South Africa Safari with Tom Mace

Join us on an amazing Safari designed specifically for photographers 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 May is during the Autumn season where we experience mild dry weather. 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.

What is Included?
-In-Country round trip airfare Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
-Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg, welcome reception and breakfast.
-Transfer to Private Game Reserve
-7 Nights, 8 Days
-8 total game drives, plus a photo shoot at Blyde River Canon.
-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, $250 discount.
-All Game Drives designed and managed by Tripod Travelers, meaning only our photographers in the vehicle, only 6 photographers per safari!

Not Included:
-Flight to Johannesburg, South Africa
-Alcohol
-Tips for Safari Drivers or Staff
-Travel Insurance or Medical Assistance Insurance

Taormina, Sicily with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Sandwiched between the watchful eye of the “gentle” volcano Mt. Etna and cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea, Taormina is, indeed, the jewel of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With a dramatic coastline, small cliffside villages, colorful fishing fleets, and Taormina itself, you will have much to photograph. And don’t forget all those scenes from The Godfather. Some of them were filmed in the area in which we hold our workshop! In fact, one of the villages is just up the coast from Taormina. Here, you will be able to celebrate your passion for photography with fellow enthusiasts.

And, the food and wine are superb. We are friends with three amazing chefs, and you will not be disappointed.

Limit 12 participants with two instructors. Our 2017 workshop was sold out!

$1,720 for NANPA members w/ twofer discounts with barge or Paris.

Champagne Country by Barge with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

We are returning to France for another barge trip, this time in Champagne country on another set of rivers/canals. An all-inclusive trip (barge portion), we will have fun photographing, enjoying the barge (dedicated to our group alone) and the camaraderie, and doing our normal imaging and critiques. This will include tastings and excursions to historic locales.

This is a workshop that is designed for a photographer and guest or two photographers sharing a cabin. Limit 12 participants with two instructors, and our 2018 trip was sold out.

Paris with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Paris, also known as The City of Light, is without a doubt our favorite city. TBC’s English Granny and dad lived there. Margo first spent time there in the early 60s, and Arnie followed a few years later. We base our workshops on the Left Bank/Rive Gauche near Jardin du Luxumbourg. The Seine is a short walk down the hill, and The Louvre and Notre Dame are a few steps more. Cafés abound, and we get to watch and photograph the people and sites of this grand city. Margo, by the way, speaks fluent French. Here, you’ll get to seek your own vision while having a ton of fun …And, if the majority of participants wish, we head out to Giverny, land of Monet and learn to interpret the gardens as Money did with his oils.

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

$1620 for NANPA members w/ twofer discounts for Barge or Sicily.

Outer Banks in Spring with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Join our photography workshop on our own wild and pristine North Carolina barrier islands. We will show you special gems along this untamed coastline we love so well. The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, the patterns along the seashore and in the marshes inspirational, and the sights and sounds of the wild Atlantic pounding the coast intoxicating. We’ll even visit a beautiful garden where the spring blossoms are stunning. You’ll love photographing here, and you’ll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs …

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

$1,340 for NANPA members.

Savannah to Charleston in Spring with Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom

Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in an 7-day, 6-night workshop exploring the South’s Low Country from Savannah, GA to Charleston, SC during the spring bloom..

Enjoy a variety of unique shooting opportunities:
– Superb garden locations when azaleas, wisteria, camellias and more are expected to be in bloom
– Avenues lines with ancient live oak trees draped with Spanish moss
– Plantations, charming Victorian houses, and colorful row homes
– Historic cemeteries and ruins
– Interesting wildlife including birds and gators

In addition to our time in the field photographing, throughout the week there will be lectures, assignments and supportive image feedback sessions, so you can improve your picture-making along the way. Expand your skills by learning new techniques like digital painting and collage, Black and White, Infrared, HDR, and phone-ography. Your instructors Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom are both professional photographers and seasoned instructors who offer lots of practical tips and guidance in the field and classroom.

This workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels, since our multi-day format allows us time to work with each participant individually. Our two instructor format assures no more than 6 students per instructor.

Charleston with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Charleston has many faces. Not only is she a southern belle, complete with handsome architecture, famous charm, beautiful tree-shaded streets and squares, wonderful wrought iron, old cemeteries, and an interesting waterfront, but nearby, there are historic plantations, the ocean and estuaries, and and we must not forget the wonderful, magnificent swamps with their graceful cypress trees, knees rising out of the water, and reflections amongst spring flowers. There is much to explore and inspire your artistic eye…

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

$1,340 for NANPA members.

Hawaii Humpback Whales with Tom Mace

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation.  What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit.  Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young.  Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators.  Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft.  In February, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai.  You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills.  Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
We leverage our partners on Maui to keep costs down. When you consider what is included; high end resort on the beach with ocean views, experienced guides, photography expertise, meals, excursions, all ground transportation, even a Luau. There are not many companies who can bundle this same trip at these prices.

Included in this Trip:
-4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
-1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
-1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
-1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
-1 Luau, VIP seating
-Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
-All Meals, minus one dinner.  We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
-High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition
-Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach.  Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

New Orleans with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Join us in New Orleans, The City of New Orleans, NOLA, The Big Easy … call it what you will, this is an amazing city with incredible music and photo ops. We will return to our favorite haunts and introduce you to several sides of this wonderful place. Here, you will have no problem seeking your own vision, whether wandering the historic streets or sitting in a bar, eating oysters, and listening to the beat of blues, zydeco, jazz, etc…

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

 

$1,340 for NANPA members.

Getting from No to Yes: Entering Photo Contests

 

 

Fox Family won an award in the National Parks Contest.

“Fox Family” won an award in the National Parks Contest.

 

Story and Photography by Karen Schuenemann

A few years ago, a friend said to me, “You already have NO.”  I asked what he meant.  His response has stuck with me ever since, and has served me well.  If you sit back and don’t put in the effort, you already have NO.   If you don’t try something that you dream about doing, you already have NO.  If you don’t attempt to do anything at all, you already have NO.

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