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.

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & Scott Weidensaul

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. Scott Weidensaul is one of North America’s premier natural history authors with more than two-dozen books (one was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and thousands of articles in numerous publications!

We will live aboard a spacious, deluxe yacht and travel overnight in order to be at our destination by dawn. This will allow us to be the first people on each island and stay later than any other company each day. We will be able to take our time to enjoy the intimacy of the photographic opportunities with the wildlife and enjoy the various lighting situations as the day progresses.

All of our tours are planned for the best time of year (June through October) for the most wildlife activity. Birds in flight, giant tortoises basking in primordial ooze, incredible volcanic scenery… we will take our time and enjoy it all.

Alaska Glaciers with Michael DeYoung

Fully immerse yourself in an ultimate northern landscape photographic adventure exploring Southcentral Alaska’s shrinking glaciers up close and personal along with its rugged, coastal mountains and abundant waters. Led by travel and adventure photography team, Michael and Lauri DeYoung, one of Alaska’s most commercially successful outdoor photographers, this will be far from your average photo tour.

This tour includes landscape and marine wildlife opportunities in Southcentral Alaska, Prince William Sound, and the Kenai Peninsula. Timed to coincide with peak fireweed and other wildflower blooms, the tour consists of three flex days working the best of roadside available landscapes that include hiking to cool locations from road accessible trailheads. Four days, including an overnight wilderness camp, will be spent at off the highway locations, including two full-day boat tours and two full-day active tours that involve hiking and paddling in protected glacier lakes often choked with icebergs and hemmed in with stunning mountain scenery in verdant green landscapes.

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!

Galapagos with Kevin Loughlin & John Kricher

Kevin Loughlin has led more than 30 workshops to the Galapagos Islands since 2001. John Kricher is author of “Galapagos: A Natural History.” This team will most certainly offer one of the best trips you could imagine to the Galapagos Islands!

We will live aboard a spacious, deluxe yacht and travel overnight in order to be at our destination by dawn. This will allow us to be the first people on each island and stay later than any other company each day. We will be able to take our time to enjoy the intimacy of the photographic opportunities with the wildlife and enjoy the various lighting situations as the day progresses.

All of our tours are planned for the best time of year (June through October) for the most wildlife activity. Birds in flight, giant tortoises basking in primordial ooze, incredible volcanic scenery… we will take our time and enjoy it all.

Anza Borrego with Sandy Zelasko

Join your workshop leaders for an intense weekend photographing in California’s largest state park and the town of Borrego Springs, CA. From desert wildflowers and migratory birds to eclectic, historic locations. If lucky, we will photograph the elusive desert bighorn sheep in its palm canyon environment. All levels of photographers are welcome. Low student to instructor ratio allows for personal attention.

Super Bloom Causes Super Problems

Stories of hordes of Instagrammers descending on the super bloom attracted world-wide attention, including The Guardian from the UK.

Stories of hordes of Instagrammers descending on the super bloom attracted world-wide attention, including The Guardian from the UK. (Screen grab.)

California is in the midst of a wildflower super bloom and, along with vast fields of poppies come unruly hordes of people.  The small town of Lake Elsinore was overwhelmed by “Disneyland size crowds” of up to 50,000 tourists last weekend, resulting in traffic jams, accidents and unruly behavior.  “#poppynightmare” as one town official put it.  This kind of chaos risks placing these locations off limits to everyone, including photographers.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 18, 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: White-faced Whistling Ducks Fighting, Chobe River, Botswana © Myer Bornstein.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: White-faced Whistling Ducks Fighting, Chobe River, Botswana © Myer Bornstein.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 18, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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The Pathway to Leading Lines: Compositional Techniques to Improve Your Photography

Autumn Trail Creates a Path Into the Forest. (HDR Compilation of 5 images.)

Autumn Trail Creates a Path Into the Forest. (HDR Compilation of 5 images.)

Story & photos by F. M. Kearney

Many methods can be employed in the quest to make photographs more engaging, or to draw more attention to the subjects within. One of the most common techniques is the use of leading lines. In the photo above, I used the lines of the log fence to draw the viewer deeper into this autumn scene in The New York Botanical Garden. It makes you feel as though you’re actually walking along the trail and heading deeper into the woods. However, technically, these aren’t really “leading lines.” They form what is more accurately referred to as a “path.” Often used interchangeably, the distinction between leading lines and paths is quite small. Generally, leading lines are like roadmaps that literally lead your eye to a specific point of interest, whereas, paths usually take you to a faraway vanishing point.

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After Summit, What’s Next for NANPA Members?

George Lepp reflecting on his career in a keynote at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit.

George Lepp reflecting on his career in a keynote at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit.

Last month’s Nature Photography Summit is over.  Images from the trip have been processed.  Gear and clothes have been cleaned and suitcases put away.  Fortunately, there’s always something exciting we can look forward to.  So, what’s next on NANPA’s hit parade?

Celebration

At the Summit, NANPA announced that the next Nature Photography Celebration will be in Asheville, NC, April 19 – 22, 2020.  The previous Celebration, in Jackson, WY, in 2018, featured location shoots, workshops, informative presentations, gear demonstrations and much more.  Circle the dates on your calendar. More information will be coming.

NANPA celebrates Nature Photography Day on June 15th with a variety of events, from a photo contest to local workshops.  This annual event encourages people to explore with a camera the natural world around them, whether that’s their own backyard, a local stream or a national park.  Nature Photography Day promotes the enjoyment of nature photography and shows a wider public all over the world how images can be used to advance the conservation and protection of plants, wildlife and landscapes close to home and far away.  Stay tuned for more information.

Competition

This year’s Showcase Competition kicks off August 1st.  Exclusively for NANPA members, Showcase is your opportunity to win prizes, get your photos featured on NANPA’s website, blog and printed in Expressions, NANPA’s annual publication.  You can see the top 250 images from last year’s competition, browse back issues of Expressions, or order your copy of this year’s Expressions.  Get inspired and get out there shooting!

Education

Throughout the year, NANPA offers several Regional Events, two- to four-day field tours led by outstanding photographers with intimate knowledge of the area and photographic opportunities.  Attendance is limited.  The June astrophotography in Arches National Park workshop is already sold out but you can still register for October’s workshop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

NANPA also hosts a webinar series, open to members.  The next webinar, VisionQuest Photography presented by Shane McDermott, will be on March 29th.  Registration is free.  You can also visit the webinar archives and view past recordings that cover a wide array of subjects.  Have a nature photography topic you’re passionate about?  Maybe you should contact us  to present a future webinar!

Advocacy

NANPA’s Ethics Committee recently released guide to Ethical Field Practices.  You can download a pdf of the guidelines or request cards pre-printed with the guidelines.  In addition to helping us ensure we follow the best ethical practices, these documents make great handouts for camera clubs, Meetup groups and at other opportunities to spread the word about ethical nature photography.  NANPA also has statements on Access to Public Lands and Truth in Captioning.

NANPA’s Conservation Committee has been busy, too.  They recently launched the NANPA Citizen Science initiative, a database of science and conservation projects that welcome and can use the help of a nature photographer.  Check it out.  You, too, could be a citizen scientist!  Know of a local citizen science project?  Let us know so we can add it to the database.  Coming soon is a Conservation Handbook.

Social

NANPA sponsors a number of Meetup groups which bring people in the same area together to photograph nature.  Check for one in your area and follow NANPA on the social media platforms of your choice.

NANPA Facebook Page 

NANPA Facebook Group

NANPA on Instagram

NANPA on Twitter

As you can see, there’s always a lot going on at NANPA, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of NANPA’s member benefits.  Are you taking advantage of all NANPA has to offer?  One way to be sure is to check the New Member Resource Center, for an up-to-date listing of all the benefits and opportunities that come with your NANPA membership.