Winter in Yellowstone with Daniel J. Cox

2019 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour – Photograph the “Winter Wonderland” of Yellowstone National Park in the comforts of a private luxury snow coach with wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.

Along the snowy trails, we’ll stop to photograph the beautiful landscapes and mountain vistas surrounded by steamy geysers, along with a variety of wildlife, including the majestic elk, mammoth bison, coyotes, swans, and bald eagles. These creatures, big and small, find warmth near many of the thermal areas, creating unique and stunning imagery. We’ve had some years with great wolf viewing and hope to have similar opportunities again in 2019.

Kenya Photography Tour with Daniel J. Cox


Our 14th KENYA PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION is among the best locations to photograph wildlife in the world. If you’ve never visited this magical country, be prepared for incredible wildlife and cultural experiences. From the monkeys trying to get into your tent to the lion prides of the Mara, YOU WILL ENJOY! The photography opportunities are endless and your stories will be shared for many years to come.

We’ll fly between lodges, and this year we’ve also added two extra nights on safari (2 nights in Nairobi and 12 nights at the lodges) along with a private encounter at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage. Only 3-4 guests max per safari vehicle! Kenya will not get better than it is now—join us!

Grand Tetons in Winter with Cecil Holmes and David Akoubian

Join us for 4 days of photographing Winter Landscapes and Wildlife in and around Grand Teton National Park January 4-9, 2019.

We will photograph many iconic landscapes of the tetons in the peak of winter. The wildlife should be abundant this time of year. In years past we have had moose right outside our cabins at the ranch! We’ve also had the opportunity to photograph coyotes, fox, elk, bison, deer, etc. The landscape totally covered in snow is a sight to behold.

We will discuss all things photography including composition, post processing and exposure for winter conditions.

Lodging during January 4-8 and three meals per day are included in the workshop price! The meals served by the ranch are always incredible! You will not leave hungry or disappointed!

The workshop will be limited to 10 participants.

Your instructors for this workshop will be David Akoubian & Cecil Holmes.

The workshop fee is $1895.00 and does include lodging and meals. The workshop fee does not include air or ground transpiration.

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.

Bosque del Apache with Sandy Zelasko & Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. In November, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary.
Equally as impressive, we could find wild turkeys roaming wooded areas, coyotes hunting for waterfowl, dabblers and divers feeding in the ponds and early morning mule deer. We could see kit, red and gray fox or get really lucky and witness an elusive bobcat. Following is a link to a comprehensive list of wildlife on the refuge,

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.

Weekly Wow! Week of November 19, 2018

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "An egret ascending on a foggy morning, Lake Martin, Breaux Bridge, LA" © Zeralda LaGrange

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “An egret ascending on a foggy morning, Lake Martin, Breaux Bridge, LA” © Zeralda LaGrange

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, November 19, 2018.

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Should Photographers Share Location Information?

A sunflower field in Canada was trampled by hordes of people seeking a viral selfie.

A sunflower field in Canada was trampled by hordes of people seeking a viral selfie. © Frank Gallagher

Art Wolfe is reputed to have said you can celebrate something to death.  In a similar vein, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Senator Lamar Alexander penned a May 2018 editorial for CNN in which they bluntly stated that “our parks are being loved to death” through a combination of record-breaking crowds and severe maintenance backlogs. All over the world, precious, unique natural areas are under stress from human visitors.  In some places, it’s simply a case of too many people coming to too small a space.  In others, it’s not just the crowds, it’s also bad behavior.

In order to protect beautiful but fragile areas, many photographers have stopped sharing location information.  No GPS data.  No clues about where the spot is or how to get there.  Why?  Because, once a really cool photo location is out there on Instagram, Facebook or other platforms, the crowds inevitably follow.

Is withholding locations arrogance? Selfishness? Respect for nature?  You be the judge.
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Weekly Wow! Week of November 12, 2018

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Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "Papyrus in bicolor background, Ayden, NC" © Anne Grimes

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Papyrus in bicolor background, Ayden, NC” © Anne Grimes

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, November 12, 2018.

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