Underwater Humpback Whales of Tonga with Suzi Eszterhas

This is an incredibly special tour to photograph humpback whales underwater in Tonga. It is uniquely designed to give you 2-3 times more time in the water with whales than other tours. Most photo tours have a group of 6-10 participants, but with only 4 snorkelers allowed in the water with the whales at one time, participants must rotate on every swim. This can be very frustrating, as you have to wait your turn at sightings and miss out on many photo opportunities. The group size for this tour is limited to only 3 participants so that no one has to wait and you get maximum time in the water photographing whales. There is no other tour that offers this. This tour is timed to coincide with the best time for finding mothers with young calves, maximizing our chances for photographing endearing maternal interactions. We’ll be based on land in the most luxurious resort in the area and spend our days on the water in a private charter boat chartered exclusively for our group. No scuba required – we snorkel with the whales.

With such a small group, this is a unique opportunity for an incredible amount of one-to-one instruction from professional wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. Suzi has published over 100 magazine covers and feature stories and has vast experience photographing wildlife all over the world.

Kenya with Jeff Wendorff

Africa, what a place! I’ve been visited 17 times and last year I spent more days in Africa than I did in my apartment, and she never disappoints. If you are like me; you grew up watching Tarzan, loved the circus and the zoo, Marlin Perkins was a hero, Hatari was an incredible movie, and you dreamt of being in Africa. I can assure you that the real thing is even more amazing than you have imagined. I love this Kenya Safari! I’ve done this exact safari 4 times and can’t wait to share that with you! Once you experience a Kenya Safari, you will love it too! And of course, You Will Be Amazed!

I am so excited to be going back for a Kenya Safari in the “green” season. It is the most beautiful time of the year and the plains are a verdant green and not the browns of fall. We will visit the stunning Amboseli National Park, and if the “shy mountain” Kilimanjaro allows, we’ll see vast herds of elephants along with that iconic peak. From there we continue our safari and explore the fabulous Masai Mara National Park. We’ll be looking for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo) and everything in between. And that is just the highlights!

Kenya Safari Highlights
12 Nights and 13 Days
Two Private Safari Vehicles
Small Group – 6 Clients MAX
Masai Mara, and Amboseli Parks

Bosque del Apache NWR with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, winter wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks; bald and golden eagles; kestrels and other hawks; turkey; meadowlarks; quail; roadrunners; coyotes; mule deer; and more. In December, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present on the refuge. Includes orientation, instruction in the field, and image review. Limited to 6 participants.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Chincoteague NWR is located on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague. In the fall, the refuge attracts large numbers of snow geese along with ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and other migrants. It is also the home to wild horses, deer, raccoon, fox squirrels, and other animals. Used to being protected, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of humans and presents visitors with great photo opportunities. The ocean, dunes, shells, workboats, harbor, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets offer workshop participants a variety of subjects with which to work. The program includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife, capturing in-flight shots of birds, equipment selection, composition, lighting, and exposure. We will explore both the refuge, seashore, and the community.

Great Smoky Mountains with Jason Eldridge

The Great Smoky Mountains contain sweeping panoramic views of ancient mountains, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and old growth hardwood forests.  These are each wonderful sites to behold and represent just a hint of the photographic opportunities that await.  Come join us as we explore this unique ecosystem with cameras in hand.   I will be right there beside you to provide photographic recommendations and instruction.

Monday night, October 21st, we will all meet at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant in Townsend, TN for an orientation and to go over the itinerary for the following three days as well as get a sense of what each of you is looking for out of the workshop.  The October 21st welcome dinner is on me.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be filled, sunrise to sunset, with photographic opportunities as we explore the Foothills Parkway, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, Clingman’s Dome and more.  Each day there will be an opportunity to look at what you have captured and receive post processing instruction.  Finally, after photographing sunrise in the Foothills Parkway we will meet for a recap and a final breakfast as everyone leaves on their own.  This meal will be on me as well.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Dinner at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant the first night and breakfast on the final day.

What’s not included:

  • Transportation:  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
  • Lodging:  The group will be staying at the Townsend Gateway Inn in Townsend, TN.  There will be a block of rooms set aside for the Nature Photography Show.
  • Food:  Other than the initial dinner and the final breakfast food is not included.

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Autumn in Southern West Virginia with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

This photo workshop celebrates Autumn in Southern West Virginia near the New River Gorge. The program is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature photography. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills, creativity, and optimizing the use of your camera. The workshop includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by instruction and photography in the field. Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection, 2) composition, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) basic image manipulation and 6) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife. Beginning and advanced photographers are welcome. The workshop is timed to coincide with peak fall color in the region.

Locations visited include the Rim of the New River Gorge, Grandview, Sandstone Falls, Cathedral Falls, and Babcock State Park with the Glade Creek Grist Mill among other sites..

Includes accommodations based on double occupancy, orientation, field instruction, and image review. Limited to 8 participants.

Polar Bears with Jeff Wendorff

You will photograph wildlife and landscapes in the diverse Arctic Alaska landscapes like a boreal forest, the tundra, and Brooks Mountain Range. Early winter in the Arctic means Caribou and Musk Oxen are beginning their “rutting’ season. The Polar Bears are reveling at being back on snow and ice after the heat of the Arctic summer! And oh, by the way, we are traveling during the Autumnal Equinox, and that means we are there during the peak season for the magical Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights aka really cool lights in the sky!

Tour Highlights
Photograph polar bear from small boats as well as land
Experience the colorful dance of the Aurora Borealis
Learn about the culture of a native Inupiat village
Search for iconic Alaska Wildlife: Caribou, Moose, Muskoxen, Dall Sheep and Gray Wolf.

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & Chas Glatzer

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. Chas Glatzer is an award winning photographer and a Canon Explorer of Light who’s work has long been admired and his teaching style is well known and praised by all who learn from him.

We will live aboard a spacious, deluxe yacht and travel overnight in order to be at our destination by dawn. This will allow us to be the first people on each island and stay later than any other company each day. We will be able to take our time to enjoy the intimacy of the photographic opportunities with the wildlife and enjoy the various lighting situations as the day progresses.

All of our tours are planned for the best time of year (June through October) for the most wildlife activity. Birds in flight, giant tortoises basking in primordial ooze, incredible volcanic scenery… we will take our time and enjoy it all.

Tangier Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Leader – Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

This 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. 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. Sunday, we will photograph sunrise over Tangier Sound and explore the town.

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.

Workshop includes: orientation, instruction, image critiques, 2 nights’ accommodations with price based on double occupancy.

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & Lisa Langell

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. Lisa Langell is an award winning photographer known for her unique eye and artistic style.

We will live aboard a spacious, deluxe yacht and travel overnight in order to be at our destination by dawn. This will allow us to be the first people on each island and stay later than any other company each day. We will be able to take our time to enjoy the intimacy of the photographic opportunities with the wildlife and enjoy the various lighting situations as the day progresses.

All of our tours are planned for the best time of year (June through October) for the most wildlife activity. Birds in flight, giant tortoises basking in primordial ooze, incredible volcanic scenery… we will take our time and enjoy it all.