Scotland… a land of forests, mountains, rivers, sea, and waterfalls. It is easily one of the most dynamic countries on earth, and provides some of the most stunning landscapes and vignettes of nature for photographers. We will get 3 full days to explore the most scenic spots in all of the Highlands.
The next three days will be spent on the unparalleled Skye. It was dubbed “Cloud Island” by the Norse. And an apt name it is for the famous Isle of Skye in Scotland. The convergence of mountain, sea, and sky make this large island a true photographer’s paradise. The saying is more true here than anywhere I’ve been that “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” For us photographers, dramatic weather is what we like, and that is exactly what you get on Skye!
My spring 2018 Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife. Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.
During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons..
Includes: One-on-one instruction; image critiques; two night’s accommodations at a B&B; full breakfast; boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and transportation around the island by golf cart.
The Everglades ecosystem is one of the best areas for stunning landscapes and varied wildlife, so on this exciting workshop, we will focus on several iconic locations, but we will also discuss the use of filtration, and post processing, and shoot night landscapes & star pictures. Winter is my favorite time of year in the Everglades, because there are cooler temps, no mosquitos, tons of migratory birds, and a great quality to the light! It’s the perfect getaway for us snowbirds.
This is an intensive photo tour designed to give you as many chances as possible to come away with a large and varied collection of images. Since this tour is limited to 6 participants, you will get the attention and guidance you’ve come to expect on one of my tour.
5 full days of photography (mornings and late afternoon/evenings)
Professional tips and guidance in the field
Photoshop instruction during midday and evenings
Located along the Rio Grande, Bosque del Apache is a winter paradise for Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and other waterbirds. I’ve spent a lot of time at Bosque and have earned numerous publishing credits as a result. I’ll share my expertise to help you create an impressive portfolio from this amazing location. This is a very special place where normally wary birds are very approachable. Because wind direction and cloud cover are important factors when photographing birds in flight, my experience at the refuge will optimize your time wisely. The later date of this trip helps us avoid the crowds and dust and guarantees that most ducks will be in great plumage!
During the first three days we will capture many birds in flight as well as landscapes full of roosting birds, and there will be many opportunities for beautiful silhouettes, panoramas and motion blurs. Each day we will be at the refuge well before dawn so we’ll have ample time to strategize on the best locations depending on wind direction and cloud cover. After a morning shoot at the refuge on day 4 we will head south to Alamogordo, our operating base for the fantastic White Sands National Monument. We’ll make some stops along the way, including the fascinating Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. This area has more than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. From there we will spend the evening as well as the next morning and evening at White Sands. I’ve made special arrangements for early and late entry into White Sands so that we will be there for the best light. The windblown sand, yuccas, distant mountains & hopefully, dramatic skies will give us plenty of inspiring scenes to frame!
Join us in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for three days of photographing cascades along Tremont, and Elkmont Areas, sunrises and subsets along New Found Gap Road, Clingmans Dome, and the Foothills Parkway
This nature photography workshop on Assateague Island is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera an interest in nature photography and who desire to improve their photographic skills and optimize the use of their camera. Program includes field sessions on Assateague Island, instructive slide programs, and critiques of participant images. Topics discussed include 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) digital media and image storage, 6) basic image manipulation and 7) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.
During the Friday evening orientation, departure times, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical topics will be discussed. Prior to dawn on Saturday, the class participants will depart for the beach to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Potential subjects include the sunrise, sand dunes, shells, the surf, beach vegetation, fisherman, the wild horses of Assateague Island, and local wildlife including whitetail deer, fox, raccoons, herons, rails, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species. Mid-day will be set aside for editing images, followed by a critique of photos taken during the morning. The remainder of the afternoon will be devoted to more photography of island inhabitants, the beach and sunset. Sunday, photography will begin at dawn and continue through the morning. Mid-day editing will be followed by a final critique of images.
Limited to 12 participants for personalized instruction
Each week www.nanpa.org highlights images from the top 100 submissions of the NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by: Peter Ismert, Scott Reither, Robert Strickland, David Francis, Marco Crupi, Bob Oswald, Scott Smorra.