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Turkey Scout Trip

In early November, we traveled to Turkey to explore and celebrate so many opportunities for the photographer – land rich in history, culture, and geology.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Basilica Cistern © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Cappadocia, Turkey is a region rich with remains of ancient civilizations and geology.  For thousands of years, people have come and gone, leaving their presence on the landscape.  For us, it is a time to create art.  And the best tool to do this is light.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Alone in a quiet space, we wonder about the people who were here before us and how they lived.  There are so many tunnels and stairs, windows and doorways – we love to capture the way the light bounces around and adds depth.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Management of light can determine the feeling of a place, and dramatic or soft, you can choose how much detail to show.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

From a sunrise balloon ride, light changes the landscape by the minute. Features come to life as the sun spotlights them.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We really enjoyed exploring new places and determining what time of day would be the best for each location.  What sites work best in soft light, what sites work best during those dramatic moments, and how to capture the feeling of all that is there is important to creative photography.  The gift of “seeing” as we photographers do, enable us to take so much more in than just being there for a quick look and a history lesson. Interpretation from a good guide also helps us see more imaginatively.

Bob and Diane Zelve, Cappadocia

Bob and Diane
Zelve, Cappadocia

We hope you will join us on one of our Turkey Photography Adventures in the future.  Cappadocia is just a sample of our itinerary, but worthy of several days.

http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.turkey.htm

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

 

Part 4, Grand Teton National Park

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Oxbow Bend, first light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

There is a magic hour at Oxbow Bend.  All is quiet except for distant elk bugles – photographers set up cameras on tripods with only occasional soft conversations. It is cold, still, and the light changes with every passing moment.  We give the group a starting point for exposures and then photograph for about an hour.

First light on the peaks© 2013 Bob Harvey

First light on the peaks
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on "The Grand"© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on “The Grand”
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Reflection at String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Reflection at String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake
© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise at Colter Bay© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunrise at Colter Bay
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We had fun playing with light and the group learned a few new tricks.  Please join us next year as we journey back to Grand Teton and Yellowstone http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

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Botswana Photography Safari

This will be our 3rd and final post for our Botswana safari.  We began our Grand Teton/Yellowstone program tonight – look for posts from here in the next few days.

Be sure and start the Botswana Safari post from the beginning if you are just joining now.  I will end with a few thoughts about the experiences we came home with.  We felt so calm and peaceful there, the animals behave so differently away from lots of human activity. We could take our time and enjoy watching them without feeling we were intruding. 

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Hippos
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Impala
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Giraffe
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Baby Nile crocodile
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant at sunset
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sunset, Chobe River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Botswana was a special experience and we look forward to returning.  We hope you will consider joining us.  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.botswana.htm

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Patagonia Gallery

I really enjoyed building the latest gallery, Patagonia.  So many memories and such an inspiration just to think back at the great light we have seen and photographed there.  See the gallery here http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/gallery.patagonia.1.htm

Patagonia is the place I am most driven to photograph landscape. The dramatic views of the mountains are constantly changing – from the first warm light of early morning to the cold blue of the glaciers they hold.  Clouds gently part to reveal peaks all day long, a design of mood and drama. I love watching this change and the challenge to capture the right moment to release the shutter.

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Sunrise, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2009 Diane Kelsay

 

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Fitzroy Massif, Argentina
As we started an all day trek
© 2012 Bob Harvey

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Waterfall, glacier trek Perito Moreno Glacier
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

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Clouds opening to reveal a view, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

And occasionally guanacos might just step into the view.  Not too spooked by us, they allowed me to walk a few steps to place them just right with the mountain.

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Guanacos, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

And all this while a Condor flies over us…

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Condor, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

We hope you will join us on our next adventure to Patagonia http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

 

 

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

One of the fun parts of waterfall photography is the brink itself.  Water throws itself over the edge – the behavior is much the same whether the falls is 15 feet or several hundred feet.  Here at Iguazu Falls, there are several opportunities to witness the brink – and sometimes to combine it with other falls or even rainbows!

There is amazing action at the brink - I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!© 2013 Bob Harvey

There is amazing action at the brink – I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall - and is doing everything it can to stay on top!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall – and is doing everything it can to stay on top!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Everything in this post was captured at a very high shutter speed.  Some of the exposures simply would not have been possible before the advent of 14 bit cameras that enabled better noise management.  This is an amazing time to be exploring the planet with a camera!  Bob

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

When the sun drops below the horizon, the exposure times get long, and the light changes colors.  Iguazu Falls takes on a completely different look!

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Power turns to grace.  The coffee color of the water contrasts with the white froth of the churning.  The falls take on an entirely different complexion.

Grace and beauty.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grace and beauty.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines.  Looking at this you can't even hear the thunder!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines. Looking at this you can’t even hear the thunder!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Whether you interpret these falls as having power or grace, this is an amazing place to visit and photograph.  There are so many waterfalls in this complex that would, elsewhere, constitute a reason for a national park on their own.  Here you can almost overlook falls that would steal your heart elsewhere.

 

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Tanzania Photography Safari

This 4th post will conclude my blog for our February Tanzania Photography Safari.  If you are just visiting for the first time, be sure and scroll down through the other 3 posts.  This was such a memorable trip with the many rare sightings we had and were able to photograph.  At the end of our trip, everyone felt very touched by the sign as we entered Lake Manyara National Park – Remove nothing from the park except: Nourishment for the soul; Consolation for the heart; Inspiration for the mind.  They said “that was our trip”!  Join us in 2015 http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.tanzania.htm

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Zebras and wildebeest running together
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

The lion cub photo on the last post seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so I am including 2 more of the 20 or so shots I got of this cute little guy.

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Lion cub taking a cat nap
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Ah, nap didn’t last long
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

And speaking of yawns, check out the teeth on this cheetah.

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wow
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sure, we can back up, no problem
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant dust bath
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Look at those lashes – yeah, we were pretty close
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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The elegance of the flamingo
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Taking flight
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Storm coming in late afternoon, Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sunrise after the storm
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tanzania Photography Safari

I had a call in the middle of the night last night – everything is just fine in Tanzania, but there had not been internet access out in the Serengeti.

It sounds like there have been exciting times.  Thunderstorms.  Cape Buffalo camped out next to Diane’s tent.  More exciting photography moments.  Can’t wait to see!

In the meantime, I’m posting a couple images that I was holding to go with Diane’s words (that never came).

Lion approaching© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Lion approaching
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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Lions in Love
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

This has been an awesome safari so far.  The group is doing well with photography and we have been treated to many rare experiences.  We saw the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo, lion) by day 2.  We watched and photographed rhinos mating!  Our guide has never even seen this in the 15 years he has guided.  Another rare sighting, the serval, stalked birds for a few minutes right in front of us.  Then there were zebras fighting and lions “dating”. More to come, moving now to the Serengeti.

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Rhino moving fast across the crater floor
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Rhinos mating
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Serval looking for breakfast
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

And the cold goes on…

What amazing images we were able to create with the steam rising from the Madison River and Firehole River, mixed with ice particles in the air creating sundogs with intense colors.  Add in swans on the Madison River, and ice flocked trees at Midway and Lower Geyser Basins, and it just doesn’t get any better.

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swans, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

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Lower Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Bison, Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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