filled with vibrant colors and mysterious sounds.  Learn how to photograph the watery landscape, wildlife, and plant life under the guidance of your photography instructor who will be right there with you to offer assistance and answer questions. After the swamp walk, you will have a chance to change into dry clothes and shoes.

1 pm – 3:30 pm Lunch and Lecture in Clyde Butcher's Swamp Cottage: A 30-minute lunch to include vegan options will be provided. Sullivan will present a visual and informative PowerPoint presentation on the second floor of the swamp cottage with the panoramic vistas through the large windows as our backdrop. The lecture will cover the photographic techniques that Sullivan uses to photograph the Everglades landscape, how he photographs wildlife (often, up close), as well as a Q&A session. We will break for a tour of Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery to view his work and discuss the photographic techniques that he employed to create his amazing images of the Everglades.

3:30 pm6 pm Photo-walk on the nearby boardwalk: Instructor, Sullivan, will lead the group on a photo-walk on a nearby boardwalk or two that are within a 10-minute drive of the Big Cypress Gallery. Once again, you will have the opportunity to photograph the landscape, wildlife, and plants of the swamp…this time from an elevated and dry position.  Water levels are low this time of year which concentrates the wildlife in the few remaining waterholes. It's the breeding season, the birds may be exhibiting their mating plumage.

6 pm – 6:30 pm Drive to airboat departure point: Following the photo-walk on the boardwalk(s), we will drive less than 20 minutes to the airboat dock and prepare for our airboat tour of the Everglades.

6:30 pm8:30 pm Sunset airboat photography tour of the Everglades:
To top off our activity-filled workshop, we will board our airboat(s) for a tour of the swamp to coincide with the “golden hour”, sunset, and the “blue hour”.  With sunset at 7:30 pm, we will have some time beforehand to explore as our Miccosukee Indian airboat driver guides us through the River of Grass for opportunities to photograph the landscape and wildlife.  Arriving at a Miccosukee Tribe-owned island, we will be on firm ground deep in the Everglades to set up our tripods for panoramic photos across the landscape of the constantly changing light from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunset.

8:30 pm9 pm Final thoughts and wrap-up: We arrive back at the airboat dock at or shortly after 8:30 pm for the conclusion of our workshop and to answer any remaining questions from participants.

Sorry, tickets are no longer available for this workshop.

“My camera is the tool I use to communicate how I see the world.  Through the lens, my compositions and wordless messages are able to transcend all languages.” — Robert Sullivan

by Robert Sullivan

Location  |  All inclusive photo workshop  |  Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery 52388 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141


Experience Big Cypress

National Preserve Everglades

just as Clyde Butcher sees it right from his backyard!


Experience Big Cypress National Preserve Everglades just as Clyde Butcher sees it right from his backyard!

Come spend the day with award-winning photographer and instructor, Robert Sullivan, accompanied by photojournalist, Al Diaz and a naturalist guide on a swamp walk in the Everglades. Have lunch in a swamp cottage and watch an information-packed visual PowerPoint presentation on nature photography, then we move onto a boardwalk photo-walk. We will wrap up the day with a spectacular two-hour airboat ride to a Miccosukee Indian-owned island at sunset deep in the Everglades River of Grass.

Get your feet wet as you marvel at the pristine splendor of natural Florida as you traverse through a rarely seen world, filled with vibrant colors and mysterious sounds in this spacious, richly diverse wilderness of subtropical flora and fauna found nowhere else. Under the guidance of our workshop instructors, photograph endangered orchids, rare ferns, threatened bromeliad, native birds and a host of native creatures. 

Beneath the ancient cypress trees, stop and listen to the deep stillness of an unspoiled world that seems far from everyday life. Chase the light with Sullivan and Diaz in this light-filled realm of wonder and awe as you are completely surrounded by nature in her purest and most sacred state.

Sullivan will also demonstrate how he safely carries his cameras and equipment on a standup paddleboard deep into the Everglades. 

Come join us and soak in a day of adventure and all the photographic learning opportunities that participants will be exposed to.


• Two-hour sunset airboat ride

• 12 hours of adventure (14 with an optional sunrise session)

• Continental breakfast

• Swamp walk with a naturalist and a photography instructor

• Tour Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery 

• Lunch in Clyde Butcher's Swamp Cottage

• Visual PowerPoint presentation by photographer Sullivan

* We will be on his property, but Clyde Butcher will not be at this workshop


The first part of this workshop will be a swamp walk, therefore, expect to get your feet and legs wet. With that said, you will want to wear shoes you feel comfortable getting wet and walking in water. Sneakers that lace up are recommended. Long pants, long sleeved shirt and a hat are recommended.
Bring a change of dry clothes and shoes for after your swamp walk.


• Camera
• Tripod (suggested for long exposures)
• Telephoto, wide angle, and/or macro lenses
• Backpack and/or fanny pack
• 20-22” Diffuser

• Circular polarizer filter
• Consider bringing an off-camera flash
• Comfortable shoes
• A plastic bag to cover your camera in case of rain
• And a backpack to carry these supplies

• Bug spray

• Sunscreen

• A change of dry clothes and shoes

Robert Sullivan is an award-winning photographer specializing in nature, landscape, dance portraiture, and remote-triggered off-camera flash photography. He often travels up to 12 weeks per year to places such as New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands. His adventurous style of travel photography usually involves him staying in remote hostels, or camping in his hammock-tent. Sullivan looks for “the path less traveled” to discover unique scenes that, sometimes, even the locals don’t know about.

Sullivan lives on a sailboat in Miami, Florida he uses as a platform to transport and launch his kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Shooting from these vessels allows him to photograph places that are not easily accessible by any other means.


Robert Sullivan is a photography instructor with Photo Workshops Miami. 

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