Travel by luxurious ship from island to island, wandering among animals that have no fear of people. We’ll photograph albatross, penguins, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and more. Snorkel in emerald waters with playful sea lions, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored tropical fish.
While most tours offer only one-week at sea, this tour offers a full two weeks. Suzi has teamed up with legendary Galapagos photographer and expert, Tui De Roy to offer a unique experience that will put us on shore with wildlife at first and last light, when most other tour groups are noticeably absent.
We have chosen the coolest time of year in Galapagos, when the seas are most productive and many species are nurturing cute babies.
These world famous parks are one of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. They are a must see on any nature photographers list. This is the time of year to see the baby animals and predators hunting for food. Animals hunting and raising their young. The stunning scenery includes wildflowers, waterfalls, geysers, and snow capped mountain ranges and much more. This is the time of year for peak bear activity.
This workshop is led by professional nature photographer John Slonina who has been leading tours there for several years. Authorized permittee of the national park.
Small Group Size: 6 People
Transportation Provided to and from Airport. You do not have to rent a car.
All skill levels
My spring 2018 Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife. Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.
During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons..
Includes: One-on-one instruction; image critiques; two night’s accommodations at a B&B; full breakfast; boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and transportation around the island by golf cart.
Photo workshop size limited 3-8 participants.
Great Smoky Mountains Spring
Majestic waterfalls, streams, wildflowers, mountain ranges, reflections. Home to black bears, turkey, elk, and deer and many other surprises.
This is the height of spring. We usually photograph several black bears.
This workshop is led by professional nature photographer John Slonina who has been leading tours there for several years.
Authorized permittee of the national park.
Small Group Size
Transportation Provided from Hotel to Field Locations. You do not have to rent a car.
All skill levels
Date: January 19-21, 2018
Leaders: Jeff Vanuga and Trent Sizemore
Cost: $1,195 members, $1,395 non-members
Location: West Yellowstone, MT
Last date to register: December 10, 2017
Maximum number of attendees: 14
Bonus: Attendees travel by snowcoaches into the park for 3 full days.
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Date: January 11-14, 2018
Cost: $395 NANPA members, $595 non-members.
Last Date to Register: December 28, 2017
Location: Lake Hodges, Escondido CA and surrounding areas in San Diego County.
Maximum number attendees: 22
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Explore one of the greatest ecosystems in the height of winter. Incredible wildlife and landscape photography during one of the most photogenic times of year. We will travel multiple days by private snow coach. We also will travel by a private van so we can cover the world famous Lamar Valley. Join us for a incredible trip.
This will be a Two Day event ending with a Photo Walk on the Boardwalk over the Lower Laguna Madre on South Padre Island, Texas. During the Workshop You will learn the best way to use your Camera to capture the wildlife across the country. Some of the topics covered are, composition, equipment needed, places to go along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Co-Leaders: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto & Sandy Zelasko:
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. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks, eagles, hawks, turkey, meadowlarks, quail, roadrunners, coyotes, mule deer, and more.
In late November and early December, thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present on the refuge. From the wetlands where they spend the night, at dawn the geese and other waterfowl rise in-mass and sweep overhead on their way to feed in field in a must-see spectacle. Each day we will arrive at the refuge at dawn to photograph this event plus local wildlife. After a short mid-day break, we will return and continue photographing until sundown. Includes two experienced leaders who have scouted this year’s best photo locations prior to your arrival, an orientation PowerPoint presentation, one-on-one instruction in the field, and a critique of images for on-site feedback. To register, contact Sandy Zelasko with Sandra Lee Photography, Phone: 760-749-2174
Story and Photographs by Donald Brown
Chincoteague Ponies at Tom’s Cove © Donald Brown
NANPA Members Colin Hocking and Don Brown will be leading a NANPA Regional Event at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia from November 16-19, 2017. All the details about the event, including cost, registration, and other information can be found on the NANPA website at www.nanpa.org/events/regionals/chincoteague-national-wildlife-refuge–va/ Here, Don offers a preview of the beauty of Chincoteague, and shares some great images from his previous visits there. Continue reading