INSTRUCTIONAL TOURS & WORKSHOPS
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain And we would add to that – photograph!!
On our instructional tours, you’ll be photographing alongside us, and will benefit from our collective experiences and on-the-spot-suggestions for making your best composition. Brenda and Jed passionately share how they see and how they make an image. Various aspects of outdoor photography, including field techniques, equipment, light, composition, visual design, are covered. We provide hands-on help as you learn to refine your personal vision. We have built in ample time in the field for you to immerse yourself in image-making. Together we have over 28 years of experience leading tours, teaching workshops, and doing assignment and stock photography, a rich well of information that we draw on to help you make your very best images. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your own photography while working with pros at your side in stunning locations both in the USA and around the world.
“We hope you’ll join us for a photographic tour in a fantastic location. You’ll visually stretch and grow, and have a great time sharing with other photographers on the tour!” Brenda and Jed.
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January 12-23, 2014 AND January 24-February 4, 2014
Price: $4995 Completed
The people of Cuba are friendly, and proud of their unique ethnicity. A combination of European and African roots, later mixed with other immigrants that inter-married, it’s a wonderful melting pot of culture. This photography tour has been designed to provide the most photographic opportunities while we interact with the locals and learn about their way of life and share a bit of ours. From the streets of Havana and colorful Trinidad to the agricultural fields in between, we’ll meet and photograph amazing people at work and play. Strabo Tours has partnered with a tour company licensed by our US government to operate People to People tours. Join us for this unique opportunity before Cuba changes too much! The trip is limited to just 12 people. We have custom-designed this itinerary to offer you the best possible photographic opportunities while adhering to the legal requirements of the license through which we are able to run this tour. Both Tours SOLD OUT.
On-line six-week photography class on documentary travel photography taught by Brenda Tharp. Visit this link for more information and/or to register:
May 2-16, 2014
June 1-11, 2014
The areas of County Kerry and County Cork boast some of the most stunning landscapes and seascapes in all of Ireland. From manicured farmlands, to rugged coastlands and quiet lakes, the region holds an abundance of photographic opportunities for the outdoor photographer.
Join me on this photo journey through the land of a thousand welcomes, where the people are friendly, the pubs warm and cozy, the landscapes stunning, and the sea and skies are dramatic! We’ll be guided by a local professional photographer who knows special places that are off the beaten track for great photographs! 1 space remaining. Deadline to register 4/24/14.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 13-18, 2014
When you return from your travels, do you find yourself feeling that the pictures don’t do the place you visited justice? Join me on this intensive course through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and learn how to make expressive and engaging travel photographs. We’ll discuss a variety of topics through visual presentations, we’ll engage in daily photo assignments and excursions, and have group image reviews, all designed to help you master your travel photography skills and develop your vision.
EXTRAORDINARY EVERYDAY PHOTOGRAPHY
Whidbey Island, WA
July 21-25, 2014
Photographs are everywhere – and we do mean everywhere! No matter where you are, you can often find something interesting to focus on. This class, co-taught with Jed Manwaring, will emphasize this concept, following the course of our book by the same name. Using the lovely, tranquil Whidbey Island as our location, we’ll spend time in the field, working on visual exercises, and applying the concept of ‘reflexive photography’, along with daily critiques and discussions on how to see the everyday scene. Offered through Pacific Northwest Arts School.
ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE
July 31-August 9, 2014
We’re offering our popular photo tour in southeast Alaska (Inside Passage) again because it’s a not-to-be-missed place to photograph! We want to share it with you. Tour begins in Hoonah just outside of Glacier Bay, and we’ll begin exploring Icy Straits and the top end of Admiralty Island as we make our way across ‘southeast.’ This area is rich with marine mammals including orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, seals, and bird life, too, not to mention lovely scenery. Only 4 spaces left. Offered through Dolphin Charters.
August 18-September 6, 2014
Join me and my good friend and photographer Wendy Kaveney on this incredible photography tour to a most amazing place. Namibia is a country filled with unique photographic opportunities, from giant sand dunes and odd kookerboom (quiver) trees, to abandoned houses filled with shifting sands, and some incredible wildlife experiences. 1 space remaining as of 4/18/14 for a female participant.
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Photograph © Wendy Kaveney
COLORADO in AUTUMN - New Dates
September 29 – October 3, 2014
Price: $1300. Tuition.
The San Juan Mountains are an outstanding location for Fall color in Colorado. Stunning landscapes of 14,000 peaks jutting above blazing groves of multi-colored aspen trees, shimmering golden leaves reflecting in mountain lakes, and changing weather provide an excellent opportunity for the landscape and nature photographer. Last Dollar Road, Silver Jack Lake, the Sneffels range, Owl Creek Pass, are just some of the key locations we’ll explore.
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
October 26-30, 2014
Price: $1300. Tuition.
Utah’s hidden treasure, this part boasts much of the same red rock beauty without all the crowds. This instructional tour is scheduled during peak autumn color with the brilliant yellows of cottonwoods set against the red rock formations of the park, under a cobalt sky. Changing weather conditions can make the scenery even more dramatic. All of this creates incredible photographic opportunities. I’ve led tours to this park several times and some of my favorite images that express the true nature of the southwest have come from this park.
ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
November 5-9, 2014
Price: $1300.00 Tuition.
Join us as we explore and photograph the best of this beautiful park during the peak of Autumn color. Brilliant red big-tooth maples, golden cottonwoods, and burnished hues of oaks contrast the red rock formations that surround them. We’ll spend time in the canyon, as well as ‘up top’ in the checkerboard area, and other locations to make stunning nature images.
NEW ZEALAND – SOUTH ISLAND
November 24-December 8, 2014
Join me on this adventure to ‘middle earth’ – or at least a part of it will seem like that! We’ll be exploring the best that the south island has to offer, including but not limited to Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, Mt. Cook Nat’l Park, Fox/Franz Josef Glacier, Punakaiki, Kakaoura, and the Mackenzie River basis and turquoise hued lakes. In partnership with Strabo Tours. Click on the title above for more info on my website and then visit Strabo Tours to register.
January 4-16, 2015
Price: Estimated based on 2014 prices ($4995 )
The people of Cuba are friendly, and proud of their unique ethnicity. A combination of European and African roots, later mixed with other immigrants that inter-married, it’s a wonderful melting pot of culture. This photography tour has been designed to provide the most photographic opportunities while we interact with the locals and learn about their way of life and share a bit of ours. From the streets of Havana and colorful Trinidad to the agricultural fields in between, we’ll meet and photograph amazing people at work and play. Strabo Tours has partnered with a tour company licensed by our US government to operate People to People tours. Join us for this unique opportunity before Cuba changes too much! The trip is limited to just 12 people. We have custom-designed this itinerary to offer you the best possible photographic opportunities while adhering to the legal requirements of the license through which we are able to run this tour. Get on the list while we finalize details. These fill very quickly. Email Strabo Tours
February 1-15, 2015
In the early morning mist, Monks walk quietly in a line to collect their alms in the village. Villagers kneel at the feet of a Buddha statue to pray in the temples. Fishermen ply the waters with their unique boats at sunrise and sunset. Landscapes are studded with a thousand stupa. No matter where you look, the sights are awe-inspiring. As you fill your sensor with images you’ll also fill your soul with a rich experience of a life-time. Join Brenda as she guides you on this amazing journey. Click on the tour title above to visit webpage or go to Strabo Tours’ website for more information and to register.
February 22-28, 2015
Ice-filled lagoons, luminous icebergs, thunderous waterfalls, ice caves, and the magnificent aurora borealis are all part of this winter photography tour to Iceland, a land of stunning photographic opportunities. Join me along with Tim Vollmer for this week of learning and thrilling adventure. We’ll show you how to photograph the aurora, help you with making exposures for snow and ice, guide you in creating dynamic compositions that have depth, and help you make the best pictures you can while experiencing the best that Iceland has to offer in winter. To register and for more information, visit Tim’s site.
Havana and Trinidad and the areas around them are classic Cuba. But there is a lesser-explored area on Cuba’s eastern half that begs to be visited, too, in more ways than one! Americans are welcome everywhere, and on our legal people-to-people photographic and cultural tour, we’ll experience the best Cuba has to offer. Details Coming soon, please come back and click the title link above or visit Strabo Tours for more information and to register.
Details coming very soon for this tour! Check here or at Strabo Photo Tours.
Late May-early June 2015
We’ll be returning to Namibia in a different season for 2015, when the savannas are lush green and the coastal lagoons are filled with wading birds and flamingoes. We’ll visit and photograph giant sand dunes and unique kookerboom (quiver) trees, abandoned houses filled with shifting sands, and some incredible wildlife experiences.
More information will be coming.
Photograph © Wendy Kaveney
Early July 2015
Travel to the fascinating and diverse region of Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. Along with a local Swiss guide, Brenda will take you to amazing places to photograph, in the Bernese Oberland, a massively impressive region of classic Swiss scenery, high peaks, sheer valleys, and turquoise lakes. The gorgeous Lauterbrunnen valley, the quaint village of Mürren and further east in its own valley, Grindelwald are just some of the locations we’ll spend time photographing. Check with Strabo Tours’ website for more information and to register. (coming soon)
Join me as we celebrate the spring cubs frolicking in meadows while Mom forages! This place is incredible for the close-in access we have to the bears of Lake Clark. It’s a fantastic opportunity to witness and photograph bear behavior. We’ll have opportunities to photograph bears clamming with low tides during our visit, too. Weather permitting, we’ll even make a trip out to a puffin colony. Don’t miss this one – it will fill quickly. Limited to 7 participants.
September 28-October 2,2015
Photographs don’t just happen, they are created, by using good composition and other concepts and techniques. Join me in the beautiful Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, for an autumn nature photography workshop. Celebrate the colors and the low angle of light while learning to see and incorporate visual design elements that exist in nature. Learn the importance of visual depth in a photograph, and how to utilize the light you have to make photographs with impact. Make a an afternoon boat trip to photograph the golden light on the outstanding sea caves on Devil’s Island. Registration is open now. Click on the event title above to go to MISA’s website.
More Coming in 2015:
Iceland – Summer Tour