Tangier Island Fall with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

This NEW Fall 2018 Tangier Island Photo Workshop features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife. Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.

During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons.

From the mainland, Tangier can only be reached by boat or small plane. Golf carts replace cars as the primary mode of transportation on the island since the streets are narrow and barely wide enough for 2 carts to pass. It’s a peaceful community with friendly people and no traffic lights or violent crime. There are no banks, arcades, and only 2 bed and breakfast accommodations. Many born on the island speak a unique dialect of English dating back to that used by the first settlers arriving on the island from Cornwall England.

This photo workshop offers you a rare opportunity to photograph the unique way of life on the Chesapeake Bay, one that is slowly disappearing. Potential subjects include workboats, offshore crab shanties, working waterman, historic buildings, the waterfront, birds, and unique features of the island.

PRICE: $870 based on double occupancy, additional $ 85 single supplement.

DEPOSIT: 50 % of total. Final payment due 30 days prior to workshop.

The price includes: instruction (one on one interaction in the field); image critiques; two nights accommodations at a B&B with a private bath & full breakfast; a 1.5 hour boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and golf cart transportation on the island. Departure for Tangier from Crisfield on Friday, 21 Sep is 5:00 p.m. with return to Crisfield on Sunday,23 Sep on 3:00 p.m. boat (approximately 1 hour crossing). Alternately, participants can travel to Tangier using the ferry from Onancock, VA.

Price does not include meals and snacks other than breakfast, boat transportation from Crisfield to Tangier and return. (Round trip fare is $30.)

Photographing Nature with David Stimac at PROCAM Cincinnati

Award-winning and internationally-published photographer David Stimac will teach you how to create spectacular photographs of landscapes, plants, and animals. Whether you are are a novice or advanced hobbyist, this class offers something for everyone. This class is aimed at the digital SLR photographer, but film shooters will also benefit. If you don’t own an SLR (single lens reflex) camera but are considering buying one, this class will help you spend your money wisely. You will learn how to select the right camera bodies, lenses, filters, tripods, etc., to best accomplish your photographic goals. You will also gain a firm knowledge of all of the technical aspects of photography, including techniques for creating razor sharp images, understanding your camera’s light meter, histogram, file formats, and how to control exposure. Dave will use his own photography to illustrate an in-depth discussion on the various aspects of lighting and composition that separate good photographs from great ones.

Great Basin N.P. with Beth Ruggiero-York

Announcing the first annual Nature Photography Show workshop! It will be held at a little-known and remote gem of a location — Great Basin National Park — from September 6th – 10th, 2018.  There will be opportunities to photograph from sunrise to sunset, and when it gets dark, the beauty of the park will really shine! We have scheduled the workshop during a new moon (i.e., very dark skies) to offer excellent opportunities for night photography and instruction.

The Nature Photography Show has booked the entire lodge at Hidden Canyon Ranch, just outside Great Basin National Park. Additionally, the price includes your lodging in very comfortable rooms and all meals during your stay for the workshop. Meals are homemade by our friendly hosts and served family style.

Workshop Includes:
Photographic instruction
Lodging based on 2 Participants Per Room ($350.00 fee should you want a private room)
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

What’s not included:
Transportation:  The Great Basin National Park is in a remote location.  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
*A deposit of at least $500.00 is required to hold your reservation.  If you wish to make a deposit, payments, or pay by check you can call Jason Eldridge at 305-989-3279 to arrange specific details.

Additional Details
The two best locations to fly into are the Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).  From there you can rent a car for the duration of your trip.

Cancellation Policy:
90+ days prior to the start of the workshop:  Deposit is refunded less a $100.00 admin fee
Between 89-31 days prior to the start of the workshop: Full deposit is retained
Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop the full cost is retained

South Africa Safari with Tom Mace

What is Included?
• Round Trip Airfare from Atlanta GA to Johannesburg South Africa (15 hr non-stop flight)
• Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg
• Transfer to Makutsi Game Reserve
• 7 Nights, 8 Days
• Daily Game Drives
• Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site
• Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
• Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique
• No Single Supplement Charges!
• Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers Welcome

Join us on an amazing photography Safari in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in late August is during the dry season where the grasses are short and the wildlife congregates around water. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.

Meet the Judges of the NANPA Showcase Photo Competition

NANPA Showcase CompetitionIt’s time to think about which images you’ll enter in NANPA’s 2019 Showcase Competition.  The window for entries opened August 1st and closes on September 17th at 11 PM Eastern Time. There are some great prize packages and plenty of opportunities for recognition.

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Alaska’s Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound

A full day photo tour with on-location instruction with a small group of photographers on a privately chartered boat to one of the most spectacular places in Prince William Sound: Harriman Fjord where we will find and photograph tidewater glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and massive peaks.

With two planned beach landings, there will be ample opportunities to capture glaciers, mountain scenics, icebergs, sea lions, sea otters, birds, harbor seals, and other marine wildlife.

HIGHLIGHTS:

> A privately chartered boat (for our group only) with flexibility in itinerary
> 2 beach landings (conditions permitting) for land-based photography
> Timed to maximize potential to walk up to and among icebergs stranded on beach for unique photo opportunities
> Usually lots of fireweed in bloom
> Potential to see and photograph marine wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals, orca whales and bald eagles
> Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer

Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.

The Soloist or the Orchestra?

Polar bear soloist © Kathy Lichtendahl

Story & Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

 

About a decade ago the Yellowstone Association Institute offered a series of Master Artist workshops in the park. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a class with one of my favorite wildlife painters, Robert Bateman. Over the course of three days in Mammoth, the renowned artist captivated participants with stories, demonstrations, and instruction on how to better portray the natural world in our chosen medium.

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