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April 2016 (16 Day) - 1 spot left
Note: These Adventures fill early - and they are worth the wait!
There is a substantial discount for early signups!

Join us for the Best Galapagos Photography Tour, led by professional nature photographers Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey, who guide nature photography adventures all year all around the planet. This isn't just a Galapagos cruise that invites you to bring cameras - it's a Galapagos photography adventure designed by nature photographers for nature photographers - and led by photographers passionate as you about creating outstanding photo art.

Map of our 16 Day Route
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Map of our 11 Day Route
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Galapagos Park Rules
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The Galapagos Islands are, without doubt, one of the premiere places on the planet to get up close with cameras to an exciting array of amazing animals. And we've put together what we believe is the best photographic adventure in the Galapagos.

There are a lot of Galapagos cruises - so it's a pretty big statement to say "the best photographic adventure in the Galapagos." Prove it.

We start with the MV Samba, a small elegant vessel with 7 comfortable cabins, a great galley, crew, and a large area of open deck (important for photographing whales, dolphins, and scenery).

Juan Salcedo, Samba's chief guide, has secured an ideal itinerary for nature photography. We have a wonderful selection of islands, great trails on those islands, and landing times that coincide with good light and great wildlife activity. And we stay ashore much longer than the average Galapagos cruise group - taking our time to work the opportunities and let "nature perform".

Diane and Bob lead each group of 10-12 photographers on a one or two week adventure amongst the islands - creating really good rations between photography guide/instructors and participants. We'll help you understand the photographic challenges of each landing - in addition to working with Juan to get you to great opportunities in great light. We're skilled at working with photographers of all abilities - helping you both "get the shot" and grow your skills in this exciting environment.

The Galapagos visitor count went from 2,000 in the 60s to 150,000 today. To manage impacts to this remarkable ecosystem, visitors are only allowed on a few trails spread out over the 60 islands. Shore time is limited to daylight hours. And each boat has to stick to a specific itinerary, built in advance, to keep the visits spread out across the islands.

When you choose a boat, check its itinerary - even more important than the on-board amenities.

Juan is a great naturalist guide - and a good photographer himself. He is great at helping participants sit quietly and let the animals go about their lives in ways that create fantastic compositional opportunities. He's also a wealth of knowledge and very good at explaining complex natural processes in ways we can all understand. Your non-photographer travel partner will not feel impatient with our photographic group when he/she has this walking encyclopedia to discuss marine and island life with!

 

Back on the Samba, each cabin has ample electricity for downloading and charging. And, it's customary for those on board to gather in the salon to compare images and discuss technique. A large flat screen enables us to see images as a group and for the instructors/guide to give lectures and orientations.

Why is this the best Galapagos Photography Trip?

  • Sailings timed for great natural events
  • Excellent collection of island stops
  • Landings timed for photographic opportunities
  • More time ashore
  • Photography guides who are strong photographers and great teachers
  • Best photo guide to group size ratio
  • Superior naturalist guide
  • Better preparation with each outing
  • Small group on small yacht, rather than small group on a large yacht with a lot of non-photographers
  • Great boat for working with scenery, whale and dolphin sightings
  • Snorkel gear provided free (won't take up space in your travel bags)
  • Great facility for downloading, recharging, comparing images, talking photography
  • We're passionate about the Galapagos - and about Galapagos conservation

You'll be traveling and designing images with a group of avid photographers that has joined Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey to explore nature photography destinations around the planet. These people are welcoming of newcomers - and quite typically stay in touch with each other long after the adventure.

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2014

Our Belize and Guatemala Adventure explores Mayan sites, rainforest trails, and caves, capturing the Indiana Jones feel of the Mayan highland rainforest.
Full
Nov 8-16
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!
Full
Dec 4-14

2015

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 18-24
Full
Jan 25-31
Tanzania Photography Safari

 

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...
Full

Feb 11-22

Morocco

Explore ancient cities, the Atlas Mountains, and the western Sahara Desert with Nature Photography Adventures. Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, Meknes, Ouarzazate, and Marrakech! Contact us for details.
2 Spaces
Mar 21 -
Apr 1
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
Apr 23 - May 2
Tidepools, sunsets, full moons, 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 - and rise to full moon set at sunrise - over a low tide extravaganza. This is one you won't want to miss!
Full
May 31 - June 7

Wild Bunch in the Amazon

Our Wild Bunch is at it again, this time venturing deep into the Amazon headwaters in Peru by motorized dugout to photograph this amazing ecosystem and the unique flora and fauna that live here. We're almost full - contact us if you want that last room!
Almost Full
Sep 8-15

Turkey Photography Odyssey

Join us for a mentally and creatively stimulating exploration of the past 10,000 years in Turkey. We'll visit the amazing Cappadocia region with underground dwellings, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) and the land of Greek and Roman cities along the Agrean Sea! This is an excellent adventure to expand your knowledge of dynamic range management.

Limited
Space Available

Oct 23 - Nov 6

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!
Limited
Space Available
Nov 15-24

Costa Rica

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
Dec 4-14

2016

South Africa

South Africa presents a remarkable opportunity to pair a traditional safari with great photography opportunities in and around a huge canyon - and more in coastal wetlands. We'll find over 500 species of birds on this Safari, along with remarkable proximity to rhinos, hippos, cats, and primates! And, we'll have outstanding landscape photography woven into all three environments! Then join the extension to find penguins near Capetown and visit wine country!
Limited
Space Available

Feb 11-23

Extension
Feb 23-28

Our Extended Itinerary featuring 13 days in the Galapagos! This itinerary is to die for - or evolve from! Life changing experiences and many many great photography opportunities.
1 Spot
April 3-18

Wild Bunch
on the Inca Trail

They will climb over Dead Woman's Pass as the Wild Bunch treks the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Time along the way in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We won't forget Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo! Are you wild enough? Contact us!
One Room Available
April 29 - May 9

Namibia Photography Safari

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
May 23 - June 6

Iceland Photography Adventure

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

Botswana Photography Safari

Our new Botswana itinerary focuses on getting us to some great places to photograph animals in exciting habitat. One of our lodges sits right on top of a much-used elephant watering hole with endless opportunities to create art. The other is right on the edge of a branch of the Okavango Delta waterway - and we'll spend time in both safari vehicles and on boats!
Space Available
Aug 15-24

Southwest Sun, Shadows, Sandstone, & Slot Canyons

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!
Space Available
Oct 13-18

2017

 
Tanzania Photography Safari

Tanzania Photography Safari

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