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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
North Queensland (AUST) Nature Photography Tour
Bosque/White Sands with Adventure Photography
Death Valley Instructional Tour
BOSQUE DEL APACHE with Tim Boyer Photography
Isabel Island in Mexico: "The Mexican Galapagos"

December 04, 2015

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
    Dec 4-6, 2015 : Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
     Dec 4, Friday:  
     7:30 PM-9:00 PM (orientation)  
     Dec 5, Saturday:
     Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
     10:00 AM   12:00 PM (slide editing and lunch break)
     12:00   2:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)
     Dec 6, Sunday:
     Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
     10:00 AM   12:00 PM (slide editing and lunch break)
     12:00   2:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)
     Orientation & critiques will be held at the Best Western Plus Motel, Chincoteague Island, VA.)
     This workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature.  Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island and in the town of Chincoteague.  Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend.  Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) digital media and image storage, 6) basic image manipulation and 7) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.  
     Based on my findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, we will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for thousands of migrating birds.  Potential photo subjects include sand dunes, shells, the surf, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, local architecture, and wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.  
     The orientation and discussion sessions will be held at the Best Western Motel in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd just outside of the wildlife refuge.  For the weekend, a small block of rooms is reserved at the Best Western for workshop participants at a reduced rate. Contact the hotel for availability at (800) 553-6117 or  (757) 336-6557.  Mention you are part of the photo workshop led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto.  Also rooms should be available at other nearby hotels in the town of Chincoteague. For a listing of accommodations other than the Best Western, go to  
     Cost/Person: $415  (Register with Oprey Photo.  Click on button  Register Now )
     NOTE: Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees. Where possible, we will car pool to locations. The number of participants is limited to
     Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
     410 679-2873

December 05, 2015

    December 5-14, 2015 : Join Visionary Wild photographers Jeff Foott and Justin Black on an exciting, legal, People-to-People learning journey operated under the State Departments OFAC license of Cross Cultural Journeys Foundation. Through photography we will explore the colorful, vibrant history, culture and natural history of Cuba. Discover elegant, exuberant Havana... its friendly citizens, contemporary artists, exceptional architecture, music, and colorful outdoor markets. The richness and depth of culture will impress even the most experienced world traveler.  In Havana, spend time with well-known, and also up-and-coming, contemporary artists and photographers. Enjoy music and dance everywhere as an expression of the soul of the Cuban people.


    - Through this People-to-People experience, we break down the barriers and boundaries normally faced by photographers seeking to get to know and document the cultural personality of a foreign land. The wealth of subject matter  and photographic opportunity will astound you.
    - Havana, the historic and highly photogenic Spanish colonial capital of Cuba, features a wealth of aesthetic charm.
    - Cienfuegos, "the pearl of the south," is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an impressive array of neoclassical architecture and a vibrant local culture.
    - Zapata Peninsula National Park, a Biosphere Reserve, reveals the wealth of Cuba's natural history.
    - Experience the culture, history, arts, and nature of this gem of the Caribbean
    - Small group size
    - Glorious weather in December
    - Packaged with single-occupancy lodging by default (reduced rate for double-occupancy)
    - Photographic instruction provided throughout by Jeff Foott and Justin Black. Two photo instructors and experienced local guides ensure excellent participant support and an incredibly rich experience
    - Includes: Charter airfare Miami/Havana/Miami; all ground transfers and transportation within Cuba;  U.S. People-to-People license to travel legally to Cuba; Cuban visa and Cuban medical insurance while in Cuba; first class hotel in Havana, best available hotels outside Havana; all meals, and wine or beer with dinners; all group gratuities; Cuban English-speaking local guide; trip manager; arrangement of people-to-people contacts and guest speakers; all entrance fees on itinerary; preparation materials; bottled water on group vehicle.

    Phone: 202-558-9596

    North Queensland (AUST) Nature Photography Tour
    12/5/2015 to 12/12/2015 : Our North Queensland nature photography tour in December 2015 provides one of the very best opportunities to observe and photograph some of Australia's most elusive, unusual and unique wildlife.
     This 6 day all inclusive tour will fill your viewfinder with wonderful Australian wildlife. Optional add-on a Great Barrier Reef full day field trip on the sunday (additional cost).
     This is an unparalleled opportunity to photograph some of  Tropical North Queensland s unique wildlife in a diversity of habitats spanning elevations from the lowlands around Cairns to highland tropical rainforest at over 1000 metres elevation.
     Visiting up to eleven different habitats, from reef to rainforest in the Tropical North Queensland region, this tour is flexible in nature, to provide the best opportunities to photograph these unique subjects. We will visit many different locations to make the most of any opportunities that present themselves.
     Full details can be seen at

    James Doyle  
     Ph: +61 4076 97638

December 06, 2015

    Bosque/White Sands with Adventure Photography
    Dec 6-12, 2015 : Bosque has it all for bird photographers--thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese, beautiful surroundings. White Sands is stunning in low light. Join us for a fun tour!

    Phone: 303-237-7086

    Death Valley Instructional Tour
    December 6-11, 2015 : We'll explore and photograph in the iconic locations of Badwater, Zabriskie, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Racetrack, Zabriskie Point, and also other less discovered locations for landscapes, nature details, star photography, and abstracts

     Email: Web:

December 08, 2015

    BOSQUE DEL APACHE with Tim Boyer Photography
    December 8th-11th, 2015 : Experience the incredible light and birds of Bosque.  Photograph sandhill cranes, snow geese, raptors and a beautiful landscape with magical light.  Lots of birds-in-flight photography instruction and pan blurs in early morning. The light at Bosque is even more fantastic then Georgia O'Keeffe said it was. NANPA Members get a 10% discount.

    Tim Boyer

December 11, 2015

    11-13 Dec 2015 (2ND sessi : Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), VA is one of my favorite locations for nature photography workshops.  I have taught numerous programs there over the last twenty years.  Located on the southern end of the barrier island of Assateague, Chincoteague NWR attracts thousands of snow geese in the fall along with ducks, herons, shorebirds and other migrants. These species plus wild horses, deer, raccoon, and other wildlife are unusually tolerant of humans, and offer visitors great photo opportunities.  Other potential subjects include the surf, beach, shells, workboats, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The workshop includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife. It is a blend of field experience with one-on-one assistance and critiques of participant images. Price: $415. See website for details:  
       Led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

    Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
    (410) 679-2873

December 13, 2015

    Isabel Island in Mexico: "The Mexican Galapagos"
    December 13-16, 2015 : Workshop and expedition to Isabel Island, also known as the "Mexican Galapagos". Isabel is a small Island off the Mexican Pacific coast. It boasts a big  population of the endangered blue-footed bobby, frigates, and other uncommon bird species like the red-billed tropic bird and red-footed bobby. Off the island, humpback whales and the shark whale are easily seen this time of the year.
     Phone: +52 1 33 3590-4673

December 31, 2015

    12/31/2015-1/13/2016 : It is one thing to visit a place but it is another to immerse yourself in it. To not just see the sights but to understand the history, get to know the wildlife and come home with many iconic photos and unforgettable memories.

    This photographic workshop, led by the legendary Art Wolfe, offers you the most in-depth exploration and photography of the Antarctic mainland. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal.

    phone: 206.332.0993


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