This is an incredibly special tour to photograph humpback whales underwater in Tonga. It is uniquely designed to give you 2-3 times more time in the water with whales than other tours. Most photo tours have a group of 6-10 participants, but with only 4 snorkelers allowed in the water with the whales at one time, participants must rotate on every swim. This can be very frustrating, as you have to wait your turn at sightings and miss out on many photo opportunities. The group size for this tour is limited to only 3 participants so that no one has to wait and you get maximum time in the water photographing whales. There is no other tour that offers this. This tour is timed to coincide with the best time for finding mothers with young calves, maximizing our chances for photographing endearing maternal interactions. We’ll be based on land in the most luxurious resort in the area and spend our days on the water in a private charter boat chartered exclusively for our group. No scuba required – we snorkel with the whales.
With such a small group, this is a unique opportunity for an incredible amount of one-to-one instruction from professional wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. Suzi has published over 100 magazine covers and feature stories and has vast experience photographing wildlife all over the world.
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.
Newfoundland is an astonishingly wild and beautiful island in the North Atlantic. The easternmost province in Canada provides the nature and wildlife photographer a multitude of subjects to satisfy your photography cravings. Imagine photographing playful puffins, glamorous gannets, humongous humpbacks, electrifying lighthouses, and eye-popping scenics too numerous to list all in one magnificent location…Newfoundland!
Newfoundland is a nature photographers dream. There are 35 million shorebirds (140 times the human population) and 22 species of whales including the largest population of Humpback Whales in the world to keep your camera clicking. The last of Newfoundlands photography trifecta is the icebergs. Newfoundland’s Iceberg Alley is the best place on earth to photograph the beautiful 10,000-year-old ice.
We invite you to join us on this exciting expedition on the eastern coast of Newfoundland for seven days as we photograph the natural wonders of the 16th largest island (150K square miles) in the world. During these seven days, we will photograph Newfoundland’s spectacular coastlines, lighthouses, icebergs, whales, puffins, gannets, and so much more.
Newfoundland Photography Workshop Highlights
6 Nights and 7 Days
3 Charter Boat Trips
Lodging and Local Transportation
Classroom and In-the-Field Instruction
Max Attendees: 6
2 Veteran Pro Photographer Instructors