The Heart of Africa and the Soul of Photography
Dates: March 16-23, 2019
Details: 5 Spots
Time in the Field: 8 days / 7 nights in the Masai Mara, Kenya
Designed for avid photographers (from enthusiast to pro) to get gallery-worthy images of the animals and terrain of the famed Masai Mara
There’s no place on earth like Africa, and Wild Departures caters to avid and enthusiastic shutterbugs from beginner to pro on this once-in-a-lifetime photo safari.
We start with your instructor, Michelle Theall, who is an award-winning photographer whose work has been published around the globe and in the US in over thirty titles, including Alaska, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, and others. Her stock work is handled by several agencies, including Getty, and several images have been purchased for private collections and galleries. She’s been teaching photography for 12 years and prides herself on helping clients capture “the moment,” the unique miracles that happen in the field that take a photo beyond a snapshot to something more sublime.
Ping, a Massai, was born in and has lived his entire life in the Masai Mara, the famed heart of Kenya’s wildlife population. He was named one of the top 25 guides by Conde Nast Traveler and, as a big cat biologist, knows the locations and behaviors of the animals in the Mara intimately, often predicting hunting, nursing, and other interactions. Ping is also a professional photographer, and as such, positions Wild Departures guests in the best locations with the best light.
The vehicles used by Wild Departures on this tour are specially designed for photographers. They are open on all sides and stair-step up in height for ultimate viewing from all seats. Bean bags are provided for extra stabilization. We stay at one site in the Mara in order to maximize our time in the field with the animals in different types of light and pursuing desired behaviors.
This is “glamping” at its best with modern amenities, including power, hot water, private bath and shower, queen-sized beds, and food cooked by a culinary chef. Alcoholic beverages are included at camp as we observe cocktail hour by the fire overlooking the river.
On this trip, our plan is to go on photo safari twice per day, a morning and a late afternoon drive, with workshops, editing, and image review during the afternoon hours. In the workshops, we’ll discuss everything from composition and post-processing to going from snapshot to gallery-worthy images. We’ll review and critique shots from the day and give one-on-one instruction and answer questions.
This trip offers immersion into the heart of the Masai Mara in an intimate setting away from the masses. From your bed at night, you’ll listen to the lions and hyenas, along with the crunching grass beneath the feet of giraffes marching through camp.
But more than anything else, we guarantee you’ll leave with a few unique images worthy of hanging on any wall or being published in any magazine, as we go beyond technique to practice photography as an art.
Download Brochure and sign up now. Space is limited.
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