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Join our 2012 Glacier Bay Alaska Explorer, a nature photography tour, and capture great images of whales, bears, eagles, otters, puffins, sea lions, glaciers, icebergs, peaks, and the glassy smooth waters of Glacier Bay reflecting forest, mountains and that magic color of floating ice.

Alaska is a big place. The fjords of Southeast Alaska carve narrow channels amongst abrupt mountain ranges which often protect them from winds. When all is calm, you can hear the sounds of eagles screaming for miles. Spouting whales close to your boat create a tremendous sound - and great reflections.

The tidal change in Southeast Alaska's fjords is tremendous, opening a wealth of dining opportunties along the shoreline. Opportunities that draw black and brown bears to the edge of the water and within range of our cameras.

Those same tidal changes lure bald eagles to the shorline, the intertidal zone, and the tops of trees near the water's edge.

Glacier Bay National Park is home to the fastest documented glacier retreat on the planet. It was almost entirely iced over at discover in 1794 - and the glaciers had retreated 65 miles by 1916. They are still rapidly retreating - providing us with access to impressive tidewater calving glaciers! We will watch as huge chunks of ice fall away from an impressive glacial wall into the bay's waters.

And we will make art of the shapes, colors and reflections of icebergs and "bergie bits" floating in the water.

One of our favorite photographic opportunites amongst the fjords of Southeast Alaska is the way the clouds wind their way in and among the forested mountains near the water. The old growth forests of Sitka spruce and Douglas fir are revealed in windows in the clouds, an ever changing image that creates mood and composition.

In 2012 we have designed the adventure for the end of June, a time for great whale watching and less rain.

We'll base from Bear Track Inn, the finest lodging with access to Glacier Bay National Park - a lodge where you may see bear or moose on the grounds - and a lodge that has always delivered us exquisite dining.

We have built in a full day of whale watching in the calm waters of Icy Straits. Another day searching the intertidal zone for bears and eagles (and other wildlife and vistas). A full day excursion deep into Glacier Bay National Park (we've always photographed bears and calving glaciers on this outing)!). A day of remote forest trekking (we'll take a boat to a remote area to explore). And a full day in the Beardsley Islands of Glacier Bay - you'll be able to kayak as little or as much as you want and to make images from either your kayak or the support boat.

This adventure promises to be a virtual feeding frenzy of photography. When we're out amongst the whales, or find a bear in the intertidal zone, you'll be recording gigabytes of images in no time at all! And there will be plenty of opportunities for both serious landscape compositions and exciting macros.

We have dedicated space at Bear Track where we can get together to download and review images and have technical discussions in the evenings.

 

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2017

 
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. Full 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.
Full
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!
Full
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
Full
Jan 14-20
2 Spaces 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! Full 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! Limited
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!
2 Spaces
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!
Limited
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
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

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

Yellowstone Fall Photography Safari

Fall in Yellowstone. Elk rutting, to see who gets to contibute to the genepool. Bears fattening up for winter. Thinner crowds and more directional light - better for waterfalls, thermal features, and other animals. Sometimes the first snow. Sometimes crystal blue skies. All a photographer's paradise if you know where to be, when - and we do!
Space Available
Sep 28 - Oct 5
         

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
Feb 15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr 12-25