I recently returned from an all-too-short “recon” mission/trip to Alaska in search of ideal areas to lead my photo safaris. The major benefit to being a wildlife and nature photographer, and photo tour leader, is the opportunity (and the necessity) to travel to many parts of this planet not frequented by most other people. As my tour participants know, I never conduct a trip to a place that I have not already been to and sized up for them. Well, Alaska is awesome! If I was allowed only one word to describe Alaska, I think that word is ‘humbling’. In most of Alaska, as on the plains of parts of Africa, I feel so small and unimportant… this is a pretty accurate feeling when I look around at the total scheme of things! The vastness and expanse for thousands of miles and as far as the eye can see is breathtaking. Due to my pretty-booked tour schedule this year, my trip to Southeastern Alaska was a bit too early in the season and too short for me to see & photograph all that I wanted to in order to put together a photo safari. However, my trigger finger and lens’ eye were somewhat satiated with visits to some floating icebergs with very pregnant harbor seals, soaring eagles, bear sightings, beautiful Harlequin ducks and northern shovelers, the sound of wolves calling out in the night and such gorgeous scenics that literally catch your breath. My trip to Alaska was hurried and a last minute event in comparison to my usual organized & planned photo-life, so for now I don’t feel I did it justice. I do see tremendous opportunities and great photo-tour potential and hope I can manage a return trip at the right time of year so I can better investigate this area and lead a Joanne Williams Alaskan Photo Safari! More later…
The Pantanal is said to be the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, and unlike our Florida Everglades, is still in tact. The well-known quotation “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”, reflects the decision I made to conduct an in-depth, three-week long “recon” mission to this area of the world. I’ve lived just long enough on this earth where I’ve brushed away the stardust from my eyes and the naïve notion that governments will do the right thing by our world, our land and protect me and/or the wildlife. The Everglades is a stark reminder of how quickly this major wetland system suffered devastating ecological and economic consequences under poor management (and greed). All the yelling and screaming, “buck” passing and bill passing haven’t turned it around……so I just take pictures and cling to the memories. Because of this, I want to see and document one of the world’s still unspoiled wetlands, with it’s extraordinary diverse flora & fauna. I am also doing a ‘feasibility’ study in the hopes of conducting photo safaris to this area. I have high hopes of my next newsletter being full of great images from this area, such as the jaguar, harpy eagle, and many other exotic birds and beautiful scenics! I will be leaving June 17 th and returning July 11 th. If anyone has any thoughts or pearls of wisdom, please share with me: email@example.com (Please put Pantanal in the subject area of your e-mail). Thanks in advance!!!
AFRICA: Kenya & Tanzania!
Come Join Us on September 6 th through September 28 th which are the dates for this year’s Joanne Williams African Photo Safari. Any trip to Africa is exciting, but this year’s trip is going to be especially thrilling for me as I’ll be returning to Tanzania and visiting one of my most favorite spots on earth, the Ngorongoro Crater! The Crater is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls (rim) reaching 2,000 feet above the crater floor. There is little need for migration as there is an abundance of food and water year round. This fact, plus the animals’ lack of shyness pretty much insure us viewing and photographic success. I have a certain sense of urgency about visiting the Crater this year as “the tom-toms have been beating” (so to speak) with rumors that the Tanzanian Park authorities are considering closing the crater to the public. As I said, it could be just a false rumor, but nevertheless, I want to experience this magical land at least one more time, and am excited to be able to share this with this year’s tour participants! The “crown of Africa”, Mt. Kilimanjaro is another destination for us as we game-drive through Amboseli National Reserve. We also will travel to Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Traveling around these parks will take you to many different habitats and scenic vistas. This will be a ‘smorgasbord of photo-opps’!! It is important to note that on my photo safaris through Africa, I provide the van set up with only two people per van adding comfort and easy movement for photographing with big lenses. Note: You do not need to be a photographer to join us and be apart of this fantastic lifetime experience!
As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken, and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!
A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 41,000 (and growing)!
I quote: “The camera raw functionality in Adobe Photoshop software provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the “raw” image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. By working with these “digital negatives”, you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility while still maintaining the original “raw” files.”
There are a number of you that own the Canon EOS 30D. Good news! Support for this camera has been added to Adobe Photoshop CS2 Camera Raw 3.3 to 3.4. (This applies also to the following cameras: Epson R-D1s, Leaf Aptus 65 & 75, Olympus EVOLT E-330, & SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2, Samsung GX-1S).
For more detailed information, go to Google & type in: Adobe Photoshop-Digital camera raw file support.
Screen Shades for LCD panels on digital Cameras
At last! You can see the LCD panel on your digital camera even on sunny and glary days! Also protects the UV effects of the sun on the screen...$25. each. (add $1.00 for shipping and handling)