2016 Tours and 2015 Tour Review

The 2016 Photo Tour schedule (link) has been published and I’m looking forward to another great year of photographing with a great group of people. Birds are the primary subject in the spring and Landscapes in the fall. But I never pass up a good landscape or bird photograph! You can join me for one or more of the following Photo Tours:

  1. May 1–4, 2016
  2. May 22–25, 2016

I’m excited about being out there capturing what the natural world of Louisiana has to offer. Details can be found here and you can sign up here

Photographic opportunities were spectacular for the 2015 Photo Tours. We photographed:

•   Ospreys in the Atchafalaya Basin 
•   Roseate Spoonbills at Jefferson Island
•   Nesting Wading Birds at Millers Lake
•   Foggy Cypress Scenes
•   Eerily Stark Cypress Scenes
•   Bright Colorful Cypress Scenes

While conditions vary from year to year, this is representative of the photography on the photo tours for the past 11 years.

Everyone went home from their photo tour with great photographs. Here’s a slide show of some of my best images from the 2015 photo tours, highlighting the opportunities attending photographrs had during their tour.

Louisiana is one of the best places to photograph nature in North America. Over 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands are located here. The Atchafalaya Basin, where much of the workshop is conducted, is about 20 miles wide and 150 miles long, the nation’s largest existing wetland, approximately 1.4 million acres. It contains the largest contiguous tract of coastal Cypress in the US, 260,000 acres, a largely unknown national treasure.

I limit the number photographers on the photo tours to no more than 5, I give individual instruction / attention and keep things very interactive. I encourage an individual approach to photography rather than prescribing the shots to take. I’m available during your photo tour as much or as little as you like. If you need help I provide it, if not I’m out of your way. I do photograph on the tours, but you take precedence, if you need help I’m available.

On the photo tours there are three full days of photography, from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. We break for lunch after the morning photo session and head out again for the evening shoot. The photo tours begin with a meeting the evening before. At the meeting, we get to know each other and discuss what we will be photographing over the three days. You will photograph from boats for about half of the photo tour in areas only accessible by boat. The other half of the time you will be photographing in areas accessible by car.

The boats are provided by “The Atchafalaya Experience”, a Nature Tour Operator in Lafayette, Louisiana. The boats feature double flotation and are professionally maintained.

You’ll be photographing nesting wading birds and Osprey in flight. Photography is in the birds natural habitat and free of the human touch. There is often opportunities for photographing Cypress Scenes when the light is ideal.

I’ve been leading photo tours in Southern Louisiana since April 2003. I worked for nearly 30 years in Information Technology providing the computer background for digital photography. I have been teaching digital photography workshops since 2000 and began photographing with a digital camera, the Nikon D1, in the same year. I can help you with the mechanics of downloading and safeguarding you images. I can also help with post processing techniques using Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop.

Each of the Photo Tours is $1099 and includes three days of shooting, a continental breakfast for the morning shoot, and a brunch. I'm changing the format a bit this year, starting with a sunset shoot (3 PM) on Sunday and ending the tour at noon on Wednesday. Lodging and the evening meal is not included. Please contact me concerning lodging and if you have any questions about the tours and use this form to sign up.