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March 4, 2015

Academy taking full advantage of the Seasons

Academy-SQ-Iceland_125.jpgIt may be hard to believe for many members still buried in piles of snow, but the first day of spring begins on March 20.

If you enjoy your photography in cool environments, check your calendar for July 12 - 20, 2015.

Those are the dates to join Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen at the Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2015.

Our partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Iceland-3image_350.jpgMike Hagen is the co-leader for this trip, so you can be sure that this will be an adventure you'll never forget.

During our journey, we'll photograph some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife Iceland has to offer. From verdant rolling hills to rugged mountains, the landscapes of Iceland are famous for their interplay between light and sky. We've also included a few photo sessions with some famous bird populations to stoke your wildlife photography passions.

You will have opportunities to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike and Tim also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you'll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day.


Hulbert_Composition_275.jpgAcademy highlights in North America include Rick Hulbert's next Urban and Street Photography Workshop set for San Francisco April 9 - 12, 2015.

This four-day workshop has a maximum enrollment of 10 people and the class roster is now half full. Rick has designed your classroom and field activities to get you to think about concepts in architectural and urban photography that you hadn?t thought of or considered before.

You will discover how to better frame and crop architectural and urban images using the long established basic principles of portrait, wedding, and event photography. By the way, if you are a wedding or event photographer, this workshop will take your photography up a notch as well.

Following the San Francisco workshop, Rick will be headed for London, UK (starting May 14th).
The conference space being used for the workshop is within walking distance of a number of landmarks, buildings and bridges, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.


Alaska-Beach-Time_300.jpgIn the middle of summer, you have the opportunity to join Jim and Kathy Stamates as they return to one of their favorite places, Southeast Alaska (July 17-23).

This will be our next Alaska! - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure.
During this seven day, six night photo adventure Nikonians will have their own private boat to find Humpback and Killer Whales, seals, and other marine mammals, and to take us to a remote area to photograph the largest of the grizzly bears, the Alaskan Brown Bear. With instructions from a professional wildlife photographer we will fill our cards with images that will astound our friends, family, and other Nikonians.

Non-photographers enjoy this as much as photo enthusiasts which makes this the perfect workshop to bring your spouse.

Jim is eager to share his knowledge from 30 years as a professional wildlife photographer and his countless trips to Alaska. He will teach his 3 Keys to Great Photos, and how to get those stunning images of wildlife while using ?low impact field techniques?.

Evening shoots for whales and sunsets from the water and from the top of Mount Roberts leave us breathless and our images prove that this is an amazing place.

During the boat ride, our captain maneuvers his craft cautiously up Tracy Arm Fjords until we can almost touch the ice floes. We are so close to calving glaciers we can hear them! The Tracy Arm Fjords are some of the most amazing scenery in all of Alaska and we are there. Seals and their pups have hauled out on the ice floes and we have ample opportunity to get great images.


Galapagos_Yacht_250.jpgOur Nikonians Academy photo adventure trip to the Galapagos Islands will be held September 13-20. Each day will feature a different area of these amazing islands.
The trip includes 7 nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador. Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

The food on our yacht is wonderful and cooked by some of the best chefs on the water. We'll have access to snorkel equipment and kayaks. We'll also have the opportunity for underwater photography if you decide to take on that challenge.

Our outfitters run some of the best trips in the Galapagos. They are certified with SmartVoyager, a voluntary environmental program developed by Corporacion y Desarollo from Ecuador and The Rainforest Alliance from New York since 2000. This program gives a "green seal of approval" to tour boats that comply with strict requirements to tread lightly on the area's fragile ecosystem.

Temperatures during our adventure will range from the low 60's F at night to the upper 70's F during the day. You'll spend 3-4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the abundant wildlife. There are opportunities to swim or snorkel almost every day during the week and sometimes twice a day.

This is the perfect trip for couples to participate in a safe, yet intrepid adventure together. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it!


hagen_lion-250.jpgLooking ahead to November, Mike Hagen invites you to join him in Tanzania for a photo safari to the Serengeti that you'll never forget.
Each year, our trips get better and this year's trip is slated to be one of the best.

One of the best aspects of this trip is that we have arranged to place only three photographers per vehicle. This means that each person will have an entire row to themselves with one seat for their camera gear and the other seat for themselves. There will be plenty of room to move around and everyone will have perfect access to all photo opportunities.

Mike has secured lodging in some of the most incredible wild locations in Tanzania so that we can be as close to the wildlife as possible. In fact, most nights you fall to sleep under the stars while listening to lions and hyenas in the distance. If you've been waiting to go on a trip to Africa, now's the time to go.
This year's trip runs November 4-15, 2015.

Posted by flashdeadline at March 4, 2015 1:17 AM