Great Smoky Mountains Fall with Tom Mace

Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. This is such a popular trip, we scheduled 3 of them in a row. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in this price.

Alaska Spencer Glacier with Michael DeYoung

This is a uniquely Alaskan landscape photo adventure at a remote but accessible glacier landscape for active photographers. We will team up with Ascending Path for a guided glacier hike with a sea kayak approach across Spencer Lake which is usually filled with icebergs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

> A beautiful iceberg, lake, glacier, wildflower and mountain setting only accessible by railroad.
> Up close and personal on glacier landscapes with possible ice caves.
> Approach and return by very scenic Alaska Railroad ride to the off highway Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.
> 12-Hour, exclusive (for our group only) outfitted and guided kayak and glacier hike by Ascending Path
> Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer

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

Speedlighting for Outdoor Photographers with Michael DeYoung

This workshop is is for the outdoor photographer shooting travel, action, environmental portraits, and even landscape imagery who wants to learn to light with dramatic results using small and mobile speed lights. Learn to blend artificial and natural light and create studio quality lighting at any location without heavy light stands, battery packs or big soft boxes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

> Three hands-on practice sessions with talent
> Classroom presentations and demonstrations
> Great outdoor locations

Grand Teton National Park with Robin Elledge

Creativity lives far beyond cameras, lenses, software, and lighting. The tools are NOT what makes the photographer. What does? A deep connection to your own creative voice. A connection to your signature style. To your own unique expression of beauty and identity. To the sacred union between you and your Divine gifts as an artist.

This is 6-days that will not only change who you are as a photographer, but who you are as a person. Every one of our workshops is multi-dimensional and delivered with the intention of creating change for our participants. We will teach you to think outside your normal box, challenge you to discover your own personal path to greatness and set the stage for you to find extraordinary images in ordinary places.

Warblers and More in Michigan Upper Peninsula with Paul Rossi

Excellent opportunity to photograph many beautiful warblers: colors and patterns, as a group, unmatched.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula at and just north of Lake Huron can be spectacular for northern warblers at the time of this trip. 24 species breed in the area and 3 more migrate through at this time. Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed vireo, and many others join them. Many of the 24 species of warblers have a breeding range extending further north. And many individuals stay around the lake shore after crossing Lake Huron to feed on the super abundant midge hatches. The midges feed the incredible population of spiders, which the warblers also love. There is so much food around for warblers that their territories are often shrunken. On a 1.5 acre lot where I live we have had 7 species of warblers breed for over 15 years! The past few years there has been a Spruce Budworm outbreak along the lake front and in areas we will visit inland. The outbreak will continue this year. Spruce Budworm specialists such as Cape May and Tennessee Warblers are abundant, and many other species such as Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada and Black-throated Green Warblers have increased their numbers. Last year a Bay-breasted pair attempted to nest.

Here is an animation of migrating birds in the western hemisphere that clearly shows that Michigan funnels migrating birds (especially northern warblers) through the area of this workshop at the time of the workshop: mid-to-late May.

We will strive for images with excellent composition, not just a bird on a stick large in the frame with a clean background. The types of opportunities you will have on this trip can never be found at a migration hotspot such as Magee Marsh or Pt Pelee, where there can be plenty of warblers but you can only hope that a bird might be close enough and land on a unblocked perch with a decent background. At these excellent viewing locations good photographic opportunities are often days apart. But we will have many excellent opportunities most days.

At the time of this trip the aggressive experienced males, which are in their brightest plumage, provide abundant opportunity in their breeding habitat, especially because of all the migrants of the same species around.

Outer Banks with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Join our photography workshop on our own wild and pristine North Carolina barrier islands. We will show you special gems along this untamed coastline we love so well. The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, the patterns along the seashore and in the marshes inspirational, and the sights and sounds of the wild Atlantic pounding the coast intoxicating. We’ll even visit a beautiful garden where the spring blossoms are stunning. You’ll love photographing here, and you’ll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs…

With workshops limited to 12 participants (a maximum 6:1 ratio, students to instructors), you can be assured of nearly as much one-one time as you want/need. We also welcome those whom we affectionately call our “Spousal Units,” those spouses and SOs who return so often to our workshops.

More details. Discount to NANPA members.

Getting the Most Out of Spring

Story and Photographs by Franklin Kearney

 

Sunrise behind Yoshino Cherry tree on Daffodil Hill, New York Botanical Garden Bronx, NY
(HDR compilation of 5 images) © Franklin Kearney

After the last snows have melted and the winds have subsided, it’s once again, a time for rebirth. Much like autumn, spring is the time of year when even people who don’t normally give much thought to nature or photography, suddenly become “nature photographers.” Sometimes, it seems as though there are almost as many photographers out in the fields as there are blooming flowers. But, who can blame them? An endless sea of brilliant red, yellow, pink and green hues can be quite intoxicating.

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