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Winter Wildlife of Japan
Catalina S.P., Arizona w/ Jack Dykinga & John Shaw
2015 Patagonia Photography Tour
Morro Bay Shorebirds and More
Trinidad and Tobago Photo Tour
Florida Birds and Wildlife
Winter in the Adirondacks
2016 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour
Jennifer King's Arches and Canyonlands Workshop
Arches and Canyonlands
Winter In Hocking Hills
Eagles & Peregrines of the Outer Coast
Death Valley National Park
Cuba, Her People & Culture

February 01, 2015

    Winter Wildlife of Japan
    Feb 1-14, 2015 : Winter Wildlife in Japan  
    February 01  14, 2015
    Snow Monkeys, Dancing Red Crowned Cranes, Stellar's Sea Eagles, Whooper Swans and the magnificent beauty of the snow covered Japanese Alps are just a few of the incredible subjects that we will be photographing on this custom designed wildlife photography trip.  Add to that our stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan Hotel and you have a once in a lifetime trip that blends the best of famed Japanese wildlife with a touch of culture.  

    We often think of Japan as a crowded country with big cities filled with gleaming skyscrapers and high tech culture. Yet Japan is home to thirty-six national parks and encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery and unique wildlife on earth.  

    As we do with all our trips, this trip was designed specifically for wildlife photographers and as always, to keep the group small, comfortable and intimate we will be taking only a maximum of 6 photographers.  

    We meet in Tokyo where after a night in a five star hotel we travel North by plane to Kushiro in the Hakkadio area, home to the Japanese Alps. We spend a day and a half photographing the rare Red Crowned cranes as they display a dance-like courting ritual, white tail eagles and black-eared kites in the Tsurui-Ito Tantacho Wildlife Sanctuary.  

    From Kushiro we than take a short drive in our private vehicle to Akan National Park. Here we spend another two days photographing the whooper swans as they fly in for feeding on Lake Mashu, often considered Japans most beautiful lake. We will also be able to photograph numerous duck species, songbirds, woodpecker as well as the spectacular volcanic scenery and numerous geo-thermal features.

    We next take another short drive to Rausu and Shiretoko National Park, a World Heritage Site.  Our first day in Shiretoko National Park will be spent exploring the Shiretoko Peninsula in our private vehicle with our Japanese speaking guide.  We will have the opportunity to photograph red fox, sika deer, swans, a variety of other birds and the magnificent rugged scenery of the area.  

    On the morning of our second day in Shiretako we will board a boat for a three hour cruise out to the nearby ice flows.  The boat crew will empty tubs of fish parts on to the ice and as many as 100 Stellar Sea Eagles and White-tailed Eagles will arrive.  We have a couple of hours to photograph them in flight and fighting over the fish.  Additional fish thrown from the boat give us an opportunity to catch the eagles mid-flight as they grab the fish right out of the air.  Now, here's the really good part.  After we return to shore and lunch well go back out and do it again giving you a second opportunity to photograph these magnificent birds

    Next we move on to Abashiri where we will spend the day exploring Abashsiri Quasi National Park considered to have the best scenery in Hakkaido and some of the best in Japan. We will spend the evening in the magnificent Abashari Tsurugia Resort where you will have an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in their natural hot springs as we prepare for the second part of our adventure.  

    In the morning, say good-by to our guide at the Abashiri airport and fly back to Tokyo. Here we will be met by a new guide and travel through the countryside, in our private vehicle, to Nagano, home of the snow monkeys.  
    Our hotel in Nagano will be a traditional Japanese Ryokan located within walking distance of Snow Monkey National Park.  Unlike other groups who spend a day or so photographing the snow monkey, we will spend three full days. The monkeys are feed three times a day and afterwards like to soak in the hot geothermal hot pools. You will have plenty of unrushed unrestricted time to capture the absolute best images of the snow monkeys.

    Finally, loaded with images we drive back to Tokyo for a quick opportunity shoot some images of the city and final dinner on a Yakatabune or traditional river boat cruise. In the morning we transfer to Narita Airport and our flights home.
    Scott Frier
    310-994-0514 (cell)
    360-289-3014 (office)

February 02, 2015

    Catalina S.P., Arizona w/ Jack Dykinga & John Shaw
    February 2-6, 2015 : The majestic Santa Catalina Mountains will be our backdrop in a landscape containing over 5,000 saguaro cactus  our outdoor classroom for this workshop, part of our Vision series, a special program of advanced instruction designed and presented by world-renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw.  
    The creation of a truly great finished photograph is part of a process from initial concept and vision through execution in the field to digital workflow and creation of a high-quality, final master file ready for printing or publication. Vision workshops with John Shaw and Jack Dykinga address the two greatest challenges faced by photographers as they advance. The first of these is the tendency for original creative vision to reach a plateau in development, and the second is a digital workflow in need of streamlining and refinement to make the most of your images.  
    Assistant instructor: Justin Black  
    Inclusive of single-occupancy lodging and all meals, wine or beer with dinner.  
    Small group of ten participants, with a student-to-instructor ratio of just over 3 to 1.  
    Advanced seeing: Learn to find new and unexpected compositions Breaking through creative block and making great photographs in challenging situations  Mastering a logical, efficient, and consistent workflow, from capture to final master image, that frees you to focus on creativity  Ensuring the highest-possible final image quality  Output and outlets for your work  A magnificent Sonoran Desert landscape beneath the imposing Santa Catalina Mountains, full of images waiting to be discovered.  
    A SPECIAL GIFT: Each participant is entitled to have two fine exhibition prints made by the master printmakers at West Coast Imaging.  

    Phone: 202-558-9596

February 06, 2015

    2015 Patagonia Photography Tour
    February 6 - 20, 2015 : When's the last time you got to stand in front of and photograph one of the world's few progressing glaciers?  
    Join professional photographer Daniel J. Cox and his wife Tanya as they venture into a mountainous region of Argentina and Chile - Patagonia! Explore the magnificent granite peaks, majestic glaciers and lakes of Los Glacieres National Park in Argentina - declared a "World Heritage" site by UNESCO in 1981. We will get up close and personal with impressive glaciers, including Fitz Roy and also Perito Moreno Glacier - one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing!  
    For more details, please visit
    Phone: (406)556-8212

    Morro Bay Shorebirds and More
    February 6 - 9, 2015 : Join Shoot The Light host Michael Milicia for a 4 day instructional photographic workshop concentrating on the bird life in and around Morro Bay, California.  Morro Bay is home to thousands of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds and is well known as one of the best places in the country to photograph long-billed curlews and marbled godwits feeding in the surf.  But with a county bird list boasting 455 species, the opportunities do not end there.  Other species photographed during the 2014 workshop included western snowy plover, greater scaup, ruddy duck, bufflehead, common loon, eared grebe, horned grebe, pied-billed grebe, Say's phoebe, black phoebe, American pipit, fox Sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, Townsend's warbler, Anna's hummingbird, great horned owl, a variety of gulls (western, ring-billed, mew, and Bonaparte's), and more!  We will also head north to photograph northern elephant seals at a coastal rookery and we will  be on the lookout for som!
    e opportunities with California sea otters.

    Field instruction will be provided during morning and evening shoots and mid-day sessions will be offered according to the needs and interests of the participants.  To ensure the best instruction possible and allow for individual attention, this workshop will have a maximum of 6 participants.

    Shoot The Light

    Trinidad and Tobago Photo Tour
    February 6-15, 2014 : Join Nate Chappell to photograph the great birds of Trinidad and Tobago.  We will be doing multi-flash hummingbird photography as well as photographing a lot of other super birds such as Scarlet Ibis, Red-billed Tropicbird, Tufted Coquette and many others.

    Nate Chappell

February 07, 2015

    Florida Birds and Wildlife
    Feb 7-14, 2015 : Escape the cold and join us in paradise as we photograph the wild areas of Florida. We will be photographing Alligators, Nesting Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks, Owls, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Herons and Alligators and many more species of wildlife. We will explore beautiful coastlines, Swamps and my favorite Everglades and Big Cypress national parks.

    John Slonina

February 08, 2015

    Winter in the Adirondacks
    February 8-12, 2015 : Winter in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains can be spellbinding. With more than four decades exploring these ancient mountains, Tom's photo tours are designed around each group's unique skills and desires. Always on the lookout for new ways to capture the "art in the moment" Tom's tours are replete with opportunities for individual growth as well as appreciation of group camaraderie. Use the the coupon code: NANPACAL2015 for a special $60 discount on all reservations completed at least 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop/

    Phone: 315-420-3513

February 10, 2015

    2016 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour
    February 10-15, 2016 : Photograph the Winter Wonderland of Yellowstone National Park in the comforts of a private luxury snow coach with wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.

    Along the snowy trails, well stop to photograph the beautiful landscapes and mountain vistas surrounded by steamy geysers, along with a variety of wildlife, including the majestic elk, mammoth bison, coyotes, swans and bald eagles. We have had some years with great wolf viewing and hope to have similar opportunities again in 2015. These creatures  big and small  find warmth near many of the thermal areas, and the effects create unique and stunning imagery.

    Please visit for more information.

February 12, 2015

    Jennifer King's Arches and Canyonlands Workshop

    Feb 12-15, 2015 : Arches and Canyonlands: A Land of Wonder

    The southwest desert of Utah provides photographers with some of the most beautiful and colorful photo opportunities. From natural stone arches and windows, to canyons carved by rivers, these national parks are filled with rugged beauty and inspiring sunsets. Come discover this land of wonder on this 4-day photo adventure, and capture the beauty, color and stars of Utah's desert.

    Jennifer King Photography Workshops offers only SMALL GROUP photography workshops with personalized, hands-on attention in the field and classroom to provide you with the best photographic adventure and learning experience. Professional Guides and Professional Photographers, all required permits and permissions.  

    for workshop listings:

    Jennifer King  

February 15, 2015

    Arches and Canyonlands
    Feburary 15-20, 2015 : Arches and Canyonlands National Parks provide the discriminating photographer with unlimited landscapes of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. During this workshop we will shoot in both iconic parks.

    Frank Comisar

February 20, 2015

February 21, 2015

    Eagles & Peregrines of the Outer Coast
    February 21 & 22, 2015 : Tim Boyer leads this Eagles & Peregrines photography workshop to the outer coast of Washington.  Photograph Eagles, Peregrines and occassionally Merlins.  Email: with questions  
    Phone: 206-730-6925

February 24, 2015

    Death Valley National Park
    February 24-28 : While you are at the NANPA Summit, spend a few more days as Death Valley is truly a landscape photographer's dream location with it's beautiful skies, incredible textures and intense colors. We will be visiting the park when the temperatures are still very pleasant and hopefully wildflowers will be blooming. There are host of great locations in which to shoot including the Mesquite Sand Dunes, the salt pan flats and Zabriskie Point. We'll be up early and stay out late to catch the golden light that transforms the features into natural works of art that we will capture in all its glory with our digital cameras.  
    Chuck Haney  

February 27, 2015

    Cuba, Her People & Culture
    February 27, 2015 : February 27-March 9, 2015:  We are returning to Cuba for our third people-to-people, cultural exchange through US-sanctioned Cuba Cultural Travel. We'll be spending time in three areas, Havana, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Viales Valley, and Trinidad, another beautiful, historic city. Once again, we will meet with various artists  musicians, architects, photographers, dancers, etc., and you will celebrate many aspects of Cuban culture and meet and interact with the people of Cuba... Our 2013 tours were amazing! ...

    Workshops are limited to 12 participants for a maximum 6:1 ratio students to instructors.  10% discount for NANPA members.  

    for more information, go to

    919-643-3036 before 9pm GMT-5 (East Coast)


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