You know what I loved about this latest “Winter in Japan” workshop? The Snow! Meaning snow was falling as we photographing in various locations. It made for great conditions at the snow monkey hot springs farther north in Hokkaido. It was positively magical with the iconic Japanese cranes; the world looked like a shaken snow globe. Using a faster shutter speed really emphasizes the snowflakes. Depending on the light conditions, I was using ISOs between 2000 and 4000 with my favorite 100-500mm lens.
With my new book Wild just around the corner, I’ve been heavily focused on capturing wildlife images that I’d like to include – however it’s time to get back to another passion of mine: abstract workshops! We have a few on the upcoming calendar and these are always eye-opening experiences for the folks to attend. Not only will the exercises and lessons expand your understanding of capturing an interesting provocative abstract image, the fundamentals we discuss and experience will be another tool in your kit to think about for all future photographs.
It’s my goal to ensure you come away with applicable tactics to approach all photographic opportunities with a thoughtful, unique creative eye. Even if abstract subject matter isn’t necessarily interesting to you, the creative process of capturing them is virtually guaranteed to make you a better overall photographer. . . and who knows, you might just spark a new passion!
Check out the events page for all of my upcoming workshops – we’ve just added a couple more!
Grand Teton National Park ranks among my favorite locations for capturing spectacular fall color. The balance of the massive Teton Range hedged by the beautiful golds, oranges and reds of the foreground flora provides a number of distinct opportunities to capture this juxtaposition of stone and verdure.
Last year a group of my associates were blessed with several perfect sunrise sessions, each with their own unique characteristics to explore. The gorgeous photos in this gallery were captured my my assistant Libby Pfeiffer – I think she got great shots! For a photographer, mornings always come early, and not always easily – yet when the click of your shutter echoes in the quiet morning hours you forget all about missing sleep and are captured in the exhilaration of the moment.
I’ll be leading a Grand Teton workshop next fall, and If this is a location you’ve wanted to visit or if capturing pristine fall color is on your agenda, I highly encourage you to sign up and join our group. I always enjoy seeing and helping our participants push their boundaries and each other to create unique and beautiful images. On top of that, the friends and stories you create along the way will last a lifetime.
I’m happy to announce that Travels to the Edge Season 2 is now available for streaming on my Vimeo On-Demand channel – just in time, as DVDs are getting harder and harder to find. Check out fan-favorite episodes on Mongolia, Iceland, Australia and much more! To celebrate upcoming 2023 international workshops, I’m offering up two full episodes to watch completely free! Just sign up for my email list – don’t worry, I hate spam also!
Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge Season 2 Episode 1 – Japan: Hokkaido & Honshu
The Image many of us have of Japan is congested and kinetic. But Japan has a wild side. In winter, beyond its crowded cities, the country delivers quiet, unexpected natural beauty. In the second season opener, Art Wolfe ventures north to the remote region of Hokkaido to view iconic red-crested cranes; south to the mountains to film the mischievous macaque snow monkey; and journeys on to the sacred temples of Mt. Fuji and Koyosan on a photographic pilgrimage.
Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge Season 2 Episode 10 – The Kingdom of Bhutan
Known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, Bhutan has survived in isolation for more than a thousand years. As this enlightened Buddhist kingdom greets the 21st century, its greatest challenge is to preserve its soul. In episode ten, Art Wolfe finds a photographer’s nirvana of mountainside monasteries, sacred festivals and chanting monks in an environmentally and spiritually progressive nation.
Things have really picked up this year in terms of international travel – from Brazil to Morocco, a couple tours in Africa, and all manner of points in between. It’s been good to get back to traveling again with new faces and old friends and I’m looking forward to the coming year!
Several new workshops have been posted on my events page, a few with early bird specials to save a few bucks. I’ll be adding more later in the year as well, so check my events page often for up to date opportunities.
Here’s what’s on the agenda so far – sign up before they fill!
Hard to believe we are fast approaching the final quarter of the year! So far the 2023 slate of U.S. workshops is shaping up to provide a lot of variety, with many popular locations making their return. Save a couple hundred bucks with early bird pricing and lock in your spot today and visit some of the most breathtaking locations in the US.
Each time I return to lead these workshops it’s always exciting to share what I’ve learned on previous trips, and to explore alongside our participants to discover something new. Come along, make some new friends and have a blast with us this spring!
If you’re only following my blog and not the rest of my social media channels – you’re missing out! All of my channels have a variety of content to keep tabs on where I’ve been and where I’m going, as well as stories and memories from years past.
Instagram is a great place for anyone just looking to view my photos – and while you’re there, why not share you’re own? Drop your Instagram tag in the comments for a follow!
Facebook is still alive and kicking and it’s probably the place to get the most up-to-date info on what I’m up to outside of my events page. It’s also one of the avenues to use to view me when I live-stream.
For more quick hits, check out my twitter feed. Here you can see much of the cross content from Facebook, and it’s also a great place to share current event stories and get up to speed on the latest news.
I have two video channels as well with varying content. My YouTube channel is full of free content, including past episodes of Art Wolfe Live!, and Tequila Time with Art Wolfe. On my Vimeo channel you’ll find paid content, like the ability to purchase and stream the entire first season of Travels to the Edge at your leisure – and of course my intensive in-depth two-season series, “Pathways to Creativity” – a deep dive into my photography portfolio and travel history that explores just about every scrap of knowledge I can muster, nearly 22 hours to improve the way you visualize your photography, from technical tips to Art History, travel tips and much more!
As a special bonus for this #WednesdayWisdom post – save 25% off one or both seasons of Pathways to Creativity using code PTCSUMMER22! Just enter the code at checkout via Vimeo. Discount is good through the end of August!
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon – don’t forget to drop your Instagram handle in the comments below for a follow!
A couple of weeks ago I outlined my upcoming U.S. Workshops – now it’s time to let you know about the international tours we’ve got coming down the pike for the rest of 2022 and into 2023!
There’s one spot left for one lucky guy to join us in Namibia and Botswana at the end of August – a male required due to the sharing of accommodations. We’ve got an excellent guide on tap for some exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities. Of course, Namibia is about it’s unique landscape as well, and we will have plenty of opportunities to photograph it, including a night session in Sossusvlei. Botswana is all about the wildlife – elephants, big cats and more! Come for one or both tours.
Spend Halloween in Oaxaca, Mexico celebrating the Day of the Dead festivities in this colorful location among it’s friendly people. For locals, the Day of the Dead is a mystical experience personal to those whom remember loved ones passed. It’s hard to describe this combination of solemn reverence and celebratory revelry until you experience it for yourself.
In February, we’ll be returning to Japan, where the winter weather sets the scene for wildlife and scenery that creates the proverbial winter wonderland. From bustling cities to remote wildlife locations, we’ll get a bit of everything. Macaques, swans, and more await!
Looking for something fun and unique for the matriarch in your life!? If you can be in the PNW next weekend, give mom the gift of . . . me! I’ll be at the Portland Art Museum next Thursday, May 12th at 7 PM giving a presentation inspired by my latest book, Night On Earth. I’ll have books available to sign and sell – come enjoy the show and say hello!
This presentation is chock full of the stories behind the photographs, both in terms of my concepts, technical considerations, and of course plenty of anecdotes and stories from my travels – everything mom might be used to seeing on Travels to the Edge, only live on-stage!
This week (April 22 – 30) is International Dark Sky Week!
It may seem like a small thing that most may not ever think about, but artificial light pollution can be problematic for a number of reasons. Not only does it disrupt the natural habitat of wildlife by stifling reproduction, disrupting migration, and increase predation – it can also have harmful effects on human health and negatively impact climate change. Last but not least if you’re a photography enthusiast or simply someone who enjoys staring up at the heavens, light pollution greatly obscures our view of the universe around us.
There are a number of ways to get involved in curbing light pollution in your community. Most major cities may already have an organization or two to join or work along side. Community members can help measure light pollution and share data using their cell phone, and there are several things you can evaluate at your own home to cut down on the amount of artificial light contributed to the evening skies.
For more information and to find out what you can do to be an advocate for curbing light pollution in your community, visit darksky.org. Following the release of my latest book Night On Earth I had the pleasure of presenting with the International Dark-Sky Association’s Executive Director Ruskin Hartley. This is a fantastic and well-organized group doing great work. Check them out and get educated on light pollution and how you can help minimize it!