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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Galapagos with Suzi Eszterhas and Tui De Roy

Travel by luxurious ship from island to island, wandering among animals that have no fear of people. We’ll photograph albatross, penguins, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and more. Snorkel in emerald waters with playful sea lions, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored tropical fish.

While most tours offer only one-week at sea, this tour offers a full two weeks. Suzi has teamed up with legendary Galapagos photographer and expert, Tui De Roy to offer a unique experience that will put us on shore with wildlife at first and last light, when most other tour groups are noticeably absent.

We have chosen the coolest time of year in Galapagos, when the seas are most productive and many species are nurturing cute babies.

Scotland Puffins, Eagles and Landscapes with Krisztina Scheeff

Scotland Photo Tour I – Puffins, Eagles and Landscapes
Isle of Mull, Highlands, Isle of Skye and the Cairngorms National Park
Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Krisztina Scheeff with KS Nature Photography

Includes: All accommodation, breakfasts, welcome drink, farewell dinner, tuition, entrance fees for scheduled tour activities, ferry fees and all transport during the tour. Comfortable and spacious transportation to hold all the photography luggage. Excludes: Flights, travel cost to and from hotel (arrangements can be made), trip and medical insurance, lunches, evening meals, alcoholic drinks, tips to guides, and personal items. * Tour price is based on double occupancy. Single suplement is $650.
– Get close and personal with the Puffins. Over 2000 Puffins nest on the Island we will be visiting.
– Capture the spirit and mood of some of the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland.
– Experience the thrill of the wild and striking vistas of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
– Capture on camera some of Scotland’s wondrous wildlife including the Atlantic Puffin, White-Tailed Sea Eagle with a wingspan of up to eight feet, and the Red Kites.
– Visit to a well established Falconry in Central Scotland where you will be able to fly some of the raptors, possibly even a Bald Eagle.
– Wonder around the Cairngorms National Park, photographing the Red Squirrel and all the little birds.
– Soak up the history of this amazing land at the iconic Eilean Donan castle.
– Feel the security of experienced photography leaders on hand to help you capture that moment and learn new and creative techniques to add impact to your images and get help with your post-processing.
– Enjoy homely accommodations and fine Scottish hospitality, all close to our primary locations and savour good Scottish cuisine.
A wonderfully warm Scottish welcome, some whisky tasting, castles and much more awaits you.

To request the day-by-day itinerary please email us at info@ksnaturephotography.com.

Event Leaders:
Krisztina Scheeff
KS Nature Photography

Based in San Diego, California, Professional photographer Krisztina operates a successful business providing guided tours and workshops around San Diego & Orange County. Krisztina had numerous publications and art exhibits, and she is a workshop leader every year at the Bird Festival run by San Diego Audubon Society. Her enthusiasm and passion for wildlife photography rubs off on everyone who meets her.

Spending part of her year in Scotland photographing the wildlife and its majestic scenery is something she will ensure you also get to experience.

David Hekel
aka Ranger Dave

David has been the Senior Park Ranger for the San Dieguito River Park for 18 years and has worked around Lake Hodges for close to 25. He is a great photographer/ tour guide and brings a vast amount of knowledge about both the birds and animals that reside and season around the lake as well as the many native plants that make up the parks ecosystem.

His job has also made him a superb spotter and he is very aware of what’s in or around us on the tour. If it’s in the area he will more than likely find it for you!

David joined our growing team in 2018 and is the co-leader for all KS Nature Photography Scotland Tours. He was born in Scotland and spent many years there before moving to California. He knows this beautiful land and her history very well!

Chincoteague and Assateague Island with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Chincoteague NWR is located on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague. In the fall, the refuge attracts large numbers of snow geese along with ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and other migrants. It is also the home to wild horses, deer, raccoon, fox squirrels, and other animals. Used to being protected, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of humans and presents visitors with great photo opportunities. The ocean, dunes, shells, workboats, harbor, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets offer workshop participants a variety of subjects with which to work. The workshop includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife, capturing in-flight shots of birds, equipment selection, composition, lighting, and exposure. We will explore both the refuge, seashore, and the community.

This Chincoteague Photo Workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, and in the town of Chincoteague. Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) basic image manipulation and 6) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Based on my findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, we will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for migrating birds. Potential photo subjects include sand dunes, shells, ocean wave, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, local architecture, and wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.

The orientation and discussion sessions for the Chincoteague Photo Workshop December 2018 will be held at the Best Western Motel in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd.

New Mexico with Sandy Zelasko

“Raw New Mexico” takes you deep into the south where excellent photographic opportunities abound. White Sands NM, Bosque del Apache NWR, Fort Stanton and Lincoln County are all on the schedule.. History, mystery, panoramas and wildlife await the curious artist. Wide-open spaces invite travelers to wander.

This photo workshop lets you sample the many facets New Mexico has to offer. Bring your camera and curiosity to where cowboys still ride and nature surrounds you. Your journey awaits!

Small groups, individual attention and photographic instruction.

Lake Sinclair, Georgia with Rena Johnson

1, 2 and 3-Day workshops are available.

On the One-Day Workshop, we will begin with classroom style instruction going over the tricks and techniques you will need to capture the incredible beauty of the lake as well as all of the birds and wildlife so abundant in this area. After the classroom presentation, we will take a pontoon out on the lake for a full day of one-on-one instruction while capturing amazing images around every corner.

The Two-Day Workshop includes all of Day-One’s activities, followed by a sunset and night sky shoot, as well as a sunrise shoot the following morning for anyone interested. Then we will have another whole day of shooting in another area of Lake Sinclair.

The Three-Day Workshop will include the first two day’s activities, plus another evening of sunset and night sky shooting followed by a day of post processing with one-on-one editing help using Adobe Photoshop to really make the images pop. As a bonus, for those who are interested, we will also have a show and tell contest at the end with the winning images having the option of being featured in our next newsletter, on social media and on our website. There will also be prizes awarded.

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please see my main website at the link below. I am also available to answer any questions you might have.

https://www.outdoorphotosbyrena.com/Lake-Sinclair-Workshops

Nature Photography 101 with Jeff Parker

Join Jeff Parker in central Texas for his one-day Nature Photography 101 Workshop, designed to firm up your foundation in today’s digital wildlife & nature photography techniques.

This workshop is perfect for both intermediate & beginners. Intermediate photographers will benefit by filling in the “holes” in your knowledge base. Beginners benefit from Jeff’s easy-going and warm teaching environment that encourages you to ask all the questions you want.

You’ll enjoy classroom time and field time with lots of one-to-one guidance throughout as you try out what you learn in a country setting at Red Belly Ranch in central-Texas.

Your workshop includes a delicious meal (on-site). Vegetarians, gluten-free, etc. ~ all are welcome.
Limited to eight (8). Special price when two register together.
$95 for one / $150 for two

More info: http://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/nature-photography-101-workshop/
Or call Jeff at (512) 378-3355

Great Smoky Mountains Fall with Tom Mace

Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. This is such a popular trip, we scheduled 3 of them in a row. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in this price.

Great Smoky Mountains Fall with Tom Mace

Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. This is such a popular trip, we scheduled 3 of them in a row. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in this price.

Volunteer Profile: Daniel Dietrich

NANPA volunteer and ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich.

NANPA volunteer and ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich (and some precious cargo).

Volunteers are the life blood of membership organizations.  At NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, volunteers serve on committees, help plan conferences, present webinars, judge competitions and evaluate grant applications.  Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and play other key roles in keeping NANPA vibrant, relevant and growing.

This is the third of an occasional series of volunteer profiles, saluting those whose hard work, ideas, passion and commitment benefit NANPA and its members.

NANPA recently had the opportunity to ask NANPA ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich a few questions about his volunteer experiences.

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