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Squaw Creek and Snow Geese Migration

Dave Bryan and Dennis Chapman, ReallyClassGlass.com, will be going to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Sundays November 27 and December 4 for the spectacular migration of snow geese and bald eagles.  We would love it if you would join us, using the Nikon super telephoto lenses; 600mm F4.0, 400mm F2.8 and 300mm F2.8 lenses along with professional tripods and ballheads.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  Renting a Nikon D90 for the day will add $20.00.

Previous years migration totals counted as many as 350,000 snow geese and 200 bald eagles, as well as thousands of other ducks and geese species.  The mass number of birds will be there as long as the reservation does not freeze shut with super cold temperatures.

Squaw Creek is 45 minutes north of St. Joseph and less than a 1 1/2 hour drive from most of the Kansas City area.  Call Dave at 913-908-4879 or email at dbryan12@kc.rr.com to make your reservation.  Payment will be due one week in advance of your time slot.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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Capturing the Grand Canyon and Sedona in Pictures

Budding photographer? Experienced pro? Either way, Grand Canyon National Park and nearby Sedona, AZ are great places to hone in on your photography skills. That is why we have decided to incorporate these destinations in our upcoming Destination Photography trip this December.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was first set aside as a Federal Reserve in 1893. The, was designated a National Park in 1919; an astonishing 44,000 tourists visited that year. However, these days, five million annual visitors can’t be wrong!

Before it was the tourist destination that it is today, the Grand Canyon was home to 11 tribes and ethnic groups for nearly 12,000 years. Along with tourists and photographers, archaeologists have had a field day sifting through the artifacts – just imagine photographing in a place like this!

But where to take pictures? Our professional guides will help us find the most breathtaking locations for beautiful photographs, including the South Rim (heading down a couple hundred feet also offers a new perspective).

Sedona

Just two hours away, Sedona’s stunning sandstones are calling for their share of attention. Located in northern Arizona, Sedona enjoys mild winters and summers; it’s no wonder why human snowbirds settle here. In the early days, the peach and apple orchards were all the rage. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the area began attracting tourists, vacationers, and retired folks.

Sedona has a multicultural history. In 1876, Anglo settlers arrived and forced the Yavapai and Apache tribes to move to a reservation 180 miles away… On foot… In winter. Some of them have since returned to the area and are able to maintain a distinct culture.

Now, Sedona is known as “Red Rock Country” for its sandstone formations. Surrounding the city are the whimsically-named monoliths: Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. Who doesn’t want a picture of a Coffeepot that looks nothing like a coffee pot? Oak Creek Canyon, also just outside the city, is great for photography too.

Did this get your mouth watering? If so, contact Dave today (dave@timeless-images.com) to get starting booking your seat for December’s adventure west. While traveling with Dave, the Image Maker of the American West, you’ll capture some of the most breathtaking views that Arizona and California have to offer; nothing will beat this experience.

For more details, including the rest of the trip itinerary and information on booking your seat, click here.


Destination Photography: Monterey Bay

Given that California has many densely populated cities that often draw the attention of professional and amateur photographers, world-class locations such as Monterey Bay and Big Sur can sometimes be passed over by folks looking for a vacation that revolves around taking stellar photographs. In all honesty, it would be difficult to come up with a photography travel destination that is more spectacular and diverse than these two coastal gems.

Monterey Bay is a magical region that offers some of the best coastal views this fine nation has to offer in a laid-back city with a very mild climate. The region was inhabited by Native Americans until Spanish settlers arrived in the first years of the 17th century.

In this small city you’ll be able to capture images of determined trees growing from the sides of cliffs that have been cultivated by moist sea splash. Moments later, you’ll be photographing the entrance of one of the dozens of small caves that have been carved out by millions of years of high tides. Folks who strategically and patiently plant themselves on the shore may be treated to the breaching of humpback and grey whales less than a few hundred yards offshore.

Archaeological findings show that Native American tribes lived in Big Sur for thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers. In the late 18th century the area was colonized by Spanish explorers and remained that way until the gold rush of the mid-1800s. The completion of Highway 1, which tiptoes along the central coast of California, marked the beginning of an era for the region, as it was able to be accessed by automobile for the first time.

The common lure for all of the area’s many inhabitants has been the stunning views and the enthralling feeling that comes with living on the literal edge of civilization. Because of the ruggedness of the landscape, the large area is only lightly populated, meaning crowds and noise are never a problem.

In short, the region is a photographer’s dream. Rhythmic waves steadily splash against jagged rocks, creating one-of-a-kind, momentary works of art that can be captured forever with the flash of a fast lens. The Santa Lucia Mountains rise sharply from the Pacific Ocean, and watching the sun set over the salty waters exposes the even plain created by the Earth’s curvature, creating ten to fifteen minutes of photography gold.

Keeping all the mind, it is easy to see why we selected this destination as part of our first ever Destination Photography Workshop. Departing December 2011, our group will be traveling from Kansas City to Monterey Bay and Big Sur, stopping at a few beautiful destinations along the way! For more information on how you can join us, click here!


Start Packing Your Bags!

There are some things in life that it’s never too early to start thinking about. Your next vacation is one of those things! So, let’s start planning your next trip TODAY! On December 1st, 2011, we’ll embark on our first Destination Workshop. And, trust me,  you won’t want to get left behind.

The destination: Monterey Bay, California and Yosemite National Park. However, as every good photographer knows, the journey between home and your destination is just as exciting as the destination itself. So, we’ll be stopping at the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ, as well as Redwood and Sequoia National Parks to photograph their natural beauty.

Now, if you’re looking for some laidback, all-inclusive, resort experience, this is not the trip for you! Our photo enthusiasts will be up at dawn (as early as 4:00 am) to capture the early morning light and will be out past sundown to catch the breathtaking western sunset. However, there will be opportunities for rest during the day. This downtime will also allow time for image review and processing.

Not only will this experience provide breathtaking views of the wild west. But, you’ll be enjoying them through the lens of any of our incredible array of Pro Nikon lenses; including 600mm F4.0, 400mm F2.8, 300mm F2.8, and two 200mm F2.0, as well as 14mm F2.8, 17-35 F2.8, 80 to 200 F2.8, 28 to 70 F2.8 and others. Plus, all the tripods, monopods and Really Right Stuff ball heads.

Okay, are you ready to get started?  Here are the details…

When to be ready: December 1st – 13th, 2011

What to expect: We’ll be traveling to California by van. ReallyClassGlass will take care of all the transportation, which is included in your workshop fee. We will be staying at clean, comfortable national hotel chains. Your workshop fee does not include lodging or meals.

How much: The workshop fee is $1989.00 per person and includes use of all of our telephoto lenses and support equipment, as well as travel costs to and from our destination (land travel only).

What to do next: Contact us today to reserve your spot! A $400 deposit will do the trick. You can email us at info@timeless-images.com, visit our Facebook or Twitter page. Or, just call me, Dave, at 913-908-4879. For all the details, and an itinerary, click here.