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August 13, 2014

Spotlight on Acadia

Academy-SQ-Acadia-Flowers_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen invites you to join Lester Picker for our Acadia National Park Photography Adventure this October.

Les Picker spent ten years in Maine and did his graduate research in Acadia National Park. Few people anywhere know the park as well as he does. Combine his photographic knowledge with his detailed knowledge of the park and you have a recipe for a fantastic photography event.

Acadia_300.jpgAcadia, Maine is one of the premier photo destinations on the Eastern Seaboard. Even though it is one of the nation's smallest national parks, it is one of the most diverse.

Wildlife abounds and the colors are stunning in the fall. In a manageable area, we have mountains and rocky coast, forests and meadows, streams and lakes.

Our annual trips to Acadia National Park perennially get great reviews from participants.
The workshop dates are October 16-20, 2014. For more information check our recent FAQ and Interview with Les Picker and Feedback and Images From Previous Attendees.

Coming very soon -----------------------------

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September is a big month for workshops, with some of the most popular curriculum items in the lead. Richard Hulbert brings his 4-day Urban and Street Photography Workshop to Houston and San Antonio in the coming month. 

This workshop series is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, or a professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of street photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography. 

You will discover how the fundamental principles of travel photography will enhance your architectural and urban imaging.

The Masters Series ----------------------

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Steve Simon will be bringing the Masters Series to San Francisco.

His schedule includes:

▪ Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 and D7100 - In Depth 1 (Sept 9) 

▪ Master the Nikon D600, D610, D7000 and D7100 - In Depth 2 (Sept 10)

▪ Master the Nikon D800, D810, Df, D4 and D4s - In Depth 1 (Sept 11)

▪ Master the Nikon D800, D810, Df, D4 and D4s - In Depth 2 (Sept 12)

▪ The Passionate Nikon Photographer Two-Day Mastery Workshop (Sept 13-14)

 

Sri Lanka ------------------

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Only three seats remain for Lester Picker's Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photo adventure (September 13-24). Join Lester for a 12-day (11-night) exploration of the unparalleled photographic possibilities in this island nation.

Located off the southernmost coast of India, Sri Lanka is replete with some of the oldest Buddhist and Hindu temples in the world (many still in use), some of the friendliest and most photogenic people on Earth, and wildlife that rivals Africa’s best locations − all at a fraction of the cost.

In this photography tour you will intimately explore Sri Lanka’s landscape, from vaunted mountains to its pristine seashore, from its tidy and colorful tea plantations to its lush forests.

 

Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley ----------------------------

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Michael A. Mariant leads the 4-day Eastern Sierra and The Owens Valley photo adventure beginning September 18.

California's Eastern Sierra, a jagged and prominent escarpment rising over 10,000 feet above the Owens Valley, is one of the hidden photographer's gems in California

Many prominent landscape photographers, including the late Galen Rowell, have called Bishop and the Eastern Sierra home and their base for their photographic expeditions into the stunning surroundings

No other region in the country offers the dramatic granite peaks, glacier-carved valleys, dense foliage and roaring mountain streams. And the Fall Season is the time of year prized by all Sierra photographers, as the colors of the Eastern Sierra explode into a visual contrast against the stark gray of the granite, bleached white of the mountain glaciers and the deep blue sky.

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A rare and special treat, exclusive only to the Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley workshop, is an evening at a Deep Space Satellite Dish Array Complex to photograph star trails and the Milky Way, while surrounded by giant satellite dishes. ]

Each workshop participant gets to pick out their own satellite dish on the pad to use in the foreground of their astrophotography. 

Past workshop participants remark that this is the highlight of the entire workshop!

 

Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes -----------------

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Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Yellowstone National Park (September 22-25). Jim Stamates will bring you to Yellowstone National Park during an exciting time.

Bears have entered hyperphagia so they feed constantly, preparing for hibernation. Most of the deer species are in full rut with giant bull elk bugling and chasing females. Pronghorn bucks gather their harems and chase off the competition.

Wolves are active in the early mornings in Lamar Valley as the young pups join the pack to hunt their prey. Bison herds roam the meadows as autumn colors return after a summer of love.

The air has the smell of changing seasons and winter is just around the corner. Join Nikonians Academy and Jim and Kathy Stamates for four wild days to learn, experience, and capture the essence of Yellowstone National Park in its prime.

 

ANPAT 14 -----------------------

Last but not least, starting September 28, Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) team up with event coordinator Mike Hagen to host the 14th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT). The ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year, where we live our motto: Share, Learn Inspire.

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This year's location is Rocky Mountain National Park, a photographer's dream location with classic landscapes, sweeping panoramas, and giant mountain vistas.

Each and every day, our intrepid crew of photographers will explore the mountains of Colorado. Your hosts have put together a detailed daily itinerary that highlights the best the area has to offer and traveling on our own time table gives us the flexibility to stay on location as long as we wish.

The daily goal is to capture the beautiful golden hours of sunrise and sunset as it washes across the grand landscape. Every effort has been made to provide a fun, educational, safe, adventurous, and most of all photography-rich adventure.

It's not uncommon for participants to stay up all night shooting star trails, then spend the entire next day photographing the landscapes at sunrise and sunset. The enthusiasm and camaraderie on the ANPAT is contagious, and is something you truly have to experience to believe. Even though this trip isn't a traditional photography workshop, people who come always are amazed at how much they learned from each other and how many new tips & tricks they take away for their own photography.


Looking ahead

Check your Masters series workshops schedule carefully when we mention upcoming cities. In some, we've brought back Lightroom 5 workshops and iTTL Wireless Flash workshops. Masters series workshops are set for Los AngelesSeattle and New York.

The Tanzania Wildlife Photo Safari (November 4-11) will be led by Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen. You will have access to unbelievable wildlife photography, stunning scenery and fantastic accommodations. We operate with only three people per vehicle, so there's lots of space to move around and great opportunities for photographs.

 

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