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October 31 - November 7, 2017 - Limited Space Available

Join us in the fall of 2017 as we embark on a photographic adventure on the island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).  This adventure promises exciting opportunities to create dramatic images that will bring the dramatic history of this island alive.
Prices:
Double Occupancy:        $7,990
Single Occupancy:          $9,245
Deposit: $1,000
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The Rapa Nui people are the people who constructed and erected the giant “moai”, supersized statues carved from a single piece of stone.  Their haunting faces have intrigued people all over the planet for years – and archaeologists have worked tirelessly to unravel the mysteries of what happened on this remote island!

Sometime between 300 and 1200 AD, outrigger canoes filled with Polynesians and the supplies they needed to set up a new society arrived on Rapa Nui, a small remote island way off the coast of Chile.  They thrived, over time expanding to an estimated 7,000 people.  The island is roughly 8 x 13 miles in size.

As the population expanded, the resources dwindled – and the competition for those resources increased.  Many have said that the events that transpired on this island to deal with those issues are a model for what is happening on a planetary scale now.

Come with us and learn the history of this fascinating island – and we’ll go out together, when the light is just perfect, to create great art among the artifacts of this historical competition! 

In addition to the moai, we will find small sea caves with petroglyphs

and an archaeological site where the famous Bird Man competitions were held (again with petroglyphs).

We’ll also hike around the quarry where the moai were carved

 

 

and an impressive volcanic crater. 

 

 

We’ve also found a natural infinity pool with breaking waves behind it!

 

 

Many people think of the famous Easter Island moai as a handful of statues on a beach.  There are almost 900 of these incredible carvings, in various locations and states of repair.  We will be busy exploring and chasing great light and moon positions!

 

We have arranged for a totally flexible schedule, timed around the full moon, to come and go as we please to capture special moments.  We will have a guide and vehicle at our disposal.  Diane and I already know most of the sites on the island – and have a good sense of the light we want to find for each. 

This is a great opportunity to build your skills at landscape photography.  We’ll also work on balancing flash with ambient light and fill flash.  This adventure is not overly demanding in a physical sense.

  • Prices
    Double Occupancy:         $7,990
    Single Occupancy:            $9,245
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Payment can be made by check, credit card, or PayPal - there is a slightly higher charge for credit card and PayPal payments
  • Adventure begins and ends in Santiago, Chile
  • Cost includes round trip airfare from Santiago, Chile to Easter Island, English speaking guide,instruction, daily outings, lodging, breakfasts, most lunches, entrance fees, adventure materials, related transportation .
  • Minimum group size: 6, Maximum group size: 10

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2017

 
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!
Full
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
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!
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... Limited
Space Available
Jan 14-20
Space Available
Jan 21-27
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

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