Antarctica with Cheryl Opperman

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: SIGN-UP BY OCTOBER 15, 2019 AND SAVE $1,000 PER PERSON!

In October of 2021, Opperman Photographics Inc (“OPI”) will be joining one of the best tour operators in Antarctica for an unforgettable journey to South Georgia Island and the earth’s southern most Continent. While we will be aboard a 100-passenger ship, award winning photographer Cheryl Opperman will only be responsible for guiding a limited number of passengers that sign up with OPI.

OPI South Georgia and Antarctica Photography Tour passengers will still have access to the 15 other polar specialists, naturalists and photographers aboard, but will have exclusive access to individual sessions, instruction, and guided walks with Cheryl at absolutely no additional cost. By signing up with OPI, you pay the same rate as other passengers, but get more individualized attention.

During this 23 day photography tour, we will spend six full days in South Georgia and six full days in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands photographing dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife including five penguin species, seals, whales, albatross, and seabirds. It’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

Whales, Bears and the Best of 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 historic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, exploring the land and waters for whales, bears and other wildlife as well as landscapes ancient glaciers 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 we’ll see from our comfortable wandering home evokes 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 through compelling imagery.
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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.

Italian Dolomites & Venice with Dave Hutchison and Shane McDermott

VisionQuest PhotoJourney

This is not your traditional photo tour simply meant to get you to the best locations in the best light. That is a given! We’ve set the bar super high and expect you to come away from this experience feeling completely transformed both as a photographer and as a human being. Regardless if you are a beginner, intermediate or seasoned professional this experience will forever transform the way you approach your photography and open up creative dimensions you’ve never even thought about.

Yes, it is true Shane and I will ensure you have the best light and locations but we also want you to have an experience of a lifetime. The workshop will centre around “Breaking the Four Barriers for Creativity” which in turn will enable you to make the best images possible. When I was in Italy last year and especially when I was in Venice for the last three days, I did not want to leave. I could have stayed another week photographing and exploring that very unique city. Photographing a new location is an excellent way to immerse “yourself”… and capture the essence or what you saw and felt in the moment.

The Italian mountain side hut system is a truly unique experience all by itself. When I first experience the “huts” I had no idea that most of these huts were like mini motels on the sides of mountains. They are equipped with a cafe, restaurant, washrooms, beds with linens (most locations), and very friendly staff (and most speak some English).

Badlands National Park with Tom Croce

Join us in the beautiful Badlands National Park and surrounding Great Plains for 4 days of photographing the buttes and pinnacles of The Badlands National Park and surrounding National Grassland.
We will spend several hours each day, as long as the light allows, shooting the landscapes.
The exact location and subjects will be determined by the weather. Each day’s schedule will vary depending on the weather, but in general we will be photographing all day. This will be hands on learning and all questions and issues will be addressed in the field, but there will be plenty of time for image critique and processing help.
This workshop will require a moderate amount of hiking over rough, uneven terrain. Participants should be comfortable with their ability to negotiate a hike of up to a two miles over rough, uneven and at time steep terrain.

Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us April 26, 2020 – May 1, 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 April 13-18, 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 March 29, 2020 – April 3, 2020, on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph spectacular beaches, five sensational Costa Rica waterfalls, stunning landscapes, incredible tropical sunsets, and hundreds of species of flowers, birds, butterflies, poison dart frogs, and other Costa Rican wildlife.

Improve your images with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in luxurious, stylish, and 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 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

Costa Rica with Scott Setterberg

Join us on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour and photograph hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, flowers, frogs, jungle cats, monkeys, sloths, and other Costa Rican wildlife; spectacular rainforest waterfalls; four amazing national parks; stunning landscapes; and tropical sunsets.

Improve your photo skills with personalized, professional photography assistance, and relax in luxurious, stylish, and 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 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 spaces available!

Locations: La Paz, Bajos del Toro, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, Lake Arenal, Rio Celeste

India with Ken Lee

“This is India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition…” – Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897

In many ways, not much has changed since Mark Twain’s visit over a century ago. India is still a land of contrasts, carved by deep rivers of spirituality and history. In other ways, however, change dominates every aspect of Indian society today. Fully exploring, much less understanding this vast nation in a brief visit is impossible, but we will catch authentic glimpses of the India of yesterday and today throughout our image making adventure. Our itinerary covers the best of the must-see monuments including, the incomparable Taj Mahal, but we veer off the beaten path early and often in search of more genuine visions of Indian life.

Ken will be with you each step of the way to help you make the most of these opportunities. We’ll work together in groups and one-to-one to help you better understand your equipment, master new techniques, and expand your creative vision. Ken’s specialty is teaching practical ways to develop your ‘photographer’s eye’, but he’s happy to work with you on any aspect of the image making process.

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS
Holi, India’s Festival of Colors, is a riotous celebration of the arrival of Spring. Enthusiastic revelers ‘play Holi’ with handfuls of colored powders that are thrown, rubbed, and smeared over everything and everyone. Participation is mandatory. Rich, poor, tourist or local, no one is exempt. But it’s all in the spirit of celebration and good fun. In fact, another name for Holi is the Festival of Sharing Love.

No matter what you call it, it’s an amazing spectacle to see and even more so to photograph. Precautions must be taken to protect cameras and lenses, but Holi is an event no photographer should pass up. Our itinerary is crafted so that we experience Holi celebrations in several times and places including a very special version of the festivities known as Lathmar Holi, where the women of one village, armed with sticks, beat back the advances of the men from the neighboring village in a mock reenactment of an ancient legend.

THE MAGNIFICENT TAJ
Known as the World’s Greatest Monument to Love, the story behind the Taj is almost as inspiring as the marble masterpiece itself. This icon deserves the time to be carefully considered with our cameras and we will pay it proper homage with multiple opportunities to photograph the Taj Mahal from various vantage points and in different lighting conditions including sunrise and sunset. You will have your opportunity to make the classic reflecting pool photo, but we will also look for more unique perspectives including some not usually available to tourists.

ANCIENT VARANASI
On the banks of the Ganges River, the holy city of Varanasi is India’s spiritual capital, and one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It’s also my favorite place to photograph in India. Early morning on the historic stone ghats (terraces) that line the river bank is a magical experience. Mist filtered sunrise light bathes young monks practicing yoga in warmth as the first pilgrims of the day arrive seeking blessings in the waters of Hinduism’s holiest river. But Varanasi has even more to offer. Poignant scenes of everyday life await discovery in its winding streets and markets. Varanasi is also the center of India’s silk weaving industry and much of the work is done in the surrounding villages by hand using traditional equipment and techniques. We will get a taste of rural life in India as we visit with and photograph these master artisans at work. Be prepared to be mobbed by curious children who may have never seen a foreigner.

DELHI
Sprawling Delhi is India’s capital and the beginning and end point of our journey. Nowhere is the clash of old and new more apparent, with its 25 million inhabitants living amidst luxury townhomes, the remnants of colonial rule, and ruins dating back millennia. Here we can find a bit of everything: the serenity and self-reflection of locals practicing meditation and yoga at sunrise in the gardens of Humayun’s Tomb; commerce and chaos in the maze of Old Delhi’s crooked narrow lanes; compassion embodied in a Sikh temple that serves 10,000 free meals daily; tradition and craftsmanship in the Kumhar Gram, a potters colony reputed to be the world’s largest but largely unknown even among locals.

JODHPUR, THE BLUE CITY
Jodhpur exudes an incredibly relaxing vibe that makes you want to do nothing but park yourself on a rooftop terrace with a cool beverage and stare at massive Mehrangarh Fort dominating the skyline. The only problem is that there is so much to explore and photograph here as well. The once ubiquitous blue facades of the old city are slowly disappearing but still make striking backdrops for scenes of everyday life. Early morning is a great time to visit Jaswant Thada, an ornate monument to a former Maharaja carved from white marble. Later, as the sun and temperatures climb, is an ideal time to explore the interior of hilltop Mehrangarh Fort from which fantastically wealthy rulers once surveyed their domain. Bustling Sadar market underneath the old city’s historic clocktower is an experience to remember and photograph. With so much to see, maybe the relaxing will have to wait.

JAISALMER FORT
Wake up to sunrise over beautiful Gadissar lake in the remote outpost of Jaisalmer Fort and then ride into the Thar desert atop a camel for sunset and a star filled night in the sand dunes.

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