Antarctica with Cheryl Opperman

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In October of 2021, Opperman Photographics Inc (“OPI”) will be joining one of the best tour operators in Antarctica for an unforgettable journey to South Georgia Island and the earth’s southern most Continent. While we will be aboard a 100-passenger ship, award winning photographer Cheryl Opperman will only be responsible for guiding a limited number of passengers that sign up with OPI.

OPI South Georgia and Antarctica Photography Tour passengers will still have access to the 15 other polar specialists, naturalists and photographers aboard, but will have exclusive access to individual sessions, instruction, and guided walks with Cheryl at absolutely no additional cost. By signing up with OPI, you pay the same rate as other passengers, but get more individualized attention.

During this 23 day photography tour, we will spend six full days in South Georgia and six full days in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands photographing dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife including five penguin species, seals, whales, albatross, and seabirds. It’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

Alaska Inside Passage with Juan Pons

Introduction
Alaska is one of the last truly wild places in North America, and aptly considered our modern day “last frontier.” Wildlife and landscapes here are like no place else. Come and spend 8 days (7 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape photographic adventure.

I have scheduled this workshop to coincide with the herring spawning season which is one of the largest spring herring spawning occurrences on the west coast of North America. The huge biomass attracts many species of wildlife comprising a spectacle of many thousands of animals which come to feast on the vulnerable rich fish.

The widely distributed Pacific Herring biomass is an essential resource for the existence of almost all marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. The herrings annual spring spawning event is a celebration of this absolutely essential component of Southeast Alaska’s natural environment. Eagles gather by the thousands lining the tress along the shoreline with their majestic white heads. The eagles’ keen eyesight and winter long hunger helps create a more than formidable aerial presence with their continual elegant dives catching herring by the talon full. Seals and Steller sea lions rush through the tremendous schools of herring that ribbon the shallow waters along the shoreline. Humpback whales demonstrate a variety of forage techniques to capture the extremely elusive schools of herring. It is even not uncommon for us to observe the whales fascinating cooperative ‘bubble-net’ feeding behavior up close. And of course, what marine wildlife party in SE Alaska would be complete without an appearance of the oceans top predator the killer whale. The orca’s nomadic travels most definitely include a ‘shopping trip’ to the buffet presented by the herring’s arrival to spawn along beautiful isolated beaches.

During this workshop we will be traveling aboard a privately chartered 84-foot world-class expedition yacht. This luxuriously appointed yacht was designed and constructed from steel with the same rugged integrity of vessels built for Alaska’s renowned commercial fisheries. It offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

We will have an onboard chef that will be preparing specifically for us the locally caught salmon, crab, halibut, shrimp, caviar and black cod purchased from Southeast Alaska fishermen. Dinner will be served alongside a selection of boutique wines or specialty beers from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau.

What sets my photo workshops apart
I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants.

This is a very unique workshop and as with most of my workshops, the group will be very small, limited to 7 participants to ensure everyones comfort and ensure that everyone gets the attention they need making once in a lifetime images.

What you will learn
You will be accompanied by Juan, and Captain Dennis. Juan is an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors, he has been visiting this area of Alaska for over 6 years. Dennis is the captain and owner of our amazing boat. He lives in this part of Alaska and has spent a lifetime in Alaska first as a commercial fisherman and now the owner of an expedition yacht.

We believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, we will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating our vision, technique and sharing our love and knowledge of wildlife and the landscape. However, our priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get.

The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• How to create asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
• Storytelling thru natural history photography
• Best use of equipment
• Panoramic and High Dynamic Range Photography
• Digital Workflow
• Adobe Lightroom basics
• Image presentations and critiques

What to expect
My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our time on the yacht.

Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 2 to 3 months prior to the workshop, you will then start hearing from me on a more regular basis. At that point I will provide you with detailed rendezvous and contact information and go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from me a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip.

I always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop, simple call or email me.

About our Yacht
The Northern Song is an 84-foot steel expedition yacht which was designed and constructed with the same rugged integrity as Alaska’s renowned commercial fishery vessels. Safe, functional and comfortable, it offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

The Northern Song features three beautiful guest staterooms each feature en suite private bathroom and shower, and an additional spacious Master Suite with a queen sized and an en suite private bathroom and shower.

Our yacht features an expansive indoor common areas that are ideal for dining and relaxing. In addition, several covered and open decks provide a perfect platform for wildlife watching and photography.

For more detailed information and pictured of the Northern Song please go here.

What is Included
• Privately chartered Yacht
• Lodging during the workshop
• All meals and snack during the workshop
• Beverages, including beer and wine during the workshop
• All permits, fees & gratuities
• Instruction
• Inspiration
• Camaraderie
• A great time

Winter in Yellowstone with Juan Pons

“The Serengeti of North America”
Yellowstone has been called the Serengeti of North America and with good reason; it contains the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. The numbers are staggering, sixty-seven different mammals live here, including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, linx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, foxes as well as other numerous small mammals.

Any description of Yellowstone will be filled with superlatives; First National Park in the world, greatest concentration of thermal features in the word, up until recently the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, home to the largest Bison herd in the world, and of course, it is home to, perhaps, the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.

What sets my Yellowstone photo workshops apart
First know that I have been leading winter photo workshops in Yellowstone for 16 years, every year. In Yellowstone it is imperative that you have a guide that knows the park very well. Yellowstone is vast, and you need to know the trends in the animal behaviors to know where to find them and how to photograph them in the bets possible way.

I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants. My Yellowstone workshops are very unique in that the group is very small, no more than 6 participants with 2 instructors, that is a 3:1 ratio! The reason our Yellowstone groups are so small is very simple, I want EVERY participant to have their own door and window out of the vehicles. This provides participants with the best opportunities to capture those images when speed is of the essence in exiting the vehicles and setting up or when it is necessary to shoot out of the window. Additionally I want to make sure you have plenty of room for your gear and warm clothing.

Compare that most other tours were you have one instructor and up to 14 participants in a single van, with no operable windows! With me you are assured to have the best vantage point at all times, and never be held back by sitting in an overcrowded van.

As a photo workshop leader I take my responsibilities seriously. I work closely with the National Parks and I always operate with all the proper insurance, permits and certifications. I am an Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.

What you will learn
You will be accompanied by Juan, an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. I believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, I will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating my vision, technique and sharing my love and knowledge of Yellowstone. However, my priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get. Additionally, I freely share my equipment with you in order to give you some “in-the-field” experience with some of the equipment you may have been thinking of acquiring.

The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• How to create asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
• Storytelling thru natural history photography
• Best use of equipment
• Digital Workflow
• Adobe Lightroom basics
• Image presentations and critiques

What to expect
My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our tour. What this means is that our days are long, typically starting before dawn and ending after sunset. However, we typically will take a long lunch to rest and recouperate.

Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 6 to 8 weeks prior to the workshop, you then start hearing from us on a more regular basis. At that point I will provide you with detailed lodging and contact information, go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from us a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip.

However, I am always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop.

What is Included
• All Lodging
• All Meals
• Ground transportation including private Snowcoach
• Snacks and water in the vehicles at all times
• All permits & fees
• Instruction
• Inspiration
• Camaraderie
• A great time

Autumn in Acadia with Jennifer King

Acadia National Park is the gem of the northeast. It’s fall season is full of color and drama, and it is here that we will spend 4-days with a small group taking you to all the iconic and some remote locations that make this area so special in autumn. I’ve spent a great deal of time exploring this area while visiting family. Join us for a very special autumn experience in and around Maine’s beautiful coast and Acadia National Park.

Colors of Santa Fe with Jennifer King

Santa Fe is a city drenched in art and design at every corner with a blend of history, heritage, mystery and magic. This area is a one of a kind destination for photographers and art enthusiasts. This 4-day photography workshop will guide you from the colorful streets of Santa Fe through the rugged mesa country filled with ancient ruins, tent rocks and desert vistas. Come challenge your creativity in Santa Fe!

Colorado Wildflowers with Jeff Parker

My Colorado Mountain Landscapes & Wildflowers Photo Tour ~ 2020 focuses on capturing beautiful landscape images of the stunning wildflower-filled basins of the San Juan Mountains.

These areas above-timberline host the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot)!

The tour is based out of Silverton, Colorado, a photo-worthy destination in it’s own right. Once you reach Silverton, transportation to your mountain shot locations is included in the tour. I’ll have two (2) 4-wheel drive vehicles on hand to get you to those hard-to-reach locations where the flowers can be their best.

Throughout the tour, we’ll take our time. No rushing from location to location! We stay at each sweet spot until every person in our group has had the chance to create the images she/he wants.

Glacier National Park with Jennifer King

Glacier National Park is known for it wild and serene beauty. This incredible national park is said to be Mother Nature’s finest work. Join us on this 4-day photo adventure, and experience the glaciers, sun and vistas in this northwest corner of Montana. From vast landscapes to majestic mountains, colorful sunrises to reflecting lakes, and abundant wildlife all make this location a photographer’s paradise. Come explore and photograph the wonders of Glacier National Park.

Camargue and Provence with Patrice Aguilar, Tanya Cox and Jill Magnum

Time to travel to beautiful southern France! The Provence region is alive with colors and medieval architecture. From the iconic white Camargue horse private photo shoots, to pink greater flamingos, to red-ocher houses, to fields of lavender row after row, this trip will be filled with images begging to be captured.

We’ll photograph some of the same scenes that Vincent van Gogh painted, explore the picturesque villages and countrysides of southern France, sample local wines and food at the farmers’ market, and explore cobblestone alleys lined with shops and restaurants in quaint hillside villages. Smell the lavender everywhere in Provence!

Tour Gothic cathedrals and wander around natural areas—the schedule allows for time to explore on your own. We will experience luxury while staying at some spectacular four and five star chateaus… OK, we even included two nights at a boutique castle 🙂 We’ll indulge in an exclusive cellar wine tasting and lunch in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a Master Sommelier. This is a true photographic vacation. Non-photographing spouses are definitely welcome!

Professional photographer Patrice Aguilar will be leading this tour, assisted by Natural Exposures hosts Tanya Cox and Jill Mangum.

Glacier Bay Alaska with Wendy Shattil

Glacier Bay – Unlike the cruise ships, we spend days rather than hours exploring what John Muir called “the grandest place on earth”. No other location has the diversity of wildlife and dramatic scenery so easily seen from our decks and from land. Spring brings black and brown bears out of hibernation; whales return to Alaskan waters, migrating birds begin to nest, moose and wolves may be seen in the valleys, and of course we’ll see the glaciers themselves, up close and personal. Walk among beached blue icebergs of countless shapes and textures. Glaciers are great subjects where patience is often rewarded with dramatic calving events – the ice cracks and house-sized chunks crash into the ocean. Icebergs beached at low tide invite photos only limited by your imagination. Birds and mammals we encounter in the unspoiled wilderness are likely to be seen by us alone.

Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness we’ll explore from our comfortable wandering home evokes a quiet solitude and reminds us of our place in nature.

Whatever the skill level, you’ll learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of Westward’s salon we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting. Sea kayaks and a zodiac add to the opportunities for up close and personal encounters with nature. 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.

Built in 1924 and thoughtfully restored to comfortably accommodate eight passengers in four staterooms with private bathrooms, the historic wooden boat, Westward, features a wood paneled salon, mahogany trim and multiple viewing areas. Meals and snacks are sumptuous and delicious, prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, many locally sourced.

Captain Bill Bailey and his crew of gourmet chef, Tracie Triolo and an accomplished naturalist, genuinely care about the quality of their guests’ experience on this unique small ship cruise.

Blackhills and Badlands with Jennifer King

The Blackhills and Badlands of South Dakota are a landscape that every photographer must experience. South Dakota is known for its dark sky. The Milky Way is so bright that you can see its color with your eyes. It is here in this vast landscape that we will explore and photograph rugged rock formations, prairies, history and wildlife. We will travel through the wild west, stay in historic Deadwood and photograph stars over Devils Tower. Join us on this 5-day photo adventure capturing landscapes and stars in the Blackhills and Badlands of South Dakota.