Great Basin N.P. with Beth Ruggiero-York

Announcing the first annual Nature Photography Show workshop! It will be held at a little-known and remote gem of a location — Great Basin National Park — from September 6th – 10th, 2018.  There will be opportunities to photograph from sunrise to sunset, and when it gets dark, the beauty of the park will really shine! We have scheduled the workshop during a new moon (i.e., very dark skies) to offer excellent opportunities for night photography and instruction.

The Nature Photography Show has booked the entire lodge at Hidden Canyon Ranch, just outside Great Basin National Park. Additionally, the price includes your lodging in very comfortable rooms and all meals during your stay for the workshop. Meals are homemade by our friendly hosts and served family style.

Workshop Includes:
Photographic instruction
Lodging based on 2 Participants Per Room ($350.00 fee should you want a private room)
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

What’s not included:
Transportation:  The Great Basin National Park is in a remote location.  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
*A deposit of at least $500.00 is required to hold your reservation.  If you wish to make a deposit, payments, or pay by check you can call Jason Eldridge at 305-989-3279 to arrange specific details.

Additional Details
The two best locations to fly into are the Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).  From there you can rent a car for the duration of your trip.

Cancellation Policy:
90+ days prior to the start of the workshop:  Deposit is refunded less a $100.00 admin fee
Between 89-31 days prior to the start of the workshop: Full deposit is retained
Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop the full cost is retained

South Africa Safari with Tom Mace

What is Included?
• Round Trip Airfare from Atlanta GA to Johannesburg South Africa (15 hr non-stop flight)
• Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg
• Transfer to Makutsi Game Reserve
• 7 Nights, 8 Days
• Daily Game Drives
• Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site
• Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
• Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique
• No Single Supplement Charges!
• Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers Welcome

Join us on an amazing photography Safari in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in late August is during the dry season where the grasses are short and the wildlife congregates around water. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.

Alaska’s Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound

A full day photo tour with on-location instruction with a small group of photographers on a privately chartered boat to one of the most spectacular places in Prince William Sound: Harriman Fjord where we will find and photograph tidewater glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and massive peaks.

With two planned beach landings, there will be ample opportunities to capture glaciers, mountain scenics, icebergs, sea lions, sea otters, birds, harbor seals, and other marine wildlife.

HIGHLIGHTS:

> A privately chartered boat (for our group only) with flexibility in itinerary
> 2 beach landings (conditions permitting) for land-based photography
> Timed to maximize potential to walk up to and among icebergs stranded on beach for unique photo opportunities
> Usually lots of fireweed in bloom
> Potential to see and photograph marine wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals, orca whales and bald eagles
> Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer

Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.

The Soloist or the Orchestra?

Polar bear soloist © Kathy Lichtendahl

Story & Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

 

About a decade ago the Yellowstone Association Institute offered a series of Master Artist workshops in the park. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a class with one of my favorite wildlife painters, Robert Bateman. Over the course of three days in Mammoth, the renowned artist captivated participants with stories, demonstrations, and instruction on how to better portray the natural world in our chosen medium.

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Connecting the Dots: From Photographing Birds to Saving Species

Story and Photography by Jim Shane (unless otherwise noted)

As a nature photographer, I spend a large percentage of my time photographing birds, and raptors are at the top of my list of favorite targets. Fortunately, The Peregrine Fund is headquartered close to my home so I attended a live flight show. In a blatant attempt to establish some form of communication, I offered images to the bird handlers, which blossomed into a role as volunteer photographer and adviser. Now I get opportunities and requests for help gathering images for use in educational programs. The American Kestrel photo below is one example.

Once eggs hatch the feeding frenzy intensifies. Scientists at the American Kestrel Partnership learn from looking at images of the prey being delivered to the chicks by the parent birds. © Jim Shane

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Beauty In The Mist

Story and photographs by Franklin Kearney

Rain-soaked berries by The Lake Central Park New York, NY © Franklin Kearney

The familiar was gone. Common, everyday sights had either disappeared, or were barely discernible. Like a Stephen King horror movie, my world was gradually being eaten away by a thick, dense fog.

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From the President

Don Carter, NANPA President

As I make my way from my winter location in Tucson to the NANPA Celebration in Jackson Hole, WY, I’m photographing some of the iconic locations in California: Sequoia, Yosemite, the Redwood National and State Parks. Then I’m going to venture up the Oregon coast. I find myself spending more time in these iconic locations. They are beautiful and wonderful places to photograph.

The Internet is full of photographers saying, “don’t go there,” “too many people,” “I need solitude to make beautiful images.” Even on NANPA’s Facebook page, I see comments that say, “find a different location to photograph.” Don’t listen to them (unless you have 1,000 images from places such as Yosemite Valley)!

As I stood at Tunnel View in Yosemite looking over the valley, thinking, you’re crazy if you don’t come here at least once in your life, I noticed there were only four tripods, but 150 selfie sticks. Everyone was polite, and I ended up taking a lot of cell phone pictures for couples. Yes, our national parks are crowded, and park service staff are doing their best.

So why photograph here in the footsteps of Ansel or other great photographers such as William Neill? Will I sell any of the images I take? Probably not, but I don’t care, nor should you. I will try to find other less iconic locations and shoot more intimate landscapes, but the waterfalls are roaring, and I can’t resist. Yosemite flooded two weeks ago, the meadows are littered with logs and branches, the wildflowers are gone, and so are some of the roads; yet, I will stay and photograph this amazing place.

What I will do with my Yosemite images is use them for greeting cards, coasters, and slates. It’s amazing how many non-photographers like these things and they sell well. During my local craft fair, I sell all the cards I bring. You don’t need to be a “pro” to do these sorts of things. It’s fun and you meet some great people, and it can help a little bit with your photo budget.

As I said earlier, I will eventually get to Jackson for the NANPA Celebration. While I’m there, I plan to look for bears, moose, and owls to photograph each morning. I hope there is snow (I’ve been in Tucson all winter). Last spring, at the NANPA regional event in Yellowstone, I was able to photograph seven bears the first day, but the second and third day, not a bear was in sight. What I’m also looking forward to is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Every time I attend a NANPA event, the friends I make are always the best part of the event. So, if you see me in Jackson, come say hi and I just might take you to the spot where I know a big bull moose hangs out.