Glacier National Park with Tom Mace

This unique National Park offers endless sunrise and sunset opportunities; whether backdropped against a mountain range, reflections on water, or sunrise in an open field of elk it is truly awe inspiring. There is an abundance of wildlife throughout the park; Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Elk, Moose, Bears (Black and Grizzly), Deer, and Birds to name a few. If you are looking to learn both landscape and wildlife photography, this may be one of the best places in America to achieve both. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Grand Teton National Park with Tom Mace

The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop, our clients will have ample opportunity to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Spring Trips focus on the babies born during late winter and early spring. Bears, Bison, Elk, Moose, and many other animals present their new family members in spring, and May is one of the best times to safely photograph mothers and their young. The landscape is also quickly transforming from snow pack to rising rivers, green fields, and flowers blanket the valley. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Yellowstone and Tetons in Spring with John Slonina

These world famous parks are one of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. They are a must see on any nature photographers list. This is the time of year to see the baby animals and predators hunting for food. Animals hunting and raising their young. The stunning scenery includes wildflowers, waterfalls, geysers, and snow capped mountain ranges and much more. This is the time of year for peak bear activity.

This workshop is led by professional nature photographer John Slonina who has been leading tours there for several years. Authorized permittee of the national park.
Small Group Size: 6 People
Transportation Provided to and from Airport. You do not have to rent a car.

All skill levels

John Slonina
Slonina Photography
Email: jtslonina@aol.com
Phone: 508-736-1167
http://www.sphotography.com

Grand Teton National Park with Tom Mace

The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop, our clients will have ample opportunity to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Spring Trips focus on the babies born during late winter and early spring. Bears, Bison, Elk, Moose, and many other animals present their new family members in spring, and May is one of the best times to safely photograph mothers and their young. The landscape is also quickly transforming from snow pack to rising rivers, green fields, and flowers blanket the valley. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Southeast Coast Birds and Beyond With Rena Johnson

In this incredible 4-day workshop and tour, you will have the opportunity to explore 4 distinct and incredibly photographic locations that should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.

We will begin our tour in the mystical Okefenokee Swamp. Alligators, bears, turtles, cypress trees and Spanish moss will be a few of the items on our shot list here. As a bonus, we will shoot the sunset and night sky later in the evening. The next day will begin at Driftwood Beach as the sun rises. We will continue to explore this island while shooting long exposure ocean images, a variety of wading birds, and the occasional horse and rider out for an early morning run along the shore.

Our next stop will be St. Simons’ Island. There we will capture a variety of scenes from old churches to ships passing by to an assortment of birds standing watch. We will end this evening, capturing the light house as the sun sets behind it. Then continue shooting it as the night sky appears.

The next day we will head to St. Augustine to photograph an astounding variety of birds at every stage of life from eggs up through the fledglings to other chicks so large they are hard to distinguish from their parents. Hundreds, if not thousands, of birds nest here each year and are so close you can almost reach out and touch them (although this is strictly forbidden). We will end this evening as we head back up the coast shooting a few key locations as we go.

And if all of that is not enough, we will take time the last day to go over post processing. I will meet each person where they are and help them advance their editing skills to the next level. Once that session is complete, we will close our workshop out by having a fun photography contest, which is always a huge hit at my workshops. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded as well as an opportunity to enter some different regional contests from the places we just visited.

Great Smoky Mountains with Tom Mace

Spring is an incredible time to photograph the most visited National Park in America. With 1600 plant species, over 60 mammals, and one of the highest black bear densities in North America; the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best locations in the Southeast to capture spring at its finest. As the flowers in the lower elevations begin to bloom; deer, birds, and the predators come to life. Spring is a fantastic time to capture the essence of this National Park as the rivers rise, waterfalls roar and mammals begin to show off their young. Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains in both Spring and Fall and know the exact locations to capture stunning landscapes, trails to hidden falls, and predictable wildlife engagement. We also work on photographing deserted buildings and churches which give unique perspectives against the right lighting and flora backdrops. We beat the sweltering heat and humidity of summer and get our clients into key places where weather is mild and animals are active, a perfect combination. We stay near the entrance of the park which ensures we get in and out at the best times to capture nature without hassling potential crowds. Hiking is rated as moderate and is included on this trip, the longest is five miles the shortest is a half mile, roundtrip.

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

NATURE’S VIEW: My Seven-year-old Encounters a Bruin

Story and photographs by Jim Clark ©

On the eve of my first trip to Churchill, Manitoba, to photograph polar bears and other arctic wildlife, I’m reminded of my son’s first encounter with a bruin. Carson was only seven, and his reaction to the experience serves as a lesson for all nature photographers. After all, it’s not the age from whence wisdom comes, but instead, it’s the true value of the wisdom that matters. But I digress.

Carson

Carson at age seven explores a trail near Cranberry Glades of West Virginia. © Jim Clark

For several summers, Carson and I would take a week-long trip to explore our favorite places in West Virginia. This became a time for father and son to have fun, discover new things, eat pizza nonstop (Don’t tell his mother!), and spend time as best buddies. Oh yeah, we photographed a bit, too.

One June, we visited the usual locations: Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks, Beartown Natural Area, Falls of Hills Creek, and Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. Carson’s love for nature photography (especially wildlife) had just begun, so he was hoping to find something special to photograph at one of the locations.

While walking on the boardwalk at Cranberry Glades, I showed Carson recent signs of a black bear—scat on the boardwalk, broken alder branches and partially eaten skunk cabbage. Well, that got him excited. So, with camera in hand, he decided we should walk the boardwalk several times that morning to see if we would actually see the bear.

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