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Turkey Photography Odyssey - Nature Photography Adventures

This adventure will come back to the calendar when conditions allow

Join us for a photographic odyssey among the natural and cultural treasures of Turkey.  We’ll explore 10,000 years of cultures (people have been coming to and going from and passing through Turkey in all directions for thousands of years), the natural world that made this place so unique, and the changes that people made on the environment – and that the environment enabled for people!  This is an odyssey that will stimulate you photographically and send you home richer in knowledge and understanding!

 

 

Turkey is a land of contrasts, with one foot in Europe and another in Asia.  Known for its temples to Athena and Zeus, it was also important to Christianity and influenced by the Roman Empire.

This is a land of ornate domed mosques

and stark white temples dedicated to Greek and Roman Gods.

Inland, there are homes, churches – even underground cities – carved from soft volcanic rock and surrounded by an intriguing eroded volcanic landscape.

We have worked hard at weaving together an exploration that is designed get photographers to great modern and ancient cultural sites in great light and with ample time to work the scenes.  We will look into modern vestiges of ancient cultures as well as important archaeological sites from Hittite, Christian, Roman, Greek, and Muslim cultures, and to create a tapestry of images that reflects the unique blend that is Turkey.

 

We’ll work stunning landscapes – and close-up views of the colors and textures of the spice market.  We’ll wander amongst ancient temples with both dramatic and soft light.  We will, at several points, pass along the ancient Silk Road.  We have timed this exploration for good weather – but allowed time to work around daily variations.

We’ve built in enough time to explore the Cappadocia region, with its eroded landscape and unique carved dwellings and churches.  We’ll be out amongst the formations and creations in all types of light – with ample time to work each scene.  We have even secured the opportunity to lodge in a romantic cave hotel!  And we’ll top it off with an optional dawn hot air balloon ride over and among fairy chimneys with dwellings!

We have put the logistics together to photograph these unique features from all angles.  We’ll see the doorways and exposed rooms (when outer walls collapsed) from the outside.  We’ll go in and photograph the interiors lit only by light coming through doors and windows.  We’ll look out through windows, using the silhouette of the portal as a compositional tool.  And we’ll build exposures that show both inside and outside!

We have a good block of time on the Aegean Sea and great opportunities to learn about and create striking images of the areas once dominated by the ancient Romans and Greeks.  We’ll wander among marble columns standing white against blue skies and turquoise waters – our only challenge will be to see this with fresh eyes and create images like none we have taken before.

 

This Muslim nation is a strong democracy – eager to embrace the modern world, yet bringing forward a complex mix of traditions and practices.  Istanbul is a very modern city, straddling the Bosphorus which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara and separates Europe from Asia, and is also home to bazaars and markets.

It is also a nation of talented craftspeople who ply ancient arts such as ceramics and weaving.  It is a land rich in taste treats – every meal will be a fun adventure – and we’ll get to experience time-honored Mediterranean cuisine right at the source.  Wait until you try the olives!

If you read the paragraphs above, we reference time often.  We listened to the advice of travel professionals from Turkey – but also remembered how you (and we) travel with cameras.  We are as eager as you to know that if we travel this far we’ll have ample opportunities to create – that we won’t be rushed off to another spot just when things are working photographically.  We padded our time in many places and stayed extra nights in others – all to make sure we come home with great mental memories and strong collections of new images.

 

  • New dates, prices, itinerary soon
  • Adventure begins and ends in Istanbul
  • Cost includes instruction, daily outings, lodging, breakfasts and dinners, park entrance fees, adventure materials, related transportation (domestic flights, bus rides, shuttles, boat outings). Lunches are on your own.
  • Minimum group size: 6, Maximum group size: 12
  • Optional hot air balloon adventure in Cappadocia

 

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2016

Morocco and Spain

Private photography adventure.
Contact us if you would like us to design one for you!
Private Tour
Sep 9-27
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in Portland, Maine for an 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 new technologies - how to adjust to them and how to choose which to own.
Space Available
Oct 28-30
Join us in NW Argentina as we explore exciting geography in search of great photographic opportunities. This area is like the US Southwest on steroids with many more colors of rock, interesting species of plants and animals, exciting salt flats, and (bring along someone special) a fantastic wine country. The images you create here won't have already been "done" by others! Join us!
Space Available
Nov 9-20

Northern Costa Rica

Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. Join us for the inagural run of our newest Costa Rica adventure.
Space Available
Dec 3-13

2017

 
Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available Jan 15-21

Wild Bunch Does
Yellowstone
In Winter

The wild ones are at it again. They will cross country ski, snowshoe, hike longer trails, and stay longer to make the most of Yellowstone in Winter! The Wild Bunch is a special group of Nature Photography Adventure Clients that is willing to push themselves further to get to great positions for photography opportunities. Are you Wild Bunch material? Contact us - let's talk!
Limited
Space Available
Jan 22-30  
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!
Space Available
Feb 10-20
Patagonia, that far southern region of the Americas that encompasses big parts of both Chile and Argentina... that includes the "third pole", a region of amazing icefields and glaciers... that is home to Mount Fitzroy (El Chalten) and Torres del Paine... a land of guanacos and condors... a photographer's paradise. Join this adventure - designed for photography!
Space Available
Mar 10-23
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in West Yellowstone, Montana 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
May 20
Springtime in Yellowstone and the Tetons is all about baby animals, green grasses and wildflowers, reflections of snow-capped peaks and some of the best times to photograph thermal features, waterfalls, and wildlife! Join us!
Limited
Space Available
May 20-27
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in Eugene, Oregon 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
June 20
Tidepools, sunsets, sea stacks, arches and caves, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and huge old growth forests. Fall asleep to moonlight on the waves and the sounds of breaking waves. We built in a full day of waterfall photography for 2017. Read the details! This is one you won't want to miss!
Space Available
Jun 20-27

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
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
Sept 3-17
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! Limited Space Available 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

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 14-20
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... Space Available

Feb 11-22

Morocco

Casablanca. Rabat. Fes. Marrakech. Meknes. Ouarzazate. The Atlas Mountains. The Sahara. Doorways. Tanneries. Gates. Medinas and souks. Riads. And a tented desert camp complete with camels to ride. Join us for a celebration of Morocco's historic cultures - and a wealth of photographic opportunities. Space Available Mar

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! Limited
Space Available
Apr 8-18

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.
Space Available
July 10-19

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!
Space Available
November

Belize and Guatemala

Our Belize and Guatemala Adventure explores Mayan sites, rainforest trails, and caves, capturing the Indiana Jones feel of the Mayan highland rainforest.
Space Available
November 10-18