Patagonia Pumas and Peaks with Jeff Parker

This is the experience I wrote about in the April 2018 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine.

We photograph WILD, free-ranging animals — not captive cats, not game farm animals; the real deal thriving in their own world, interacting with one another and sometimes their prey.

Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and the private acreage surrounding it are home to a healthy — and photogenic — population of pumas (called mountain lions or cougars in the US).

This tour takes place in the Southern Hemisphere in autumn, which should make for some great landscape shots as well. That said, with its dramatic grasslands, lakes, and towering peaks this place is GORGEOUS no matter when you visit!

~~ Limited to six (6) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy; limited singles available for additional cost)
~~ More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/pumas-patagonia-photo-tour

Death Valley with David and Jennifer Kingham

Death Valley is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest National Parks in the United States. Even with this distinction, it is a landscape that encompasses many dynamic scenes. These qualities make it an endless world of opportunities for beautiful photographs. Evidence of Earth’s forces can be seen all around the park with the carved canyons, never-ending salt flats, mud cracks, sand dunes, mountain ranges, and rock formations. We will be visiting and photographing this park when more pleasant cooler temperatures are occurring. We will photograph and chase the light across this varied and textured landscape, while also heading out one night to photograph under the stars for some night photography. We will be photographing areas such as the Mesquite Dunes, Badwater Basin, and Zabriskie point, and other locations that have become our favorites over the years, which are lesser known. We will photograph larger scenes, and take time to catch the details in more intimate scenes. During the workshop, we will also have classroom time to teach photo processing techniques, and workflow to help your photos stand out! With over 3.4 million acres to explore, there is always something to photograph, and you will not be disappointed. Come photograph and explore this incredible landscape of many faces!

South Island New Zealand with Ron Rosenstock

Tour Highlights~Landscape and wildlife of New Zealand
• Hike through Mount Cook National Park and enjoy the spectacular views of the expansive glaciers in Hooker Valley
• Capture the spirit of the captivating Moeraki Boulders
• Magnificent Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
• Photograph a high country sheep station, a part of New Zealand’s economy and culture
• Relax and photograph in a stunning location at Arthurs Pass
• Victorian architecture of Dunedin & Christchurch provide wonderful settings for night photography

Southwest Utah with Michael DeYoung

Capture some of the most inspiring and colorful scenery in Southwestern Utah (Including Zion National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument) during this week long tour featuring both iconic and lesser known, but just as majestic, locations that afford the best photographic views and experiences found in the region.

This adventure is designed to stimulate creativity with maximum engagement in target rich locations with lots of personal instruction and guidance.

Great Smoky Mountains with Jason Eldridge

The Great Smoky Mountains contain sweeping panoramic views of ancient mountains, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and old growth hardwood forests.  These are each wonderful sites to behold and represent just a hint of the photographic opportunities that await.  Come join us as we explore this unique ecosystem with cameras in hand.   I will be right there beside you to provide photographic recommendations and instruction.

Monday night, October 21st, we will all meet at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant in Townsend, TN for an orientation and to go over the itinerary for the following three days as well as get a sense of what each of you is looking for out of the workshop.  The October 21st welcome dinner is on me.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be filled, sunrise to sunset, with photographic opportunities as we explore the Foothills Parkway, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, Clingman’s Dome and more.  Each day there will be an opportunity to look at what you have captured and receive post processing instruction.  Finally, after photographing sunrise in the Foothills Parkway we will meet for a recap and a final breakfast as everyone leaves on their own.  This meal will be on me as well.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Dinner at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant the first night and breakfast on the final day.

What’s not included:

  • Transportation:  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
  • Lodging:  The group will be staying at the Townsend Gateway Inn in Townsend, TN.  There will be a block of rooms set aside for the Nature Photography Show.
  • Food:  Other than the initial dinner and the final breakfast food is not included.

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Autumn in Romania with Daniel J. And Tanya Cox

Romania—it’s a land of intricately painted monasteries and the home of Dracula. It’s Belle Époque buildings and the Arc de Triumph in Bucharest. It’s pastoral countryside, Balkan cuisine, and the Carpathian Mountains. The brilliant fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for a wealth of castles, fortified churches, and centuries-old houses. Go back in time to the little villages in the countryside where horse and buggies are still a way of life.

Join us as we explore the many facets of Romania on this autumn excursion. We’ll follow Dracula’s trail and explore Romania’s history, culture, and scenic beauty.

Romania with Art Wolfe

There is nothing like experiencing a place for the first time. I have traveled all over Western Europe, but the closest I have been to the southeastern nations is Greece and Turkey. Now I am traveling to the native land of my good friend and long time assistant, Gavriel Jecan. Other than as the home to vampires, gymnasts and despots, Romania remains unknown to most.

We will travel to Gavriel’s ancient hometown of Brasov, nestled in the Carpathian Alps. We will be traveling just as the untouched forests in the Carpathians are turning golden, which will lend a great backdrop to the very traditional 12th century villages we will be passing through.

We will visit several orthodox monasteries, famous for their medieval murals, and we will engage the diverse peoples, Roma, ethnic Hungarian and German, as well as Romanian, all along the way. With Gavriel as our guide it will be like visiting a good friend, not like traveling with a standard tour guide. It is a trip I am eagerly awaiting.

Colorado Fall Colors with David and Jennifer Kingham

Colorado scenery is already a photographer’s dream, but add in the yellow, orange and red of the quaking aspens, you have a set up for scenes that are amazing to photograph. Fall in Colorado is one of the most exciting times during the year. The colors are changing, the mountain peaks usually get their first bit of snow, and the air is crisp. We will take you to some of Colorado’s most scenic areas to photograph, focusing on everything from the colors, to grand scenes and more intimate scenes. This is one of the most scenic areas in Colorado, commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of America.” We will be photographing sunsets and sunrises, along with other mountain and fall color scenes. We will show you how to capture this landscape of color in the various lighting conditions that mountains provide. We will visit some popular areas, along with some areas off the beaten path away from the crowds that we have explored and discovered ourselves over the years. Come along to photograph and experience the most colorful time of year in Colorado with us!

Mongolian Eagle Hunters with Jeff Wendorff

The Mongolian Eagle Hunter Photography Workshop is the solution for your desire for a photography experience in a unique land that many will only ever read about in magazines? How about meeting and photographing a unique people that live with Golden Eagles? I’d like to share this unique and full-on bucket list tour with you; it’s the amazing 1000-year-old tradition of eagle falconry in Mongolia. AMAZING doesn’t come close to describing this ancient world, and it’s people and culture. We will photograph the camel herders as they work their camels in the golden sands of the Gobi Desert, and capture people in traditional costumes, live in the homes of the Eagle Hunters to immerse yourself in their culture. If you are drooling and or just answered yes, then you should sign up, this is a photography trip you’ll love!

Mongolian Eagle Hunter Photography Workshop Highlights
Private Eagle Hunter Photo Sessions
Gobi Desert
Wild Horse Photography
Mongolian Cultural Visits
10 Days and 11 Night
All Inclusive (Airfare to Mongolia Excluded)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Mongolian Eagle Hunters with Jeff Wendorff

The Mongolian Eagle Hunter Photography Workshop is the solution for your desire for a photography experience in a unique land that many will only ever read about in magazines? How about meeting and photographing a unique people that live with Golden Eagles? I’d like to share this unique and full-on bucket list tour with you; it’s the amazing 1000-year-old tradition of eagle falconry in Mongolia. AMAZING doesn’t come close to describing this ancient world, and it’s people and culture. We will photograph the camel herders as they work their camels in the golden sands of the Gobi Desert, and capture people in traditional costumes, live in the homes of the Eagle Hunters to immerse yourself in their culture. If you are drooling and or just answered yes, then you should sign up, this is a photography trip you’ll love!

Mongolian Eagle Hunter Photography Workshop Highlights
Private Eagle Hunter Photo Sessions
Gobi Desert
Wild Horse Photography
Mongolian Cultural Visits
10 Days and 11 Night
All Inclusive (Airfare to Mongolia Excluded)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia