Botswana ~ Scouting Tour with Jeff Parker

LIMITED to six (6) participants. All-inclusive (double occupancy). This is a SCOUTING TRIP offered at a special price — $6995 (all-inclusive; double occupancy)

This Botswana Wildlife Photo Tour ~ 2020 (SCOUTING TRIP) will take place in the wildlife-rich the Chobe River region and Okavango Delta.

Our tent camp in the Delta is perfectly located to find and lions (by the way: the lions of the Okavango Delta are the ). There are also leopards and cheetahs in the area. With our expert Bushman trackers we will have excellent chances to photograph these stunning creatures.

Only six (6) photographers on this trip. Grab it and growl: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/botswana-photo-tour/

Madagascar with Daniel J. Cox

Join Dan and Tanya as they venture to the exotic island of Madagascar. Experience the extraordinary natural diversity that Madagascar has to offer, from their various species of lemurs (110+ species!) to the exotic chameleons and frogs that reside there. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and features over 150,000 unique flora and fauna species which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet! Many charter flights included to make your trip more memorable than the bad roads! Nature lovers and photographers must experience this incredible dream destination!

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.

Costa Rica with Jeff Parker

This Costa Rica Photo Tour 2020 is limited to SIX (6)

Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems — Osa Peninsula, cloud forest & rainforest — during this wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2020.

Think: multi-flash hummingbird photography, Resplendent Quetzal, King Vultures, Scarlet Macaws, tanagers, motmots, toucans, parrots & LOTS more.

In addition to the birds we’ll photograph butterflies, frogs, flowers, monkeys (4 species on the Osa Peninsual!), coatis, peccaries… the list goes one.
LIMITED TO SIX (6) TRAVELERS ~~ all-inclusive (double occupancy — single is available for an additional cost)
More info: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/costa-rica-in-focus-photo-tour/

Sabi Sands South Africa with Karen Blackwood

I invite you to come on our 5-day Big 5 wildlife safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa, famous for incredible, relaxed leopards. We are in the home of the Big 5 and adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa without fences between. 13 leopards call our traverse area home, as well as 3 lion prides. Elephants, buffalo, rhino, wild dogs, zebra, giraffe, cheetah–they are all frequent visitors to the water hole and we’ll see them going about their daily lives in the bush on game drives. You’ll go home with once in a lifetime memories, and one in a million shots.

Our Luxury Lodge offers spacious private bungalows with indoor/outdoor showers, a spa, pool, wine cellar, full bar, delicious meals (you were warned–bring roomy pants!), and a caring staff.

Day 1: Arrive in time for lunch, then hop on the vehicle for that perfect afternoon and evening light. We’ll stop for a Sundowner Cocktail, then we’ll do some night shots, working with other vehicles for soft sidelight and backlit shots. When we return to the Lodge after our 3 hour drive, we’ll have a cocktail and discuss the day’s sightings before we dine at candlelit tables around the blazing fire.

Day 2-4: We’ll be up early to chase that gorgeous African Golden Light on our morning drive, complete with a coffee stop at a picturesque spot. We’ll return to the Lodge after our 3-hour drive to be met with a made-to-order breakfast overlooking the waterhole. After our bush walk, we can work on Lightroom editing and photography techniques together. After lunch, we’ll head out for the evening game drive, then have cocktails and dinner by the fire again.

Day 5: We’ll say goodbye after our morning game drive and breakfast, but you’ll be back. Sabi Sands and our African wildlife will pull your heart once you leave.

My partner and I are award-winning Africa Geographic, NatGeo Daily Dozen, Best of Africa, Nature’s Best published professionals. We emphasize fun, education, and fantastic photos of wildlife. We lead every safari ourselves. We love coaching photography and helping people improve or perfect their skills.

We will take only 6 people per safari vehicle on this Big 5 safari, and we rotate between vehicles. That guarantees that everyone gets an end seat in the safari vehicle for a great view, and access to our skills, knowledge, and insight.

Our prices are in Rand. This safari is R 40,000 (about $2600 but the exchange rate varies, please check!)/per person, double occupancy. We can accept solo occupancy as well. Please ask for prices at info@EagleEyeSafaris.com.

15% deposit due at time of booking, and you can book securely with a credit card. Balance is due 60 days prior to Safari. We also offer complete transportation assistance to get to the Lodge, including a no-worries package—just ask!

R 40,000 (price in Rand)

Arizona Birds & Bats with Jeff Parker

This 5-night Birds & Bats of SE Arizona Photo Tour offers loads of action for your lenses. This region is known as one of the most vibrant places in the United States and the tiny speedsters will certainly be one of our main subjects. Fifteen species of hummers have been seen at the lodge where we spend our first three nights. I bring along all the high-speed flash gear and you just show up.

One of our destinations is the famous Pond at Elephanthead. At this awesome photographer-friendly site, the owner keeps blinds, perches, water features, feeding stations, and set-ups in place year-round. One of our shoots here takes place after dark so we can capture shots of bats swooping in for a drink.

Limited to EIGHT (8) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy) ~ MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/birds-bats-of-arizona-photo-tour-2020/

Japan Winter Wildlife with Daniel J. Cox

Encounter and photograph the wild and mystical wildlife of Japan, including the charismatic “hot tubbing” snow monkeys (Japanese macaques) in central Honshu. These fun-loving monkeys are curious and human-like, playing, chasing, and even throwing snowballs at each other like little children in a snowball fight.

We’ll travel north to the island of Hokkaido where bird life dominates the winter landscape. The elegant Japanese crane will dance in and out of our lenses while one of the world’s largest raptors, the Steller’s sea eagle, performs in the sky above us. We’ll also have great opportunities for red fox and deer.

Soak in the onsen next to a playful snow monkey, photograph a pirouetting crane, or just simply have tea at one of the many traditional charming ryokans. Japan will be an unforgettable experience—join us in 2020!

Venice Rookery with Mary Lundeberg

In this class, students will capture powerful digital photographs by using the wide array of camera functions available beyond the automatic settings. Students will explore the aesthetics and principles of nature photography by thinking about the story they want to tell, how to frame the story (composition elements) and how to use light (exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Students will learn how to photograph birds in flight, as well as create beautiful bird portraits. This course includes field experience at the Venice Rookery.

Sabi Sands South Africa with Karen Blackwood

Come on our 4-day wildlife safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa, famous for its incredible leopard sightings, from 2-5 December 2019 (our 2019 and 2020 schedule is on our website, too). We are home to the Big 5 and adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa, with no fences between. There are up to 13 leopards whose territory overlaps our traverse area, and we see them frequently, including cubs. They are very relaxed around the vehicles, which makes for incredible shots. Three lion prides call our property home, and elephants, rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and more move through regularly. You’ll go home with once-in-a-lifetime memories and one-in-a-million images.

Our incredible Luxury Lodge boasts roomy private bungalows with indoor/outdoor showers, a wine cellar, full bar, swimming pool, spa, laundry service, and some of the best meals you will ever eat (warning–bring roomy pants!). The staff is top-notch, the location near the waterhole is perfect…it’s everything you dreamed a safari should be.

Day 1: Arrive in time for lunch, then our afternoon game drive with a Sundowner Cocktail stop. We’ll do some nighttime spotlight photography as well, often working with another vehicle for soft side light and backlit shots. Cocktails and a candlelit dinner around the fire follow the evening game drive.

Day 2-3: We’ll be up early to greet the sunrise and chase that Golden Hour light. We’ll stop for coffee, and after the game drive, head back to the Lodge for a decadent, made-to-order breakfast. We’ll go on a bush walk, then have time for Lightroom and photography instruction. After lunch, we head back out for the evening game drive and return in time for cocktails and dinner by the fire.

Day 4: After our morning game drive and breakfast, we’ll say goodbye until next time–and trust me, there will be a next time!

We are award-winning Africa Geographic and NatGeo Your Shot published professionals. We emphasize fun, education, and fantastic photos of wildlife, and we are happy to coach you in the best use of your camera. We can also teach you our process in Lightroom and Photoshop CC if you would like to improve your skills or learn new techniques. My partner Ernest and I will be leading this safari.

15% deposit due at time of booking, and you can book securely with a credit card. Bookings close 1 June 2018, or when the last spot is taken. Balance due 60 days before the tour starts. Book at https://eagleeyesafaris.com/product/4-day-big-5-luxury-safari-2-dec-5-dec-2019/ Email info@EagleEyeSafaris.com with questions; we are quick to respond.

Prices are in Rand. This safari is R 28,500/person/double occupancy (about $2000), and R 37,500 ($2590) for single occupancy. Please check the exchange rate for accurate USD amount.

Included on safari: meals, accommodations, coffee/tea, game drives, bush walks, photography coaching, Lightroom/Photoshop instruction. Not included: transportation to the Lodge (ground package is available), airfare, gratuities, personal purchases

We also offer complete transportation assistance to get to the Lodge, including a no-worries package—just ask!

28,500 (in Rand)/pp-double occupancy

Alaska Brown Bears with Daniel J. Cox

Daniel has photographed grizzlies in the wilds of Alaska for well over a decade. His guidance and experience assist in giving guests the opportunity to take their own amazing images. We invite you to join us in this exceptional bear-viewing location where no viewing platforms are used. Peaceful encounters with these magnificent giants of the north—there is nothing more exhilarating than photographing these bears! Beware: this trip can be addictive!!