2020 Schedule

Japan in Winter – SOLD OUT

 

Dates: Feb 2-12, 2020                       Read more

Location: Tokyo, Hokkaido and Kyoto, Japan

Cost: $7800 double occupancy, $8400 single occupancy; $1800 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

Description: Winter is a mesmerizing time of year in Japan. The snow monkeys can be photographed in their natural element. Red-crowned cranes pirouette in snow covered fields. The hustle and bustle of Tokyo and Kyoto give way to serene, white landscapes, accented with blotches of brilliant red from empirical architecture. Join us in for a 10 day adventure in Japan to explore the wildlife and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.

 


South Texas Birds – SOLD OUT

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Dates: Feb 18-23, 2020 Session 1  SOLD OUT                    Read more

Dates: Feb 25 -March 1, 2020 Session 2  SOLD OUT

Each session limited to 8 people

Location: McAllen & Rio Grande City                                                                Cost: $2499

Details: If you are looking to take your wildlife photography to the next level, we have the trip for you.  Come join us for warm weather bird and wildlife photography from the amazing ranch blinds of South Texas.  

Photographing birds from a blind may change the way you plan your future photography trips. By setting up perches and using bird food to lure them in, the birds will come to you. South Texas is a mecca for bird photography blinds. On this trip we will spend several days learning to photography exotic South Texas species from some of the best bird photography ranches in the country.  On our last trip there we shot thousands of images in only a few days.  We will have exclusive use of the ranches and multiple blinds each day.


Northern Lights in Fairbanks – SOLD OUT

 

Dates: March 22-28, 2020                        Read more

Fairbanks, Alaska                                                

Cost: $3900 double occupancy, $4100 single occupancy

Details:  There is no more reliable place to photograph the northern lights than Fairbanks in the winter.  Our group will stay in the Marriott on the Fairbanks waterfront as we explore local aurora hot spots and learn how to photograph the northern lights. This is the time of year when the aurora is very active. We will stay out late capturing the northern skies and sleep in to rejuvenate.


Costa Rica – 1 Space Available

Costa Rica
Costa Rica

April 3-10, 2020

Location: Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica

Cost: $4499 double occupancy, $700 single supplement, $1500 deposit due upon registration.

Description: After teaching workshops in locations all over Costa Rica, Tom decided that the Crocodile Bay Resort is the most user friendly for photographers. National Geographic called the Osa Peninsula “the most biologically intense place on Earth”. On this deluxe tour you will spend a night in the Hilton-Doubletree in San Jose before taking a domestic flight to the town near our location. We will spend the next 6 days photographing birds, mammals, reptiles and landscapes, without having to change hotels.

Have a spouse of friend who would like to join you but is not a photographer? This location has a terrific deal for you. Your guest can share a room for you and enjoy the resort and meals at only a cost of $1099. To get the “Tag a Long” deal, the photo participant signs up on the single supplement. The resort offers activities like zip-lining, fishing, spa treatments, jungle hikes and more for guests.


Spring Yellowstone  – Space Available

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Dates May 13-17, 2020                                    Read More

Gardiner, Montana                                        Cost: $1199

Details:  Established in 1872 as our first national park, Yellowstone is a natural wonder and photographer’s paradise.  Encompassing more than 3500 sq. miles, Yellowstone is the biggest national park in the lower 48.  The photography opportunities are stunning; turquoise thermal pools, geysers, roadside wildlife and towering waterfalls make this one of our favorite parks.  Yellowstone is special for its wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves and the largest herd of bison in the US.


Badlands 2020  – Space Available

Wall, South Dakota. Badlands NP
Wall, South Dakota. Badlands NP

Dates: May 27-31, 2020                            Read more

Wall, South Dakota                                       Cost: $1099

Details: Badlands National Park is a mesmerizing land of multi-hued rock formations and abundant wildlife. The expansive views in the park give way to roaming herds of bison and big horn sheep. In early June, the prairie grass is green and provides a vibrant contrast to roaming mammals.  Thunderstorms frequently rip through the park and create spectacular cloudscapes and lightning. Sunrise and sunset will be spent in the park capturing dramatic landscapes. During the midday hours we will visit a ghost town and focus on wildlife photography. Our trip will be based out of Wall, South Dakota, a town filled with colorful cowboy boots and local characters.


Glacier & North American Indian Days  –  5 Spaces Available

Montana
Montana

Dates: July 8-12, 2020                            Read more

 St. Mary, Montana                                        Cost: $1499

Details:  Glacier National Park,  located on the northern edge of the Big Sky Country is a photographer’s paradise. It is a land of huge turquoise lakes, snow capped peaks and fields of beautiful wildflowers. The graphic shapes and colors of the peaks are reflected at first and last light in the glacier lakes that dot the park.  Spring flowers such as shooting star, Indian paint brush and the iconic bear grass provide endless macro photography opportunities. Grizzly bear, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and deer wander through the park, within easy access of hiking trails.

We have timed our trip to spend a day at one of the largest Blackfeet Indian gatherings of the year, North American Indian Days. Tribes from all over the United States and Canada come to the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana for traditional drumming, dance competitions and a rodeo. Our group will spend a full day in Browning photographing colorful traditional attire and the festival activities.

 


Galapagos – SOLD OUT

 

Dates: July 31-Aug 8, 2020

Quito, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands         Read more       

Cost: $7989 double and single occupancy (very limited); $1800 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

Description: We are very excited to offer an incredible trip to the Galapagos in 2020.  We looked at many boat options (we have done Galapagos cruises before) and wanted something different.  A unique trip designed for a small group with tons of deck space (better photography) and an itinerary that focuses on the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos.  We found it with the Mary Anne, a 216 foot 3-masted sailing boat. The Galapagos is a bucket list trip for any photographer, and traveling through islands on this boat will be a remarkable voyage.


                                                                          

New Zealand – SOLD OUT

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Dates: September 20-October 1, 2020

Queenstown to Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand         Read more       

Description: Timed to photograph New Zealand in the peak of Spring season, this workshop covers an impressive variety of awe-inspiring South Island landscapes. In September, snow-draped mountain ranges abound and the soft, clear light offers excellent shooting conditions. We will be photographing many of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes, including Aoraki (Mt. Cook) and the Southern Alps, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson. During a cruise on Milford Sound we hope to photograph the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, Dusky Dolphins, albatross, petrels and other marine bird species. Match all of this with comfortable lodging, Kiwi cuisine, a tour in the wine country and we are in for a great photographic adventure.


Route 66: Headed West – SOLD OUT

 

Dates: October 14-18, 2020           Read more   

Albuquerque to Flagstaff                                           Cost: $1299 

Details: Our first Route 66 Workshop was so popular that we added the next segment: Albuquerque to Flagstaff.  Steeped in history and Americana, Route 66 was one of America’s first highways stretching from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA.  During the dustbowl of the 1930s thousands migrated west on Route 66 looking for jobs and a better life.   More recently many classic neon signs, diners and hotels have been restored, and we plan to photograph some of the best sights along Route 66.

Our route starts on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM  and continues all the way to Flagstaff, AZ.  We will be based out of classic Route 66 hotels during the trip (El Vado, El Rancho and The Wigwam Motel), and have maximized our photography time and minimized our driving time between locations.

 


Old Car City – Space Available

Dates: November 12-15, 2020  Thursday – Sunday.     Read More 

Cartersville, Georgia                                               

Cost: $949

Details: Old Car City is the world’s largest classic car junkyard. This location is the perfect place to photograph classic American cars that have been aged with roots, rust and time. Students will use  ambient light as well as speed lights and gels to create really unique photos. What you will learn on this workshop:

  • Composition
  • Developing your creativity; self assignments to explore your vision
  • HDR techniques; in Lightroom and using third party software
  • Tone mapping the right way
  • Lightroom; the ten steps you need to do to every image
  • Maximizing any light source to elevate your images above the rest
  • How to use flash to improve your images
  • Using light modifiers and gels
  • Using reflectors
  • Working with models; the do’s and don’ts of posing
  • How to create an evocative portrait

 


Bosque del Apache – SOLD OUT

 

Dates: Dec 1-6, 2020  Tuesday – Sunday.     Read More 

Socorro, New Mexico                                                

Cost: $1299 

Details: Bosque del Apache in New Mexico is one of the best places in the world to photograph sandhill cranes. The cranes fly into Bosque’s “Crane Ponds” each afternoon, sometimes silhouetted on a blood red sky. This is the perfect time to photograph the birds parachuting into the ponds…..they look like they are suspended in air.  During the morning first light, the Bosque “blast off” provides the chance to shoot thousands of snow geese all taking off at once.

For the second part of the trip, we will travel to White Sands National Monument to photograph stark yucca plants on dazzling white dunes of gypsum sand. The monument includes 265 miles of sand. There is plenty of space to roam looking for the perfect desert landscape.