Archive for ‘Workshops’

Safari Update

September 09, 2014 03:56 PM
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On our recent safari in east Africa’s Maasai Mara / Serengeti ecosystem, we encountered three very special lions – Sikio, Morani, and Scarface (as viewed left to right above). These powerful brothers are the leaders of the Marsh Pride, made famous in BBC’s Big Cat Diary documentaries. They had crossed the Mara River to follow the bounty […]

Special Trips: High Sierra and Africa

July 07, 2012 12:41 AM
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Moonset at sunrise over Moonlight Lake and Picture Peak, High Sierra, California, by Justin Black On occasion, we offer special photo expeditions outside of the “regularly scheduled programming” listed in the Workshops section of this website. High Sierra Mule Pack Trip This September 20-26, we are offering a photo trip into the beautiful alpine High Sierra […]

Expedition Report: Arizona Overland

December 12, 2011 05:50 AM
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 There is nothing like exploring sublime landscapes with a group of friends who share a love for photography and wide open spaces. Immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday, Jack Dykinga, Jeff Foott, and I led a week-long overland photo expedition with nine other passionate photographers, visiting some stunning backcountry areas in northern Arizona. As the guest […]

Iceland Expedition Video

October 10, 2011 03:05 PM
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Visionary Wild instructor, Polar explorer Chris Linder produced this stunning video featuring his photographs from his latest expedition to Iceland this past August with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute researchers. Chris and landscape photographer Justin Black will lead a photo expedition for nine passionate photographers August 12-19, 2012, which will visit Iceland’s puffin colonies, coastal landscapes, […]

Iceland: Expedition Scouting

August 08, 2011 02:55 PM
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Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at Laetrabjarg in the Westfjords Polar explorer and photographer Chris Linder traveled to Iceland In mid-August with a group of fellow Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute associates, in part to scout locations for next year’s Visionary Wild expedition, tentatively scheduled for August 19 – 26, 2012. In the following report from the […]

Pro Tip from Jeff Foott: “Shooting the Scene”

August 08, 2011 04:48 PM
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There’s a story behind every image. A combination of visual cognition, emotional response, thoughtful investigation, composition, technical judgments, and timing (among other factors) play into the creation of the best photographs. It’s a process of purpose. Visionary Wild instructor Jeff Foott recently shared with us a series of teaching images that he uses to as […]

Bioluminescence on the Sonoma Coast, by Jerry Dodrill

Bioluminescence For years I’ve heard unbelievable stories about people’s surreal night time experiences in the ocean with glowing plankton blooms, but until recently I’d never seen it myself. The tip off came from Ellen Cruz, a friend from Bodega Bay who sent a note about an experience she’d just had on the Sonoma County coast: […]

Photo Salon: The Value of Critique

July 07, 2011 04:15 AM
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by Justin Black   The lone-wolf photographer is a concept with which we are all familiar. Many of us like to think of ourselves as self-reliant and passionately free-spirited, driven only by an innate creative vision. In my experience, however, most of the people I know who have mastered anything haven’t done it on their […]

Scouting the Olympic Peninsula

June 06, 2011 04:00 AM
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Last week, I joined my good friend, photographer Pat O’Hara, to scout locations in Olympic National Park in preparation for our Advanced Workshop in Port Angeles, Washington in July 2012. With 200% of normal snowpack for this time of year, the Olympic mountains were positively stunning. Though Mt. Olympus, the tallest, is under 8,000 ft. in […]