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!

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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.

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Tom on Singh-Ray filters

Tom will be doing a free webinar tonight on how he uses Singh-Ray filters for his landscape photograph. His images will come from his 25 years of offering workshops in Patagonia. If you go in and sign up, you can ask him questions during the webinar….link below:

Upcoming Webinars

January 14, 2019 | 8:00 PM ET
Bringing the Beauty of Patagonia to Everyday Landscapes with Tom Bol

Sure, it’s easy to grab that one-in-a-million shot in a one-in-a-million location like Patagonia but what Tom Bol has learned from returning time and time again over the past 25 years translates into a wealth of knowledge you can use everywhere you go! Join us to see some of Tom’s most breathtaking photos of Patagonia and learn how to use filters to capture the full breadth of beauty in all your landscape photography. He will touch on our MorSlo and Graduated ND Filters among others, and explain how he uses each of them to “capture what he imagines” in-camera, on-the-spot.

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Route 66: Headed West

Limited to 12 people: 10 spaces available

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona

Dates: October 14-18, 2020 Wednesday at 5:00 pm (for first photo shoot)  – Sunday morning at 11am

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. In later years Route 66 was replaced by the interstate highway system, but many segments were preserved and are still drivable today.   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.   

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South Texas Birds

Tom and I just returned from a week of bird photography in South Texas. We were so impressed that we decided to run a winter workshop there next year – hitting the peak time for raptors in South Texas. There are only 8 spaces on this trip to make sure that each participant has plenty of room in the bird blinds. 

Limited to 8 people: 1 space available

Location: McAllen & Rio Grande City

Dates: February 18-23, 2020  Tuesday evening 6:30 pm – Sunday morning                                                                    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.

Bosque and White Sands

We just added a trip to Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument for 2020: Dates Dec 1-6.  The workshop starts on Tuesday to give everyone an extra day in this stunning area of New Mexico. We expect this one to fill quickly.

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.

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Thanks to our followers

This year is flying by and Tom and I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for following us this year at Tom Bol Photo Workshops. Thanks to you, all of our 2018 trips were full. We are well on our way to filling 2019 as well. We are thrilled and humbled by your support of our new business. Thank you for your support.

As we move into our third year of business as a couple we hope to offer the following:

  • Personalized, customer forward service on the front end
  • Workshops that focus on helping you grow as a photographer
  • Offering a wide range of travel destinations and trip types
  • Regularly adding new destinations, both domestically and abroad
  • Pricing our trips to reflect a quality experience for you rather than competing with the market

Several people have said that trips fill so quickly that they want to know what is still available. Here is a list of the 3 trips that still have openings for 2019. We would love to have you join us if you are interested in the following:

Redwoods and Rocky Coastlines      Workshop July 24-29, 2019

Portraits of Santa Fe Workshop      September 19-22, 2019

Sedona Workshop                            October 23-27, 2019

We are also planning to offer an additional trip to the Eastern Sierras in 2019 to provide more opportunities for folks to sign up for a workshop with us.

Happy Holidays from both of us!

Tom & Cree