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

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with Tom Mace

Leg 1: Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Daddy of all National Parks is a nature photographer’s dream come true. With lush forests, thermal geysers, broad valleys, lakes, rivers, and a large diversity of wildlife; a photographer can immerse themselves in what many believe is the most complete photography experience of all the national parks. The park is uniquely laid out, allowing visitors to safely gain access to large concentrations of wildlife without disrupting their natural environment.
Leg 2: The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop; our clients will have ample opportunities to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. Grand Teton National Park is very accessible and most wildlife and landscape photography happens directly outside our vehicle.
We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone each year relying on our experience and success we have had photographing in these parks in the past. Our itinerary is designed to give our clients a one of a kind experience and the best of what Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks have to offer. From landscape photography to understanding the best areas to photograph wildlife, we put you in the right place at the right time to maximize your visit in the parks. 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 the parks.

This workshop is all inclusive, all ground transportation, lodging, meals, snacks, park fees, and all the little things are included in this price. See our website for more details.

Jaguars in the Pantanal with Morgan Heim and Justin Black

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

Grand Teton National Park with Andrew Slaton

Grand Teton is one of the best national parks for landscapes and wildlife, so on this exciting workshop, we will focus on several iconic locations, but we will also discuss the use of filtration, and post processing, and if possible, we will shoot night landscapes & star pictures. Summer is a great time of year in the Tetons, because the temps are warm, animals abound, wildflowers flourish, and summer storms create dynamic light and incredible cloud drama.

Tangier Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto 

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.

India: Land of the Tiger with Lewis Kemper

India’s jewels are the parks, palaces, temples, bazaars and, of course, the wild animals which define her exotic past. On this photographic safari we spend a week in the renowned Bandavgarh National Park, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India that houses the Royal Bengal Tiger. The parks of central India were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and all of the animals described in the books are to be found here. Bandavgarh, a relatively smaller park with stunning landscape, has the highest concentration of wild tigers per square mile. We have ample time to thoroughly explore and photograph wildlife in exclusive 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Before reaching the tiger park, we delve into ancient India visiting religious Benares (also known as Varanasi). Built on the banks of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), Varanasi is the “oldest” living city of the world and could well be thought of as the “Soul of India.” Also visit the millennium old intricately carved temples at Khajuraho.

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.

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.