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June 15-25, 2025 - Accepting Applications


Borneo!  The word conjures up visions of deep dark rainforests with unidentifiable screams and calls. 

If that scares you – stop here! 

If it intrigues you, read on!  And start packing your gear!

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2025 Rates

$8,950 Each, Double Occupancy
$10,200 Single Occupancy

$3,000 DO Deposit with Application
$3,700 SO Deposit with Application

$2,000 Due Dec 1, 2024

Balance Due March 1, 2025

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Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is situated in Maritime Southeast Asia close to Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.  The rainforests on Borneo are 140 million years old – long enough to develop diversity that is simply unimaginable!  We are talking 3,000 species of trees, 220 species of terrestrial mammals, 420 species of resident birds, 440 species of fish!  New species are being discovered here every year!

The highlights?  Oh my, so many!  Primates – orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaque!  Sun bears.  Pygmy elephants.  Sumatran rhinos.  Jungle fowl – the ancestors of modern chickens.  Several hornbills and colorful kingfishers.  An array of colorful pheasants.  Dazzling carnivorous plants.  Rainforest trails and canopy trails.  Photography from river boats. 

Let’s start from the beginning.  We have searched for years to find the right partner to offer a Borneo adventure.  We had a list of what we wanted to accomplish – in terms of photography opportunities – and we kept searching for the right connections to build the itinerary.  Everyone kept pushing us to “get on the circuit” like all the European and Asian visitors do and just make the best of what we found.  Not good enough.

Finally, we connected with what may turn out to be the right partnership.  We have worked to piece together an adventure that looks like it “fits” our design purposes, mixes adventure with comfort, and sends all of us home with a true sense of what natural Borneo is all about. 

The orangutans.  These “relatives of ours” have really expressive facial expressions, wild red-orange hair, and remind us of people we know.  They have been on our photographic bucket list for years.  So, we engineered plenty of opportunities to photograph orangutans, both in rehab centers and in the wild.  Those opportunities also get us other really cool primates including gibbons, proboscis monkeys, and macaque!  Oh, sun bear opportunities are co-located with the primate opportunities, so let’s photograph them, too!

The rainforest and its diversity.  If you know us, you know we love to photograph the myriad array of patterns and colors presented in a lush rainforest environment.  Think orchids and other blooms.  Very unusual fungi.  Exotic leaf patterns.  All of those birds.  You should see the hornbills!  And the kingfishers!  Fog moving among giant trees.  And an incredible opportunity to work the rainforest from up in the canopy on a well-constructed and situated canopy trail.  Heaven.  And, the rainforest surrounds us in most lodges with great ground trails and “lodge grounds” photography opportunities. 

We’ll spend time in the Rainforest Discovery Center, the Poring Canopy Walkway, on a boat on the Kinabatangan River, multiple centers designed to protect and rehabilitate orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, langurs, and more, and the famous Danum Valley.  We’ll have ground trails, suspended trails, boardwalks, safari drives, night walks, and boat outings.

Some accommodations were picked because they are the only option to access great opportunities like the orangutan rehab center or the canopy walkway.  And, there are times we will have “fan cooled” rooms rather than AC.  Not so different than what we encounter in other parts of the world where the object is to get as close to the photography opportunity as possible.

 

Photographically, this adventure will give us the chance to photograph a number of unique species.  Sometimes the light will be challenging.  Some animals will pose, while others will offer fleeting moments we’ll need to seize – or we’ll need to capture them in flight.  We’ll find unique macro opportunities with fungi, interesting butterflies and other insects, and patterns in forest flora.  And we’ll have the chance to photograph the rainforest from all angles, and with sun, clouds, and those clouds that hover between the treetops. 

We’re prepared to help with all of that!  We’ll bring along some LED lights to use to backlight unique leaves or light up a frog on a night walk.  We suggest flash, as well – and we’ll help you excel at that.

There is a wealth of amazing experiences to be had on this adventure.  And, we’ll work with you to come home with images that showcase this amazing island.  And all the new skills you pick up as we work the challenges of photography.

Our adventure will begin and end in Kota Kinabalu.  We’ll spend all our time in Sabah, which is the Malaysian part of the Borneo (and the part with the most intact natural resources).

The images here, are not ours.  We’ll take this journey in June 2024 and come back with our own.  That trip may also stimulate minor modifications of this itinerary, including the possible addition of an extra day.  We do not anticipate any changes in the pricing, but reserve the option of reasonable changes.

2025 Borneo! Photography Adventure

June 15-25, 2025

This adventure begins and ends at the Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. All lodging, internal transportation (including domestic flights, vehicle transport, and transfers), English guide services, entrances, preparation materials, and photography guides are included. Almost all meals are included.

2025 Rates

$8,950 Each, Double Occupancy
$10,200 Single Occupancy

$3,000 Deposit with Application, Each, Double Occupancy
$3,700 Deposit with Application, Single Occupancy

$2,000 Due Dec 1, 2024

Balance Due March 1, 2025 to include extra nights, etc.

 

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2024

Borneo
Private Adventure

Explore the wilds of Borneo. Rainforest filled with unique birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Sun Bear. Orangutan. Proboscus monkeys. Langurs. Pygmy Elephants. 8 kinds of Hornbills. Trogons. Broadbills. Fish owls. Kingfishers. Not the same versions of these one might find elsewhere! Giant Flying Squirrels. Pangolin. Clouded Leopard. The list goes on - and this itinerary gives you both a great experience and outstanding photography opportunities.
Full
Jun 20-30
Journey with us into the wilds of Ethiopia to visit a number of ethnic groups that have clung to the old ways. We'll learn how each group sees the world differently - and how it shapes their personal actions and looks. We'll make amazing artful images of the peoples, their worlds, and the natural world around them. This is a wild adventure - we'll be journeying to where few people go - and tourism infrastructue is available. Check out the itinerary here.
Limited
Space Available

Oct 6 - 20

Taking Control in the Mirrorless Era

 

Three days of classroom and field time with migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and macro opportunities. You'll learn how to take control of your mirrorless camera - and take advantage of new developments in the digital darkroom - to yield images that closely match your intentions in the field! Embrace manual - it's easier that the auto modes - and easier than ever in the mirrorless era!.
Full

Dec 3 - 5

2025

 

Three days of classroom and field time with migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and macro opportunities. You'll learn how to take control of your mirrorless camera - and take advantage of new developments in the digital darkroom - to yield images that closely match your intentions in the field! Embrace manual - it's easier that the auto modes - and easier than ever in the mirrorless era.
Space Available

Jan 7 - 9

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 2-14

Lions and leopards and cheetahs! Oh my! This two week safari is dedicated to putting us in great positions to photograph cats in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. And, our design lets us "hang out" with the cats until something interesting happens! Timed for when the grasses in the Serengeti are turning green and the game is fat - when cats are in their prime. Read the description and secure your space before its gone. We'll come home with great images and many memories and stories!
Space Available

Feb 16-Mar 1

So many birds! Such good photography opportunities. So little physical effort required. Forty percent of the planet's hummingbirds are found in Ecuador. Thirty-seven percent of the tanagers (which don't show up in the Old World at all). Conservation has teamed up with landowners to protect natural cloudforest habitats - and the result is birds sitting on branches predictably in a way you can photograph them. Did we mention Cock-of-the-rock? Or mountain tourcan? Small group so secure your space before it is gone!
Space Available

May 18-25

Borneo! Rainforests. Orangutans. Gibbons. Pygmy elephants. Proboscis monkeys. 420 species of birds, including amazing hornbills and kingfishers, brightly colored little birds, pheasants, and the ancestor to the modern chicken. Carnivorous plants. Sun bears. The list goes on and on. We've built an itinerary that takes you into the canopy, on trails by foot, on rivers by boat, and out on night safari. This is not an adventure you want to miss!
Limited
Space Available

Jun 15-25

Our Drones Photography Group is at it again! Back to Iceland to visit a number of unique sites, looking for great places, away from people, to position our drone cameras to capture unique angles. This time we'll find some great "interior" locations, some thermal features, some wild coastlines, and some exciting rivers. Waterfalls are always part of the game in Iceland - you'll be able to position your drone where no person has ever put a camera before. Bring your drone and come create great art with us!
Limited
Space Available

July 7-16

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to witness and photograph the interesection of the world's largest sockeye salmon run and a scores of hungry bears. Based in a private lodge on Lake Clark, each day we'll fly out to a spot where bears are gathered to catch and feed on salmon traveling upstream to spawn. Bear to bear interactions are constant. Fishing techniques are exciting to photograph. The scenery is outstanding. We are likely to include a day at Brooks Falls, dependent on salmon runs. Small group. An active wild adventure.
Space Available

Jul 31 - Aug 7

Join us in Brazil's Pantanal for a wild adventure that features both jaguars and an amazing array of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The Pantanal is the only place in the world where one can reliably find and photograph jaguars - as they are nocturnal hunters everywhere else. The birds here are fantastic - this is one of our favorite places to photograph flying birds (we can help you build your skills). Add in close-up encounters with giant river otters and so much more. Join us for this wild adventure!
Space Available

Aug 11-23

Turkey sits at a geographical crossroads, which means that, over history, many cultures have passed through Turkey, each leaving a distinct imprint on the culture and the archaeological record. Let's explore some of the great archaeological wonders - while putting ourselves in great positions make exciting art with cameras. Mosques, Fairy Chimneys, Ephasus, Istanbul, Aphrodisia, Pergamum, Assos and so much more.
Limited
Space Available

Sep 21 - Oct 5

2026

To sit quietly in a bamboo thicket with a gorilla family, interacting with eye contact, observing, and making compelling images is truly a life changing experience. Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Fitness level is necessary to accomplish this adventure. Dates are tentative until we secure permits.
Space Available

Jan 8-20

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... 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 9-21

Join us in 2026 as we'll explore favorite haunts and add new landings and vistas. Giant tortoises, flightless frigates, 3 kinds of boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, flamingos, and the northernmost penguin in the world. The list goes on and on! Exciting landscapes. So much to learn about geology, biology, and evolution.Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives.
Space Available

Apr 17-27