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April 9-19, 2018 (11 Day) Full
2020 Galapagos Photography Odyssey - April 12-25 - Space Available
Note: These Adventures fill early - and they are worth the wait!

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.

2020 Galapagos Adventure
 
Map of our 2018 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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2017

 
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.
Full
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!
Full
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... 2 Spaces Available
Jan 7-13
Full
Jan 14-20
2 Spaces Available
Jan 21-27

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! Full 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! 2 Spaces 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.
Full
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!
2 Spaces
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
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Limited
Space Available
Mar 14-23

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7

Yellowstone Fall Photography Safari

Fall in Yellowstone. Elk rutting, to see who gets to contibute to the genepool. Bears fattening up for winter. Thinner crowds and more directional light - better for waterfalls, thermal features, and other animals. Sometimes the first snow. Sometimes crystal blue skies. All a photographer's paradise if you know where to be, when - and we do!
Space Available
Sep 28 - Oct 5
         

2020

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 15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr 12-25