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FLORIDA TOURS: Pontoon Putt, Stroll with a Pro & Fotoboat
I’ve only a few more days to complete my packing and other necessary details to ready myself for my fully-booked tours to Kenya, Africa and then on to Madagascar, so this will be brief in content. I know how important planning way in advance is in today’s “rat race”, so wanted to get the 2009 tour information off to you all---especially those of you who have verbally signed up for a specific tour.
Much of the detailed information of tours being led to the various above locations can be found on my website www.joannewilliamsphoto.com, which alleviates the need for a lengthy newsletter. If you read Newsletters #56, 57, & 58 on the website: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com you will see some images and read in more detail about the trips. I have had an incredible amount of interest and signing on has already begun.
The Schedule is as follows (note additions):
The PONTOON PUTT Tours here in Florida dates are:
# 1 January 26th thru January 30th (early morning check out)
# 2 March 23rd thru March 27th 2009 (early morning check out)
# 3 March 30th thru April 3rd, 2009 (early morning check out)
Cost: $1,300.00 all inclusive (double occupancy)
Deposit: $ 500.00 for your immediate space reservation
Tour #2 and #3 by February 15th, 2009
Balance Due: $800.00 Tour # 1 by December 15th, 2008
SIGN UP SOON: There has been a lot of interest since my first newsletter about the Florida Tours, especially the PONTOON PUTTS and space is limited per tour
Please send deposits to: Joanne Williams Photography, Inc. 2237 NE 30th St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064. Made out to Joanne Williams Photography, Inc., thank you
PLEASE NOTE: I have added a third PONTOON PUTT Adventure to the itinerary which will commence on that Monday right after the Titusville Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival January 21st - 25th---which is a fabulous event in itself. Again, I’ll have a double booth with pictures, brochures and loads of information regarding all the tours. Once again I’ll be giving two instructional In-the-Field Workshops (sign up is through the Festival, only) and a two-hour presentation titled “FROM FRAME TO FRAME” This is a story of the Journey of an Image from the first “click” of the shutter button and ends with the last “tap” of the hammer to the nail as the image is hung on the gallery wall!! Every year the Festival sends out an evaluation and information-request form to all its attendees and other participants. When I was contacted by the board of the Festival I was told that time and time again they were asked to have me speak on how I manage to get the images that they have seen mounted at the booth or during past presentations. With that in mind, I will spend plenty of time sharing photo tips and techniques that have served me well over the years. Even though I have embraced the world of digital photography, I am totally committed to making every effort to take the shot the right way the first time,!! I will take you back to some basics which have fallen by the wayside because of the birth of digital photography (which, in my opinion, has gotten in the way of some good old fashioned methods of shooting a quality image the right way) ------------. I openly admit that I have a Love-Hate relationship with Photoshop, which I have grudgingly and lovingly learned to use. I’d be more than arrogant & ignorant if I didn’t proclaim it as a fantastic program, but there has been a price paid for its arrival into my world. It has caused me to gain weight, lose muscle tone, develop a florescent-office palor, increase my ever-growing vocabulary of swear words, shortened my time out in the field (where I belong), and turned my index “shutter-button finger” into a blob of useless flab. Because of Photoshop, I don’t seem to get out doors much any more, which is why I lead nice long tours into far-off lands that are too fascinating to photograph to bother with anything else!!! This raises another question often asked, “How do you travel with all that equipment, dealing with the airlines, electrical charging issues, etc. etc.” During this Program, I’ll impart what little wisdom I’ve gained in the ever-changing scenario of the Traveling Photographer (which could be an entire day’s program in itself!). I’ll share some packing tips, equipment taken and some that is left at home and why. There will be time at the end of the program for some open discussion where you can share some of your thoughts or ask questions, plus I’ll draw from a hat those “winning” names of various door prizes. Hunt’s Photo has kindly offered to contribute some wonderful, sought-after gifts, I’ll be contributing a couple of my original, signed pieces of artwork, a couple of coupons each worth one-half hour of time spent to ‘Review Your Work’, which is a great opportunity to get some private, professional input on how to improve the outcome of your images. It will be a fun and informative Saturday afternoon!!!
A Stroll With A Pro Series: This fun, informative, and economical series will begin here in South Florida when the weather cools down, the Snow birds start showing up, I’m back for the winter from all my tours, and the wildlife starts moving around after the summer heat has dissipated. I encourage any one or groups (friends, clubs etc.) to call and set a specific time for your own private Stroll, and pick your own destination (within reason!).
FOTOBOAT Photography Trips: These trips are limited to two (2) people only and are done by advanced reservations. They, too, will commence when the weather cools down abit.
Please note how very important it is to contact me as soon as possible of your interest in this tour and send me your “hold my spot” deposit which is due now. This is a wonderful opportunity at a very reasonable price for the amenities offered and the beautiful and luxurious craft we will have for own private tour!!!
Again, visit my website’s front page, press on the Galapagos page, see slide show of only a ‘smattering’ of images revealing what the tour has in store for you.
Galapagos Tour Info: Apr 23 - May 8th, 2009
Cost: $8500 Double Occupancy (for one of 6 - 194 sq ft cabins) $9500 Double Occupancy (364 sq ft luxury suite)
$1000 “Hold My Spot!” deposit due now!
Tour Includes: 2 nights hotel stay in Quito (arrival & return) *Airfares & transfers roundtrip! (Quito/Galapagos/Quito) *All tips for our bilingual naturalist/guides & crew members Includes all meals on board the vessel All Galapagos park fees Galapagos Tourist Card (* = rarely included in most Galapagos Tour Packages)
Tour Does Not Include: Meals in Quito Departure or Arrival Taxes Personal Items (gifts, liquor, etc) Wet Suits (rental available at $45/wk)
The interest and response to this tour is overwhelming, so I’ve had to schedule TWO ‘Back to Back’ tours!!! The actual dates aren’t in place but the tours will be held early and mid-June, so if you are interested in one or the other, you best let this office know soon: (‘guest-i-mate’ your time frame, & say early June tour, or mid-June tour). You can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org An exciting addition (If my “recon” trip proves to be as successful as I know it will be), I’m adding a few of the fabulous rainforests and national parks that surround the gorgeous city of Rio de Janeiro. Obviously, we’ll have to have a peek at the city too!! I will be “reconning” this new area early in October upon my return from my tour to Madagascar!
Dates are pretty much in place for 2009. They will be just like this year. Please visit my website, www.joannewilliamsphoto.com, for more details.
Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:
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-hourly)!