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.

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.

Romania with Art Wolfe

There is nothing like experiencing a place for the first time. I have traveled all over Western Europe, but the closest I have been to the southeastern nations is Greece and Turkey. Now I am traveling to the native land of my good friend and long time assistant, Gavriel Jecan. Other than as the home to vampires, gymnasts and despots, Romania remains unknown to most.

We will travel to Gavriel’s ancient hometown of Brasov, nestled in the Carpathian Alps. We will be traveling just as the untouched forests in the Carpathians are turning golden, which will lend a great backdrop to the very traditional 12th century villages we will be passing through.

We will visit several orthodox monasteries, famous for their medieval murals, and we will engage the diverse peoples, Roma, ethnic Hungarian and German, as well as Romanian, all along the way. With Gavriel as our guide it will be like visiting a good friend, not like traveling with a standard tour guide. It is a trip I am eagerly awaiting.

Digital Black and White Capture to Print with Mary Louise Ravese

Experience the full life cycle of black and white photography from selecting a subject, to shooting, editing and printing in this unique long-weekend workshop. In this hands-on workshop, Mary Louise will explain how to identify and pre-visualize scenes with strong black and white image potential. Participants will then spend a day practicing these techniques photographing at nature photography locations in the region and other unique items like antiques. Just on site at the 20-acre Mountain Lens training center there is a serene pond, a scenic waterfall, two footbridges, and a mile of trails along meandering creeks and a forested hillside. Then it’s on to the digital darkroom where Mary Louise will share her step-by-step approach for optimally converting images from color to black and white using Adobe’s Lightroom program. Joining Mary Louise in teaching will be master printer and Mountain Lens co-founder Jeff Miller, who will explain how to produce the best black and white photographic prints. Over the weekend in addition to photographing in the field, participants will work on editing their own images with input, guidance and feedback from Mary Louise and Jeff. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home.

$645 – $745

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.

Mount Rainier with Art Wolfe

At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier rises far above the surrounding peaks of the Cascade Range. Glaciers drape the highest slopes while flower-strewn meadows ring the surrounding forests. There is a treasure trove of wonderful photographic subjects all around you at Mt Rainier National Park.

Art’s goal is to change the way you see and to make sure you understand the essence of design in Nature Photography. There will be informative lectures, image critiques and in-field lessons.

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & Scott Weidensaul

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. Scott Weidensaul is one of North America’s premier natural history authors with more than two-dozen books (one was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and thousands of articles in numerous publications!

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.

Katmai Bears with Art Wolfe

Join Art as he leads this exclusive workshop to a private lodge in the Katmai region of Alaska. You will have opportunities to view and photograph bears safely and will be creating dynamic images that are different than anything you have seen before. This is a Katmai experience like no other due to the exclusivity of the location and the expert guidance. You can be one of only 8 people to learn the nuances of nature photography taught in a truly wild atmosphere by a well-versed set of instructors.
Limited to 8 participants. Assisted by Gavriel Jecan.

Photography and Personal Vision at Focus Ranch with Karen Schulman

Join Karen Schulman at Focus Ranch, a real working cattle ranch located on the western Colorado and Wyoming border in a beautiful section of the Northern Rocky Mountains 50 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. The ranch headquarters are nestled in the Upper Little Snake River Valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, providing incredible sunrises and sunsets. This spectacular ranch location lends itself perfectly to the “focus” of our workshop, where you will learn to express your unique way of seeing the world and yourself. You will be challenged to try new and fun techniques with your camera that will enrich your creative spirit! Field trips both on and off the ranch will give you endless photographic possibilities.

In addition to the photography sessions, you’ll enjoy delicious meals, comfortable lodging and optional horseback riding and other ranch activities. Karen will offer her inspiration, knowledge and guidance for those with all levels of photographic skill. Additionally, Karen will be offering OPTIONAL Creative iPhoneography sessions for participants with an iPhone or iPad. What fun!

Tuition: $2695 (take $100 off with registration by February 1, 2019)
Includes workshop, lodging, all meals, all activities, gratuities and tax.

Link to Focus Adventures web page: www.focusadventures.com

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & John Kricher

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. John Kricher is author of “Galapagos: A Natural History.” This team will most certainly offer one of the best trips you could imagine to the Galapagos Islands!

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.