Whales, Bears & More in Southeast Alaska with Wendy Shattil

The calm waters of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage teem with captivating wildlife and breathtaking scenery. At this time of year humpback whales congregate in large numbers and may indulge in impressive bubble-net feeding, breaching, tail lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. Aboard the classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, you will have a front row seat for sea lion haul-outs, bald eagles and an ancient glacier with giant icebergs calving off its face. We’ll search for brown bears catching salmon, walk through lush and serene rainforests, explore the diversity of creatures in tide pools and skiff or kayak through the gentle waters, drifting quietly past hanging gardens and waterfalls.

Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness adventures we’ll encounter from our comfortable wandering home invite a tranquility of the soul. Expect to be stimulated by the quiet solitude and reminded of our place in nature. We’ll do our best to capture these feelings and experiences with our eyes and our cameras and learn the power of our own storytelling ability through compelling imagery.

Whatever your skill level, you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of the Westward’s salon we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting. Rather than snapping pictures and hurrying to find the next encounter, we’ll take time to savor each moment. Every scene is constantly changing, each animal is an individual and every behavior has a purpose.

Glacier Bay with Betty Sederquist

If you think you’ve “seen” Glacier Bay from the deck of a cruise ship, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised and amazed by the things you’ll see on this trip. Glacier Bay is one of the largest national parks in the United States and yes, it does feature a lot of ice. However, there’s so much more. Traveling on a 50-foot boat that we use for our sleeping and eating, we take up to eight passengers. You’ll get closeup photos of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters and often, brown and black bears as they forage along the ocean shoreline. Although we can get many amazing photos right from the deck of the boat, we’ll also kayak and do short hikes. I’m partnering yet again on this trip with Juneau resident and photographer extraordinaire Mark Kelley. Mark is a NANPA member who has been a Showcase winner many times. He has produced numerous coffee table books and calendars on Alaska and is an all-around nice guy. This will be my seventh trip to Glacier Bay. Our parent company, Dolphin Charters, has been traveling Glacier Bay for some 40 years. The captain knows the area intimately, and as a former whale biologist, intimately understands the behaviors of these magnificent marine mammals.

Hawaii Whale Photography with Tom Mace

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation. What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit. Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young. Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators. Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft. In February 2017, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai. You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills. Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
This is an all inclusive workshop, All ground transportation, hotel, excursions, park fees, meals, and all the little things are included in the price.

Included in this Trip:
4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
1 Luau, VIP seating
Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
All Meals, minus one dinner. We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Ocean view rooms.
Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach. Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

Whale Photography in Paradise

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation. What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit. Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young. Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators. Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft. In February 2017, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai. You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills. Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
This is an all inclusive workshop, All ground transportation, hotel, excursions, park fees, meals, and all the little things are included in the price.

Included in this Trip:
4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
1 Luau, VIP seating
Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
All Meals, minus one dinner. We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Ocean view rooms.
Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach. Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

NANPA Weekly Wow: March 27 – April 2

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

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Pink Poppies, Weatherford, TX © Denise Remfert

Pink Poppies, Weatherford, TX © Denise Remfert

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A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) stops for a portrait in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming © Dawn Wilson

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Pink Poppies, Weatherford, TX © Denise Remfert

Pink Poppies, Weatherford, TX © Denise Remfert

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