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Professional nature photographers Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey design and lead nature and cultural photography adventures and workshops around the world. These are truly photography tours designed by photographers for photographers.

Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey have used nature photography as a primary tool in the development, management and promotion of nature tourism - and in communicating about conservation issues. Projects and assignments have taken them to special and fragile natural and cultural locations around the world. Their photography has been published on all continents, in many forms, from multi-media productions, to websites, to books and magazines, and technical reports. Their work has changed the way visitors patronize natural and cultural destinations - and has resulted in the naming of new protected areas.

Nature Photography Adventures offers a selection of special nature and cultural photography adventures, to share special places and natural events with small groups of photographers who seek to improve their skills while photographing in unique natural and cultural settings.

"Wonderful adventures with great leaders-- Love Nature Photography Adventures" Patricia B

Each of these adventures is custom designed for the photography group - to get photographers to the right place at the right time. Many of the adventures share special and secret photography locations that Bob and Diane have discovered in their work - often locations that are unknown to tourism and often to other photographers.

Each adventure focuses on seeing and making stunning photographs - using equipment, skills, and technology to support design and composition. Our focus is on image design and we teach participants to understand and use technology to accomplish design goals. We prefer to "coach" individually in the field - and often deliver evening lectures.

 

Each adventure is designed to minimize impact on natural and cultural resources we visit - while getting our groups to special places at the best times. We frequently employ local guides to facilitate our explorations - and to add natural and cultural interpretation to our outings.

We also design in flexibility. As photographers, we are more concerned about being at the right place when the moment happens than sticking to a predetermined schedule. We adjust to weather, photographic opportunities, and the interests of the group we are traveling with.

We lean on our extensive tourism background to design adventures to both put you in outstanding positions for imagemaking - and lodge you in facilities that are comfortable and enable you to download images and charge batteries. Sometimes, to get close to where we need to be, the lodgings are more spartan... other times we find very enjoyable facilities.

Depending on the adventure, our outings may commence before dawn or linger until the last light has gone. Or, as in Iceland in the winter, the daylight may be short and, when the aurora presents itself, we may be out during the darker hours. Our timing is based on light, animal activity, and our objectives.

Most of the participants you will encounter on our adventures have been out with us before. The small groups we travel with tend to foster the development of long-term relationships - with participants "staying in touch" with each other and arranging to travel together again.

Many of our adventures are suitable for the "companion" who is not so serious about photography, but also has an interest in the great natural and cultural phenomena we witness. We strive to provide guides who will help us understand what we are seeing - and give us knowledge relative to the images we are making.

Note: Our photography adventures and workshops are non-smoking. Thank you.

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2024

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.
Limited
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!
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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!
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May 18-25

Borneo! Rainforests. Orangutans. Gibbons. Pygmy elephants. Proboscis monkeys. 420 species of birds, including amazing hornbills and kingfishers, brightly colored little birds. 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 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