Pipestem Resort State Park with Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins

West Virginia is Almost Heaven, and some of the most beautiful sights are located within our State Parks! We’ll be exploring Pipestem Resort State Park, as well as Bluestone Lake State Park, and some other special locations along the way!

Pipestem Resort in southern West Virginia will be our base for the weekend, with discounted rooms at the Lodge, which also has a fine restaurant and meeting space for us. The Lodge overlooks the Bluestone Gorge, and the Bolar Lookout Tower at 3,000 feet provides an inspiring view, as well. It’s not uncommon to see eagles at Pipestem, and we’ll also trek to Bluestone State Park, where Park Naturalist, Julie McQuade, has recently spotted eagles! We will also visit the historic community of Bramwell, where coal barons built lavish mansions during the coal boom; and we’ll feature a visit to the abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, as well as some additional attractions.

Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins, our Instructors, will provide techniques and share their experience throughout our weekend! It will be an exciting and full one, with many locations to see and opportunities to learn.

Great Smoky Mountains with Tom Mace

Spring is an incredible time to photograph the most visited National Park in America. With 1600 plant species, over 60 mammals, and one of the highest black bear densities in North America; the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best locations in the Southeast to capture spring at its finest. As the flowers in the lower elevations begin to bloom; deer, birds, and the predators come to life. Spring is a fantastic time to capture the essence of this National Park as the rivers rise, waterfalls roar and mammals begin to show off their young. Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains in both Spring and Fall and know the exact locations to capture stunning landscapes, trails to hidden falls, and predictable wildlife engagement. We also work on photographing deserted buildings and churches which give unique perspectives against the right lighting and flora backdrops. We beat the sweltering heat and humidity of summer and get our clients into key places where weather is mild and animals are active, a perfect combination. We stay near the entrance of the park which ensures we get in and out at the best times to capture nature without hassling potential crowds. Hiking is rated as moderate and is included on this trip, the longest is five miles the shortest is a half mile, roundtrip.

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

Savannah, GA with Tom Mace

Savannah Georgia is known for its southern architecture, great restaurants and incredible nightlife. What many people miss while visiting the Savannah area is the amazing wildlife on display that rivals anywhere else in the Southeastern US. From Alligators to Wood Storks, there is an awesome collection of wildlife waiting to pose for our photographers. Tripod Travelers intimately knows where to take photographers to experience the wild side around the Savannah seascape. We choose this trip in the springtime to take advantage of the weather, nesting birds, baby alligators, and many other wildlife opportunities. There are two specific destinations around the Savannah area that will afford us tremendous opportunities to engage wildlife. When the adventure ends, we head back to our hotel on Bay Street to experience everything downtown Savannah has to offer on the waterfront. We schedule our trips after the St. Patrick’s Day craziness with itineraries that do not chew up a ton of vacation time, both trips are scheduled over long weekends. Your guides live in Georgia and have visited Savannah many times to escape the hustle of Atlanta. This trip will forever be remembered for the great wildlife photography, incredible food, fun nightlife and southern charm only Savannah and Tripod Travelers can provide.

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

Arches and Canyonlands with Tom Mace

Join us as we make our desert swing into two photographer playgrounds that have extreme opportunities to capture some of the most unique landscapes in the world. Arches National Park, nestled just 5 miles north of Moab, is the largest collection of sandstone arches in the world. 65 million years in the making, these sandstone formations have risen and eroded to create alien like landscapes throughout the park. With over 2000 arches and breathtaking rock formations, photographers can spend weeks attempting to capture the essence of this park through their lens. Having navigated this park several times, we have established an agenda that will help our photographers capture all the beauty this park has to offer. Canyonlands National Park, 30 miles southwest of Moab, offers some of the best landscapes to capture canyon mazes and sandstone pillars. From Island in the Sky to the Needles area, we will spend 2 days exploring and photographing this unbelievable landscape. This trip will also include night photography, capturing the Milky Way against the amazing foregrounds. 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 workshop is all inclusive, All ground transportation, lodging, meals, park fees, and the little things are included in the pricing.

Hawaii Whale Photography with Tom Mace

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation. What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit. Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young. Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators. Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft. In February 2017, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai. You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills. Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
This is an all inclusive workshop, All ground transportation, hotel, excursions, park fees, meals, and all the little things are included in the price.

Included in this Trip:
4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
1 Luau, VIP seating
Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
All Meals, minus one dinner. We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Ocean view rooms.
Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach. Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

Whale Photography in Paradise

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation. What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit. Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young. Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators. Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft. In February 2017, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai. You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills. Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
This is an all inclusive workshop, All ground transportation, hotel, excursions, park fees, meals, and all the little things are included in the price.

Included in this Trip:
4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
1 Luau, VIP seating
Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
All Meals, minus one dinner. We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Ocean view rooms.
Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach. Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

Everglades and Florida West Coast with Tom Mace

Join us as we take you on an exciting photography journey through some of the best locations to photograph Birds, Alligators, Land and Seascapes Florida has to offer. We have seasonally visited many of these South Florida hot spots for wildlife while living in South Florida for 2 years. The mild winter weather in Florida at this time of year is amazing. Hundreds of photographers each year flock to Florida to chase the huge populations of birds migrating and nesting in this warm climate wonderland. If you are looking to escape the chill of winter in what many believe are the best birding photography locations in the country, then this is the trip for you. Due to the popularity of this adventure, we are offering two back to back trips to accommodate demand. This trip is all inclusive, all ground transportation, lodging, meals, park fees, and all the little things are taken care of. See our site for more details
This trip starts in Fort Meyers, FL
We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.
3 key destinations.
Everglades National Park
Naples, FL, and refuges in the area
Ft. Meyers, FL and refuges in the area.

Everglades and Florida West Coast with Tom Mace

Join us as we take you on an exciting photography journey through some of the best locations to photograph Birds, Alligators, Land and Seascapes Florida has to offer. We have seasonally visited many of these South Florida hot spots for wildlife while living in South Florida for 2 years. The mild winter weather in Florida at this time of year is amazing. Hundreds of photographers each year flock to Florida to chase the huge populations of birds migrating and nesting in this warm climate wonderland. If you are looking to escape the chill of winter in what many believe are the best birding photography locations in the country, then this is the trip for you. Due to the popularity of this adventure, we are offering two back to back trips to accommodate demand. This trip is all inclusive, all ground transportation, lodging, meals, park fees, and all the little things are taken care of. See our site for more details

We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.
3 key destinations.
Everglades National Park
Naples, FL, and refuges in the area
Ft. Meyers, FL and refuges in the area.

Iceland with Betty Sederquist

On this winter trip we’ll be exploring the south side of this photogenic island in a large van. I’m partnering with Strabo Tours to seek the best winter light. Iceland in winter is cold, yes, but not as cold as you’d think, with the Gulf Stream keeping coastal temperatures around freezing. Expect beautiful beached icebergs, lots of waterfalls, and with luck, the aurora borealis and ice caves. We’ll be based at an Icelandic horse ranch for a couple of days to marvel at these photogenic creatures and also detour to the Blue Lagoon for a soak in the hot waters. The people of Iceland are kind, friendly folks and that will be a highlight of the trip. We stay in comfortable, warm hotels and you will eat well. Prior to the trip we’ll go over gear needs carefully.

Pacific Elephant Seals with Tom Mace

Join us as we visit the West Coast of California to witness an awesome collection of sea life, sunsets, and huge gatherings of Monarch butterflies. There are a handful of Elephant Seal Rookeries on the West Coast of California, we know the best location and the right time for photographers to capture 16 foot, 5000 lb. bulls on the beach establishing their dominance. Elephant Seals migrate back to the California coast in early to late winter to give birth, mate, and layout on the sandy beaches. The photo opportunities are endless. We have also mapped out several locations to capture California sunsets, possible encounters with wild Sea Otters, and a short excursion to see a Monarch Butterfly Grove that has thousands of butterflies congregated for the winter. In addition; we will see many birds, as our location is a stopover on the Pacific Flyway for birds migrating from Alaska to South America. Home to over 200 species of birds with one of the largest Heron Rookeries in California, Morro Bay is the site of one of the largest birding festivals which takes place the week before our visit. Your guides, being California natives, are very familiar with these areas and know where to put you in front of the action.

This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and all the little things are handled by Tripod Travelers.