Archive for Photography Trips

Total Solar Eclipse – Mon Aug 21st

If you have any interest in caravanning down to possibly Missouri to catch the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st – pending clear skies of course – send an email to Amy at  [email protected] 

Of those who respond, I'll start a group message and we can discuss details 🙂

For more information and an interactive eclipse map see:


Amy Mueggenberg

LAPC Activities Officer

Capture Mexico’s Wildlife in Photos – Robb Report

I saw this article today and tried to find out how to get registered!

Anyone want to go to Mexico and photograph wildlife with National Geographic!

From the article:

Hosted by the National Geographic photographers Steve Winter, Tim Laman, and Brian Skerry, the three-night photography retreat (starting at $4,158 per person) includes guided excursions to photograph the region’s forests and Mayan ruins as well as daily breakfasts, a lunch, and two dinners. Guests will receive one-on-one instruction from the photographers on composition, lighting, metering, equipment, and more. The program is offered from January 24 to 27, with at least three more sessions planned for 2014.

There's a link to the resort but no information on how to book?

Read more here:

If you find more information on the how to book and upcoming events please comment below!

Costa Rica Travel/Photo Expeditions – FYI

Inspiration and  information to help you make the most of your travel and photography¡¡¡

A Unique Opportunity to Photograph the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park 


Join wildlife photographer Wayde Carrol and our local guides in an exploration of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, one of the top spots for wildlife photography on the planet¡ “The most biologically intense place on Earth.” -National Geographic.



Day 1: Welcome¡¡¡

Receive a warm Costa Rican welcome and transfer to the hotel. After the welcome, We meet in the hotel lobby for dinner and orientation this evening.

Early in the morning we travel through some of the richest rainforest on earth at Braulio Carrillo National Park.


Day 3:  Explore the Canals¡¡¡

Wake up with the call of howler monkeys and savor a local breakfast at the lodge overlooking the canal's scenery. 


Day 4:  The Amazing Arenal Volcano¡¡¡

After breakfast, return by boat to the pier in Matina. After lunch we are continuing to Arenal. 

On the way to this area we are stop for take photos in the Fortuna Down Town, and then we have included the hot-springs locally owned by Dona Mireya and her family. Dinner is a wonderful home-style meal served in a rustic wooden ranch can relax in private hot spring waters. From this beautiful place you will have the opportunity to take photos of the stunning Arenal Volcano. 


Day 5:  Private tour of Rappel &  Serpentarium

Today we will have two different locations for photos (are private for the group) the one being with a 30 minute 4×4 drives into the tropical rainforest outside of the town of La Fortuna in the shadow of Volcano Arenal. We trek through the forest on magical trails that lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica, a place very few people get to experience.


After this experience we are visit the serpentarium for a private session you will have the opportunity to photograph reptiles and frogs in their natural.

 Day 6:  Cloud Forest¡¡¡

After breakfast we are traveling to the cloud forest, past lush farmlands and verdant forests, we reach the Los Angeles Cloud Forest in San Ramon, a small farming community in the heart of the Costa Rican Central Highlands.  


Day 7:  Peninsula de Osa¡¡¡Amazing

A private transfer will take you to the San José airstrip where you will catch a flight to the Osa Peninsula. There you will stay at the wonderful Aguila de Osa Inn.

Day 8:  Sirena Ranger Station¡¡¡

This ranger station is also located along the Pacific coast, but further south in the middle of the Park. The boat ride to Sirena from the hotel takes over an hour, well worth it for us; we are interested in exploring the Park's interior, where the most abundant wildlife dwells. 


There are several trails that surround the ranger station, where you'll observe many species 


Day 9:  Caño Island¡¡¡

Caño Island is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, and for us too¡¡ The Island can be seen just minutes after leaving the protected cove of the hotel, and the boat ride takes about 45 minutes. 


Your boat will anchor at two different sites close Caño Island, The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life 


The lunch is prepared by your tour guide and served around midday at shaded picnic tables on the beach. The Caño Island Park Ranger Station has an office, public bathrooms, and an outdoor, freshwater shower.  


Day 10:  Back to San Josè¡¡¡ 


After breakfast a private transfer will take you to the Palmar Sur airstrip where you will catch a flight to San José. There you will stay at the Beacon Hotel.



Day 11:  Back Home¡¡¡ 


Transfer to the International Airport for your flight home.


Price per person: $3036



  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Serpentarium  (prívate session)
  • Hot Springs, Ecothermals
  • Rappel (private tour for photography)Sirena Range Station
  • Caño Island
Private Transportation
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McGregor photoshoot – Sat Sept 29

Unofficial LAPC Photoshoot

Where: McGregor, Iowa, area
When: Saturday September 29, 2012
Contact: [email protected]

The idea is to have a fall photo shoot for any LAPC members who are interested. We’re hoping for fall colors, but with the current drought it is not guaranteed that we will get good color.

Anyway, there is no set time, nor will there be an official caravan. It will not be “led” as club member Bob Campagna likes to do with his shoots. It will be self-led. We will go up on our own, or team with friends, based on what is convenient for us and what we hope to capture. I am hoping to capture some sunrise shots, so I will leave around 3-4 am-ish, and I don’t want to put anyone out with my schedule.

Other nearby areas worthy of photo note are Pike’s Peak State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Marquette IA, Prarie du Chien WI, the Mississippi River, and much more. Even if the fall colors do disappoint, there is no lack of good photo opportunities.

If interested, please e-mail your name, e-mail address, and cell phone number to Ken at the above address.  I will compile a list of cell phone numbers and distribute them via e-mail prior to the shoot.  The cell phone numbers are just for coordinating meeting and eating times, and in case of emergency.  If anyone knows any good and reasonably-priced restaurants where we could meet, please include that in your e-mail also.

I will suggest that we meet sometime around mid-day for lunch, and to exchange photo stories. Anyone who is interested should contact Ken at [email protected] and I will keep interested people up to date.

Ron Preston Lincoln Highway gas station auction

Spotted this auction going on Aug. 11 at Ron Prestons gas station,,, thought you might like to know.
Looks like he had stuff somewhere else, because I don't remember some of those trucks being there when we had the photo shoot.


May be a great place to take some great photos of items you don't see very often!

Looking for some feedback…

I'm looking for some feedback from the club…

I was talking with an internet friend/aquaintance that is a pro photographer, and was giving him a hassle about when he was going to come to the midwest to give a seminar/presentation now that he is done with his regular scheduled stuff. He responded that he “didn't have plans yet but wanted to get out here sometime… I'm open to suggestions”!
What I'd like to do is see how many people would be interested in getting him to Iowa for a day. I'm going to talk with Bob R. and Bob L. at the meeting this weekend to see what kind of interest there would be for the club and what options we have. Give us some feedback if you make it to the meeting!

Some of you have seen his work and not known it, he is very highly published, maybe you already know who he is and follow his work?
His name is Jon Cornforth.
Below are a couple links if you would like to check out his work, maybe you will be saying “I know that photo!”
I've been following his work for the last 3-4 years… you won't regret taking a little time to look at the links below!

Holiday Photos wanted for Newsletter

Hello Fellow LAPC Members,

We are planning another holiday photo shoot for next month. I plan to put together a page or two of holiday photos from club members from previous holiday photo shoots for the December newsletter. Please note that these should be from previous club holiday photo shoots only, as I want to highlight the photo shoot aspect itself and encourage others to take part.

Please submit to [email protected] . Please include your name and year/location (if known) in the e-mail. Send separate from contest photos, if you're sending both.

– …please send as separate attachments. Do not embed in e-mail.
– …send .jpg files, max size 800ppi on the long end (except panoramas, which can be up to 2000ppi on the long end.
– …I strongly recommend that you put an unobtrusive copyright somewhere on the photo, preferably not right in the center, but this is purely your choice.

Please send photos by Monday, November 28, 2011, by 9pm. Any photos received after that time and date may not make it into the newsletter.

Ken Boardrow
Newsletter Editor

Want Expeditions Wildlife & Nature Travel

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Today we would like to introduce you to a couple of amazing trips that are now open for booking in 2012: Svalbard and Peru.

PERU: After closely following the situation in Libya for the last several months, and despite the major recent advances of the revolutionary groups, we decided that the country will take a fair bit of time to organize itself and to be ready for tourism. As a result, we are now replacing our Libya itinerary with the ever-so-popular Peru Expedition, which we have not run since 2010 and for which we have received plenty of requests. Enjoy reading through our well-tested and popular itinerary, and do not hesitate to join us! We are offering USD 250.- early booking discount until SEP 15th.

SVALBARD: Finally, our long-awaited Arctic cruise to the islands of Svalbard is here, and its time to make the most out of your travel investment! We have chosen the most perfect vessel in the area. Our ice-strengthened, renovated motor yacht has only 6 cabins and the power to take us anywhere in the ice on our private itinerary. Traveling to Svalbard in a small group, rather than on the typical vessels that host 40-60 passengers, guarantees the maximum amount of time for wildlife and nature encounters, and eliminates time wasted while waiting in long logistical lines to get into zodiacs and on shore. We have also chosen the very best time of the season, when snow and ice still covers everything (allowing us to see plenty of bears and seals, as well as to take gorgeous, icy and snowy images); yet when the cruising channels are already open. Only 6 cabins are available, make sure you reserve your spot as soon as possible! USD 250. – early booking discount till SEP 15th.

New genre: You might have noticed some new additions to our website. Under ‘trip types’ on our destinations page, you can see that we have added a new genre: Spirituality and Health. A few months back, our Voodoo Nations of Africa Expedition started causing quite a stir and received some very exciting attention. Spirituality and Health magazine caught wind of this trip, and contacted Jessica to see if she would be interested to write an article on her experiences and impressions of Voodoo practices in this region. In the end, she chose to focus on the spiritual aspects of forgiveness as practiced by Voodoo followers in Gnani Witch Camp – a remote village we visit on our expedition. As a result S&H was so impressed by our trips that they asked us to team up with them to provide tours that appeal to their readership, and provide a new genre of trips. In addition to our Voodoo trip, another tour we have highly recommended is our Greenland Dogsled Expedition. While the Greenland trip absolutely remains a “unique expedition”, it is also an incredibly moving experience, to the extent that our guests felt that they became a changed person after participating in this expedition due to their experiences on the ice and with native peoples. Because of this result, and now teaming up with S&H, we feel that this trip can also be considered a journey to self through a connection with nature, which is why it has been placed under the S&H category. However, while the genre has been changed, the trip experience itself remains the same as it has in the past – one of the most amazing journeys on Earth! Join us on this incredible voyage, our USD 250. – early booking discount will expire AUG 31st.

2012 special offers:
Peru Expedition Open for Booking
Svalbard Expedition Cruise: USD 250.- early booking discount

2012 special offers

Peru Culture & Nature Expedition

Mar 21 – Apr 01, 2012

Peru: ancient, mysterious, rich in character and wildlife. Just the name of its many attractions conjure awe and excitment for even the most well versed adventurer. Travel from beautiful World Heritage Sites to remote islands on Lake Titicaca inhabited by ancient tribes whose history dates back over 1000 years. Immerse yourself in the cool waters of the South Pacific ocean and delight in Sea Lions flipping, twisting, and turning just inches from you. Then hike enigmatic Macchu Picchu and walk with the Incas. Join WANT Expeditions in Peru for the adventure of a lifetime!

USD 250.- early booking discount until SEP 15th.

Svalbard Expedition Cruise

May 30 – Jun 07, 2012

Svalbard is a vast, glaciated archipelago dominated by wild, pointed mountain ranges – a magic world of midnight sun and pack ice, of glittering glaciers and abundant wildlife. This is truly the High Arctic (half way between Norway and the North Pole), home to the world’s healthiest and most protected populations of polar bears, walruses and many other unique species. Our early summer voyage provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to explore this amazing polar wonderland in its full glory, and our choice of expedition vessel allows us for maximum experiences on shore and minimum time spent for waiting in logistics lines.
If you ever dreamed of visiting the Arctic in a group of only 12 like-minded travelers under very comfortable on-board conditions, professional expedition staff, and enjoying limitless shore and Zodiac time for wildlife observation, you do not need to look any further: such a voyage is now possible, as part of WANT Expeditions’ efforts to provide unique and outstanding wildlife adventure experiences worldwide.
Join us on this fantastic departure and experience the ‘world of ice and polar bears’ on board our private vessel! And while our itinerary is absolutely weather dependent, the fact that you’re traveling on a ship that holds only 12, rather than 40-60, you can be assured that you will spend more time on shore and will have come home with more Arctic experiences than you would have ever hoped for, making your travel investment go even further! If you love the Polar Regions as much as us, you must not miss this unique voyage. Join us today!

USD 250.- early booking discount until SEP 15th.

Thank you for traveling with us,


Thought this may be of interest to some of our members?

Kgalagadi Overland Photographic Safari
12 – 22 October 2011 – with Hannes Lochner

Come join Wildlife Photographer Hannes Lochner and experience the photographic splendor of the Semi desert region of the Kalahari. Hear the majestic roar of the Black-maned Kalahari lions and the sinister cackling of the laughing hyena at night! Experience the true African wilderness trekking across theKgalagadi Transfrontier Park which spans across South Africa and Botswana along the Nossob River. Negotiate the red Kalahari dunes and enjoy the hospitality, sights and sounUnsubscribe me from this list of the Kalahari – all waiting to be captured on camera as those unforgettable moments in scenic Africa.


This ten day photographic safari will provide you with an exceptional   Overland, serviced camping experience, a real opportunity to experience Africa as it should be with no fences, no boundaries, open skies and endless photographic memories!

Either use one of our Land Rover Defender or Discovery or bring your own 4×4 for this adventure of a lifetime.

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