Floating Hides Workshops

A week full of floating hide photography in beautiful Latvia, guided by an expert.

Using a floating hide to explore the wildlife around lakes, ponds and coastal areas is a not very common known field of photography. The Mr Jan Gear Floating hide is a perfect solution for travelling with a floating hide.

In order to help you with the first steps in exploring the world of shallow waters – breeding and feeding area of many species – we are offering a full week workshop in the beautiful fish ponds of Nagli, near the Lubans lake area, in eastern Latvia.

The area is one of Europe’s most important wetlands and covers about 48.000 ha. (with almost 2.700 ha fishponds constructed in the ‘60s) and is well known for his migratory birds. As spring and also early fall are offering long daylight, we’ll have the chances to go for early “floatings” before the sun goes up and also stay long when the sun goes under.

Group Size

The groups will exist of maximum 5-6 photographers – in this way each will have enough opportunities to take pictures in different locations of the fish ponds.

Dates – and schedule

During a full week, based in a residence with full pension

  • 26th of may 2018 until 2nd of June 2018
  • 2nd of June 2018 until 9th of June 2018
  • 15th of September 2018 until 22nd of September 2018

We collect and drop you at Riga International Airport – more details to be discussed.


From Saturday till Saturday – local transfers included – to and from the Airport
Full board – breakfast- lunch and dinner – alcoholic drinks excluded.
Rent for the fish ponds and floating hides included.

€ 950,- based on a double room
€ 1050,- based on a single room

Day one –Saturday

Arrival at Riga – transport to the fishponds – and introduction to the area – with sightseeing of the fishponds – Introduction to the floating hide use – Get yourself installed in the rooms and preparation of the next early morning session.

Day 2 Sunday till Day 7 Friday

Each day consists of early morning session and late afternoon session – on the fish ponds – we discuss the possibilities each day – and agree who will go where – try to look at pictures and discuss what position could be better – If you choose to have a long sleep – it is up to the participants to decide – as a lot of people think this is holidays but a week floating hide photography can be very intensive.

Day 8 Saturday

Depending on the booked flights of the participants – the trip back to Riga can be on Friday or Saturday morning early.

The Accommodation

You will stay close to the fishponds area – in a newly built Pension. Originally place was a fisherman house built in the years 1931 – with their own bakery in the back. The main house was taken down and rebuilt in a pension with 5-6 private rooms each equipped with own bathroom, a central kitchen, dining room and relaxing area. In a separate building, there is a meeting room.
In the main area, there will be coffee and tea at disposal all day, alcoholic drinks will be charged.
The kitchen will give you healthy meals based on local supplies – fish, meat and if there are vegetarians taking part – efforts will be made to fulfil their needs.
The fishpond area is full of wild animals as wild boar, moose, deer who supply the locals with extra food.

Photo equipment needed for the week

  • A 300 mm (or equivalent) lens is the minimum to be used.
  • A ballhead or a Wimberley to fix your camera to the floating hide
  • Drysuit or wetsuit or waders (with high neoprene top)
  • Anti-mosquito repellent,
  • Waterproof bag

A tripod – if you want to walk around and take pictures of Woodpeckers for example.

We will supply the MrJan Gear floating hides needed for the action.