Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 

Photo Tours with Natural Art Images - 2018/2019

We specialize in world-class photo tours on British Columbia's spectacular Pacific Coast.

That means Grizzly Bear photo tours. And 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 that BC's coastal wilderness can offer.

All our photo tours travel to remote locations FAR off the beaten path. Most are to regions with no road access. We keep our trips small in size (normally with 6 or fewer participants) so everyone receives our full attention as well as unobstructed shooting angles and photo opportunities.

3 PHOTO TOUR TYPES: We currently offer three distinct types of Photo Tours - Instructional Photo Tours, Photo Op Photo Tours, and Exploratory Photo Adventures. For detailed descriptions of each type and how they compare to each other, just go here....

ETHICS STATEMENT: ALL of our photo tours conform to strict ethical wildlife photography guidelines. These guidelines are designed to put the welfare of our subjects FIRST and, as such, we collectively refer to them as the Wildlife FIRST Principles of Photographer Conduct. You can review the five simple principles that form the basis of the Wildlife FIRST code of wildlife photographer conduct here...

See immediately below for a detailed listing of our 2018 photo tours followed by a listing for our 2019 photo tours. An explanation of how to join the Priority Booking List for 2020 photo tours can be found here.

2018 Photo Tours...


Here's our full schedule of Photo Tours for 2018. Our 2019 Photo Tour offerings follow immediately below the 2018 tours (jump directly to our 2019 Photo Tour Schedule).


Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen

1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - Spring 2018

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

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

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

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

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

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-1.
DATES: May 23 to May 30, 2018 - including arrival and departure days. May 25-30 in the Khutzeymateen.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT).
COST: SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (4.9 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

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

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

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

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (go here for a description of our Photo Op Photo Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-2.
DATES: May 29 to June 3, 2018 - including arrival and departure days. May 30 - June 3 in the Khutzeymateen.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT).
COST: SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (4.5 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo Tour #1. Marine Mammals Instructional Photo Tour.

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
TRIP ID: Marine-2018-1.
DATES: August 1 to 10, 2018, including arrival and departure days. August 3-10 on the Ocean Light II sailboat.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). You can check availability of the 2019 version of this trip right here...
COST: SOLD OUT.

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.3 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

Photo Tour #2. Marine Mammals Exploratory Photo Adventure.

OVERVIEW: This one is all new for 2018! And it's a true "twofer" - it's BOTH an Exploratory Photo Adventure AND an Instructional Photo Tour! This trip begins in Port McNeill and for the first portion of the trip it will cover the same terrain as our "standard" Marine Mammals trips of previous years. So that means lots of Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters - and more! Then, we swing north and east and explore the region from the northern tip of Vancouver Island all the way over to the island town of Bella Bella, where our trip ends. Expect fantastic scenery with great marine mammal subjects during the entire adventure!

Note that on this trip we will spend an EXTRA day on the Ocean Light II sailboat (8 days rather than 7).

While this trip is classified as an Exploratory Photo Adventure it requires only a moderate level of fitness - we will be spending some time hiking on this trip but each location where we do hike will have a variety of options (of differing ease). A detailed list of the Physical Requirements for this trip are outlined below.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure AND Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of our various types of photo tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Marine-2018-2.
DATES: August 16 to 26, 2018, including arrival and departure days. Aug 18-26, 2018 aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat.
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@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.
COST: SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.2 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this new and unique photo tour.

Into the Great Bear Rainforest

3. Into the Great Bear Rainforest - Autumn 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-1.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
DATES: October 3-12, 2018, including arrival and departure days. In the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Ocean Light II from October 5-12, 2018.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.
COST: $7199 CAD plus 5% GST based on SINGLE occupancy accommodation during the portion of the trip in Terrace, BC. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation.

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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.3 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this once-in-a-lifetime photo tour.

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure (go here for a description of our Exploratory Photo Adventures).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-2.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
DATES: Sept 13-21, 2018 including arrival and departure days. Sept 14-21, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip.
COST: $6999 CAD plus 5% GST.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires an above average level of physical fitness and good mobility and balance. In all likelihood we will be hiking 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 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.0 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this once-in-a-lifetime photo tour.

Kluane-Haines Explorer

6. The Kluane-Haines Explorer - Autumn 2018

Back for 2018!

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in "Photo Op" format (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).
TRIP ID: Kluane-Haines-2018-1.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill.
DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days).
DATES: November 18-27, 2018.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 5.
COST: Basic trip with SHARED ROOM (in Whitehorse and Haines): $5999 CAD plus 5% GST. Basic trip with single accommodation room (in Whitehorse and Haines): $6299 CAD plus GST. Currency converter available here.

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

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

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

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

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

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


2019 Photo Tours...


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

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

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

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

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

ALL 2019 PHOTO TOURS? Just scroll down!

Pacific Rim Explorer

1. The Pacific Rim Explorer - April 2019

BRAND NEW FOR 2019!

OVERVIEW:

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

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

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

• 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

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

Spring in the Southern Great Bear

2. Spring in the Southern Great Bear - May 2019

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

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

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen

3. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - May/June 2019

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

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

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

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

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

OVERVIEW:

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

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

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

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-1.
• DURATION: 8 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 22-29, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 24-29 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2020.
• COST: $6499 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

• 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

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

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

OVERVIEW:

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Photo Tour (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
• TRIP ID: Khutz-2019-2.
• DURATION: 6 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 4 full days in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: May 28 to June 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. May 29 - June 2 in the Khutzeymateen aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2020.
• COST: $4999 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

• 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

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

The Gwaii Haanas Explorer

4. The Gwaii Haanas Explorer - July 2019

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

OVERVIEW:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).
• 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 II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: July 5-14, 2019, including arrival and departure days. July 7-14 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 1.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Sandspit, BC): $6699 CAD plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Sandspit. Currency converter available here.

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

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

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

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

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

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

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

BACK BY VERY POPULAR DEMAND!

OVERVIEW:

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

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

• 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

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

Summer in the Southern Great Bear

6. Summer in the Southern Great Bear - August 2019

A NEW GREAT BEAR EXPERIENCE FOR 2019!

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

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).
• 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 Cloud sailboat (a 70-foot classic wooden schooner).
• DATES: August 23 - September 2, 2019, including arrival and departure days. August 25 - September 2 aboard the Passing Cloud.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2020.
• COST: Trip with single accommodation room (in Bella Bella, BC): $7499 Canadian plus 5% GST. Subtract $75 CAD for shared accommodation in Bella Bella. Currency converter available here.

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

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

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

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

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

Into the Great Bear Rainforest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

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

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

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

• 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 me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

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

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

OVERVIEW of THIS Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tour:

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

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

CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure in "Photo Op" format (go here for a description of our photo tour types).
• TRIP ID: GBR-2019-4.
• PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
• DURATION: 10 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 8 full days in the Great Bear aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat (a 71-foot ocean ketch).
• DATES: September 11-20, 2019 including arrival and departure days. September 12-20, 2019 aboard the Ocean Light II.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (SOLD OUT). Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2020 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2020.
• COST: $7699 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

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

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

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

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

2020 Photo Tours...


Our 2020 Photo Tour listings will be posted here in January/February of 2019.

We will begin accepting bookings for our 2020 trips as soon as they are posted here in January/February of 2019. Those who like to plan ahead may contact me at any time and request a spot on our 2020 Priority Booking List. Those on this list will be given first right of refusal on a specific trip after the trip details are made available and I begin accepting bookings.

Please note that there will be separate Priority Booking Lists for each trip we offer and enquiries will be ranked on a first-come, first-served basis. For instance, the FIRST person contacting me about our 2020 Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour will be the FIRST person offered a spot on the trip in January/February of 2019. And the second person contacting me will be offered the second spot on the trip, et cetera.

SO...if you would like to be placed on the 2020 Priority Booking List please:

1. Send me an email using the email links for any of the trips listed below:

• Pacific Rim Explorer Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Spring in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Khutzeymateen 5-day Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Khutzeymateen 4-day Photo Op Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Gwaii Haanas Explorer Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Summer in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request
• Into the Great Bear Rainforest Photo Op Photo Tour: 2020 Priority Booking List Request

2. Please include your FULL contact information, including snail mail address, email address, and best phone number(s) to contact you.

Once I receive your request I will get back to you letting you know where you are on the list.

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

Our 3 Types of Photo Tours


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. 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. We have a high respect for - and near reverence of - the subjects we photograph. We believe they have an inherent right to exist that is independent of our "use" of them - or to their utility to mankind. They are not props. As a logic extension of this philosophy, we place the welfare and value of our subjects above the value of any photograph of them. This value system - that the welfare of the wildlife comes FIRST - was the driving force in developing our Wildlife FIRST! principles of photographer conduct to guide OUR actions in the field and during all our photo tours.

These five simple ethical principles state that:

1. Images we refer to (or label) as wildlife photographs are of what we consider 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 wildlife behaving as naturally as possible and without the use of "set-ups", contrivances, or any actions that could guide the subjects toward desirable settings and/or backdrops or elicit specific "poses".

3. We do nothing intentional to alter or influence the behaviour of my subjects for the purpose of photography. This includes NOT intentionally influencing their distribution in space OR their behaviour. And this translates into NOT engaging in any form of luring or baiting (or any other form of food supplementation). Additionally, we won't use any form of sound to alter the behaviour of the subject for the purpose of photography (including using predator and/or prey calls, song or vocalization playbacks, vocal clicking, or making any other sound to encourage the subject to alter its ongoing behaviour and look at me/us).

4. While conforming to and working within any legal guidelines determining minimum approach distances, 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 the capture of photographs of the subject behaving in a more natural, and often more interesting, fashion.

5. We strive to always consider both the individual and collective effects our photographic activities (and those with us) can have on our subjects. This includes being aware of the total time spent with the subjects. In practice this means I (or we) will often break contact and withdraw from the subject, especially if there is any indication that our presence is impacting on the subject's behavioural routine (including activities such as feeding, resting and/or sleeping, caring for its offspring, etc.). This consideration is always important and may become even MORE important if multiple photographers or groups of photographers are working with the same subject.

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 principles of photographer conduct.

So...Who is Terri Shaddick?


The short answer to this question is real easy - Terri is just like me...only different!

The longer and more accurate answer is this: Like me, Terri is an active wildlife photographer with a passion for the welfare and conservation of the subjects she photographs. And, also like me, she is highly technical to the point of being ALMOST geeky! But...she has an extremely strong creative side to her. Unlike me, Terri shoots Canon (though she has a deep understanding of the workings of all current Nikon cameras). And, also unlike me, Terri is young! And...I may not have mentioned this yet...Terri is a very talented wildlife photographer (I'll let you decide if that's like me or not!). You can view samples of Terri's work - and learn more about her - right here: www.wildelements.ca

Terri and I officially joined forces before the 2016 photo tour season. She accompanied me and co-lead all of my 2016 photo tours and in 2017 began leading a number of photo tours. Terri's strong technical background, her creative side, and her inherent desire to help others makes her a great photo tour leader. And, like me, she always puts the welfare of her clients (and THEIR photos!) ahead of her own.

I'm fully confident that once you go on a photo tour with Terri you'll be thinking "Wow...was he ever lucky to find her" (and you'd be right!).

Cheers...

Brad

What Previous Photo Tour Participants Have Said...

Here's a small sampling of what previous attendees of our Photo Tours have thought of their experiences:

"The time we spent in the Khutzeymateen was the trip of a lifetime - the combination of the bears, scenery, the boat and your guidance and coaching was beyond compare. I learned so much from you and the other photographers (and the bears) that I'm still processing. Thanks again for a wonderful photographic experience!" Dennis W., June 2017

"I just got back from the Khutzeymateen Instructional trip, and it was a trip of a lifetime. The days were packed with unique photographic opportunities that I have not experienced anywhere else in the world, and it was amazing because we had the bears, and the Khutzeymateen, all to ourselves. The small group made it possible to easily work from within the zodiac with long lenses and allow everyone the opportunity to get the shot. The instruction day is very useful for photographers at all levels, and in addition to general photography instruction, offers tips on shooting in the unique conditions of the Khutzeymateen (zodiac, rain, etc.). Throughout the trip Brad was always available to answer questions. Thank you to Brad and the crew of the Ocean Light II for providing me with the experience of a lifetime, I look forward to the next one." Terri S., June 2015

"The Spirit Bear trip (Instructional) was an experience that is very difficult to put into words. Magnificent, superb, breath taking, astonishing, are mere words that barely come close to what you actually feel while on this trip. The days are packed full with wonderful opportunities for photography, with a tremendous amount of information, and all the while having a whole lotta fun! The entire trip is extremely well organized, while flexible when needed. The hospitality is top notch and the photography is some of the best you will ever have the opportunity to shoot.
With having such a small group, you get a strong sense of personal one-on-one service, there is always someone able to answer questions whether it be about cameras or what kind of tree that is. Brad and his team make this trip an experience that one will not soon forget. This was my first trip and I've already booked my second; and I expect there will be a third and fourth and more! Thank you Brad for giving me the memory of a lifetime!" Goldie A., November 2011

"Beautiful locations, amazing wildlife photo opportunities, topflight photo instruction, fun loving people. I learned a lot, witnessed wildlife behavior in an unspoiled natural environment, and was well taken care of around the clock. I came away with new photo skills to apply to my passion for wildlife photography, experiences that I will remember for a lifetime, an even deeper appreciation for protecting the remaining unspoiled areas, some images that I think are pretty cool, and a boat load of new friends." Patrick M., November 2011

"Participating in one of Brad's photo tours has so many positives, it's difficult to succinctly name them all. From having the opportunity to experience the beauty of Canada's west coast ecology to benefiting from Brad's many talents, your tour fee is more than rewarded. During a photo tour, Brad goes out of his way to answer questions from guests, including, but not limited to, appropriate camera settings, photographic advice, photo software applications and local biology. I have been on two of his photo tours and I have learned and experienced so much about photography and wildlife that I have signed-up for a third photo tour." Clint B., November 2011

"Fabulous experience. Well organized and Brad is always on top of things. The Ocean Light II is very comfortable and we were well fed. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Brad is a very accomplished photographer and knows his field. Very knowledgeable about about camera gear, etc." David F., November 2011

"The trip to the Khutz has made my 2010 unforgettable. It was an unbelievable learning experience and a once in a lifetime adventure at the same time. I will forever be moved having been so close to such a magnificent natural world. I simply cannot thank you enough." Brian B., December 2010

"In the fall of 2009 I participated in one of Brad Hill's photo instructional tours to the Great Bear Rainforest. What an experience! The combination of best in class instruction combined with a world class adventure is something I will never forget. More importantly, something I'm already signed up to repeat." Ray R., October 2009

"The grizzly bear workshop in the Khutzeymateen was the experience of a lifetime, and the bears were incredible. Brad's class in wildlife photography was worth the price of the trip in itself!" Durwood E., June 2008

"It's been several years since my photo tour to the Khutzeymateen with Brad Hill. I'm still editing and processing (reprocessing even) the photos I took, reliving the experience, and enjoying it all over again. Unforgettable!" Matt D., March 2010

"Photographing Grizzlies with Brad Hill in Canada's Khutzeymateen Bear Preserve was an amazing and life-altering experience. Brad is extremely generous sharing his wealth of knowledge. It is impossible not to feel infused with his photographic wisdom and respect for the region's bears and other wildlife. Tom, Jenn and Sarah quickly make you feel safe and at home in the Ocean Light II, their beautiful sailing ship. For any photographer who really wants an intense Grizzly experience let Brad be your spirit guide." Peter G., June 2009

"A fantastic trip to see the bears and the very scenic Khutzeymateen. The Ocean Light II and crew were superb, as was Brad Hill's advice on the photography which was invaluable to all." Malcolm B., June 2009

"My wife and I had the pleasure of attending one of Brad's photo tours in the Khutzeymateen Valley. The first full day of our trip consisted of an informal yet very well structured seminar where Brad brought a wealth of personal experience to the classroom covering aspects of digital nature photography ranging from the artistic to the more technical. I walked away from that seminar with concepts and techniques that I have used on every photographic outing since then...
We then traveled to the Khutzeymateen Valley via float plane where we witnessed grizzly bears roaming free and unmolested against the backdrop of pristine rain forest and snow covered mountains. The bears would often allow our Zodiac to approach close enough for encounters yielding some very dramatic and intimate images. I will always consider this one of the most amazing experiences of my life." David S., June 2008