Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us March 1-6, 2020, on an exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph spectacular beaches, five sensational Costa Rica waterfalls, three amazing national parks, stunning tropical landscapes and sunsets, and hundreds of species of flowers, birds, butterflies, poison dart frogs, and other Costa Rican wildlife.

You will improve your images with personalized, professional photography assistance; relax in luxurious, award-winning hotels; enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine; travel in comfort with private transportation; learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide; and pamper yourself with revitalizing massages and spa services courtesy of ColorTexturePhotoTours.

This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own.

Availability: Only 4 spots available!

Locations: Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, La Fortuna, Chachagua, Lake Arenal

Waterfalls of Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us February 3-8, 2020, on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph 12 of the best waterfalls in Costa Rica; stunning landscapes; tropical sunsets; and hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, flowers, frogs, jungle cats, monkeys, sloths, and other Costa Rican wildlife.

Improve your photo skills with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in luxurious award-winning hotels. Enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine and travel in comfort with private and spacious transportation. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our professional English-speaking nature guide, and pamper yourself with revitalizing massages and spa services courtesy of ColorTexturePhotoTours.

This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own.

Availability: Only 4 spaces available!

Locations: Bajos del Toro, Las Gemelas, La Paz, Rio Celeste, La Fortuna, Danta, Lake Arenal

Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us January 19-24, 2020, on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph spectacular beaches, five sensational Costa Rica waterfalls in three amazing national parks, and immerse yourself in nature photography with stunning landscapes, incredible Costa Rica sunsets, and exotic wildlife. Improve your photos with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in fantastic, award-winning hotels. Enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine and travel in comfort with private transportation. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide, and pamper yourself with free massages and spa services. This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own. Only 4 spots available!

Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us January 12-17, 2020, on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph 12 spectacular Costa Rica waterfalls in four amazing national parks, and immerse yourself in nature photography with stunning landscapes and hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, flowers, frogs, jungle cats, monkeys, sloths, and other Costa Rican wildlife. Improve your photos with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in fantastic award-winning hotels. Enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine and travel in comfort with private transportation. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide, and pamper yourself with free massages and spa services. This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own. Only 4 spaces available!

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop.

The workshop, which takes place in a country setting, covers both the artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

I offer this one-day workshop twice. Choose your date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 workshop ~ OR ~ Sunday, October 27, 2019 workshop

Each workshop is limited to eight (8) ~ Includes a delicious lunch (on-site)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop with Jeff Parker.

The workshop, which takes place in a country setting, covers both the artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

I offer this one-day workshop twice. Choose your date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 workshop ~ OR ~ Sunday, October 27, 2019 workshop

Each workshop is limited to eight (8) ~ Includes a delicious lunch (on-site)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Get Connected to the Underworld: Discover the Beauty of the Underside of Flowers

Rear of floribunda roses shot from below.
Rear of floribunda roses shot from below.

Story and photos by F. M. Kearney

Flowers are definitely one of the most popular subjects in nature photography. They’ve been photographed with limited depths of field to convey a soft, romantic look. They’ve been photographed with large depths of field to show the abundance of a large group. Sometimes, the sun is included for a more dynamic shot. A vast array of special effects have been employed to produce some truly stunning imagery. Indeed, flowers have been photographed in every conceivable way imaginable. However, the one way in which I hardly ever see is from the rear. I did a Google search of “Creative Flower Photography,” and out of the 100 or so results, only 2 or 3 photos featured the backside. That’s a shame because so many great opportunities are going unrealized.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 12, 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: "Cottonweed," High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cottonweed,” High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 12, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st and runs  through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Subtle, But Significant: A Polarizer Filter Isn’t Just For Sunny, Blue-Sky Days

Cumulus clouds over Dickenson Bay St. John's, Antigua West Indies.

Cumulus clouds over Dickenson Bay, St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies.

Story & photos by F. M. Kearney

I’m a late-comer. I didn’t make the switch to digital until 2014. As a film shooter, I relied heavily on filters. Everything from warming to ND grads to a vast array of special effect filters were permanent residents in my camera bag. Nowadays, digital imaging can replicate many of those filter effects – often much easier and with far more control. But, as good as digital technology is, it still can’t duplicate the effects of a polarizer filter. The photo above is a classic beach scene where a polarizer works most of its magic. By filtering out the glare and atmospheric haze, the true color of the sky comes forth revealing puffy, white cumulus clouds as far as the eye can see.

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On Bended Stems: Explore the Beauty of Post-Peak Tulips

Lily-flowered tulips beginning to “show their age”

Lily-flowered tulips beginning to “show their age”

Story & photos by F. M. Kearney

Timing is everything. As nature photographers, we’re constantly trying to schedule our shoots during times when our subjects will be seen at their best. For landscapes, this is generally during the “Magic Hours” of the day – the hour just before sunrise or after sunset. Flowers can benefit from the warm light at this time of day as well, but more important than that is catching them at the peak period in their blooming cycle. It’s an absolute obsession for some photographers. A field of tulips in pristine condition is truly breathtaking. The photo below is one such example.

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