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Nature Photography Adventures' 11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey, April 2015
April 8-18, 2018 - Full
New 11 Day Odyssey planning underway - contact us to have first shot at it!
Note: These Adventures fill early - and they are worth the wait!

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a photography odyssey with Nature Photography Adventures, designed to showcase giant tortoises; the return of the waved albatross; breeding colonies of blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds; sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs, great Galapagos scenery, both marine and land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, and exciting young lava flows.

We’ll board the MV Samba and wind our way through a Southern and Eastern Route among the Galapagos Islands, going ashore early and staying late to capture great wildlife and landscape images.

We’ll work to become better photographers through a combination of on-boat PowerPoint lectures and one-on-one field instruction.  The Samba is a perfect venue for downloading and reviewing images, getting critical review, and preparing for the next outing.  And we will have the entire craft to ourselves!

We have timed this waterborne adventure for April, just as the waved albatross return from their many months at sea – seeking to find their mates and start new families.  We’ll be able to photograph them in flight and in courtship – and we might be lucky enough to find an egg in a nest!

The boobies will be fully engaged in nesting.  We’ll walk amongst nests filled with fledglings, and witness the famous courtship dances by the blue-footed boobies!

Not to be outdone, we’ll find male frigate birds inflating their balloon-like pouches, hoping to persuade a flying female that this is the place and time to start a family!

 

This route takes us to some great landscape opportunities. 

Kicker Rock rises abruptly from the sea, the remnants of an ancient volcano.

We’ll have multiple opportunities to compose with tall cactus – sometimes with land iguanas chowing down on cactus lunches!

 

And we’ll walk on lava flows that that will feel like they happened yesterday!  The art we can produce there is amazing!

We’ll have time to snorkel in several locations – we encourage you to bring along a small waterproof camera to “create” in and under the water, too.    We should be able to snorkel with both sea lions and penguins – and may see sharks and sea turtles while we are in the water!  The gear is provided on the Samba – and so are some easy-to-learn kayaks!

Join us as we explore the Galapagos on the Samba.  You will have a life-changing experience among the islands.  We’ll send you home with a wealth of images and help you improve your skills along the way.

The 11 DayGalapagos Photography Odyssey is designed for a small group.  It is based in Ecuador, the safest and most stable country in South America.  The itinerary includes 3 nights of hotel lodging and 7 nights on the MV Samba.

The adventure will begin and end in Quito, Ecuador.  We will spend our first day in Quito, where we’ll explore colonial architecture.  We’ll lodge in the heart of old town Quito (a World Heritage Site) where we’ll be able to walk among structures built during the early days when the Spanish conquered this region.

   

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2017

 

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!
Limited
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... Space Available
Jan 7-13
Limited
Space Available
Jan 14-20
Space 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! 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
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!
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

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
         
         

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
February