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

2019 Photo Tours…

Our 2019 photo tour season in now completed.  To get a synopsis of the trips I lead, visit My Blog for the recaps of the various trips.

 

At the beginning of 2020 we will be releasing our 2021 photo tours list.  To be placed on the priority booking list for any of the trips, please contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca

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.

1. April 2019: The Pacific Rim Explorer – New for 2019!

2. May 2019: Spring in the Southern Great Bear

3. Late May 2019: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour

4. Late May – Early June 2019: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Photo Tour

5. July 2019: The Gwaii Haanas Explorer – New for 2019!

6. August 2019: Marine Mammals (August 2019)

7. Late August 2019: August in the Great Bear Rainforest – JUST ADDED!!!

8. Late August 2019:  Summer in the Southern Great Bear  – New for 2019

9. September 2019: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

10. September 2019: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour

ALL 2019 PHOTO TOURS? Just scroll down!

2020 Photo Tours…

Here’s our current schedule* of Photo Tours for 2020:

1. April 2020: The Pacific Rim Explorer
2. May 2020: Spring in the Southern Great Bear
3. Late May 2020: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour
4. Late May – Early June 2020: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Photo Tour
5. Late June – Early July 2020: Haida Gwaii West…AND WILD!
6. August 2020: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast
7. Late August – Early September 2020: Summer in the Southern Great Bear
8. September 2020: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure
9. October 2020: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour

 

*Please note that we ARE working on producing one or more additional photo tours for 2020…if they come together details will be available here no later than autumn 2019.

To painfully scroll through the details of ALL 2020 PHOTO TOURS just follow this link…

 

Thanks and I hope to see YOU on one of our great photo tours in 2020

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!

 

CRITICAL DETAILS (expand for details)

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!

 

• 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Sold Out
• 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 (expand for details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or 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.

 

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 (expand for details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Most everything after you arrive in Bella Coola 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!

• 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Bella Coola, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Sold Out.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Coola, BC): $6999 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella, BC.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or 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!

CRITICAL DETAILS (Expand for Details)

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.

 

• 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.

• START & END POINTS: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.
• COST: Sold Out

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (EXPAND FOR DETAILS)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.


4. 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.

CRITICAL DETAILS (EXPAND FOR DETAILS)

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.

 

• 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.

• START & END POINTS: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.
• 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 (EXPAND FOR DETAILS)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this amazing photo tour.

5. 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!).

CRITICAL DETAILS (EXPAND FOR DETAILS)

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!

• 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Sold out.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Sandspit, BC): $6699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Sandspit

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

6. 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”.

 

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 (Expand for details)

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!

 

• 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Port McNeill (northern Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. (Sold out.  Contact me if you would like to be placed on the cancellation list).
• 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 (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

7. August in the Great Bear Rainforest – August 2019

OUR NEWEST ADDITION INTO OUR 2019 PHOTO TOUR SCHEDULE

 

We added this August 2019 Great Bear Rainforest photo tour onto our busy 2019 schedule late in April 2019. This one is a 7-day Photo Op version that travels from the southern portion of the Great Bear and right through its heart, including through prime Spirit Bear terrain. It ends in Terrace, BC.

 

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:

 

On this trip we’ll spend 7 full 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! And, 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 “bucket-list” trip is an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

 

How does this “August Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour differ from our autumn “Summer in the Southern Great Bear Photo Tour”? It differs in several ways:

• First, it is a Photo Op style photo tour while our “Summer in the Southern Great Bear” is an Instructional Photo Tour
• Second, while both trips START in the same location (Bella Bella, BC) they have very different routes. The “Summer in the Southern Great Bear” photo tour is a roughly circular trip through the southern end of the Great Bear Rainforest, while the “August in the Great Bear Rainforest” is a point-to-point trip that begins in the southern end of the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella and travels up to the Kitimat/Terrace in the northern end of the Great Bear Rainforest.
• Third, during the “August in the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour you spend 7 full days touring through the Great Bear, while during the “Summer in the Southern Great Bear” photo tour ou spend 8 full days in the Great Bear (i.e., you spend one more day in the Great Bear).

 

How does this “August in the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour differ from our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Instructional Photo Tour that is described below? Actually they are VERY similar, but with two main differences. First, they follow the same route BUT they go in different directions. Second, the “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” Instructional Photo Tour IS an Instructional Photo Tour, while the “August in the Great Bear Rainforest” is a Photo Op style photo tour.

 

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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Most everything after you arrive in Bella Bella including 7 great days touring through and photographing the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest.

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-5.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick.
• DURATION: 9 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: August 21 – August 29, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 22 – August 29, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): Starts in Bella Bella, British Columbia, and ends in Kitimat British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: Sold Out.

• COST: Sold Out

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

8. 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.

 

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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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!

• 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. (Sold Out).

• COST: Sold Out

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour

9. 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 other a 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!

CRITICAL DETAILS (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Two 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.

• 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: September 3-12, 2019, including arrival and departure days. September 5-12, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): This trip starts in Terrace, BC and ends in Bella Bella, BC
• 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 (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour


10. 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!

CRITICAL DETAILS (Expand for 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.

• START & END POINT(S): Starts in Bella Bella, BC and ends in Terrace, BC.
• 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 (Expand for Details)

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? Download the PDF Brochure or contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca for more information and details about this adventurous photo tour.

11. The Kluane-Haines Explorer – Autumn 2019

After a year’s hiatus, BACK for 2019!

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!

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.

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in “Photo Op” format (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Kluane-Haines-2019-1.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days).
• TENTATIVE DATES: November 18 – 27, 2019 (these dates to be confirmed).

• START & END POINT(S): Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 7.

• COST: Basic trip with SHARED ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $5999 CAD plus 5% GST. Basic trip with single accommodation room (in Whitehorse and Haines): $6299 CAD plus GST.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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 and be able to hike up steep terrain (for up to 1200-1500 vertical feet) – all 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

2020 Photo Tours…

Here’s our current schedule* of Photo Tours for 2020:

1. April 2020: The Pacific Rim Explorer
2. May 2020: Spring in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour

3. Late May 2020: Spring in the Southern Great Bear Photo Op Tour

4. Late May 2020: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour
5. Late May – Early June 2020: Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Photo Tour
6. August 2020: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast
7. Late August – Early September 2020: Summer in the Southern Great Bear
8. September 2020: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure
9. October 2020: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour

*Please note that we ARE working on producing one or more additional photo tours for 2020…if they come together details will be available here no later than autumn 2019.

 

Thanks and I hope to see YOU on one of our great photo tours in 2020!

1. The Pacific Rim Explorer 2020

 

BIGGER AND BETTER FOR THE 2020 SEASON

 

OVERVIEW:

This trip is just a great way start April and kickstart your season’s wildlife photography! This exciting instructional 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 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 5 full days (one more than the 2019 version of this trip) 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 targeted photographic subjects 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 photography 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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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, 5 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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: PacRim-2020-1
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 8 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 5 full days aboard the Passing Cloud.
• DATES: April 4-11, 2020, including arrival and departure days. April 6-11, 2020 aboard the Passing Cloud.

• START & END POINT(S): Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 3.

• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Ucluelet, BC): $4599 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Ucluelet, BC.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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 Instructional Photo Tour 2020

 

BACK AGAIN FOR 2020…BUT ALWAYS DIFFERENT

 

OVERVIEW:

About the Great Bear Rainforest: At over 64,000 square kilometers (25,000 sq. mi.) the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of temperate coastal rainforest left on planet Earth. Here the coastal mountains meet the Pacific Ocean – the area is cut by hundreds of steep-sided inlets/fjords and there are countless islands. This true wilderness is rarely visited by humans and is stunningly beautiful in itself. And, it is literally teeming with wildlife, including Grizzly Bears, Black (and Spirit) Bears, coastal Gray Wolves, Wolverines, Sea Otters, American Martens, Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Sea Otters, Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, many species of waterfowl and seabirds, and more!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

The Spring in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour 2020 combines a day of professional photography instruction with seven days of photography in a very special and very wild pristine wilderness. 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, land- 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 schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

Spring is a wonderfully exciting time to be in the Great Bear. Coastal plants are in full bloom, bears are grazing in river estuaries, whales are returning to nearshore waters, and the entire ecosystem is literally coming to life!

 

The southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest has generally the same assemblage of wildlife species as the more northern regions. However our intended route provides us with the opportunity to explore more exposed “outer” islands. This gives us a greater chance of seeing and photographing several species of wildlife, including coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Steller Sea Lions and Fin Whales than on a typical northern Great Bear trip. But please note that on this trip our chances of encountering a Spirit Bear are lower than in the northern Great Bear trips we run in the late summer and early autumn.

 

This is a multi-faceted trip, focusing not only on the bears, but on all the inhabitants of the Great Bear Rainforest – and the entire ecosystem in which they thrive. While the bears are an integral part of this trip, we will be approaching this trip with an attitude of finding and capturing any form of natural beauty and natural art we can find. This may include many species of wildlife and birds, intertidal scenes, landscapes, seascapes, and more!

 

How does this Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest”photo tours? There are three main differences between the trips. First, this one is in the spring (and our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour is in late summer/early autumn). Second, on this spring trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. Third, on our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour we stick to the inner channels and inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest (i.e., the “Inner Great Bear”). On the spring trip we spend time in the Inner Great Bear AND we venture out into the more exposed and “saltier-and-sandier” outer islands and islets of the “Outer Great Bear”. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions of the Great Bear (both are within the Inner Great Bear), by venturing out into the Outer Great Bear on this spring trip we will have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Fin Whales. However, during the spring trip our prospects of seeing and photographing a Spirit Bear is somewhat lower than on our autumn 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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Most everything after your arrival on Day 1 of the trip. 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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2020-1
• 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.
• DATES: May 12-21, 2020 including arrival and departure days. May 14-21, 2020 aboard the Passing Cloud.

• START & END POINT(S): Begins in Bella Coola, British Columbia and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 3.

• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Coola, BC): $7199 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Coola, BC.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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.

3. Spring in the Southern Great Bear Photo Op Photo Tour 2020

 

A NEW VARIANT FOR 2020…AND WITH AN EXCITING NEW TWIST!

 

OVERVIEW:

About the Great Bear Rainforest: At over 64,000 square kilometers (25,000 sq. mi.) the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of temperate coastal rainforest left on planet Earth. Here the coastal mountains meet the Pacific Ocean – the area is cut by hundreds of steep-sided inlets/fjords and there are countless islands. This true wilderness is rarely visited by humans and is stunningly beautiful in itself. And, it is literally teeming with wildlife, including Grizzly Bears, Black (and Spirit) Bears, coastal Gray Wolves, Wolverines, Sea Otters, American Martens, Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Sea Otters, Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, many species of waterfowl and seabirds, and more!

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

 

The Spring in the Southern Great Bear Photo Op Photo Tour 2020 provides you with seven days of photo ops in a very special and very pristine wilderness. You will be provided with the opportunity and resources 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, Coastal Grey Wolves, Sea Otters, land- 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 schooner, the Passing Cloud.

 

Spring is a wonderfully exciting time to be in the Great Bear. Coastal plants are in full bloom, bears are grazing in river estuaries, whales are returning to nearshore waters, and the entire ecosystem is literally coming to life!

 

The southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest has generally the same assemblage of wildlife species as the more northern regions. However our intended route provides us with the opportunity to explore more exposed “outer” islands. This gives us a greater chance of seeing and photographing several species of wildlife, including coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Steller Sea Lions and Fin Whales than on a typical northern Great Bear trip. But please note that on this trip our chances of encountering a Spirit Bear are lower than in the northern Great Bear trips we run in the late summer and early autumn.

 

THE EXCITING NEW TWIST? In 2020 we’re tweaking our intended route to overlap that of our highly successful 2019 “Summer in the Southern Great Bear” photo tour where we had excellent luck with both bears and wolves! We can’t guarantee Coastal Gray Wolves on this trip, but we’re doing all we can to maximize our chances of finding and photographing them!

 

This is a multi-faceted trip, focusing not only on the bears, but on all the inhabitants of the Great Bear Rainforest – and the entire ecosystem in which they thrive. While the bears are an integral part of this trip, we will be approaching this trip with an attitude of finding and capturing any form of natural beauty and natural art we can find. This may include many species of wildlife and birds, intertidal scenes, landscapes, seascapes, and more!

 

How does this Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest”photo tours? There are three main differences between the trips. First, this one is in the spring (and our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour is in late summer/early autumn). Second, on this spring trip we stick to the more southerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our autumn Great Bear photo tours. Third, on our “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour we stick to the inner channels and inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest (i.e., the “Inner Great Bear”). On the spring trip we spend time in the Inner Great Bear AND we venture out into the more exposed and “saltier-and-sandier” outer islands and islets of the “Outer Great Bear”. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions of the Great Bear (both are within the Inner Great Bear), by venturing out into the Outer Great Bear on this spring trip we will have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Fin Whales. However, during the spring trip our prospects of seeing and photographing a Spirit Bear is somewhat lower than on our autumn 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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Most everything after your arrival on Day 1 of the trip. 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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2020-2
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 9 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Passing Cloud.
• DATES: May 29 – June 6, 2020 including arrival and departure days. May 30 – June 6, 2020 aboard the Passing Cloud.

• START & END POINT(S): Begins in Bella Bella, British Columbia and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.

• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Coola, BC): $6,699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella, BC.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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.

4. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour 2020

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

OVERVIEW:

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.

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Khutzeymateen Grizzlies Photo Tour:

Back again for 2020! 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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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.

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2020-1
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick.
• DURATION: 8 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: May 22-29, 2020 including arrival and departure days. May 24-29, 2020 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (Sold Out).

• COST: $6649 CAD plus 5% GST.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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 adventurous photo tour.

5. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Photo Op Tour 2020

 

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

 

OVERVIEW:

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.

 

OVERVIEW of THIS Khutzeymateen Grizzlies Photo Tour:

Back again for 2020! This one is 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.

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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.

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2020-2
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick.
• DURATION: 6 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: May 28-June 2, 2020 including arrival and departure days. May 29-June 2, 2020 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (Sold Out).

• COST: $5149 CAD plus 5% GST.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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 adventurous photo tour.

6. Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast 2020

 

SIMPLY SPECTACULAR…

 

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”.

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: Marine 2020-1
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 day aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: August 12-21, 2020, including arrival and departure days. August 14-21, 2020 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): Port McNeill, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.

• COST: $5999 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Port McNeill.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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.

7. Summer in the Southern Great Bear 2020

 

THE “OTHER SIDE” OF THE GREAT BEAR

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bisecting 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 adventurous photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with eight 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.

 

How does this summer Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our autumn “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours? First, 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. Second, on our September and October “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tours we stick to the inner channels and inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest (i.e., the “Inner Great Bear”). On this August trip we spend time in the Inner Great Bear AND we venture out into the more exposed and “saltier-and-sandier” outer islands and islets of the “Outer Great Bear”. While the overall assemblage of wildlife species is very similar in the southern and northern regions of the Great Bear (both are within the Inner Great Bear), by venturing out into the Outer Great Bear on this spring trip we will have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Sea Lions 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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2020-2.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 11 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 day aboard the Passing Cloud.
• DATES: August 24 – September 3, 2020, including arrival and departure days. August 26 – September 3 aboard the Passing Cloud.

• START & END POINT(S): Bella Bella, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0.

• COST: $7699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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.

8. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure 2020

 

EXPLORE AND PHOTOGRAPH THE HIDDEN RICHES OF THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bisecting 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 Exploratory Photo Adventure is about seeking out and photographing wildlife and coastal scenes in new and much less-visited regions of British Columbia’s spectacular coastal Great Bear Rainforest. Our “targeted” subjects that we’ll actively seek out will include Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, possibly coastal Gray Wolves and Spirit Bears, landscapes and seascapes, and more.

 

The easiest way to think of this one is this: just take our standard “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” photo tour (described below), remove the day of instruction, 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!

 

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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Most everything after you arrive at the trip’s start point (still TBD) 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!

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2020-3.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
• DURATION: 9 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 day aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: September 22-30, 2020, including arrival and departure days. September 23-30, 2020 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): TBD.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: o.

• COST: $7199 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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.
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.

9. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour 2020

 

OUR CLASSIC AUTUMN GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST PHOTO TOUR

 

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bisecting 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:

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! While this is not a “Spirit Bear” photo tour, it is our photo tour where we put in the greatest effort to find (and photograph) – and have had our most success in “bagging” – the rare white Spirit Bear. This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

 

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!

Critical Details (Expand for Details)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Two 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.

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see below for description of photo tour types)
• TRIP ID: GBR-2020-4.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick.
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 day aboard the Ocean Light II.
• DATES: October 5-14, 2020, including arrival and departure days. October 7-14, 2020 aboard the Ocean Light II.

• START & END POINT(S): Begins in Terrace, British Columbia, and ends in Bella Bella, British Columbia.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Sold Out.  If you are interested in being placed on the cancellation list, please contact me seminars@wildelements.ca.

• COST: $7699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Expand for Details)

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 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!

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.