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June 9, 2015

Limited seats for popular Nikonians Academy outings


Nikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen is nearly finished with cabin arrangements for his Galapagos Photo Adventure and he's been checking on the overall curriculum for the coming months. 

The trend he's observed is leaning towards limited seats.

This includes the Acadia National Park Photo Adventures as well as Mike's Galapagos trip, the 15th ANPAT in the Fall and Jim Stamates' Grand Teton September excursion.

Les Picker's annual trip to Acadia National Park is set to go for October 15-18 and he still has a few seats available.


Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine?s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna? and weather.

During your 4-day exploration of the exciting photographic possibilities in Acadia you will explore its intimate coves and vaunted mountains, its pristine seashore and lush forests. Les timed this workshop to take advantage of fall foliage with its resplendent colors.

Each morning you will embark on an adventures taking you to the fog-shrouded rocky coast or to photograph sunrise atop a mountain. Each evening you will have an optional image review and critique.

This year Les will be accompanied by his video assistant, who will help participants learn how to more effectively use Nikon (or Canon) video on their DSLRs or point-and-shoot cameras. This creative outlet is increasingly being adopted by photographers to express their creative intent.



Mike Hagen?s Galapagos photo adventure trip (September 13-20) has only one cabin remaining on the expedition yacht. The cabin will accommodate either a single traveler or two travelers willing to share.

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. The expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to photographic attractions and the small group size means you can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

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

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!


The 15th Anniversary Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT-15) in the Fall, starting September 26, is down to less than 10 seats available.


Trip coordinator Eric Bowles has arranged for visits to: 

▪ Badlands National Park

▪ Buffalo Gap National Grassland

▪ Custer State Park

▪ Sylvan Lake State Park

▪ Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

▪ Crazy Horse Memorial

▪ Wind Cave NP

▪ Devils Tower

▪ Sturgis

In addition: This year there will be a total lunar eclipse on the evening of September 27 beginning at sundown. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. Weather permitting we'll be at a great location to catch it.

For more information see our ANPAT 15th in the Fall FAQs


Iceland in July is sold out and we have a waiting list. Our next trip is set for July 2016 and we'll have it posted on the website in a couple days.



Travel with Jim Stamates to Grand Teton National Park this September to photograph animals in the fall.

This is Jim?s most popular workshop and fills early.

The landscape of Grand Teton NP has turned to brilliant golds, rusts and browns wetting our appetite for great scenics. You arrive before dawn at Schwabacher Landing and wait for the sun to kiss the tops of the Grand Tetons. The reflection in the beaver pond and autumn cottonwoods add the perfect touch to your first image of the day. Then on to Mormon Row to get the classic shot of the barns with a fall color backdrop. That?s just the first morning.  

Join Nikonians Academy with Jim and Kathy Stamates for an intense 4 days of photography learn, shoot, and experience Grand Teton National Park in the fall. The dates are September 28 - October 1, 2015. Instruction will be in the field and there is no strenuous hiking.


Posted by flashdeadline at June 9, 2015 8:23 PM