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  • Dolomites In Winter 2018


    February 5-12, 2018 (8 Days) With Erin Babnik


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    This unique trip will take us to a variety of magnificent alpine locations in the Dolomites of northern Italy, complete with seven nights of accommodation with full board, airport transfer, and transportation between locations. Our lodging will be a mixture of hotels and beautifully situated alpine huts that put us as close as possible to the most photogenic locations for winter photography. The final day of the trip we will hold a substantial post-processing seminar in the comfort of a hotel conference room. This will be a rare opportunity to get out of the valleys and into the mountains to photograph some of the most spectacular, craggy, snow-capped peaks anywhere in the world. Participants will have the benefit of a small group of only eight participants and two instructors, allowing you to get all of the help that you need with field technique and post-processing instruction.

    This trip is designed for people with a spirit of adventure who want to experience and photograph some of the more remote locations of the Dolomites. Hiking on this trip will be minimal, and our modes of travel may include gondolas, chairlifts, snowcats, and snowmobiles as necessary to reach our locations. Whether you are just getting started in photography or are already a seasoned pro, we will put you in the right place at the right time and will provide you with whatever guidance you require to get unique winter photographs of the Dolomites for your portfolio.

    Get detailed information and reserve your spot here.

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  • Exploring Croatia - October 2017



    October 9-15, 2017 (with David Cobb)

    1 spot remaining!

    Guided by renowned Slovenian photographer, Luka Esenko, we will begin in the capitol city of Zagreb to explore its medieval and Austro-Hungarian architecture. Next we will head to the spectacular Plivitce Lakes National Park for fall color and stunning scenery of deep gorges and hundreds of waterfalls running through the lakes district. Next up will be the stunningly beautiful Istrian peninsula where we will photograph the dramatic coastline and ancient cities along the shore—also heading into the nearby wine growing hill country.

    There is a maximum of 13 people for this trip. Full price is $2,975. This includes transportation within Croatia, daily meals, and lodging.

    Click here to register or reserve a spot.

    Want to sign up for both Croatia & Slovenia? Click here. The Combined trip is $5,475



  • Discover Slovenia - October 2017

    Storybook Land, Lake Bled, Slovenia


    This photo tour has filled!

    October 15-21, 2017 (with David Cobb)

    Guided by renowned Slovenian photographer, Luka Esenko, we will begin from the capitol city of Ljubljana before heading to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps to photograph the glaciated lakes, stunning gorges, waterfalls, and the iconic island Church of the Assumption on beautiful Lake Bled. We'll explore Triglav National Park, the Soca River Valley, and some of the high passes of the Julian Alps. The lands are dotted with beautiful and picturesque Baroque churches, which can be fabulous subject matter. The trip will end by circling back to Ljubljana to photograph its old town, hilltop castle, and the bustling marketplace.

    MostnicaThere is a maximum of 13 people for this trip. Full price is $2,975. This includes transportation within Slovenia, daily meals, and lodging.

    Click here to register or reserve a spot.

    Want to sign up for both Croatia & Slovenia? Click here. The combined trip is $5,475




  • Tangerine Dream - Badwater, Death Valley


    The rain this winter allowed a thin layer of water to pool on the Badwater salt flat in Death Valley National Park. Zack, David and I spent the twilight hour exploring the patterns, reflections and glowing light one evening on our recent road trip. The next day my shoes were completely encased in a crusty rime of salt. For scale, if you look closely you may see another photographer out in the water toward the horizon.

    Canon 5DMK4, 22mm, polarizer, 1 second, f/16, ISO 100. The expanded dynamic range of the 5DMK4 allowed me to capture this scene in a single exposure quite easily. The dynamic range wasn't extreme, but too much to get it all in one exposure with good shadow quality on the 5DMK3.

  • Red Racer - Death Valley National Park

    Red RacerI finally made it out to the Racetrack in Death Valley while road-tripping with the boyz a couple weeks ago. Super clear skies were calling out for a starry night shot. Zack and I spent a chilly hour or two experimenting with different light painting techniques. The one I liked the most was the red "night vision" setting on Zack's headlamp. We selected this particular sailing stone because it had a wonderful S-shaped track. For the land exposure, we set the long exposure timer for 4 minutes, carefully walked the track with the light pointed at the ground, groped our way back to the cameras in complete darkness...and then adjusted our technique and repeated. We had lots of screw ups. For developing I blended one 2-minute natural starlight exposure together with the red, light painted exposure. The starry sky is from a third25-secondd exposure to avoid star-trailing.

    If you aren't familiar with the Racetrack or how the famous "Sailing Stones" move around the playa check out THIS VIDEO.

    Canon 5D4, Rokinon 14mm lens. Natural light exposure: 2 minutes f/5.6, ISO 6400. Light painted exposure: 4 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 1600. Sky exposure: 25 seconds, f/2.8, SIO 6400.

  • "Frost Light" - Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite Falls resplendent in frost and glancing morning sun with the valley still shrouded in shadow. I took this while out on road trip with my good buds, David Cobb and Zack Schnepf last week. We shacked up in the Falcon for seven days. More bad jokes, laughing and flatulence than most people could handle.

    Canon 5D MK4, 47mm, polarizer, 1/20 second, f/11, ISO 100.

  • Ghost Forest - Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile


    Fires have burned large sections of Torres del Paine NP in the last 20 years, many of them apparently set off accidentally by backpackers. I never like to see beautiful landscapes burn, but fire is part of the ecological process and these burned out trees do create impact and help tell this particular visual story.

    Canon 5DsR, 25mm, Polarizer. 1/10 second @ f/18, ISO 100.

  • Photo Tour Patagonia - March 2016


    This trip is now full.

    Thinking of the far away land of Chile and Argentina at the tip of South America evokes images of soaring mountain ranges, picturesque peaks and photogenic lakes and prairies.

    March 6 - 21, 2016

    Sean Bagshaw and Christian Heeb

    Presented by the Cascade Center of Photography

    Contact the Cascade Center of Photography to be added to the waiting list.


    I am excited to be teaming up with internationally renowned travel photographer, Christian Heeb, for this once in a lifetime Patagonia Photo Tour to some of the world's most spectacular sights for Nature and Landscape photographers. I hope you can join us on this adventure!

    A small group of photographers will have the opportunity to join us while we travel in all wheel vehicles from the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas along the Andes Mountains to the the stunning lake district near Bariloche in Argentina. We will visit and photograph a penguin colony, the incredible glacier Perito Moreno, the granite mountain peaks of Torres del Peine National Park and the legendary mountain, Fitz Roy. We will have the opportunity to experience the wide open spaces of Argentina's high plains with opportunities to meet the Gauchos, Argentina's Cowboys, and observe an array of wildlife from foxes to Guanacos and condors while traveling through this great land.

    As an option we are offering a week long ad-on trip to Easter Island following the Patagonia photo tour.


    • Penguins
    • Andes Mountains
    • Fitz Roy Mtn.
    • Perito Moreno Glacier
    • Torres Del Paine National Park
    • Los Alerces National Park
    • Bariloche and Lake Distrcit
    • Gauchos and endless plains
    • Easter Island optional ad-on


  • Hawaii Big Island Photography Tour with David Cobb

    Big Island 8 Day All Inclusive Photography Tour presented by Destination:Earth

    Only 1 spot remaining!

    February 14th-21st 2014
    Price: $2,499.00 Double Occupancy

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    More Information and Registration

    This privately guided green adventure to the Big Island will open your eyes to an exciting & magical Hawaii! Our adventure gives you a true sampling of the many faces of this magical land while letting you deeply connect with the people through photography and giving back, first hand.

    Photograph at stunning Waipio Valley
    Hike and Harvest at Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
    Swim in turtle filled lagoons
    Hike across 2 mile wide crater in Volcano National Park
    Photograph the sunset atop Mauna Kea Volcano-Hawaii's largest at 14,000 Feet
    Nightly photo reviews and critiques

    7 Nights Accommodations
    7 Breakfasts
    7 Lunches
    7 Dinners
    Ground transportation
    All Privatley guided tours & hikes
    Professional photography guiding, instruction and critiques
    Snorkel & Mask

  • Trip Report: Photographing Oregon's Owyhee Country

    Malheur County may be one of the least known and least visited parts of Oregon. It is located in the extreme southeast corner of the state bordering Idaho and Nevada. Geographically it is one of the largest counties in Oregon with a total area of about 10,000 square miles, but it has one of the lowest population densities at just 3 people per square mile. Most of the population is centered around Ontario and Vale in the northern 15% of the county. Almost everything to the south is open range land managed by the BLM. There is just one paved road, Hwy 95, and one town, Jordan Valley.

    But out in the arid scrub and ranch land of Malheur County lies the Owyhee River. The Owyhee drains a remote area of the high desert plateau on the northern boundary of the Great Basin and flows northward to the Snake River. The various arms and tributaries of the Oywhee cut deep canyons through the Owyhee Plateau, many with vertical rock walls that in places can be over 1,000 feet deep. 120 miles of the Owyhee River Canyon were designated as Wild and Scenic in 1984.

    The southern reaches of the river can only be accessed by dirt roads, some fairly well maintained and others not more than jeep tracks. Even then there are just a handful of spots where it is possible to reach the river by vehicle. Most of the Owyhee and it's tributaries can only be explored by backpacking or rafting.

    People have been suggesting I check out the Owyhee country for years. As it is not along any usual route of travel and many hours from just about anywhere I had never visited this part of the state until this spring. I went to do some exploring and take some photos with fellow photographer, David Cobb, who had previously hiked and photographed portions of the river.

    Finishing the morning shoot at the Cliffs of Rome.

    I was absolutely drawn in by the beauty and scope of the canyons and the surrounding high desert. Along the drive south from Ontario the dirt road first takes you through Succor Creek Canyon which is just a small preview of what's to come, but very scenic in its own right.

    Succor Creek Canyon

    Leslie Gulch is the main attraction along the Lake Owyhee reservoir and provides the easiest access to the river in this area. Throughout the gulch and all along Lake Owyhee the rock spires and escarpments are very reminiscent of Smith Rock State Park only, as David says, “on steroids”. We explored the main Leslie Gulch road and made a couple of forays up side canyons. The area to the north known as the Honeycombs looks particularly enticing but can only be reached by backpacking in or taking a boat over from the west side of the lake.

    North of the town of Jordan Valley you can follow the Jordan Craters Road for about 30 miles into a large lava flow that originates at the Coffee Pot Crater.

    Coffee Pot Crater

    Spatter Cone at Jordan Craters

    View from inside a spatter cone

    Continuing on a side road from there you can wind your way down steep switchbacks and reach the river at the historic Birch Creek Ranch. This is one of the main takeouts for rafters floating the river.

    Cliffs at Birch Creek Ranch

    Birch Creek Ranch

    Southwest of Jordan Valley is the community of Rome. Near Rome there are several dirt roads that offer access to the river canyon as well as the nearby Cliffs of Rome and Chalk Basin further to the north.

    Pillars Of Rome

    South of Hwy 95 between Rome and Jordan Valley, Three Forks road makes it's way across about 30 miles of high desert to join the Owyhee River at Three Forks. David and I were glad to have my 4x4 for this road as we found it heavily rutted after winter rains. We also had to make about three creek crossings, the deepest of which engulfed my front bumper. From the map we saw that we could stop along the road a few miles north of Three Forks and hike out the the canyon rim. Photographing a roadless portion of the wild and scenic Owyhee at sunset sounded appealing, but after a few steps off the road we discovered ticks clinging to our pants. Despite giving David a serious case of the willies we continued on and were able to access a sweeping vista of the canyon before sundown. By the time we completed our hike back in the fading light we had found over 100 ticks between us! A strip search in the headlights revealed several more. I managed to find all of the ones on me, but David found several more lurking on him during the night and didn't get a wink of sleep.

    David trying to ignore the ticks

    Three Forks is a popular put-in for rafters and the presence of hot springs make it an attraction for others as well. My main interest in returning to Three Forks is that this is where the adventurous backpacker can access the branching web of the upper Owyhee Canyon and it's various tributaries. Radiating out from the Three Forks area are no less than six deep and narrow canyons including the Big Antelope, Louse and Middle Fork.

    While I was able to take some exciting photographs on this scouting trip I am excited to get back soon. Future trips will include spending several days rafting and photographing the Owyhee proper as well as doing some back country packing up the tributary canyons south of Three Forks.

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