First Light Tours
Locations: Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Maine, Utah, Florida, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Iceland, Falkland Islands, Chile, France
Want to learn to see the world differently and come away with images you only imagined taking? Whether your passion is wildlife, nature, macro or landscape, First Light offers instructional workshops where we seek to put you in the right place at the right time and to teach you new techniques that will help you on future outings. You’ll learn to read light, get the best composition and learn new techniques. Small groups, transportation, lodging and meals are included so you don’t have to worry about any extras except having a great learning experience.
June 20 – 24 - THE PALOUSE - Tell the story of a lifestyle that has thrived for over 100 years. Every stop will be different from the previous, whether it be the unique colors and patterns of the crops, old red barns, an antique truck in a field or a lone tree on a hillside.
July 8 – 11 – FLOWER TECHNIQUES - The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens around. The collections illustrate flower diversity from around the world. This location is perfect to train your eye to find amazing subtleties in flower photography as well as learning abstract techniques to take flower photography to the next level.
July 25 – 31 - KODIAK BEARS - Nature doesn’t put on a show like the brown bears of Alaska catching salmon as they make their way up the many rivers in the state. No place else besides Kodiak Island is know for the size of the bears seen daily. We are situation on one of the most salmon-filled rivers on the island and the photographic opportunities will amaze you.
August 2 – 6 - MOUNT RAINIER - Landscapes, wildflowers, waterfalls, magnificent mountain, trees, mood, color, beauty. What more could you ask for on a photo trip? All of this will be on display in front of you on this workshop to one of the most recognizable mountain in the country.
September 18 – 23 - TETONS IN FALL - The most dramatic and recognizable mountain range in the country, Grand Teton National Park offers endless photographic opportunities. Moose are out and about and the fall color should be at peak. Who can go to the Tetons, though, and not capture the great landscapes that can be found around almost every turn of the Teton Range. This trip brings all of this together offering a full array of subjects.
September 26 - October 2 - COLORADO FALL COLOR - Fall in the Colorado high country is a sight to behold. The trip is based out of two areas - Crested Butte and Ridgway. These cover some of the best Colorado has to offer and you will learn new techniques that will surprise even the most experienced photographer.
October 9 – 15 - ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE - Join us as we photograph the many iconic scenes in Acadia National Park and along the Maine Coast. We'll focus on shooting lighthouses, quaint harbors rugged scenic coastal settings and colorful tree-lined ponds and streams.
October 22 – 29 - UTAH CANYON COUNTRY STAR TRAILS / MILKY WAY - Now a very popular photographic subject, the Milky Way and star trails take center stage in this trip that couldn't be more well suited due to the dramatic rock formations as foreground subjects. Learn how to do long exposures combined with special lighting to capture images of the formations that add a new dimension to most photographs from the locations visited.
November 2 – 6 - GREAT RAPTOR RENDEZVOUS - There is not another set of birds that symbolize beauty in flight than the birds of prey. This is not your average raptor shoot of perched birds but features eight flying birds and three to five others perched in some wonderful settings with the Colorado Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.
November 12 – 19 - BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY - Regarded as one of the prime locations for viewing and photographing the majestic symbol of our country, bald eagles that converge along the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska, have numbered in the thousands over the years. Learn flight photography techniques, reading behavior and more.
December 5 - 13 - BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS - Combine one of the best bird photography locations with the landscape beauty of White Sands and you have a trip where plenty of memories will be made, whether it be of a colorful sunrise and thousands of birds filling the sky or of the sand dunes and yucca set against a colorful sunset.
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