In conjunction with Brad Hill of Natural Art Images we are offering a lineup of photography tours in 2017 and 2018.  The following is more information on these trips, and the type of trip offerings.

 

2018 Photo Tours…

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – Spring 2018

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public – and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem – The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet’s few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people – and far, far fewer photographers – annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

 

For images that I have photographed during my trips to the Khutzeymateen, visit my Khutzeymateen Journeys Gallery.

 

In 2018 we are offering TWO different versions of this popular trip – an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen and a 4-day Photo Op Tour. Details for each immediately below…

 

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: Back again for 2018! This one is the Khutzeymateen “full meal deal” and is exceptionally popular! This photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We’ll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world’s best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

This is an all-inclusive trip (once one arrives in Prince Rupert, BC) that includes 2 nights of accommodation in Prince Rupert, all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of wildlife photography instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill

TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-1.

DATES: May 23 to May 30, 2018 – including arrival and departure days. May 25-30 in the Khutzeymateen.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: SOLD OUT

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Please contact Brad Hill seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure  – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – 4-Day Photo Op Photo Tour

 

OVERVIEW: The slightly “lighter” version of the “full meal deal”! This “photo-op” style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area and the bears in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

Many of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery were captured in the Khutzeymateen – check them out to get a feeling for what the Khutzeymateen offers up!

 

Note that accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert (one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. As with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic “tips and tricks” about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill

TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-2.

DATES: May 29 to June 3, 2018 – including arrival and departure days. May 30 – June 3 in the Khutzeymateen.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

 Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

In conjunction with Brad Hill of Natural Art Images we are offering a lineup of photography tours in 2017 and 2018.  The following is more information on these trips, and the type of trip offerings.

 

2018 Photo Tours…

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – Spring 2018

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public – and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem – The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet’s few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people – and far, far fewer photographers – annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

 

For images that I have photographed during my trips to the Khutzeymateen, visit my Khutzeymateen Journeys Gallery.

 

In 2018 we are offering TWO different versions of this popular trip – an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen and a 4-day Photo Op Tour. Details for each immediately below…

 

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: Back again for 2018! This one is the Khutzeymateen “full meal deal” and is exceptionally popular! This photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We’ll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world’s best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This is an all-inclusive trip (once one arrives in Prince Rupert, BC) that includes 2 nights of accommodation in Prince Rupert, all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of wildlife photography instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill

TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-1.

DATES: May 23 to May 30, 2018 – including arrival and departure days. May 25-30 in the Khutzeymateen.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – 4-Day Photo Op Photo Tour

 

OVERVIEW: The slightly “lighter” version of the “full meal deal”! This “photo-op” style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area and the bears in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

 

Note that accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert (one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. As with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic “tips and tricks” about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill

TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-2.

DATES: May 29 to June 3, 2018 – including arrival and departure days. May 30 – June 3 in the Khutzeymateen.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

 Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

 

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast – August 2018

 

We have GREAT news for 2018 – we’ve been able to secure TWO “Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More” Marine Mammals trips! So we’re able to offer two slightly different versions of this trip that has become SO popular!

 

BOTH versions of the trip begin in the town of Port McNeill, BC in a region known as Johnstone’s Strait. Here’s a little bit of info about that area…

 

About Johnstone’s Strait: The northern tip of Vancouver Island – and Johnstone’s Strait – is a biologically diverse and species-rich wildlife area. During the summer months it is home to a wide variety of marine mammals as the Pacific Ocean delivers nutrients to the numerous channels and inlets of the region. Killer Whales (Orcas), sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and sea otters converge here to feed on the Pacific salmon that are returning to their natal rivers. Humpback Whales and coastal seabirds feed the small fish and plankton drawn in by the nutrients stirred up by the strong tidal currents. The region offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph a diverse array of unique wildlife in a setting of tremendous beauty.

 

Visit my Marine Mammals Journeys Gallery so see some of the image that I have captured on my past Marine Mammals Trips.

 

Photo Tour #1. Marine Mammals Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: This Instructional Photo Tour offers a full day of wildlife photography instruction plus 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) “animalscapes”. A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

Note that all meals and two nights of accommodation in Port McNeill ARE included in the price of this tour.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick

TRIP ID: Marine-2018-1.

DATES: August 1 to 10, 2018, including arrival and departure days. August 3-10 on the Ocean Light II sailboat.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: o.  While this trip is sold out there are still spaces available on the 2019 trip.

 

COST: Sold Out.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is little or no hiking involved. On this trip we will be shooting images from both the deck of the Ocean Light II as well as from a 19′ Zodiac. To fully enjoy and participate in the shooting sessions in the Zodiac there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this outstanding photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Marine Mammals Exploratory Photo Adventure.

 

OVERVIEW: This one is all new for 2018! This trip begins in Port McNeill and for the first portion of the trip it will cover the same terrain as our “standard” Marine Mammals trips of previous years. So that means lots of Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters – and more! Then, we swing north and east and explore the region from the northern tip of Vancouver Island all the way over to the island town of Bella Bella, where our trip ends. Expect fantastic scenery with great marine mammal subjects during the entire adventure! A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

This is trip has an OPTIONAL day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. Note that on this trip we will spend an EXTRA day on the Ocean Light II sailboat (8 days rather than 7). The trip option with the day of photography instruction also includes two nights of accommodation and meals in Port McNeill.

 

While this trip is classified as an Exploratory Photo Adventure it requires only a moderate level of fitness – we will be spending some time hiking on this trip but each location where we do hike will have a variety of options (of differing ease). It is recommended that anyone signing up for this trip should be able to hike 2-3 km while carrying their own camera gear.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure with Optional Photography Instruction (see below for description of photo tour types).

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill (visit Brad’s website Natural Art Images)

TRIP ID: Marine-2018-2.

DATES: August 15 to 25, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. August 16-25, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Aug 17-24, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding. There will be some hiking and/or beach-combing during the trip. So…on this trip we will be shooting images from the deck of a sailboat, from a 19′ Zodiac, and from shore locations. To fully enjoy and participate in this trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Hiking/beach-combing with your camera gear. You should be able to hike or beach-comb while carrying your camera gear while walking up to 3 kilometers (or two miles) on uneven or even slippery surfaces.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.

 

Into the Great Bear Rainforest – Autumn 2018

 

In August of 2011 National Geographic Magazine referred to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest as “The Wildest Place in North America”. They were right.

 

In the autumn of 2018 we are offering 2 great “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours. One is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is an Exploratory Photo Adventure (see top of page for description of photo tour types).

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, grizzly bears, black bears, coastal wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful 71″ sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours!

 

Many of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

Important Note: These trips are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are NOT dedicated solely to photographing the rare white Spirit Bear. While our track record on finding (and photographing) Spirit Bears is excellent, we cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

For images that I have captured during my past trips to the Great Bear Rainforest, visit my Great Bear Rainforest Journeys Gallery.

 

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: Back once more for the 2018 season! Think of this one as the Great Bear “full meal deal” photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This trip begins and ends in Terrace, BC. It includes 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-1.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick

DATES: October 3-12, 2018, including arrival and departure days. In the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Ocean Light II from October 5-12, 2018.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Sold out.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
 Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

 

OVERVIEW: This one covers the same general portion of the Great Bear Rainforest as the Instructional version of the trip, but we will be exploring some of the much less commonly visited inlets and estuaries in search of the best wildlife subjects and scenes the Great Bear can offer! This trip will include some hiking on uneven (and slippery!) terrain, so those considering coming on this trip should have good mobility, a moderate-to-high fitness level, and a good sense of balance. While this trip will not be focused SOLELY on finding and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear, we will be dedicating some time to capturing images of these amazing creatures in areas they are regularly encountered. We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This WILL be a highly memorable experience!

 

This Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Terrace, BC. In 2018 it is being offered with an optional day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. The optional instructional version includes two nights of accommodation and meals for the portion of the trip in Terrace, BC.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure (see below for description of photo tour types)

TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-2.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill (visit Brad’s website Natural Art Images)

DATES: Sept 12-21, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. Sept 13-21, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Sept 14-21, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
 Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

 

The Kluane-Haines Explorer – Autumn 2018

 

Back for 2018!

 

OVERVIEW:  This exciting Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Whitehorse – way up in Canada’s Yukon Territory. We’ll spend 8 full days exploring the region between Whitehorse and Haines, Alaska searching for great photo opps of northern wildlife and landscapes. We’ll start (and spend 3.5 days) in the Yukon’s Kluane National Park photographing the fall rut of beautiful white Dall Sheep. And, of course, we’ll opportunistically photograph other northern species of wildlife that frequent the area, including Canada Lynx, Grey Wolves, Red Foxes, Elk, Golden Eagles, and more! This portion of the trip offers spectacular landscape photography opportunities as well – possibly including opportunities to photography the northern lights (the Aurora Borealis)!

 

We’ll then travel to Haines, Alaska to photograph the spectacle presented by the world’s largest congregation of Bald Eagles. We will, of course, have ample opportunity to capture striking flight shots, including “flight-action” shots as eagles compete for their prey. But this area also offers opportunities to capture majestic “eagle-scape” shots, with backdrops second to none!

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Whitehorse beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, great camaraderie, tons of photo opps, et cetera!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in “Photo Op” format (see below for description of photo tour types)
TRIP ID: Kluane-Haines-2018-1.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days).
DATES: November 18-27, 2018.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 5.
COST: Basic trip with SHARED ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $5999 CAD plus 5% GST. Basic trip with SINGLE ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $6299 CAD plus 5% GST.

 

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY (subject to minor changes owing to wildlife distribution and weather events!):

• Day 1 (Nov 18): Arrive in Whitehorse. Overnight in Whitehorse.
• Day 2 (Nov 19): Travel (via van) to Kluane National Park. Photograph Dall Sheep. Have fun. Overnight in Kluane (at B&B).
• Days 3-5 (Nov 20-22): In Kluane having fun with sheep (photographic fun) and hopefully other critters. Overnight in Kluane (at B&B).
• Day 6 (Nov 23): Travel to Haines, including stopping for photo ops. Overnight in Haines (at hotel).
• Days 7 & 8 (Nov 24 & 25): In Haines having fun with eagles. Overnight in Haines (at hotel).
• Day 9 (Nov 26): Return trip to Whitehorse stopping for wildlife or scenery photo ops as they present themselves. Overnight in Whitehorse.
• Day 10 (Nov 27): Depart from Whitehorse at anytime during this day.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trip in terms of physical requirements: The Kluane portion has the potential to be fairly demanding physically (as we head up-and-down a snow-covered mountain working with Dall Sheep while carrying our camera gear) while the Haines portion requires only the ability to walk up to a few kilometers (or perhaps a mile or two!) on flat ground – while (of course) carrying your own camera gear. Note that Kluane Lake (at the foot of the mountain where we’ll be working with the sheep) is at 781 meters (about 2500 ft) above sea level whereas the portion of the Chilkat River near Haines where we’ll be working with eagles is at close to sea level. The Kluane portion of the trip will NOT require technical climbing skills. On this trip we use our metabolic energy to go TO our subject matter! To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Kluane Portion: Be able to hike up to 5 km (up to about 3.5 miles) on uneven, rolling and potentially slippery snow-covered terrain – all while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility, balance, and at least a moderate level of fitness.
• Kluane Portion: Be able to hike up steep terrain (for up to 1200-1500 vertical feet) while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility, balance, and at least a moderate level of fitness.
• Haines Portion: Be able to hike up to 2-3 kilometers on flat but possibly snow-covered terrain while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility and balance.

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast – August 2018

 

We have GREAT news for 2018 – we’ve been able to secure TWO “Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More” Marine Mammals trips! So we’re able to offer two slightly different versions of this trip that has become SO popular!

 

BOTH versions of the trip begin in the town of Port McNeill, BC in a region known as Johnstone’s Strait. Here’s a little bit of info about that area…

 

About Johnstone’s Strait: The northern tip of Vancouver Island – and Johnstone’s Strait – is a biologically diverse and species-rich wildlife area. During the summer months it is home to a wide variety of marine mammals as the Pacific Ocean delivers nutrients to the numerous channels and inlets of the region. Killer Whales (Orcas), sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and sea otters converge here to feed on the Pacific salmon that are returning to their natal rivers. Humpback Whales and coastal seabirds feed the small fish and plankton drawn in by the nutrients stirred up by the strong tidal currents. The region offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph a diverse array of unique wildlife in a setting of tremendous beauty.

 

Visit my Marine Mammals Journeys Gallery so see some of the image that I have captured on my past Marine Mammals Trips.

 

Photo Tour #1. Marine Mammals Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: This Instructional Photo Tour offers a full day of wildlife photography instruction plus 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) “animalscapes”. A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

Note that all meals and two nights of accommodation in Port McNeill ARE included in the price of this tour.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick

TRIP ID: Marine-2018-1.

DATES: August 1 to 10, 2018, including arrival and departure days. August 3-10 on the Ocean Light II sailboat.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. While this trip is sold out, there are spaces available on the 2019 Trip.

 

COST: Sold Out.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is little or no hiking involved. On this trip we will be shooting images from both the deck of the Ocean Light II as well as from a 19′ Zodiac. To fully enjoy and participate in the shooting sessions in the Zodiac there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this outstanding photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Marine Mammals Exploratory Photo Adventure.

 

OVERVIEW: This one is all new for 2018! This trip begins in Port McNeill and for the first portion of the trip it will cover the same terrain as our “standard” Marine Mammals trips of previous years. So that means lots of Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters – and more! Then, we swing north and east and explore the region from the northern tip of Vancouver Island all the way over to the island town of Bella Bella, where our trip ends. Expect fantastic scenery with great marine mammal subjects during the entire adventure! A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

This is trip has an OPTIONAL day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. Note that on this trip we will spend an EXTRA day on the Ocean Light II sailboat (8 days rather than 7). The trip option with the day of photography instruction also includes two nights of accommodation and meals in Port McNeill.

 

While this trip is classified as an Exploratory Photo Adventure it requires only a moderate level of fitness – we will be spending some time hiking on this trip but each location where we do hike will have a variety of options (of differing ease). It is recommended that anyone signing up for this trip should be able to hike 2-3 km while carrying their own camera gear.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure with Optional Photography Instruction (see below for description of photo tour types)

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill (visit Brad’s website Natural Art Images)

TRIP ID: Marine-2018-2.

DATES: August 15 to 25, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. August 16-25, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Aug 17-24, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding. There will be some hiking and/or beach-combing during the trip. So…on this trip we will be shooting images from the deck of a sailboat, from a 19′ Zodiac, and from shore locations. To fully enjoy and participate in this trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Hiking/beach-combing with your camera gear. You should be able to hike or beach-comb while carrying your camera gear while walking up to 3 kilometers (or two miles) on uneven or even slippery surfaces.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.

Into the Great Bear Rainforest – Autumn 2018

 

In August of 2011 National Geographic Magazine referred to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest as “The Wildest Place in North America”. They were right.

 

In the autumn of 2018 we are offering 2 great “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours. One is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is an Exploratory Photo Adventure (see top of page for description of photo tour types).

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, grizzly bears, black bears, coastal wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful 71″ sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours!

 

Many of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

Important Note: These trips are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are NOT dedicated solely to photographing the rare white Spirit Bear. While our track record on finding (and photographing) Spirit Bears is excellent, we cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

For images that I have captured during my past trips to the Great Bear Rainforest, visit my Great Bear Rainforest Journeys Gallery.

 

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW: Back once more for the 2018 season! Think of this one as the Great Bear “full meal deal” photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This trip begins and ends in Terrace, BC. It includes 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)

TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-1.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick

DATES: October 3-12, 2018, including arrival and departure days. In the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Ocean Light II from October 5-12, 2018.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.

 

COST: Sold Out.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
 Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

 

OVERVIEW: This one covers the same general portion of the Great Bear Rainforest as the Instructional version of the trip, but we will be exploring some of the much less commonly visited inlets and estuaries in search of the best wildlife subjects and scenes the Great Bear can offer! This trip will include some hiking on uneven (and slippery!) terrain, so those considering coming on this trip should have good mobility, a moderate-to-high fitness level, and a good sense of balance. While this trip will not be focused SOLELY on finding and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear, we will be dedicating some time to capturing images of these amazing creatures in areas they are regularly encountered. We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This WILL be a highly memorable experience!

 

This Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Terrace, BC. In 2018 it is being offered with an optional day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. The optional instructional version includes two nights of accommodation and meals for the portion of the trip in Terrace, BC.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure (see below for description of photo tour types)

TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-2.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill (visit Brad’s website Natural Art Images)

DATES: Sept 12-21, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. Sept 13-21, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Sept 14-21, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.

CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

 

COST: Sold Out

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
 Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this brochure – or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

The Kluane-Haines Explorer – Autumn 2018

 

Back for 2018!

 

OVERVIEW:  This exciting Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Whitehorse – way up in Canada’s Yukon Territory. We’ll spend 8 full days exploring the region between Whitehorse and Haines, Alaska searching for great photo opps of northern wildlife and landscapes. We’ll start (and spend 3.5 days) in the Yukon’s Kluane National Park photographing the fall rut of beautiful white Dall Sheep. And, of course, we’ll opportunistically photograph other northern species of wildlife that frequent the area, including Canada Lynx, Grey Wolves, Red Foxes, Elk, Golden Eagles, and more! This portion of the trip offers spectacular landscape photography opportunities as well – possibly including opportunities to photography the northern lights (the Aurora Borealis)!

 

We’ll then travel to Haines, Alaska to photograph the spectacle presented by the world’s largest congregation of Bald Eagles. We will, of course, have ample opportunity to capture striking flight shots, including “flight-action” shots as eagles compete for their prey. But this area also offers opportunities to capture majestic “eagle-scape” shots, with backdrops second to none!

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Whitehorse beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, great camaraderie, tons of photo opps, et cetera!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in “Photo Op” format(see below for description of photo tour types)
TRIP ID: Kluane-Haines-2018-1
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days)
DATES: November 18-27, 2018
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 5
COST: Basic trip with SHARED ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $5999 CAD plus 5% GST. Basic trip with SINGLE ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $6299 CAD plus 5% GST.

 

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY (subject to minor changes owing to wildlife distribution and weather events!):

• Day 1 (Nov 18): Arrive in Whitehorse. Overnight in Whitehorse.
• Day 2 (Nov 19): Travel (via van) to Kluane National Park. Photograph Dall Sheep. Have fun. Overnight in Kluane (at B&B).
• Days 3-5 (Nov 20-22): In Kluane having fun with sheep (photographic fun) and hopefully other critters. Overnight in Kluane (at B&B).
• Day 6 (Nov 23): Travel to Haines, including stopping for photo ops. Overnight in Haines (at hotel).
• Days 7 & 8 (Nov 24 & 25): In Haines having fun with eagles. Overnight in Haines (at hotel).
• Day 9 (Nov 26): Return trip to Whitehorse stopping for wildlife or scenery photo ops as they present themselves. Overnight in Whitehorse.
• Day 10 (Nov 27): Depart from Whitehorse at anytime during this day.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trip in terms of physical requirements: The Kluane portion has the potential to be fairly demanding physically (as we head up-and-down a snow-covered mountain working with Dall Sheep while carrying our camera gear) while the Haines portion requires only the ability to walk up to a few kilometers (or perhaps a mile or two!) on flat ground – while (of course) carrying your own camera gear. Note that Kluane Lake (at the foot of the mountain where we’ll be working with the sheep) is at 781 meters (about 2500 ft) above sea level whereas the portion of the Chilkat River near Haines where we’ll be working with eagles is at close to sea level. The Kluane portion of the trip will NOT require technical climbing skills. On this trip we use our metabolic energy to go TO our subject matter! To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

Kluane Portion: Be able to hike up to 5 km (up to about 3.5 miles) on uneven, rolling and potentially slippery snow-covered terrain – all while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility, balance, and at least a moderate level of fitness.
Kluane Portion: Be able to hike up steep terrain (for up to 1200-1500 vertical feet) while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility, balance, and at least a moderate level of fitness.
Haines Portion: Be able to hike up to 2-3 kilometers on flat but possibly snow-covered terrain while carrying your own camera gear. This will require good mobility and balance.

 

REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

 

MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

2019 Photo Tours…

Here’s our schedule of Photo Tours for 2019. Please note that we may add one or more trips to this schedule sometime in the future.

 

NEW PHOTO TOURS! In 2019 we are introducing 4 COMPLETELY NEW photo tours! Here’s a list of the new tours:

The Pacific Rim Explorer  (April 2019)
Spring in the Southern Great Bear  (May 2019)
The Gwaii Haanas Explorer  (July 2019)
Summer in the Southern Great Bear  (August 2019)

 

GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST TOURS! In 2019 we are offering a total of SIX trips that venture into BC’s famous Great Bear Rainforest:

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour (May 2019)
Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Photo Tour (May-June 2019)
Spring in the Southern Great Bear (May 2019)
Summer in the Southern Great Bear (August 2019)
Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure (September 2019)
Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour (October 2019)

 

ALL 2019 PHOTO TOURS? Just scroll down!

2019 Photo Tours…

Here’s our schedule of Photo Tours for 2019. Please note that we may add one or more trips to this schedule sometime in the future.

 

NEW PHOTO TOURS! In 2019 we are introducing 4 COMPLETELY NEW photo tours! Here’s a list of the new tours:

The Pacific Rim Explorer  (April 2019)
Spring in the Southern Great Bear  (May 2019)
The Gwaii Haanas Explorer  (July 2019)
Summer in the Southern Great Bear  (August 2019)

 

GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST TOURS! In 2019 we are offering a total of SIX trips that venture into BC’s famous Great Bear Rainforest:

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour (May 2019)
Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Photo Tour (May-June 2019)
Spring in the Southern Great Bear (May 2019)
Summer in the Southern Great Bear (August 2019)
Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure (September 2019)
Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour (October 2019)

 

ALL 2019 PHOTO TOURS? Just scroll down!

 

 

1. The Pacific Rim Explorer – April 2019

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

What a way to start April! This exciting new photo tour focuses on the spectacular coastal wilderness in the Barclay Sound region on the western side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We begin the trip with two full nights at the beautiful Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, BC, including a full-day of professional photography instruction. Then we board the Passing Cloud (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner) and spend 4 full days navigating more than 300 islands and islets in the southern portion of Pacific Rim National Park. And…YES, we will be spending time in the famous Broken Group of islands!

 

Our photographic subject matter will include Black Bears, Sea Otters, both Grey and Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, countless species of seabirds, and both land- and seascapes of unsurpassed beauty!

 

If you think of this photo tour as a one-of-a-kind “floating workshop” mixing great subject matter, top-notch photography instruction, and absolute first-class accommodation (and food!) in a beautiful wooden schooner you’d be on the right track!

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is an all-inclusive trip once you arrive in Ucluelet, BC on Day 1 of the trip. It includes two nights of accommodation at the Black Rock Resort, a full day of professional photography instruction, 4-full days aboard the Passing Cloud 70-foot classic schooner, a great crew and chef, wildlife guides, photography guides, all park user fees, and more! It’s a real full-meal deal!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types).
• TRIP ID: PacRim-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 7 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days aboard the Passing Cloud (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: April 3-9, 2019, including arrival and departure days. April 5-9, 2019 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Ucluelet, BC): $3799 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Ucluelet, BC.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails and beaches while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

 

2. Spring in the Southern Great Bear – May 2019

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019 – OUR FIRST EVER SPRING GREAT BEAR EXPERIENCE!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

This spectacular new photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with seven days of photography in a very special and very wild pristine wilderness – British Columbia’s spectacular coastal Great Bear Rainforest. You will be provided with the opportunity, the conceptual and creative tools, and the techniques needed to capture striking images of spectacular scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Our “targeted” subjects will include Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, possibly coastal Gray Wolves, landscapes and seascapes, and more. And, we’ll do all this while traveling into the depths of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard a classic and spacious 70-foot wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Bella Bella beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, bear guides, photography guides, and all First Nation, Conservation and Stewardship fees. Of course great camaraderie and tons of great photo ops are included as well!

 

How does this Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours? On this spring trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions, on this spring trip we have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters and Fin Whales. However, our prospects of seeing and photographing a Spirit Bear is somewhat lower than on our autumn Great Bear Rainforest photo tours.

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types).
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Passing Cloud(a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: May 4-13, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 6-13, 2019 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Bella, BC): $6999 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella, BC.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.

3. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – May/June 2019

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

In 2019 we are offering TWO different versions of this popular trip that ventures into the most northerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest – an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen and a 4-day Photo Op Tour.

 

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public – and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem – The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet’s few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people – and far, far fewer photographers – annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

 

Many of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery were captured in the Khutzeymateen – check them out to get a feeling for what the Khutzeymateen offers up!

 

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW:

 

Back again for 2019! This one is the Khutzeymateen “full meal deal” and is exceptionally popular! This photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We’ll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world’s best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is an all-inclusive trip (once in Prince Rupert, BC on Day 1) that includes 2 nights of accommodation and all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of wildlife photography instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, certified bear and photography guides, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

 

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-1.
• DURATION: 8 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 22-29, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 24-29 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.   Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip


• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – 4-Day Photo Op Photo Tour

 

OVERVIEW:

 

The slightly “lighter” version of the “full meal deal”! This “photo-op” style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area, the bears, and the overall experience in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert before your time in the Khutzeymateen are NOT included in the price of this tour. But, like with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. A certified bear guide, photography guide, and all sanctuary and conservancy fees are also included. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic “tips and tricks” about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-2.
• DURATION: 6 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 28 to June 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 29 – June 2 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.
• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.

 

4. The Gwaii Haanas Explorer – July 2019

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019 – A FLOATING NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP ON STEROIDS!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

What the heck is Gwaii Haanas? It’s a Canadian National Park Reserve located on a remote archipelago off British Columbia’s west coast. The entire archipelago is now known as Haida Gwaii – it was formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. And, its remoteness and high number of endemic species and sub-species has led many to refer to it as the “Galapagos of the North”.

 

Simply put, Gwaii Haanas is a nature photographer’s dream come true. Isolated, pristine, chock full of wildlife (including Black Bears, Sitka Deer, Steller Sea Lions, several whale species including Orcas and Humpbacks, seabirds galore, and more!), the world’s richest intertidal zones, and with both sea- and landscapes of stunning beauty.

 

The only way to think of this one is as a floating nature photography workshop on steroids! It combines a full day of nature and wildlife photography instruction with 7 full days on a beautiful 71-foot ocean ketch (the Ocean Light II sailboat) exploring the riches of Gwaii Haanas. This is an extremely diverse trip – both in what we do and what we’ll photograph. We’ll spend time in old-growth forests, walk on beaches, hike on trails, explore in kayaks, take Zodiac excursions, and a whole lot more!

 

And, of ALL the photo tours we offer, this one is the absolute BEST for couples where only one is a photographer (there is just SO MUCH for the non-photographer in the couple to do on this one!).

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This one is all-inclusive once you arrive in Sandspit, BC on Day 1! It includes all meals, accommodation, a full day of photography instruction, all travel during the trip, a week aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat, a great crew and cook, photography guide, great camaraderie, tons of AMAZING photo ops and more!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Gwaii-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in Gwaii Haanas aboard the Ocean Light IIsailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: July 5-14, 2019, including arrival and departure days. July 7-14 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Sandspit, BC): $6699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Sandspit.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

 

5. Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast – August 2019

 

BACK BY VERY POPULAR DEMAND!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

This Instructional Photo Tour offers a full day of wildlife photography instruction plus 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II- a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) “animalscapes”.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Port McNeill (northern Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is another all-inclusive trip (once you arrive in Port McNeill, BC) and includes all meals, accommodation, a full day of photography instruction, all travel during the trip, a week aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat, a great crew and cook, photography guide, great camaraderie, tons of AMAZING photo ops and more!

 

A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on our Marine Mammals photo tour can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Marine-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days), including 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: July 31 to August 9, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 2-9 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 2.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Port McNeill, BC): $5799 Canadian plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Port McNeill.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is little or no hiking involved. On this trip we will be shooting images from both the deck of the Ocean Light II as well as from a 19′ Zodiac. To fully enjoy and participate in the shooting sessions in the Zodiac there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

6. Summer in the Southern Great Bear – August 2019

 

A NEW GREAT BEAR EXPERIENCE FOR 2019!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

This spectacular new photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with seven days of photography in British Columbia’s spectacular coastal Great Bear Rainforest. Our “targeted” subjects will include Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, possibly coastal Gray Wolves and Spirit Bears, landscapes and seascapes, and more. And, we’ll do all this while traveling into the depths of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard a classic and spacious 70-foot wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Bella Bella beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, bear guides, photography guides, and all First Nation, Conservation and Stewardship fees. Of course great camaraderie and tons of great photo ops are included as well!

 

How does this summer Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours? On this late August trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions, on this August trip we have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters and Fin Whales. Our chances of encountering and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear are most accurately and candidly described as “quite decent” but slightly lower than on our September and October “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours.

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-2.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 11 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Passing Cloudsailboat (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: August 23 – September 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 25 – September 2 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.  Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, contact me if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip.
• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

 

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

7. Into the Great Bear Rainforest – September/October 2019

 

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD-RENOWN GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST!

 

For the autumn of 2019 we are offering 2 great “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours. One is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is an Photo Op trip in the Exploratory Photo Adventure category!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

Back once more for the 2019 season! Think of this one as the autumn Great Bear “full meal deal” photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This trip begins in Terrace, BC and ends in Bella Bella, BC.

 

What’s included? 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-3.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: October 2-11, 2019, including arrival and departure days. October 4-11, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. (Sold out). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, contact me.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Terrace, BC): $7499 Canadian plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Terrace.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

The easiest way to think of this one is this: just take our standard “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour, remove the day of instruction, add ONE FULL EXTRA DAY in the Great Bear, and then add just a tad of “gnarly”! This photo tour covers the same general portion of the Great Bear Rainforest as the Instructional version of the trip, but we will be exploring some of the much less commonly visited inlets and estuaries in search of the best wildlife subjects and scenes the Great Bear can offer! This trip will include some hiking on uneven (and slippery!) terrain, so those considering coming on this trip should have good mobility, a moderate-to-high fitness level, and a good sense of balance. While this trip will not be focused SOLELY on finding and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear, we will be dedicating some time to capturing images of these amazing creatures in areas they are regularly encountered. We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This WILL be a highly memorable experience!

 

This Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Terrace, BC.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in “Photo Op” format (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-4.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: September 11-20, 2019 including arrival and departure days. September 12-20, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, contact me.
• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires an above average level of physical fitness and both good mobility and balance. In all likelihood we will be hiking while on this trip and this hiking may include sections in creeks with slippery, rocky bottoms. We will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

 

• Be able to hike up to 4 km (up to about 3 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

 

1. The Pacific Rim Explorer – April 2019

 

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

What a way to start April! This exciting new photo tour focuses on the spectacular coastal wilderness in the Barclay Sound region on the western side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We begin the trip with two full nights at the beautiful Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, BC, including a full-day of professional photography instruction. Then we board the Passing Cloud (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner) and spend 4 full days navigating more than 300 islands and islets in the southern portion of Pacific Rim National Park. And…YES, we will be spending time in the famous Broken Group of islands!

 

Our photographic subject matter will include Black Bears, Sea Otters, both Grey and Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, countless species of seabirds, and both land- and seascapes of unsurpassed beauty!

 

If you think of this photo tour as a one-of-a-kind “floating workshop” mixing great subject matter, top-notch photography instruction, and absolute first-class accommodation (and food!) in a beautiful wooden schooner you’d be on the right track!

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is an all-inclusive trip once you arrive in Ucluelet, BC on Day 1 of the trip. It includes two nights of accommodation at the Black Rock Resort, a full day of professional photography instruction, 4-full days aboard the Passing Cloud 70-foot classic schooner, a great crew and chef, wildlife guides, photography guides, all park user fees, and more! It’s a real full-meal deal!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types).
• TRIP ID: PacRim-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 7 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days aboard the Passing Cloud (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: April 3-9, 2019, including arrival and departure days. April 5-9, 2019 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Ucluelet, BC): $3799 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Ucluelet, BC.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails and beaches while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

2. Spring in the Southern Great Bear – May 2019

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019 – OUR FIRST EVER SPRING GREAT BEAR EXPERIENCE!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

This spectacular new photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with seven days of photography in a very special and very wild pristine wilderness – British Columbia’s spectacular coastal Great Bear Rainforest. You will be provided with the opportunity, the conceptual and creative tools, and the techniques needed to capture striking images of spectacular scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Our “targeted” subjects will include Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, possibly coastal Gray Wolves, landscapes and seascapes, and more. And, we’ll do all this while traveling into the depths of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard a classic and spacious 70-foot wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Bella Bella beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, bear guides, photography guides, and all First Nation, Conservation and Stewardship fees. Of course great camaraderie and tons of great photo ops are included as well!

 

How does this Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours? On this spring trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions, on this spring trip we have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters and Fin Whales. However, our prospects of seeing and photographing a Spirit Bear is somewhat lower than on our autumn Great Bear Rainforest photo tours.

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types).
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Passing Cloud(a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: May 4-13, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 6-13, 2019 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Bella, BC): $6999 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella, BC.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.

3. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – May/June 2019

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

In 2019 we are offering TWO different versions of this popular trip that ventures into the most northerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest – an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen and a 4-day Photo Op Tour.

 

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public – and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem – The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet’s few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people – and far, far fewer photographers – annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

 

Many of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery were captured in the Khutzeymateen – check them out to get a feeling for what the Khutzeymateen offers up!

 

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW:

 

Back again for 2019! This one is the Khutzeymateen “full meal deal” and is exceptionally popular! This photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We’ll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world’s best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is an all-inclusive trip (once in Prince Rupert, BC on Day 1) that includes 2 nights of accommodation and all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of wildlife photography instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, certified bear and photography guides, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

 

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-1.
• DURATION: 8 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 22-29, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 24-29 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.
• COST: Sold Out

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.

 

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen – 4-Day Photo Op Photo Tour

 

OVERVIEW:

 

The slightly “lighter” version of the “full meal deal”! This “photo-op” style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area, the bears, and the overall experience in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert before your time in the Khutzeymateen are NOT included in the price of this tour. But, like with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. A certified bear guide, photography guide, and all sanctuary and conservancy fees are also included. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic “tips and tricks” about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-2.
• DURATION: 6 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 28 to June 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 29 – June 2 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2020.
• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

 

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.

4. The Gwaii Haanas Explorer – July 2019

 

BRAND NEW FOR 2019 – A FLOATING NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP ON STEROIDS!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

What the heck is Gwaii Haanas? It’s a Canadian National Park Reserve located on a remote archipelago off British Columbia’s west coast. The entire archipelago is now known as Haida Gwaii – it was formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. And, its remoteness and high number of endemic species and sub-species has led many to refer to it as the “Galapagos of the North”.

 

Simply put, Gwaii Haanas is a nature photographer’s dream come true. Isolated, pristine, chock full of wildlife (including Black Bears, Sitka Deer, Steller Sea Lions, several whale species including Orcas and Humpbacks, seabirds galore, and more!), the world’s richest intertidal zones, and with both sea- and landscapes of stunning beauty.

 

The only way to think of this one is as a floating nature photography workshop on steroids! It combines a full day of nature and wildlife photography instruction with 7 full days on a beautiful 71-foot ocean ketch (the Ocean Light II sailboat) exploring the riches of Gwaii Haanas. This is an extremely diverse trip – both in what we do and what we’ll photograph. We’ll spend time in old-growth forests, walk on beaches, hike on trails, explore in kayaks, take Zodiac excursions, and a whole lot more!

 

And, of ALL the photo tours we offer, this one is the absolute BEST for couples where only one is a photographer (there is just SO MUCH for the non-photographer in the couple to do on this one!).

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This one is all-inclusive once you arrive in Sandspit, BC on Day 1! It includes all meals, accommodation, a full day of photography instruction, all travel during the trip, a week aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat, a great crew and cook, photography guide, great camaraderie, tons of AMAZING photo ops and more!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Gwaii-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in Gwaii Haanas aboard the Ocean Light IIsailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: July 5-14, 2019, including arrival and departure days. July 7-14 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Sandspit, BC): $6699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Sandspit.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

5. Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast – August 2019

 

BACK BY VERY POPULAR DEMAND!

 

OVERVIEW:

 

This Instructional Photo Tour offers a full day of wildlife photography instruction plus 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II- a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) “animalscapes”.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Port McNeill (northern Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? This is another all-inclusive trip (once you arrive in Port McNeill, BC) and includes all meals, accommodation, a full day of photography instruction, all travel during the trip, a week aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat, a great crew and cook, photography guide, great camaraderie, tons of AMAZING photo ops and more!

 

A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on our Marine Mammals photo tour can be found in my “Marine Mammals” photo gallery.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Marine-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days), including 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: July 31 to August 9, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 2-9 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 2.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Port McNeill, BC): $5799 Canadian plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Port McNeill.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is little or no hiking involved. On this trip we will be shooting images from both the deck of the Ocean Light II as well as from a 19′ Zodiac. To fully enjoy and participate in the shooting sessions in the Zodiac there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

• Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

6. Summer in the Southern Great Bear – August 2019

 

A NEW GREAT BEAR EXPERIENCE FOR 2019!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

This spectacular new photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with seven days of photography in British Columbia’s spectacular coastal Great Bear Rainforest. Our “targeted” subjects will include Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, possibly coastal Gray Wolves and Spirit Bears, landscapes and seascapes, and more. And, we’ll do all this while traveling into the depths of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard a classic and spacious 70-foot wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

This photo tour begins and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada.

 

What’s Included? Most everything after you arrive in Bella Bella beginning on Day 1. So that means meals, accommodation, all travel during the trip, bear guides, photography guides, and all First Nation, Conservation and Stewardship fees. Of course great camaraderie and tons of great photo ops are included as well!

 

How does this summer Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours? On this late August trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions, on this August trip we have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters and Fin Whales. Our chances of encountering and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear are most accurately and candidly described as “quite decent” but slightly lower than on our September and October “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours.

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-2.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 11 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Passing Cloudsailboat (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: August 23 – September 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 25 – September 2 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip

• COST: SOLD OUT.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

 

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

7. Into the Great Bear Rainforest – September/October 2019

 

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD-RENOWN GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST!

 

For the autumn of 2019 we are offering 2 great “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Photo Tours. One is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is an Photo Op trip in the Exploratory Photo Adventure category!

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Gray Wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you’ve conjured up exactly what you get on ALL our Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours!

 

Important Note: All of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see – and photograph – as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

 

The majority of the images in my very popular “Bears” photo gallery and in my “Animalscapes” photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest – feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

 

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

Back once more for the 2019 season! Think of this one as the autumn Great Bear “full meal deal” photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II – a comfortable 71′ ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

This trip begins in Terrace, BC and ends in Bella Bella, BC.

 

What’s included? 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-3.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: October 2-11, 2019, including arrival and departure days. October 4-11, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS:0. (Sold out). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, contact me.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Terrace, BC): $7499 Canadian plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Terrace.

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be hiking during 2 or 3 days while on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

• Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

 

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

The easiest way to think of this one is this: just take our standard “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour, remove the day of instruction, add ONE FULL EXTRA DAY in the Great Bear, and then add just a tad of “gnarly”! This photo tour covers the same general portion of the Great Bear Rainforest as the Instructional version of the trip, but we will be exploring some of the much less commonly visited inlets and estuaries in search of the best wildlife subjects and scenes the Great Bear can offer! This trip will include some hiking on uneven (and slippery!) terrain, so those considering coming on this trip should have good mobility, a moderate-to-high fitness level, and a good sense of balance. While this trip will not be focused SOLELY on finding and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear, we will be dedicating some time to capturing images of these amazing creatures in areas they are regularly encountered. We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This WILL be a highly memorable experience!

 

This Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Terrace, BC.

 

CRITICAL DETAILS:

 

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in “Photo Op” format (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-4.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: September 11-20, 2019 including arrival and departure days. September 12-20, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@wildelements.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, contact me.
• COST: SOLD OUT

 

• PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires an above average level of physical fitness and both good mobility and balance. In all likelihood we will be hiking while on this trip and this hiking may include sections in creeks with slippery, rocky bottoms. We will be shooting images from the deck of the sailboat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

 

• Be able to hike up to 4 km (up to about 3 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) – all while carrying your own camera gear. In most years our best Spirit Bear photography ops come from selected locations on islands. Access to these locations is by walking only.
• Be able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5′ vertical ladder.
• Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
• Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

 

• REGISTRATION: Contact Brad Hill at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

 

• MORE INFORMATION? Contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

 

Photo Tour Offerings…

Photo Tours Offerings

 

Grizzly Bear photo tours. Humpback, Killer Whale and Sea Otter photo tours. Great Bear Rainforest photo tours. Khutzeymateen photo tours. Spirit Bear photo tours. In other words, photo tours featuring the absolute best wildlife subjects the Canadian wilderness can offer.

 

If you’re a keen nature or wildlife photographer and you’re looking for that “ultimate” photo tour, you’ve definitely come to the right place! We offer a small number but growing numbers of photo tours each year to absolutely amazing and remote destinations with absolutely amazing subject matter. We keep our trips small in size (normally with 6 or fewer participants) so each participant receives ample attention and unobstructed shooting angles and photo opportunities. We currently offer three distinct types of Photo Tours:

 

1. Instructional Photo Tours: These photo tours combine a full day of professional photography instruction with multiple days filled with fantastic photo opportunities of dramatic subjects, including wild Grizzlies, Spirit Bears, Orcas, Humpbacks and more! Besides the classroom-style instruction provided at the beginning of the tour, participants will receive instruction in the field and, on some tours, evening seminars. Our instructional photo tours are targeted at all serious nature photographers – from keen novices through to seasoned professionals.

 

2. “Photo Op” Photo Tours: “Photo Op” tours are similar to our instructional photo tours but offer a reduced instructional component (the full day of pre-trip classroom-style instruction is omitted). They offer access to amazing photographic opportunities in a small, intimate group of like-minded individuals and with experienced guides and a dedicated photographic guide (that would be ME!). During Photo Op photo tours photographic coaching on issues related to both image capture and image processing is available upon request. Our Photo Op tours are designed more for the intermediate-to-advanced (and professional) photographer not wishing formal instruction. These tours are very popular with those who have previously attended one or more of our Instructional Photo Tours.

 

3. “Exploratory Photo Adventures”: First introduced in 2013, these guided adventures visit the same general wildlife photography “hotspots” (such as the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia) that we do on our other tours, but instead of focusing on the “tried and true” locations we strike out to explore rarely visited inlets, bays, streams, and forests. It’s best to think of these trips as “higher risk” (in terms of “bagging” a single specific species) but “higher potential reward” (in terms of getting shots of species in locations and settings not commonly photographed). In short, these trips should appeal to the adventurous types who really like to “get out there”. Those considering these trips should be physically mobile, able to carry their own photography gear over rough terrain (such as slippery rocks or through thick forests), and be comfortable with the thought of working outside in weather that could be…uhhhh…different than what you’d normally think of as beach weather! 😉

Photo Tour Offerings…

Photo Tours Offerings – 2018

 

Grizzly Bear photo tours. Humpback, Killer Whale and Sea Otter photo tours. Great Bear Rainforest photo tours. Khutzeymateen photo tours. Spirit Bear photo tours. In other words, photo tours featuring the absolute best wildlife subjects the Canadian wilderness can offer.

 

If you’re a keen nature or wildlife photographer and you’re looking for that “ultimate” photo tour, you’ve definitely come to the right place! We offer a small number but growing numbers of photo tours each year to absolutely amazing and remote destinations with absolutely amazing subject matter. We keep our trips small in size (normally with 6 or fewer participants) so each participant receives ample attention and unobstructed shooting angles and photo opportunities. We currently offer three distinct types of Photo Tours:

 

1. Instructional Photo Tours: These photo tours combine a full day of professional photography instruction with multiple days filled with fantastic photo opportunities of dramatic subjects, including wild Grizzlies, Spirit Bears, Orcas, Humpbacks and more! Besides the classroom-style instruction provided at the beginning of the tour, participants will receive instruction in the field and, on some tours, evening seminars. Our instructional photo tours are targeted at all serious nature photographers – from keen novices through to seasoned professionals.

 

2. “Photo Op” Photo Tours: “Photo Op” tours are similar to our instructional photo tours but offer a reduced instructional component (the full day of pre-trip classroom-style instruction is omitted). They offer access to amazing photographic opportunities in a small, intimate group of like-minded individuals and with experienced guides and a dedicated photographic guide (that would be ME!). During Photo Op photo tours photographic coaching on issues related to both image capture and image processing is available upon request. Our Photo Op tours are designed more for the intermediate-to-advanced (and professional) photographer not wishing formal instruction. These tours are very popular with those who have previously attended one or more of our Instructional Photo Tours.

 

3. “Exploratory Photo Adventures”: First introduced in 2013, these guided adventures visit the same general wildlife photography “hotspots” (such as the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia) that we do on our other tours, but instead of focusing on the “tried and true” locations we strike out to explore rarely visited inlets, bays, streams, and forests. It’s best to think of these trips as “higher risk” (in terms of “bagging” a single specific species) but “higher potential reward” (in terms of getting shots of species in locations and settings not commonly photographed). In short, these trips should appeal to the adventurous types who really like to “get out there”. Those considering these trips should be physically mobile, able to carry their own photography gear over rough terrain (such as slippery rocks or through thick forests), and be comfortable with the thought of working outside in weather that could be…uhhhh…different than what you’d normally think of as beach weather! 😉

Our Wildlife Photography Ethics – Wildlife FIRST!

Wildlife conservation is the primary reason for our involvement in wildlife photography. As such, we place the welfare and value of our subjects above the value of any photograph of them. This philosophy is embodied in our Wildlife FIRSTrules of conduct that guide our actions during all our photo tours.

 

These four simple ethical rules state that:

1. We work only with true WILDlife! That means completely free-ranging subjects in natural (non-captive and non-confining) environments.

2. We engage in PASSIVE wildlife photography only. This means we strive to capture images of our subjects behaving as naturally as possible and without the use of “set-ups”, contrivances, or actions that could guide our subjects toward desirable settings/backdrops or elicit specific “poses”.

3. We do nothing intentional to alter or influence the behaviour of our subject(s) for the purposes of photography. This means we do not engage in any form of luring or baiting (or any other form of food supplementation). Additionally, we will not use any form of sound to alter the behaviour of the subject for the purpose of photography (including using predator and/or prey calls, vocal clicking, or making any other sound to encourage the subject to look at us).

4. We always allow the wildlife subject – regardless of the species – to determine the distance it is comfortable with between itself and us. This principle not only serves to reduce the stress on the subject, but it also allows photographers to capture the subject behaving in a more natural, and often more interesting, fashion.

 

Those participating in our photo tours are expected to conform to these rules of photographer conduct.

 

All images on this website, including those contained within PDF brochures for all our photo tours, were captured following these Wildlife FIRST rules of photographer conduct.

Our Wildlife Photography Ethics – Wildlife FIRST!

Wildlife conservation is the primary reason for our involvement in wildlife photography. As such, we place the welfare and value of our subjects above the value of any photograph of them. This philosophy is embodied in our Wildlife FIRSTrules of conduct that guide our actions during all our photo tours.

 

These four simple ethical rules state that:

1. We work only with true WILDlife! That means completely free-ranging subjects in natural (non-captive and non-confining) environments.

2. We engage in PASSIVE wildlife photography only. This means we strive to capture images of our subjects behaving as naturally as possible and without the use of “set-ups”, contrivances, or actions that could guide our subjects toward desirable settings/backdrops or elicit specific “poses”.

3. We do nothing intentional to alter or influence the behaviour of our subject(s) for the purposes of photography. This means we do not engage in any form of luring or baiting (or any other form of food supplementation). Additionally, we will not use any form of sound to alter the behaviour of the subject for the purpose of photography (including using predator and/or prey calls, vocal clicking, or making any other sound to encourage the subject to look at us).

4. We always allow the wildlife subject – regardless of the species – to determine the distance it is comfortable with between itself and us. This principle not only serves to reduce the stress on the subject, but it also allows photographers to capture the subject behaving in a more natural, and often more interesting, fashion.

 

Those participating in our photo tours are expected to conform to these rules of photographer conduct.

 

All images on this website, including those contained within PDF brochures for all our photo tours, were captured following these Wildlife FIRST rules of photographer conduct.