Winter Pumas of Patagonia with Jeff Parker

Photograph the winter landscapes & wild pumas of Patagonia with Jeff Parker during his “Winter Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour ~ 2021. ” The cats will be donning their winter fur coats and the rugged peaks will be wearing photogenic snow as we head out into these vast & beautiful environs.

We’ll photograph the pumas (also known as mountain lions and cougars) on private lands situated against the breathtaking backdrop of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Photographing the pumas and peaks of Patagonia is already one of my favorite tours, but it promises to be special experience due to the season. With luck we’ll have pumas, guanacos and rheas in the snow!

We’ll also focus on doing landscapes of the rugged & dramatic terrain.

So that everyone gets the best experience possible, this tour is limited to six (6) photographers.
All-inclusive (double-occupancy).
More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/pumas-peaks-of-patagonia-winter-photo-tour/

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.

Whales, Bears and the Best of Southeast Alaska with Wendy Shattil

The calm waters of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage teem with captivating wildlife and breathtaking scenery. At this time of year humpback whales congregate in large numbers and may indulge in impressive bubble-net feeding, breaching, tail lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. We’ll travel from Sitka to Juneau, Alaska, aboard the historic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, exploring the land and waters for whales, bears and other wildlife as well as landscapes ancient glaciers with giant icebergs calving off its face. We’ll search for brown bears catching salmon, walk through lush and serene rainforests, explore the diversity of creatures in tide pools and skiff or kayak through the gentle waters, drifting quietly past hanging gardens and waterfalls.

Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness we’ll see from our comfortable wandering home evokes a tranquility of the soul. Expect to be stimulated by the quiet solitude and reminded of our place in nature. We’ll do our best to capture these feelings and experiences with our eyes and our cameras and learn the power of our own storytelling through compelling imagery.
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Whatever your skill level, you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of the Westward’s salon we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting. 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.

Costa Rica with Jeff Parker

This Costa Rica Photo Tour 2020 is limited to SIX (6)

Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems — Osa Peninsula, cloud forest & rainforest — during this wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2020.

Think: multi-flash hummingbird photography, Resplendent Quetzal, King Vultures, Scarlet Macaws, tanagers, motmots, toucans, parrots & LOTS more.

In addition to the birds we’ll photograph butterflies, frogs, flowers, monkeys (4 species on the Osa Peninsual!), coatis, peccaries… the list goes one.
LIMITED TO SIX (6) TRAVELERS ~~ all-inclusive (double occupancy — single is available for an additional cost)
More info: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/costa-rica-in-focus-photo-tour/

Namibia with Jennifer Leigh Warner

Namibia is packed with photographic potential. The oldest desert in the world, the Namib, dominates the country’s landscape. Take time to capture images in surrounding safari areas with exquisite flora, towering red dunes, bush country, and fascinating geological formations. Game drives in Etosha National Park include the “Big Five”—elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards—as well as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, antelopes, and more. Plus, learn about the conservation of cheetahs with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and about Namibia’s cultural history.

Danube Delta with Jeff Parker

During this Danube Delta photo tour (SCOUTING TRIP), we’ll explore this biosphere reserve with cameras in-hand. This protected river network, famous with birders the world over, is Earth’s northernmost sub-tropical forest.

With over 5,500 species of flora and fauna, the Danube Delta is one of the world’s and hosts plenty of lens-fodder! Your tour includes a day of photography at the renowned Letea Forest.

We already know birding here is awesome so we’ve organized this scouting trip to determine just how great the photography can be. As with our other scouting trips, this photo tour is offered only this once at this special price of only $2500 (all-inclusive; double occupancy)! This price will never be this low again.

Mid-May is the to visit the Danube Delta. While the bird activity is at its peak, the temperatures are still relatively low compared to what they’ll be in the summer.

The Danube Delta is a and World Biosphere Reserve, encompassing about 1.6 million acres of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes, floating reed islands, and sand dunes. The waters of the Delta meander to the Black Sea.

Limited to six (6); $2500 all-inclusive (double occupancy)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/danube-delta-photo-tour/

Patagonia Pumas and Peaks with Jeff Parker

This is the experience I wrote about in the April 2018 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine.

We photograph WILD, free-ranging animals — not captive cats, not game farm animals; the real deal thriving in their own world, interacting with one another and sometimes their prey.

Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and the private acreage surrounding it are home to a healthy — and photogenic — population of pumas (called mountain lions or cougars in the US).

This tour takes place in the Southern Hemisphere in autumn, which should make for some great landscape shots as well. That said, with its dramatic grasslands, lakes, and towering peaks this place is GORGEOUS no matter when you visit!

~~ Limited to six (6) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy; limited singles available for additional cost)
~~ More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/pumas-patagonia-photo-tour

Big Bend Landscapes & Night Skies with Jeff Parker

Experience the magnificence of Big Bend National Park through your lens with me during my “BIG BEND ~ Night Skies & Landscapes Photo Tour ~ 2020.”

By day we’ll create photographs of those famous Chihuahuan desert landscapes. And by night we’ll blaze digital star trails through this International Dark Sky Park.

Includes a Welcome Dinner at the famous Starlight Theatre Restaurant in Terlingua.

LIMITED to just six (6) photographers
MORE INFO AT: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/big-bend-photo-tour/

Ecuador Birds with Jeff Parker

During this “Ecuador Hummingbirds & More Photo Tour ~ 2020” the focus will be on the winged wildlife of this amazingly biodiverse little nation.

We’ll do lots of multi-flash hummingbird photography as we focus our lenses on these neotropic jewels. I’ll provide the equipment & backgrounds & other items needed to get great hummer shots — all you need is your camera (with a hotshoe) and a lens.

The small group size (max 8) assures that everyone gets a chance to use the hummingbird photography set-ups to their hearts’ content.

Hummingbirds are just part of what we’ll discover in these foothills of Ecuador’s Chocó region. This area also hosts a bonanza of beautiful tanagers. We’ll also photograph motmots, toucans, manakins, euphonias & the improbable looking Cock-of-the-Rock. A visit to an Oilbird roost will also help you fill memory cards!

Limited to eight (8); All-inclusive (double-occupancy)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/ecuador-photo-tour-with-jeff-parker/

Jaguars in the Pantanal with Morgan Heim and Michele Westmoreland

You are floating quietly on a river in the dawn light. A chorus of birds fills the air, and then on silent paw, a jaguar, her pattern of gold and black spots, emerges from the jungle across from your boat. Your instinct says to take as many photos as you can before she disappears. But she doesn’t disappear. She has come to the river to swim, hunt, and give her young some playtime. You don’t have to absorb it all in a second. You can revel at the moments, be present, and come away with photos and a wildlife experience absolutely unforgettable in memory and reality.

I invite you to join me on this Visionary Wild adventure to Brazil’s Pantanal, where we are so assured to see jaguars that we designed the trip specifically around seeing these majestic big cats. You will get to see tons of other wildlife as well. The Pantanal is one of the most diverse, densely populated (in terms of animals), wildlife accessible destinations on the planet. Expect to see animals including hyacinth macaws, toucans and ocelots — occupants of the largest inland wetland in the world.

We’ve designed to trip to be intimate — only six slots per trip. That’s a one to three ration for instructor to attendee. You have two opportunities to get on board. I will be leading one trip with Visionary Wild founder Justin Black in early August, followed immediately by a second trip with the extraordinarily talented Michele Westmorland, another iLCP senior fellow. Both trips promise to be grand adventures! Sign up soon. Slots are filling up fast.

Dates: August 9-18 with Morgan Heim and Justin Black
August 18-27 with Morgan Heim and Michele Westmorland