Botswana ~ Scouting Tour with Jeff Parker

LIMITED to six (6) participants. All-inclusive (double occupancy). This is a SCOUTING TRIP offered at a special price — $6995 (all-inclusive; double occupancy)

This Botswana Wildlife Photo Tour ~ 2020 (SCOUTING TRIP) will take place in the wildlife-rich the Chobe River region and Okavango Delta.

Our tent camp in the Delta is perfectly located to find and lions (by the way: the lions of the Okavango Delta are the ). There are also leopards and cheetahs in the area. With our expert Bushman trackers we will have excellent chances to photograph these stunning creatures.

Only six (6) photographers on this trip. Grab it and growl: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/botswana-photo-tour/

Costa Rica with Jeff Parker

This Costa Rica Photo Tour 2020 is limited to SIX (6)

Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems — Osa Peninsula, cloud forest & rainforest — during this wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2020.

Think: multi-flash hummingbird photography, Resplendent Quetzal, King Vultures, Scarlet Macaws, tanagers, motmots, toucans, parrots & LOTS more.

In addition to the birds we’ll photograph butterflies, frogs, flowers, monkeys (4 species on the Osa Peninsual!), coatis, peccaries… the list goes one.
LIMITED TO SIX (6) TRAVELERS ~~ all-inclusive (double occupancy — single is available for an additional cost)
More info: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/costa-rica-in-focus-photo-tour/

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.

Whales, Bears & More in Southeast Alaska with Wendy Shattil

The calm waters of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage teem with captivating wildlife and breathtaking scenery. At this time of year humpback whales congregate in large numbers and may indulge in impressive bubble-net feeding, breaching, tail lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. We’ll travel from Sitka to Juneau, Alaska aboard the classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, where you’ll have a front row seat for sea lion haul-outs, bald eagles and an ancient glacier with giant icebergs calving off its face. We’ll search for brown bears catching salmon, walk through lush and serene rainforests, explore the diversity of creatures in tide pools and skiff or kayak through the gentle waters, drifting quietly past hanging gardens and waterfalls.

Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness adventures we’ll encounter from our comfortable wandering home invite a tranquility of the soul. Expect to be stimulated by the quiet solitude and reminded of our place in nature. We’ll do our best to capture these feelings and experiences with our eyes and our cameras and learn the power of our own storytelling ability through compelling imagery.

Whatever your skill level, you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of the Westward’s salon we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting. Rather than snapping pictures and hurrying to find the next encounter, we’ll take time to savor each moment. Every scene is constantly changing, each animal is an individual and every behavior has a purpose.

In nature photography is the preservation of the world

Text by Gordon Illg. Photography by Cathy and Gordon Illg.

.NANPA recently posted a blog, “The 6 Myths That Frustrate Aspiring Photographers” by Tom Horton that offered advice to new nature photographers. The post reiterated advice I’ve heard from established pros many times over the decades, and every point he made was valid. Following his guidelines will almost certainly help neophytes augment their craft and become more noticed. But there are other issues that were not considered, quite possibly because there’s just not enough room in a blog.

Mesa Arch frames Washer Woman Arch, Arches National Park, Utah. You can’t blame people for wanting to photograph icons like Mesa Arch. Canon EOS 40D, 28-135mm @ 30mm, f14, 1/15 sec, ISO 800, -2/3. ©Cathy & Gordon Illg

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