Napa and the Central Coast with Ralph Nordstrom

Napa Valley is not only the home of world-class wines, it holds wineries of stunning architectural beauty and scenic vistas. There is so much for you to see and experience. And we will work in a tour of one of the most beautiful and unusual wineries in the valley. Following a day and a half in Napa, we will explore the Pacific coast north and south of San Francisco.

Our goal is for you to not only return home with some great photographs but to broaden your technical and creative skills and unleash the artist within you.

Bryce Canyon NP with Ralph Nordstrom

Sitting atop the Grand Staircase, Bryce Canyon is amazing and an ideal destination for a thrilling photography workshop. The splendor of sunrise is like no other place on earth. Even from the rim you will be inspired but descend the trails a short distance and the scenery takes your breath away. You can photograph the grand, sweeping vistas or the intimate details.

Our goal is for you to not only return home with some great photographs but to broaden your technical and creative skills and unleash the artist within you.

Zion National Park with Ralph Nordstrom

Zion is “The place of refuge.” Standing next to the peaceful Virgin River you gaze up in amazement at the canyon walls glowing red in the afternoon sun. Up on the plateau, endlessly fascinating forms and textures will delight your eye and imagination. The Great White Throne reaches majestically to the blue sky and the Riverside Walk is serene and quieting. There are so many things to experience here, so many moods to capture.

Our goal is for you to not only return home with some great photographs but to broaden your technical and creative skills and unleash the artist within you.

The Autumn Show: Beyond “Trees & Leaves”

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Story & Photography by F.M. Kearney

The final curtain is about to rise. A cast of billions is in place. Throughout their entire performance, they’ve all been restricted to the same regulation green outfits. For their finale, they now have a chance to break free – a chance to dazzle onlookers with stunning new yellow, red and orange wardrobes. A few glory-hounds will attempt to upstage the others with magnificent, multi-colored garb. Sit back and relax… The Autumn Show is about to begin.

I’m sure most nature photographers look forward to this show every year. But, it can be a challenge to come up with something different than the usual “trees and leaves” photo. Try looking for compositions beyond the obvious – compositions where the subject isn’t immediately evident.

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Getting from No to Yes: Entering Photo Contests

 

 

Fox Family won an award in the National Parks Contest.

“Fox Family” won an award in the National Parks Contest.

 

Story and Photography by Karen Schuenemann

A few years ago, a friend said to me, “You already have NO.”  I asked what he meant.  His response has stuck with me ever since, and has served me well.  If you sit back and don’t put in the effort, you already have NO.   If you don’t try something that you dream about doing, you already have NO.  If you don’t attempt to do anything at all, you already have NO.

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Why Do Photographers Enter NANPA’s Showcase Competition?

Showcase 2017 Judge’s Choice, Mammals. Male Lion Attack on Giraffe. © Michael Cohen

There are as many reasons to enter Showcase 2019 as there are photographers.  For some, winning Best in Show or Judge’s Choice serves as an endorsement of their skill, and can be added to their bio and marketing materials.  To others, recognition by the judges is a validation of their devotion to nature photography, a payoff for the years of effort they put into improving their skills.  And, for still others, selection of their photo is both a personal triumph as well as a challenge; applause for how far they’ve come and a challenge to continue getting better.

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The Wonders of Water Plants

Water lily with Cokin diffractor filter effect.

Water lily with Cokin diffractor filter effect.

 

Story and Photography by F.M. Kearney

One subject I always look forward to photographing during the summer months is the water lily. Native to the temperate and tropical parts of the world, there are over 50 species of these freshwater plants. However, it isn’t always easy to shoot them creatively. Unless you have access to a natural lake or pond (and are willing to get very wet), you will most likely have to shoot from the sidelines of a reflecting pool in a local park or botanical garden. A long lens will allow you to zoom in for a tight close-up, but you certainly won’t have any options to create those dramatic macro or wide-angle perspectives that are commonly used on other types of more accessible flowers.

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Majestic Monument Valley

The Mittens, Monument Valley.

The famed Mittens, calling card of Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah and Arizona.

Story & Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

Monument Valley Tribal Park, situated within the sprawling Navajo Nation, is not a National Park, nor is it federal land. It is a fascinating and wonderfully scenic, 30+ square mile chunk of Arizona and Utah belonging to the Navajo people.

In only a few places on Earth can we find such a concentration of fantastically-eroded sandstone formations in such a relatively small area.

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How to Chase and Shoot the Aurora

Aurora borealis over Turnagain Arm in Chugach National Forest, Alaska, in mid-March.

Aurora borealis over Turnagain Arm in Chugach National Forest, Alaska, in mid-March.

From the Editor:  Award-winning landscape and nature photographer Carl Johnson has been living in Alaska for almost 20 years and is an expert on shooting auroras.  On Friday, August 17th, at 2 PM EDT, he will present a NANPA Webinar, “Chasing & Photographing the Aurora Borealis. This webinar covers the science behind the aurora, the tools available to predict and plan for it (including websites and apps that provide real-time and forecasting information), tips on when and where to photograph it, and what gear and techniques to use. For more information or to sign up, click here.

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