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Namibia Photography Safari with Nature Photography Adventures
August 6-20, 2018

Namibia!  A photographer’s paradise.  Think dunes, desert elephants, big cats, watering holes, ghost trees, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, and the Himba, a nomadic tribe still clinging to the old ways.  And think big bold night skies with great foreground objects!  Join us for a photography safari that weaves together all of these – and more!

 

 

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2018 Prices:
Double Occupancy - $12,550
Single Occupancy - $13,400

Prices increase by $400 November 1, 2017

$1,000 deposit with application

Namibia is a large country with a low population.  It’s a dry country, home to the ancient Namib desert and parts of the great Kalahari, a place where animals and people are drawn to sources of water.  This is a place of sweeping vistas and towering dunes.  It’s also a place where the desert air and lack of human light sources bring the night sky closer to earth!

We’ll start with animals, basing at Andersson’s Camp on the south edge of Etosha National Park.  Andersson’s has a waterhole right off the dining area – and a hide that will enable us to get even closer to the animals.  We’ll split our time between capturing images right at the camp – and venturing into Etosha on game drives!  Think elephants and giraffes, lions and warthogs, kudu and oryx, and more!

 

 

Then we’ll work our way to the heart of Damaraland, where we’ll find a great lodge perched among weathered boulders!  From this base, we’ll explore petroglyphs etched into the rocks by ancient hunters and gatherers and the unique landscapes of Damaraland.  We’ll search out the desert elephants.
And we’ll dedicate a day to visiting the Himba!  This remarkable tribe has kept to the old ways, while others have adapted to changing times.  They are nomadic, matriarchal, and have some rather unique customs – all of which generate meaningful imaging opportunities.

Damaraland provides us an exciting opportunity to photograph the night sky with carefully flashed rock formations in the foreground!  This desert environment makes it feel like you could reach out and touch the stars!

 

We’ll change surroundings again as we move to the Okonjima Reserve and Africats.  This remarkable (and huge) private reserve and foundation are focused on preserving the future of leopards and cheetahs!  Our visit will help underwrite their conservation efforts – and it will enable us to approach and photograph big cats in several amazing settings.

 

We’ll track leopards and cheetahs with radio collars, finding them in their natural habitats!  These animals are protected on the reserve because they are too accustomed to humans to be safe in an environment where humans and cats collide.  But that also means they are less shy than other cats – and we will appreciate that as we walk near to them and compose unique images. 

We’ll also observe uncollared cats (lions, leopards, and cheetahs) in hides.  These animals are not ready to be released into the bigger reserve – and the hides enable us to be very close for some great animal images!

 

Now, for the grand climax, we’ll position ourselves deep in the Namib Desert southwest of Windhoek.  Here sand dunes tower over the snags of old trees in what has been described as the oldest desert on the planet.  We’ve arranged to be out in the dunes at sunrise and sunset – and to explore this unique environment at dawn by hot air balloon (conditions permitting).

Our photography safari in Namibia is timed for the beginning of Namibia’s winter – a time when temperatures are comfortable during the day to chilly at night, and when we have great opportunities for clear skies and dramatic light!

We have arranged great locations for base camps – lodges that are in the right places and are very comfortable to outstanding – providing all the necessities for a group of photographers that needs to download, charge, review images, and clean gear before heading back out on safari!

This is a great opportunity to improve your existing skills, grow new skills, experience once in a lifetime events, and come home with great images!  Join us!

 

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2017

 

Alaska Bears and Salmon

When the salmon come upstream, the bears are there to meet them. And we'll be waiting to see and photograph the action! While this adventure begins and ends in Anchorage - the real action will be based in Lake Clark National Park and the Katmai Preserve! We'll base in the park and fly out in floatplanes daily to meet the salmon runs! Contact us for details! Full Aug 1-8
We're off to Spain to explore the wineries of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero with cameras - and tastings. Our journey will take us through vineyards to old castles and cathedrals and even Roman ruins! And underground into very old wine cellars and tunnels under historic communities! A big focus on pairing wines with excellent cuisine! Full Sep 2-12
Monument Valley, Mystery Valley, Antelope Canyon and more - as we explore the red rocks and strong light of this magic land of Navajo and Anasazi! Full Oct 3-8
Come see those huge stone heads on the beaches of Easter Island - and find countless landscape photography opportunites using the heads, the full moon, sea caves, petroglyphs, exciting coastlines, and the site of the Bird Man ceremonies. Limited Space Available Oct 31 - Nov 7
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us a day early for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Space Available
Nov 29
Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Limited
Space Available
Nov 29 - Dec 9

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available
Jan 7-13
Limited
Space Available
Jan 14-20
Space Available
Jan 21-27

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Limited
Space Available
May 1-9
Extension
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Space Available June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
Space Available
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
Full
Nov 7-17

2019

Join us for a photographic exploration of the mountains, Pacific-facing rainforests, cloud forests, and coastal mangrove wetland forests - and all the great species that live there! Think birds, reptiles, monkeys, frogs, butterflies, leaf cutter ants - and more! Hummingbirds with flashes and night critters with LED lighting.
Space Available
Feb 16-26
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Space Available
Mar 14-23

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7
         
         

2020

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available
February