Night Sky and Star Photo Workshop

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Star trails from the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Star trails from the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Thanks to lots of requests over the years, I have decided to add a Night Sky and Star Photography Workshop!   Here I will cover everything from the gear, apps and techniques, to actually getting out and photographing a variety of scenes including a series for star trails in which I will cover the assembly the next morning.  Lots more details, just follow the link!

 

Awesome Arizona Photo Workshop

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Gray Fox, Arizona.

Gray Fox, Arizona.

Announcing a brand new Arizona workshop that I’m really excited about – Awesome Arizona Photography Workshop.  I’m excited about this because it will include so much!  Birds, mammals, landscapes, a few days at a working ranch with cowboys and cowgirls, the amazing Sonoran Desert Museum, the Colossal Caverns and finally the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Plus, it is all inclusive! (except alcohol)  You get to Tucson, and we take care of the rest.  Airport transfers, transportation, all meals, and finally lodging at the White Stallion Ranch, a place that is consistently among the top 20 rated places on Trip Advisor nationwide!

The timing is great, we should have a variety of wildflower and cactus flowers.  We often see reptiles this time of year, and also migrating birds.  I could go on and on, but you can find the details if you follow the link.

We are putting the final touches on some more workshops this week – keep an eye out for a night workshop, and an animal camera trapping workshop as well.

Desert Photo Retreat Update September, 2018

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I did a very short trip to Arizona at the end of September in which I have posted many images from the ranch I stayed at, but how about the Desert Photo Retreat? The good news, the game cams showed lots of gray fox, and javelina. Plus, bobcat, coyote and skunk. The unexpected surprise, lots of deer including a decent buck. Although I have seen deer in the canyon, they have only been to our property on occasion, and never a buck. They are very skittish.

That said, there wasn’t any huge surprises like a mountain lion, which will show one day – even mountain lion researchers have told me this. Also no ringtail or coati, two animals we have had in the past. But all and all, it was very active. I have written about this before, but I continue to be amazed at how often different species share the waterhole at the same time. Here is a sample.

Bobcat.

Bobcat.

 

Three gray fox - gray fox came frequently every night, I think the whole family is still around.

Three gray fox – gray fox came frequently every night, I think the whole family is still around.

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Black and White Cowbow

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White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.

White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.

I had shared this photo with Joe the cowboy pictured here, and he converted it to b&w and shared it on Instagram.  Even though I also like the rich green cactus, I also thought it looked cool in b&w and copied his idea.

Antarctica at a discount!

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Massive icebergs near the Antarctic Circle, Antarctica.

Massive icebergs near the Antarctic Circle, Antarctica.

I have written in the past why I think the Cheesmans’ trips to Antarctica are among, if not the best, especially for photographers.  Well there is good news and bad news.  First the bad.  For a variety of reasons, this upcoming February / March is going to be the last trip Cheesmans’ is offering to Antarctica.  It is unfortunate, but the smaller boats that offer the best experience are becoming prohibitively expensive.  I go into far more detail if you follow the link above, but most locations in Antarctica allow only 100 people on shore at any give time, so if you are on a vessel with 200 folks, you will now spend 50% less time on shore.  You really want to be on a 100 passenger ship if you can.

So what is the good news?  Cheesmans’ is offering a 10% discount on this final trip to the peninsula!  I can’t remember a time where they have offered a discount.  If you have any questions at all about Antarctica, or the company, feel free to contact me as I’ll be in the home office for the next month or so (rare! ).  I should mention, my Arizona obligations are preventing me from joining the staff on this trip, but many of my favorite staff are working on this trip so you will be in good hands.