Mar 28 2014

Serendipity & the Art of the Photograph

Often my favorite shots are serendipitous and this image of a single Gentoo penguin on an iceberg is one of those cases. Here along the Antarctic Peninsula, Gentoos live on just a few islands.

As we approached slowly in the Zodiac there were several penguins sitting and standing on the iceberg, and I remember thinking to myself that it would really be cool if there were only one. As if on cue, three of them dove into the water leaving the one. I expected the straggler to follow, but it stayed as if reading my mind.

By remaining on the iceberg, the single penguin on its little chunk of ice became a metaphor for dwindling ice packs throughout the world. I wanted to show the enormity of this penguin’s world so I chose to use a 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle lens while holding a graduated neutral density filter to give the sky more impact. The deeper gray of the sky also brings out the deep blue hues of the icebergs in the distance. On sunny days the opposite is true; the brighter sky diminishes the color of the ice. I also did something I don’t normally do: I put the subject in the center of the frame. By doing this I am making a statement about the vast expanse of this environment and the limits of the ice.

I have three trips to Antarctica coming up. Two are sold out but you can get on the wait-list:

Iconic Images International Antarctic Photography Workshop

Luminous Landscapes Antarctica Workshop

Jan 17 2014

New Workshop & Travel Opportunities for 2014 and Beyond

Iceland Workshop, July 2011

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February 1-2, 2014: Assignment & Assessment Workshop, Seattle
*Finished at 3pm on Sunday so you won’t miss the Super Bowl!

February 14-16, 2014: Masters of Nature Photography, Atlanta
Lanting + Mangelsen + Wolfe

February 19-March 4, 2014: Ladakh & Snow Leopards
*Only 1 spot left on this very exclusive tour. Inquire for more details!

March 15, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Miami, FL

March 16, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Tampa, FL

April 19, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Austin, TX

April 20, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Denver, CO

April 26, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Portland, OR

April 27, 2014: Art of Composition Seminar, Seattle, WA

May 2-4, 2014: Olympic Peninsula
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June 5-8, 2014: Olympic Peninsula
*Added by popular demand!

June 18-24, 2014: Glacier Bay Cruise
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Aug 8-10, 2014: Oregon Coast Workshop

August 22-24, 2014: Palouse Workshop

August 31-September 7, 2014: Denali Backcountry

November 20 – December 8, 2014: Antarctica
*Offered thru Iconic Images International

January 31-February 9, 2015: Antarctica
*This trip is sold out, but you can enter to win a free trip from
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Nov 21 2013

Antarctica 2014

Did you know that I am going to Antarctica next winter- and that you can join me?

In collaboration with One Ocean Expeditions, (OOE) Canada, the photography workshop on this expedition, is co-organized by Iconic Images International (Denis Glennon), C4 Images & Safaris (Shem Compion), and myself. OOE is an innovative, service-first, small ship Polar cruise company that offers comfortable, affordable and educational nature-based expeditions to Antarctica. We collaborated with OOE because of their common sense approach to pricing, limited passenger numbers and their commitment to ecological preservation and conservation. These values sit very comfortably alongside those of Denis, Shem and myself. OOE’s cooperation allows us to deliver a specialized on-board and zodiac/land-based small group photographic workshop, to make this polar expedition a very special photographic event.

I have a feeling this is going to sell out quick- so if you are interested contact Denis Glennon soon- and tell him I sent you!

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Photography Workshop
Nov 20 – Dec 8 2014
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Oct 29 2013

Masters of Nature Photography Dates Announced!

I’m excited to announce that the next Masters of Nature Photography seminar with Tom Mangelsen, Frans Lanting and me will take place February 14th to 16th at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

We will draw from our wide-ranging experience with subjects and locations around the world to inspire attendees, show them new ways to see, give them tools to create more compelling images, and empower them to use photography to benefit conservation causes and other personal interests.  Our presentations will be mixed with panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and reviews of images submitted by attendees.

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