Photo of the Month – June 2019

Tom and I want to celebrate the great images being created on our workshops by posting a photograph each month from one of our workshops that best captures the environment or people of that location.

Congratulations to our second photographer – Zeralda La Grange

The Story:

“We were at the Yellow Mounds area trying to capture lightning. I turned around and there were great cloud formations. I knew it would be a great black and white image so I used my infrared camera.”

I just got the converted infrared camera back the week before. I wanted to get more into landscape photography so I converted my Canon 6D Mark II to full spectrum infrared and had it astral modified. I said to myself, “It’s going to be the smartest thing I ever did or the stupidest.”

I used a new program to process the image called CLIR (Creative Light  & Infrared). I  have only used it for the last month. It simplifies the infrared post process. My style of photography is trial and error. I am like the kid in the elevator who gets in and pushes all the buttons. I’ll do 4 edits of the same pictures and they all turn out different.”

The Location: 

I loved the versatility of the Badlands. In the morning and evening you have animals and landscapes. There are storms and lightning in the afternoon and midday you can shoot infrared. I was shocked with all the green grass in the park.

The Data:

Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 24-105mm converted for infrared, 1/500, f4, ISO200

Photo Tip from the Photographer: 

Don’t be afraid to try black and white. I have always been able to visualize what a scene will look like with black and white. If you are not happy with the colors you are getting, try black and white.

On the Horizon:

The Galapagos Islands – I like the challenge of capturing animals in their habitat

Badlands Workshop 2019
Badlands Workshop 2019


To learn more about the basics of infrared check out The Easy Guide to Infrared Photography


Photo of the Month – May 2019

Tom and I want to celebrate the great images being created on our workshops. Starting this month, we will be posting a photograph from one of our workshops that best captures the environment or people of that location.

Congratulations to our first photographer – GLENN MAY

Glenn Yellowstone spring_0991

The Story:

“I started out using my 600mm lens. I grabbed as many face shots as I could get. I took a glimpse of the meadow behind me. I was fortunate enough to have my other lenses with me. I grabbed my 70-200mm. I only took three clicks before the bears moved out of the meadow into the trees. I wish I had more. The adrenaline of getting the bears up close was intense.  I remember that I paused, took a look at the meadow and got the other lens on quickly. I stayed calm and got the shot.”

The Location: 

I highly recommend Yellowstone in the spring for up front and close newborns – cubs, calves and even the birds. I am going back next year. I have already made my reservations.

The Data:

Nikon D500, 70-200mm, 1/60, F11, ISO 500

Photo Tip from the Photographer: 

Use auto ISO. If you are going to shoot wildlife where things are happening quickly, try using auto ISO and shoot wide open.

On the Horizon:

The waterfalls in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest


Easter Island Photo Tour

We will be traveling to Chile & Easter Island in 2021 and there is space to join us. Here are the details:

Tour 1 Dates: Jan 14-22, 2021                                                       Read More

Tour 2 Dates: Jan 24-Feb 1, 2021  

Location: Santiago, Chile & Easter Island

Cost: $6699 double occupancy, $1000 single supplement


Easter Island is a remote volcanic island, famed for its mysterious stone statues called moai. The more than 900 statues are found all over this island of rugged coastlines and friendly local people. The statues were created by the island’s earliest inhabitants and there are many different theories about why they were created. Tom’s favorite way to capture the moai is using speed lights  with gels to bring out the striking details of the statues against a beautiful sunset. We also plan to use speed lights to photograph the local people in Easter Island and on the Chilean mainland.

As a territory of Chile, there is no better approach to Easter Island than by starting in the Chilean capital of Santiago. We will spend the first day photographing in and above the city of Santiago and then day trip up the Aconcagua Valley to photograph the tallest mountain in South America. We will stop along the way to visit one of Chile’s famous wineries. Next we travel to the seaside town of Valparaiso, famous for its colorful hillsides of houses overlooking the coastline.

We fly to Easter Island the next day (flight included in price) and start our exploration of the statues, volcanos and stunning landscapes which make Easter Island a “must see” destination. The remoteness of this island makes for wonderfully unpolluted night skies. The beaches are pristine, the local culture is compelling. You may not want to come back!

North American Indian Days and Glacier National Park

Interested in stunning alpine scenery coupled with Native American dancing and drumming? We just added an exciting new summer workshop to our 2020 schedule. Here are the details:

Location: St. Mary, Montana

Dates: July 8-12, 2020

Cost: $1499                                                      Read More

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.

We also posted dates for our South Texas Birds Workshop for 2021. Look for Tom’s photo from this location on the cover of this month’s Lightroom Magazine!




Eastern Sierras Workshop Listed

We have just posted our last workshop for 2019: the Eastern Sierras Photography Workshop. The dates for the workshop are October 2-6, 2019. Tom scouted the trip last October and found the scenery to be spectacular. Here is a link to our webpage

We also added a second session of the Texas Birds Photo Workshop.  The first trip filled so quickly that we set new dates for February Feb 25-March 1, 2020. The second session has just SOLD OUT. We will offer  more dates for 2021.