Antarctica with Cheryl Opperman

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In October of 2021, Opperman Photographics Inc (“OPI”) will be joining one of the best tour operators in Antarctica for an unforgettable journey to South Georgia Island and the earth’s southern most Continent. While we will be aboard a 100-passenger ship, award winning photographer Cheryl Opperman will only be responsible for guiding a limited number of passengers that sign up with OPI.

OPI South Georgia and Antarctica Photography Tour passengers will still have access to the 15 other polar specialists, naturalists and photographers aboard, but will have exclusive access to individual sessions, instruction, and guided walks with Cheryl at absolutely no additional cost. By signing up with OPI, you pay the same rate as other passengers, but get more individualized attention.

During this 23 day photography tour, we will spend six full days in South Georgia and six full days in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands photographing dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife including five penguin species, seals, whales, albatross, and seabirds. It’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

Alaska Inside Passage with Juan Pons

Introduction
Alaska is one of the last truly wild places in North America, and aptly considered our modern day “last frontier.” Wildlife and landscapes here are like no place else. Come and spend 8 days (7 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape photographic adventure.

I have scheduled this workshop to coincide with the herring spawning season which is one of the largest spring herring spawning occurrences on the west coast of North America. The huge biomass attracts many species of wildlife comprising a spectacle of many thousands of animals which come to feast on the vulnerable rich fish.

The widely distributed Pacific Herring biomass is an essential resource for the existence of almost all marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. The herrings annual spring spawning event is a celebration of this absolutely essential component of Southeast Alaska’s natural environment. Eagles gather by the thousands lining the tress along the shoreline with their majestic white heads. The eagles’ keen eyesight and winter long hunger helps create a more than formidable aerial presence with their continual elegant dives catching herring by the talon full. Seals and Steller sea lions rush through the tremendous schools of herring that ribbon the shallow waters along the shoreline. Humpback whales demonstrate a variety of forage techniques to capture the extremely elusive schools of herring. It is even not uncommon for us to observe the whales fascinating cooperative ‘bubble-net’ feeding behavior up close. And of course, what marine wildlife party in SE Alaska would be complete without an appearance of the oceans top predator the killer whale. The orca’s nomadic travels most definitely include a ‘shopping trip’ to the buffet presented by the herring’s arrival to spawn along beautiful isolated beaches.

During this workshop we will be traveling aboard a privately chartered 84-foot world-class expedition yacht. This luxuriously appointed yacht was designed and constructed from steel with the same rugged integrity of vessels built for Alaska’s renowned commercial fisheries. It offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

We will have an onboard chef that will be preparing specifically for us the locally caught salmon, crab, halibut, shrimp, caviar and black cod purchased from Southeast Alaska fishermen. Dinner will be served alongside a selection of boutique wines or specialty beers from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau.

What sets my photo workshops apart
I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants.

This is a very unique workshop and as with most of my workshops, the group will be very small, limited to 7 participants to ensure everyones comfort and ensure that everyone gets the attention they need making once in a lifetime images.

What you will learn
You will be accompanied by Juan, and Captain Dennis. Juan is an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors, he has been visiting this area of Alaska for over 6 years. Dennis is the captain and owner of our amazing boat. He lives in this part of Alaska and has spent a lifetime in Alaska first as a commercial fisherman and now the owner of an expedition yacht.

We believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, we will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating our vision, technique and sharing our love and knowledge of wildlife and the landscape. However, our priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get.

The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• How to create asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
• Storytelling thru natural history photography
• Best use of equipment
• Panoramic and High Dynamic Range Photography
• Digital Workflow
• Adobe Lightroom basics
• Image presentations and critiques

What to expect
My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our time on the yacht.

Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 2 to 3 months prior to the workshop, you will then start hearing from me on a more regular basis. At that point I will provide you with detailed rendezvous and contact information and go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from me a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip.

I always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop, simple call or email me.

About our Yacht
The Northern Song is an 84-foot steel expedition yacht which was designed and constructed with the same rugged integrity as Alaska’s renowned commercial fishery vessels. Safe, functional and comfortable, it offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

The Northern Song features three beautiful guest staterooms each feature en suite private bathroom and shower, and an additional spacious Master Suite with a queen sized and an en suite private bathroom and shower.

Our yacht features an expansive indoor common areas that are ideal for dining and relaxing. In addition, several covered and open decks provide a perfect platform for wildlife watching and photography.

For more detailed information and pictured of the Northern Song please go here.

What is Included
• Privately chartered Yacht
• Lodging during the workshop
• All meals and snack during the workshop
• Beverages, including beer and wine during the workshop
• All permits, fees & gratuities
• Instruction
• Inspiration
• Camaraderie
• A great time

Alaska Spring Whales & Eagles with Dennis Rogers

Join us in Southeast Alaska aboard our 84-foot luxury Northern Song during one of the most exciting seasonal wildlife re awakenings of the year: the Sitka Spring Herring Spawn and Humpback Whale Homecoming. Unguided, this small group 9-day / 8-night all-inclusive cruise celebrates the first humpback whale bubble-net lunging and bald eagles. Gorgeous snowy backdrops form the perfect framework to quietly perfect your photographic creativity.

This unguided photography adventure for 8 maximum participants aboard our luxurious and spacious yacht will be captained by NANPA member, Captain Dennis Rogers. An Alaska resident for more than 45 years, Captain Dennis brings navigational expertise that allows his guests to capture those magical photographic moments born from patience and knowledge. The tour is based in Sitka, Alaska, and guests can expect to see humpback whales performing the first bubble net lunging of the year as well as the magical herring spawn and soaring and diving bald eagles by the thousands.

Our safe, comfortable and functional Northern Song features four beautiful guest staterooms, an expansive indoor common area, gourmet meals prepared in a fully equipped kitchen with on board professional chef, and several covered and open spacious decks providing the perfect platform for wildlife photography.

When booking, mention this listing on NANPA’s web site and enjoy a $300 discount on the trip.

Alaska Spring Whales & Eagles with Dennis Rogers

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Join us in Southeast Alaska aboard our 84-foot luxury Northern Song during one of the most exciting seasonal wildlife re awakenings of the year: the Sitka Spring Herring Spawn and Humpback Whale Homecoming. Unguided, this small group 9-day / 8-night all-inclusive cruise celebrates the first humpback whale bubble-net lunging and bald eagles. Gorgeous snowy backdrops form the perfect framework to quietly perfect your photographic creativity.

This unguided photography adventure for 8 maximum participants aboard our luxurious and spacious yacht will be captained by NANPA member, Captain Dennis Rogers. An Alaska resident for more than 45 years, Captain Dennis brings navigational expertise that allows his guests to capture those magical photographic moments born from patience and knowledge. The tour is based in Sitka, Alaska, and guests can expect to see humpback whales performing the first bubble net lunging of the year as well as the magical herring spawn and soaring and diving bald eagles by the thousands.

Our safe, comfortable and functional Northern Song features four beautiful guest staterooms, an expansive indoor common area, gourmet meals prepared in a fully equipped kitchen with on board professional chef, and several covered and open spacious decks providing the perfect platform for wildlife photography.

When booking, mention this listing on NANPA’s web site and enjoy a $300 discount on the trip.

Whales of Southern Baja California with Diana McPherson

Each year, gray whales travel thousands of miles from the Arctic Ocean to the warm waters of
Baja California’s lagoons to court, mate, give birth, and care for
their young. Capture images of these magnificent creatures, along with unique vegetation, stunning landscapes, birds, and other wildlife of the arid Baja Peninsula, all under the guidance of professional photographer Diana McPherson.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
• Encounter gray whales at close range during multiple
excursions aboard small panga boats.
• Experience the crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, geology, and wildlife of Coronado Island in the Sea of Cortez.
• Enjoy opportunities for kayaking and hiking.
• Take a special excursion in search of whale sharks, the world’s largest fish.

Weekly Wow! Week of March 25, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Bluebird Yoga, Beverly Hills, Florida © Ken Dunwoody.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Bluebird Yoga, Beverly Hills, Florida © Ken Dunwoody.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 25, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of February 25, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Red Fox family near den, Niwot, Colorado © Fi Rust.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, February 25, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Flip Nicklin: A Life Among Whales

Flip Nicklin is one of the featured keynote speakers at the 2015 NANPA Summit taking place in San Diego, California from February 19th – 22nd. Flip will also lead of one of the Pre-Summit Boot Camp sessions. To learn more about the Summit and to register for this exciting and inspirational event, please visit  www.naturephotographysummit.com. Early bird registration ends on October 31st! 

 

Humpback whale mother and young; Hawaii. © Flip Nicklin

Humpback whale mother and young; Hawaii. © Flip Nicklin

Forty feet below me she hovers quietly. She’s 45 feet long and 80,000 pounds, and her bulk hides her 15-foot-long calf. The calf makes his way out from under her chin to take a few breaths at the surface. On his way back to his mother, the young humpback spots me near the research boat and gives me a good look. After 35 years of photographing cetaceans professionally, situations like this still bring a smile to my face.

The lives of whales aren’t always serene, though. Only a few days after I spot the mother with her calf, our research team finds a dozen male humpbacks fighting over a female. The battle is brutal; many of the whales have open bloody scrapes on the tops of their bodies. Despite whales’ occasional reputation as “gentle giants,” I would never use the word “gentle” to describe these violent, occasionally fatal encounters in the winter breeding grounds off the coast of Hawaii. Continue reading