Some of you who get my newsletter may have noticed that I am doing a photo tour to Cuba in March 2016. It filled quickly and I am starting a waiting list for Gavriel Jecan’s tour that is happening right after mine.
Gavriel Jecan is one of my recommended guides. He leads many photography tours and will be visiting all of the same locations and will be utilizing the same Cuban photography guides.
There is nothing like experiencing a place for the first time. I have traveled all over Western Europe, but the closest I have been to the southeastern nations is Greece and Turkey. Now I am traveling to the native land of my good friend and long time assistant, Gavriel Jecan.
Other than as the home to vampires, gymnasts and despots, Romania remains unknown to most. We will travel to Gavriel’s ancient hometown of Brasov, nestled in the Carpathian Alps. Brown bears come down from the mountains and roam the outskirts of the city. We will be traveling just as the untouched forests in the Carpathians are turning golden, which will lend a great backdrop to the very traditional 12th century villages we will be passing through.
We will visit several orthodox monasteries, famous for their medieval murals, and we will engage the diverse peoples—Roma, ethnic Hungarian and German, as well as Romanian—all along the way. With Gavriel as our guide it will be like visiting a good friend, not like traveling with a standard tour guide.
Ben Eby: “This workshop was unequivocally an incredible experience, which I will always appreciate. Both Art & Gavriel are great personal mentors, who are most accommodating when it comes to sharing their applied knowledge, and personal experience. I look forward to reconnecting in the future.” To contact Ben about his photos and experience, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Mullen: “I have had the pleasure of taking two different photo workshops with Art Wolfe this year. Once in Zion in April and the most recent one in the Canadian Rockies. As a result of these two great workshops I have taken my photography to a new level. Through the well prepared teaching presentations, the portfolio reviews and the personal attention of Art, I have been able to change how I view the world around me to photograph. With these improved skills from these two workshops I have produced some of the best photographs I have taken in my life with a camera. Thank you for making photography even more enjoyable!”
Ben, Kevin, Ken and May – Great work all the way around! Thank you!
Yesterday I arrived on the Olympic Peninsula to prepare for my workshop this weekend. Jay Goodrich, Gavriel Jecan, and I headed up to the top of Hurricane Ridge on a scouting mission to see if this would be a good location to bring students to in the coming days. I did find some remarkable subjects, but also found the deepest snowpack that I have ever seen in my 40 years of photographing in this region. There was a ton of rockfall, huge avalanche run-outs, and below freezing temperatures as we approached closer and closer to the summit. I decided that this wouldn’t be the greatest location to bring a group of 25, but was rewarded with a great photo session of a raven.
Today we will be heading to the Sol Duc and then tomorrow to the Hoh Rain Forest and the coast for sunset. More coming soon.
“Traveling to Japan with Art was a trip I had been wishing to do ever since I saw his Travels to the Edge show on Japan several years ago. This trip exceeded my expectations. Traveling with Art, Gavriel, and our Japanese guides was simply outstanding. It was the hardest trip I have taken as we had to get up around 3 AM many nights to get to our location for sunrise. It was all worth it in the end. We got spectacular light and I feel I made some of my best images on this trip. Our timing for this trip was very fortunate. I arrived after the volcano erupted and left just a few weeks before the earthquake. I really got to see Japan at its best. The people were happy and extremely friendly and helpful. I also feel Art was an outstanding teacher who worked tirelessly everyday to help improve all of our photography.”
India–Each trip to India is unforgettable. It is a location that endlessly provides an exotic and colorful backdrop to improving your eye and photographic skills guided by master photographer Art Wolfe. Art Wolfe shares one of his favorite wildlife experiences, tracking wild Bengal tigers. This tour is limited to eleven participants!
Dates : January 24-February 4, 2011 Price : $8500.00
Japan–The image many of us have of Japan is congested and kinetic. But, Japan has a wild side. Beyond its crowded cities, the country delivers quiet unexpected natural beauty. Join this photographic pilgrimage to the iconic red-crested cranes in the north, the macque snow monkeys in the south, and the sacred temples of Mt. Fuli and Kyosan.
Dates : February 9 – 21, 2011 Price : $9600.00
Bhutan–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Bhutan has survived in isolation for a thousand years. Gavriel Jecan finds a photographer’s nirvana of mountainside monasteries, sacred festivals, chanting monks and local lifestyle in an environmentally and spiritually progressive nation. Travel with Gavriel to some of his favorite spots. This course is limited to ten participants!
Dates : March 14 – 24, 2011 Price : $5120.00
Composing Effective Images 2–Their first workshop slated for January filled so quickly that they have added a second in March. Art Wolfe and Jay Goodrich will be leading a two-day intensive workshop in Seattle, which includes a cocktail reception at Art’s private residence. This workshop will highlight not only the how-to, but will also include a full-day of critiquing participants images in Lightroom 3. Visit the Art Wolfe Workshops website for all of the details.
Dates : March 4-6, 2011 Price : $350.00
China–Travel with world renowned photographer Art Wolfe on this exciting and productive photo expedition into China that will yield a treasure-trove of incredible images. Visit Art’s favorite places in China from Huangshan Mountain to Yuangang villages, cormorant fisherman and the picturesque Yulong River.
Dates : Mar 25-April 7, 2011 Price : $8200.00
The Olympic Peninsula–The Art Wolfe classic we will be taking participants in and around Olympic National Park just outside of Port Angels, Washington. Midday lectures will highlight techniques that will be reinforced during field excursions geared to capture the best light.
Dates : April 21-24, 2011 Price : $1500.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Zion National Park–Join Art, Jay Goodrich, and Gavriel Jecan as they lead a small (14 person) group of photographers into the canyons and striated rock formations of this wonderful desert environment. Midday lectures will highlight techniques that will be reinforced during field excursions geared to capture the best light.
Dates : April 28-May1, 2011 Price : $1900.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Vietnam–Led by Gavriel Jecan. From the Chinese border to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam possesses an unmatched variety of tropical scenery. Travel with Gavriel Jecan on this exciting and productive photo expedition into the ancient heart of Indochina that will yield a treasure-trove of incredible images.This course is limited to ten participants!
Dates : June 3 – 13, 2011 Price : $3930.00
Monterey, California–Big Sur and the Monterey Coast are one of the most unique photographic environments along the Pacific boundary of the United States.
Dates : June 10-12, 2011 Price : TBA–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Lake Clark National Park, Alaska–Join Art and Jay Goodrich as they lead a small group of photographers to a private lodge in search of Alaskan Brown bears and sea birds. Participants will be flown in via float plane and enjoy wonderfully crafted cuisine overlooking the coast of the Cook Inlet.
Dates : Late July, 2011 Price : $4500.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Egypt–Led by Emily Wilson and John Greengo. Exploring Egypt is like visiting a living open-air museum. Each day, ancient treasures and new adventures unfold before your eyes! Our itinerary includes pyramids, tombs, and museums. From Cairo to Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel & desert oasis destinations, plus a Nile Cruise. We will show you the depths of historic cultures.
Dates : September – October, 2011 Price : $TBA
Romania–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Romania is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe. From ancient, medieval architecture to stunning landscapes, wildlife and a cultural history that dates back thousands of years. Join Gavriel Jecan as he takes you back to his homeland to visit the forests, towns and villages that only a native Romanian knows.
Dates : October 22 – 31, 2011 Price : $4460.00
Myanmar–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Limited tourism has resulted in Myanmar holding a wealth of less-seen geographical, historical and scenic opportunities for photographers. Experience working with a professional as he negotiates the opportunities this visually-rich location affords. This course is limited to ten participants.
Dates : November 29 – December 10, 2011 Price : $5100.00
And if that is not enough, don’t worry, we have more coming so STAY TUNED!
Last Thursday, Art, Gavriel Jecan, Libby Pfeiffer, and myself had a meeting regarding the upcoming workshops for 2011. We started by looking at our calendars to see who was doing what and when, then we looked at the spreadsheet of locations that all of you voted for, and then we talked–for almost an hour. Everyone out there has selected some amazing world-wide destinations. Topping the list in order are Iceland, Canada, Alaska, and Patagonia. What we came to realize is that we want more opinions on where to travel to in the United States. Now if you just have to go to some international destination, it is still okay to tell us about that too. So don’t be shy, add a comment here or head over to Twitter and tell us by adding the hashtag #travelwithart to your tweet. We will be keeping score for the next week. Then, there will be another meeting.
Last month Art, Gavriel Jecan, Jay Goodrich and Rich Reid led a group of 13 participants into Grand Teton National Park. Their focus was not on the iconic locations most travel to, but to the lesser known areas, to produce imagery that pushed the boundaries of their artistic expression. Here are some of their images.
And a special thank you to the following participants that forwarded their images for the above gallery: