Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 

Photo Tours with Natural Art Images - 2017/2018

Grizzly Bear photo tours. Humpback, Killer Whale and Sea Otter photo tours. Great Bear Rainforest photo tours. Khutzeymateen photo tours. Spirit Bear photo tours. In other words, photo tours featuring the absolute best wildlife subjects the Canadian wilderness can offer.

If you're a keen nature or wildlife photographer and you're looking for that "ultimate" photo tour, you've definitely come to the right place! We offer a small number but growing numbers of photo tours each year to absolutely amazing and remote destinations with absolutely amazing subject matter. We keep our trips small in size (normally with 6 or fewer participants) so each participant receives ample attention and unobstructed shooting angles and photo opportunities. We currently offer three distinct types of Photo Tours:

1. Instructional Photo Tours: These photo tours combine a full day of professional photography instruction with multiple days filled with fantastic photo opportunities of dramatic subjects, including wild Grizzlies, Spirit Bears, Orcas, Humpbacks and more! Besides the classroom-style instruction provided at the beginning of the tour, participants will receive instruction in the field and, on some tours, evening seminars. Our instructional photo tours are targeted at all serious nature photographers - from keen novices through to seasoned professionals.

2. "Photo Op" Photo Tours: "Photo Op" tours are similar to our instructional photo tours but offer a reduced instructional component (the full day of pre-trip classroom-style instruction is omitted). They offer access to amazing photographic opportunities in a small, intimate group of like-minded individuals and with experienced guides and a dedicated photographic guide (that would be ME!). During Photo Op photo tours photographic coaching on issues related to both image capture and image processing is available upon request. Our Photo Op tours are designed more for the intermediate-to-advanced (and professional) photographer not wishing formal instruction. These tours are very popular with those who have previously attended one or more of our Instructional Photo Tours.

3. "Exploratory Photo Adventures": First introduced in 2013, these guided adventures visit the same general wildlife photography "hotspots" (such as the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia) that we do on our other tours, but instead of focusing on the "tried and true" locations we strike out to explore rarely visited inlets, bays, streams, and forests. It's best to think of these trips as "higher risk" (in terms of "bagging" a single specific species) but "higher potential reward" (in terms of getting shots of species in locations and settings not commonly photographed). In short, these trips should appeal to the adventurous types who really like to "get out there". Those considering these trips should be physically mobile, able to carry their own photography gear over rough terrain (such as slippery rocks or through thick forests), and be comfortable with the thought of working outside in weather that could be...uhhhh...different than what you'd normally think of as beach weather! ;-)

See below for listings of our 2017 & 2018 photo tours, plus an explanation of how to join the Priority Booking List for 2019 photo tours.

2017 Photo Tours...


Please note that while all the information below is accurate, we are still working on adding some exciting new photo tours to the photo tour schedule and one or more of these MAY be offered in 2017. Stay tuned!


Owls of Manitoba 2017

1. The Owls of Manitoba: Late February - Early March 2017

12 January 2017 Update: Unfortunately, low numbers of the key target species on this photo tour (the Great Gray Owl) has increased the risk of this trip being unsuccessful (and disappointing) so we have decided to cancel it for 2017. Thanks are extended to all those who signed up - we will contact you individually to offer alternate options and/or refund your trip deposits. Nature, eh? ;-)

Will we be offering the trip again in 2018? Likely not. After having to cancel this trip in 3 consecutive years (all due to low owl numbers) we have to acknowledge that the long-term trend of this region (in SE Manitoba) being a hot-spot for boreal owl species may have changed. Until we see a consistent pattern of higher owl numbers (i.e., high enough to increase the probability of us running a successful owl photo tour) we are going to hold off offering it again.


Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen

2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - Spring 2017

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTO TOURS!

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public - and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem - The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet's few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people - and far, far fewer photographers - annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

In 2017 I am offering THREE different versions of this popular trip - an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen, a 4-day Photo Op Tour, and - last but not least - a 3-day Photo Op Tour. Details for each below...

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

OVERVIEW: Back again for 2017! This one is the Khutzeymateen "full meal deal"! This exceptionally popular photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We'll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world's best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

This is an all-inclusive trip (once one arrives in Prince Rupert, BC) that includes 2 nights of accommodation in Prince Rupert, all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of photo instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see top of page for description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
TRIP ID: Khutz-2017-1.
DATES: May 23 to May 30, 2017 (May 25-30 in the Khutzeymateen).
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
COST: $5699 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.1 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - 4-Day Photo Op

OVERVIEW: The slightly "lighter" version of the "full meal deal"! This "photo-op" style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area and the bears in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

Note that accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert (one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. As with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic "tips and tricks" about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see top of page for description of our Photo Op Tours).
TRIP ID: Khutz-2017-2.
DATES: May 29 to June 3, 2017 (May 30 - June 3 in the Khutzeymateen).
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
COST: $4299 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (1.9 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this extremely popular photo tour.

Photo Tour #3. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - 3-Day Photo Op

OVERVIEW: Just like the 4-day Photo Op tour but ONE DAY shorter! This "photo-op" style photo tour also offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 3 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area and the bears in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) but have even less time at their disposal!

Note that accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert (one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. As with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic "tips and tricks" about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see top of page for description of our Photo Op Tours).
TRIP ID: Khutz-2017-3.
DATES: June 2-6, 2017 (June 3-6 in the Khutzeymateen).
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
COST: $3299 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.
REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.0 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this great photo tour.

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

3. The Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku - August 2017

TWO Fishing Grizzlies trips for 2017!

OVERVIEW: During this exciting new land-based photo tour we'll travel up to the northern-most portions of British Columbia to photograph Grizzly Bears as the actively catch and feed on spawning pink and chinook salmon. The trip begins in Whitehorse - the Yukon's "Wilderness City". We'll then make our way to the hamlet of Atlin, and then board helicopters to access our remote bear camp on a tributary of the Taku River. And then it will be a wildlife photographer's nirvana - 5-full days of absolutely exclusive access to the fishing grizzlies of the Taku in as remote a location as you can find!

In 2017 we're offering TWO of these great trips. Each offers an optional day of professional-level photography instruction at the beginning of this photo tour while we're in Whitehorse. During this classroom-style day of instruction we'll be covering an array of image-capture skills, field techniques, tips, tricks and some of the essentials needed to capture great shots of bears and other wildlife. The material covered will focus on helping you capture and create images that can be considered true Wildlife Art! Plus the material will include many helpful tips to photograph the bears of this particular site. Photographers of all levels are welcomed on this tour, but it will be assumed that most attendees will be bringing digital SLR cameras and that all attendees will be familiar with the basic controls and functions of their chosen camera.

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

• PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional AND Non-instructional ("Photo Op") options for both trips.
• DURATION: 8 days for both trips (including arrival and departure days) for instructional option; 7 days for non-instructional option. 5 full days in the field with both options (on both trips).
• COST: $7699 CAD plus 5% GST for instructional version; $7399 CAD plus 5% GST for non-instructional version. Single supplement available during our stay in Whitehorse.
• WHAT'S INCLUDED: All meals and accommodation from your arrival on Day 1 of this photo tour (both in Whitehorse and at our bear camp). All transportation after your arrival at our hotel in Whitehorse, including van transport to Atlin, BC and helicopter transport to our bear camp. Bear guides, cooks, great food, fishing bears, and a whole lot of good times!
• ACCOMMODATION: In Whitehorse: Double occupancy in hotel (single supplement available); at the bear camp: Double occupancy heated stand-alone cabins.
• WHAT TO EXPECT: A totally off-the-grid and off-the-beaten path experience where we'll have exclusive access to the Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku. You'll be treated to amazing bear-viewing and have incredible photo-ops. And, for those who choose to participate, you'll receive top-notch professional photography instruction!

TAKU FISHING GRIZZLIES TRIP 1:
• DATES: July 31 - August 7, 2017 for instructional option; August 1-7, 2017 for non-instructional option. In bear camp August 2-7 for both options.
• TRIP ID: Taku-2017-1.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
• MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.5 MB)

TAKU FISHING GRIZZLIES TRIP 2:
• DATES: August 5-12, 2017 for instructional option; August 6-12, 2017 for non-instructional option. In bear camp August 7-12 for both options.
• TRIP ID: Taku-2017-2.
• NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
• CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
• MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.5 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

REGISTRATION FOR BOTH TRIPS: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

4. Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast - August 2017

In the summer of 2017 we are repeating our highly popular photo tour featuring wonderful photo ops of the marine mammals found in the nutrient-rich waters in Johnstone Strait off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The single trip will be offered in two versions: As either an instructional photo tour or as a photo op photo tour tour (scroll to top of page for a description of these two types of photo tours).

About Johnstone's Strait: The northern tip of Vancouver Island - and Johnstone's Strait - is a biologically diverse and species-rich wildlife area. During the summer months it is home to a wide variety of marine mammals as the Pacific Ocean delivers nutrients to the numerous channels and inlets of the region. Killer Whales (Orcas), sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and sea otters converge here to feed on the Pacific salmon that are returning to their natal rivers. Humpback Whales and coastal seabirds feed the small fish and plankton drawn in by the nutrients stirred up by the strong tidal currents. The region offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph a diverse array of unique wildlife in a setting of tremendous beauty.

TRIP OVERVIEW: This photo tour offers 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) "animalscapes". A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my "Marine Mammals" photo gallery. The instructional version of this trip adds a full day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip.

Note that accommodation and meals in Port McNeill (two nights for Instructional version; one night for Photo Op version) ARE included in the price of this tour. Note also that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic "tips and tricks" about the idiosyncrasies of the marine mammals we'll encounter during this trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

CRITICAL TRIP DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Both Instructional Photo Tour and Photo Op Photo Tour options (see top of page for description of our Photo Op Photo Tours).
TRIP ID: Marine-2017.
DATES: August 10 to 19, 2017 for Instructional version; August 11 to 19, 2017 for Photo Op version. On the Ocean Light II from August 12-19 for BOTH trip versions.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).

COST: $4999 Canadian plus 5% GST for Instructional version; $4599 plus 5% GST for Photo Op version. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.4 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique and incredibly popular photo tour.

Into the Great Bear Rainforest

5. Into the Great Bear Rainforest - Autumn 2017

In August of 2011 National Geographic Magazine referred to British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest as "The Wildest Place in North America". They were right.

In the autumn of 2017 we are offering 2 "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" Photo Tours. The first tour is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is a Photo Op Photo Tour (see top of page for description of photo tour types).

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, grizzly bears, black bears, coastal wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful 71" sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you've conjured up exactly what you get on our "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" Photo Tours!

Important Note: These trips are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are NOT dedicated solely to photographing the rare white Spirit Bear. While our track record on finding (and photographing) Spirit Bears is excellent, we cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see - and photograph - as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

OVERVIEW: Back once more for the 2017 season! Think of this one as the Great Bear "full meal deal" photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

This is an all-inclusive trip (once one arrives in Terrace, BC) that includes 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see top of page for description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2017-1.
DURATION: 9 DAYS (Two days in Terrace, BC, seven days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest).
DATES: September 20-29, 2017 - in the Great Bear Rainforest from September 22-29.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
COST: $6699 Canadian plus applicable taxes. Single supplement available during our stay in Terrace. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.9 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Photo Op Photo Tour

OVERVIEW: This photo tour covers the same terrain as the instructional photo tour but with ONE key difference: there is no formal photography instruction on this tour. We will spend 7 days exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! We'll will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

This trip begins and ends in Terrace, BC. Note that accommodation and meals in Terrace (minimum of one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. Transport to and from the Ocean Light II sailboat and all food and accommodation during the trip ARE included in the price.

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op (see top of page for description of our Photo Op tours).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2017-2.
DURATION: 8 DAYS (With seven full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest).
DATES: Sept 28 to Oct 6, 2017 - in the Great Bear Rainforest from September 29 - October 6.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out).
COST: $6199 Canadian plus applicable taxes. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (2.6 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fabulous photo tour.


2018 Photo Tours...


Please note that while all the information below is accurate, we are working hard on adding some exciting new photo tours to this photo tour schedule and it is likely that we will have additional offerings for 2018 before long.


Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen

1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - Spring 2018

THE ULTIMATE GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE!

About the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary: Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary is located at the tip of a long, remote and pristine inlet on the northern coast of British Columbia. Much of the area is closed to the public - and only two licensed guides are allowed to lead very small groups into the heart of this majestic, globally unique ecosystem - The Khutzeymateen Estuary. The sanctuary is home to about 50 resident grizzlies, with many more passing through during the year. This remote piece of wilderness is set within one of the planet's few remaining completely intact temperate rainforests and offers a stunning, verdant backdrop to observe and photograph wild grizzlies as they interact with one another as they have for millennia. The bears themselves grant visitors with a very rare privilege: they allow humans fully and completely into their rich and behaviourally diverse daily lives. Be one of under 200 people - and far, far fewer photographers - annually gifted with the intimate experience of sharing the lives of the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen.

In 2018 we are offering TWO different versions of this popular trip - an Instructional Photo Tour with 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen and a 4-day Photo Op Tour. Details for each immediately below...

Photo Tour #1. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour.

OVERVIEW: Back again for 2018! This one is the Khutzeymateen "full meal deal" and is exceptionally popular! This photo tour combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 5 days of fabulous grizzly bear viewing and photography in the world-famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Following our day of photography instruction in Prince Rupert, BC, we will travel to the Khutzeymateen via float plane. We'll then stay aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by one of the world's best professional bear guides during our 5 days of working intensely with the spectacular Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen (in the most magical setting imaginable)! This trip is simply an extraordinary experience and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

Many of the images in my very popular "Bears" photo gallery were captured in the Khutzeymateen - check them out to get a feeling for what the Khutzeymateen offers up!

This is an all-inclusive trip (once one arrives in Prince Rupert, BC) that includes 2 nights of accommodation in Prince Rupert, all meals in Prince Rupert, a full day of wildlife photography instruction in Prince Rupert prior to the trip, float plane transport to and from the Khutzeymateen, and 5 full days in the Khutzeymateen photographing majestic grizzly bears.

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see top of page for description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-1.
DATES: May 23 to May 30, 2018 - including arrival and departure days. May 25-30 in the Khutzeymateen.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

COST: $5999 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

Photo Tour #2. Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen - 4-Day Photo Op Photo Tour

OVERVIEW: The slightly "lighter" version of the "full meal deal"! This "photo-op" style photo tour offers a reduced instructional component (no full day of instruction before the trip) but with 4 full days spent photographing the Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen. It is geared toward photographers who primarily want access to the area and the bears in a non-crowded environment (all the photo tours are limited to 6 individuals to ensure everyone has good shooting angles) and who may not have the time for the longer instructional photo tour.

Many of the images in my very popular "Bears" photo gallery were captured in the Khutzeymateen - check them out to get a feeling for what the Khutzeymateen offers up!

Note that accommodation and meals in Prince Rupert (one night) are NOT included in the price of this tour. As with the full instructional photo tour, float plane transport into (and out of) the Khutzeymateen and all food and accommodation once there ARE included in the price. Note that all participants will receive detailed information and extensive photographic "tips and tricks" about the idiosyncrasies of shooting bears in the Khutzeymateen prior to the trip (to ensure that the quality of their shooting time is maximized).

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see top of page for description of our Photo Op Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Khutz-2018-2.
DATES: May 29 to June 3, 2018 - including arrival and departure days. May 30 - June 3 in the Khutzeymateen.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

COST: $4599 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

The Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku

2. The Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku - August 2018

OVERVIEW: During this exciting land-based photo tour we'll travel up to the northern-most portions of British Columbia to photograph Grizzly Bears as the actively catch and feed on spawning pink and chinook salmon. The trip begins in Whitehorse - the Yukon's "Wilderness City". We'll then make our way to the hamlet of Atlin, and then board helicopters to access our remote bear camp on a tributary of the Taku River. And then it will be a wildlife photographer's nirvana - 6-full days of absolutely exclusive access to the fishing grizzlies of the Taku in as remote a location as you can find!

In 2018 we're offering a "Photo Op" version of this trip - and we'll spend one full extra day at the Bear Camp compared to previous years. While there is no formal instructional component on this trip, we WILL be willing and able to assist your photographic efforts in any way we can - from answering your technical questions through to providing tips on image composition and even offering you great little tidbits about the behavioural repertoire and habits of THESE particular bears!

Trip price includes one night of accommodation in Whitehorse, van and helicopter transport to the remote Bear Camp, and 6 nights accommodation at the bear camp (giving you 5.5+ days to photograph the amazing Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku!).

THE CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Photo Op Tour (see top of page for description of our Photo Op Tours).
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
TRIP ID: Taku-2018-1.
DATES: August 11-18, 2018 - including arrival and departure days. August 12-18 in the Bear Camp.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 8.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 7.

COST: $7699 Canadian plus 5% GST based on SINGLE OCCUPANCY accommodation during the portion of trip in Whitehorse, YT. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this incredibly unique photo tour.

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

3. Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More: Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast - August 2018

We have GREAT news for 2018 - we've been able to secure TWO "Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions and More" Marine Mammals trips! So we're able to offer two slightly different versions of this trip that has become SO popular!

BOTH versions of the trip begin in the town of Port McNeill, BC in a region known as Johnstone's Strait. Here's a little bit of info about that area...

About Johnstone's Strait: The northern tip of Vancouver Island - and Johnstone's Strait - is a biologically diverse and species-rich wildlife area. During the summer months it is home to a wide variety of marine mammals as the Pacific Ocean delivers nutrients to the numerous channels and inlets of the region. Killer Whales (Orcas), sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and sea otters converge here to feed on the Pacific salmon that are returning to their natal rivers. Humpback Whales and coastal seabirds feed the small fish and plankton drawn in by the nutrients stirred up by the strong tidal currents. The region offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph a diverse array of unique wildlife in a setting of tremendous beauty.

Photo Tour #1. Marine Mammals Instructional Photo Tour.

OVERVIEW: This Instructional Photo Tour offers a full day of wildlife photography instruction plus 7 days of fabulous marine mammal viewing and photography in the Johnstone Strait region of northern Vancouver Island aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by a professional whale and aquatic mammal guide during our 7 days of cruising the picturesque waters off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. In past years this trip has provided superb opportunities to photograph Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (or Orcas), Gray Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and more. And, it is an area which produces opportunities to capture those stunning (and usually rarely encountered) "animalscapes". A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my "Marine Mammals" photo gallery.

Note that all meals and two nights of accommodation in Port McNeill ARE included in the price of this tour.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
TRIP ID: Marine-2018-1.
DATES: August 1 to 10, 2018, including arrival and departure days. August 3-10 on the Ocean Light II sailboat.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 5.

COST: $5399 Canadian plus 5% GST plus 5% GST based on SINGLE OCCUPANCY accommodation during the portion of trip in Port McNeill, BC. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this outstanding photo tour.

Photo Tour #2. Marine Mammals Exploratory Photo Adventure.

OVERVIEW: This one is all new for 2018! This trip begins in Port McNeill and for the first portion of the trip it will cover the same terrain as our "standard" Marine Mammals trips of previous years. So that means lots of Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters - and more! Then, we swing north and east and explore the region from the northern tip of Vancouver Island all the way over to the island town of Bella Bella, where our trip ends. Expect fantastic scenery with great marine mammal subjects during the entire adventure! A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on this trip can be found in my "Marine Mammals" photo gallery.

This is trip has an OPTIONAL day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. Note that on this trip we will spend an EXTRA day on the Ocean Light II sailboat (8 days rather than 7). The trip option with the day of photography instruction also includes two nights of accommodation and meals in Port McNeill.

While this trip is classified as an Exploratory Photo Adventure it requires only a moderate level of fitness - we will be spending some time hiking on this trip but each location where we do hike will have a variety of options (of differing ease). It is recommended that anyone signing up for this trip should be able to hike 2-3 km while carrying their own camera gear.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure with Optional Photography Instruction.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Marine-2018-2.
DATES: August 15 to 25, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. August 16-25, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Aug 17-25, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

COST - Photo Op (NON-instructional) Version: $5199 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.
COST - Instructional Version: $5499 Canadian plus 5% GST based on SINGLE OCCUPANCY accommodation during the portion of trip in Port McNeill, BC. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.

Into the Great Bear Rainforest

4. Into the Great Bear Rainforest - Autumn 2018

In August of 2011 National Geographic Magazine referred to British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest as "The Wildest Place in North America". They were right.

In the autumn of 2018 we are offering 2 great "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" Photo Tours. One is a full Instructional Photo Tour. The second is an Exploratory Photo Adventure (see top of page for description of photo tour types).

About the Great Bear Rainforest: Imagine long, sinewy inlets and fjords cutting through pristine rainforest and bissecting massive peaks. Imagine that the inlets, estuaries, and forests are chock-full of wildlife, including salmon, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions, dozens and dozens of species of birds, grizzly bears, black bears, coastal wolves, and, of course, the rare white Spirit Bear. Imagine touring through this globally-unique ecosystem in a beautiful 71" sailboat where, no matter the weather, you are always warm, always dry, and always comfortable! And imagine sharing this tour with a very small number of other like-minded photographers who, like you, love nothing more than creating memorable images of locales that only very, very few have ever visited. And now you've conjured up exactly what you get on our "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" Photo Tours!

Many of the images in my very popular "Bears" photo gallery and in my "Animalscapes" photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest - feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear to offer to the keen photographer!

Important Note: These trips are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are NOT dedicated solely to photographing the rare white Spirit Bear. While our track record on finding (and photographing) Spirit Bears is excellent, we cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see - and photograph - as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

Photo Tour #1. Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour.

OVERVIEW: Back once more for the 2018 season! Think of this one as the Great Bear "full meal deal" photo tour. It combines a full day of professional photography instruction with 7 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the beautiful Ocean Light II - a comfortable 71' ocean ketch (sailboat). We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!

This trip begins and ends in Terrace, BC. It includes 2 nights of accommodation in Terrace, all meals, a full day of photo instruction prior to the trip, transport to the Ocean Light II (our floating and mobile base camp!), and 7 full days aboard the Ocean Light II in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (see top of page for description of our Instructional Photo Tours).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-1.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)
DATES: October 3-12, 2018, including arrival and departure days. In the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Ocean Light II from October 5-12, 2018.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

COST: $7199 Canadian plus 5% GST based on SINGLE OCCUPANCY accommodation during the portion of the trip in Terrace, BC. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this unique instructional photo tour.

Photo Tour #2: Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Adventure

OVERVIEW: This one covers the same general portion of the Great Bear Rainforest as the Instructional version of the trip, but we will be exploring some of the much less commonly visited inlets and estuaries in search of the best wildlife subjects and scenes the Great Bear can offer! This trip will include some hiking on uneven (and slippery!) terrain, so those considering coming on this trip should have good mobility, a moderate-to-high fitness level, and a good sense of balance. While this trip will not be focused SOLELY on finding and photographing the rare white Spirit Bear, we will be dedicating some time to capturing images of these amazing creatures in areas they are regularly encountered. We will be assisted by highly capable professional bear guides as we work our way through the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest! This WILL be a highly memorable experience!

This Exploratory Photo Adventure begins and ends in Terrace, BC. In 2018 it is being offered with an optional day of wildlife photography instruction at the beginning of the trip. The optional instructional version includes two nights of accommodation and meals for the portion of the trip in Terrace, BC.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure (see top of page for description of our Photo Op tours).
TRIP ID: GreatBear-2018-2.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
DATES: Sept 12-21, 2018, including arrival and departure days with Instructional Option. Sept 13-21, 2018 including arrival and departure days WITHOUT the Instructional Option. Sept 14-21, 2018 on the Ocean Light II sailboat for BOTH options.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0. Please note that when trips sell out very early (as this one has) cancellations are not uncommon. Please contact me (seminars@naturalart.ca) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this trip. Or, if you are interested in participating in the 2019 version of this trip, just follow this link to find out how to get on the Priority Booking List for 2019.

COST - Photo Op (NON-instructional) Version: $6699 Canadian plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.
COST - Instructional Version: $7199 Canadian plus 5% GST based on SINGLE OCCUPANCY accommodation during the portion of trip in Terrace, BC. Deduct $100 CAD for double occupancy (shared) accommodation. Currency converter available here.

REGISTRATION: Contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Brochure available in autumn 2017 - or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this once-in-a-lifetime photo tour.

2019 Photo Tours...


Our 2019 Photo Tour listings will be posted here in January/February of 2018. Until then we won't know final trip details such as the pricing or dates of the trips (or even exactly which trips we will be offering in 2019).

I will begin accepting bookings for our 2019 trips as soon as they are posted here in January/February of 2018. Those who like to plan ahead may contact me at any time and request a spot on our 2019 Priority Booking List. Those on this list will be given first right of refusal on a specific trip after the trip details are made available and I begin accepting bookings.

Please note that there will be separate Priority Booking Lists for each trip I offer and enquiries will be ranked on a first-come, first-served basis. For instance, the FIRST person contacting me about our 2019 Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour will be the FIRST person offered a spot on the trip in January/February of 2018. And the second person contacting me will be offered the second spot on the trip, et cetera.

SO...if you would like to be placed on the 2019 Priority Booking List please:

1. Send me an email using this link: 2019 Priority Booking Request

2. Please include the exact trip which you are wishing to book a spot on. It is highly likely that in 2019 we will be offering AT LEAST the following trips (and possibly more). So please pick a trip from this list:

• Khutzeymateen Instructional Photo Tour (5 days in the Khutzeymateen)
• Khutzeymateen 4-day Photo Op Photo Tour
• Fishing Grizzlies of the Taku
• Marine Mammals of the Central Pacific Coast
• Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour
• Into the Great Bear Rainforest Photo Op Photo Tour

3. Please include your FULL contact information, including snail mail address, email address, and best phone number(s) to contact you.

Once I receive your request I will get back to you letting you know where you are on the list.

Thanks and I hope to see YOU on one of our great photo tours in 2019!

So...Who is Terri Shaddick?


The short answer to this question is real easy - Terri is just like me...only different!

The longer and more accurate answer is this: Like me, Terri is an active wildlife photographer with a passion for the welfare and conservation of the subjects she photographs. And, also like me, she is highly technical to the point of being ALMOST geeky! But...she has an extremely strong creative side to her. Unlike me, Terri shoots Canon (though she has a deep understanding of the workings of all current Nikon cameras). And, also unlike me, Terri is young! And...I may not have mentioned this yet...Terri is a very talented wildlife photographer (I'll let you decide if that's like me or not!). You can view samples of Terri's work - and learn more about her - right here: www.wildelements.ca

Terri and I officially joined forces before the 2016 photo tour season. She accompanied me and co-lead all of my 2016 photo tours and in 2017 is leading a number of photo tours. Terri's strong technical background, her creative side, and her inherent desire to help others makes her a great photo tour leader. And, like me, she always puts the welfare of her clients (and THEIR photos!) FIRST!

I'm fully confident that once you go on a photo tour with Terri you'll be thinking "Wow...was he ever lucky to find her" (and you'd be right!).

Cheers...

Brad

What Previous Photo Tour Participants Have Said...

Here's a small sampling of what previous attendees of our Photo Tours have thought of their experiences:

"I just got back from the Khutzeymateen Instructional trip, and it was a trip of a lifetime. The days were packed with unique photographic opportunities that I have not experienced anywhere else in the world, and it was amazing because we had the bears, and the Khutzeymateen, all to ourselves. The small group made it possible to easily work from within the zodiac with long lenses and allow everyone the opportunity to get the shot. The instruction day is very useful for photographers at all levels, and in addition to general photography instruction, offers tips on shooting in the unique conditions of the Khutzeymateen (zodiac, rain, etc.). Throughout the trip Brad was always available to answer questions. Thank you to Brad and the crew of the Ocean Light II for providing me with the experience of a lifetime, I look forward to the next one." Terri S., June 2015

"The Spirit Bear trip (Instructional) was an experience that is very difficult to put into words. Magnificent, superb, breath taking, astonishing, are mere words that barely come close to what you actually feel while on this trip. The days are packed full with wonderful opportunities for photography, with a tremendous amount of information, and all the while having a whole lotta fun! The entire trip is extremely well organized, while flexible when needed. The hospitality is top notch and the photography is some of the best you will ever have the opportunity to shoot.
With having such a small group, you get a strong sense of personal one-on-one service, there is always someone able to answer questions whether it be about cameras or what kind of tree that is. Brad and his team make this trip an experience that one will not soon forget. This was my first trip and I've already booked my second; and I expect there will be a third and fourth and more! Thank you Brad for giving me the memory of a lifetime!" Goldie A., November 2011

"Beautiful locations, amazing wildlife photo opportunities, topflight photo instruction, fun loving people. I learned a lot, witnessed wildlife behavior in an unspoiled natural environment, and was well taken care of around the clock. I came away with new photo skills to apply to my passion for wildlife photography, experiences that I will remember for a lifetime, an even deeper appreciation for protecting the remaining unspoiled areas, some images that I think are pretty cool, and a boat load of new friends." Patrick M., November 2011

"Participating in one of Brad's photo tours has so many positives, it's difficult to succinctly name them all. From having the opportunity to experience the beauty of Canada's west coast ecology to benefiting from Brad's many talents, your tour fee is more than rewarded. During a photo tour, Brad goes out of his way to answer questions from guests, including, but not limited to, appropriate camera settings, photographic advice, photo software applications and local biology. I have been on two of his photo tours and I have learned and experienced so much about photography and wildlife that I have signed-up for a third photo tour." Clint B., November 2011

"Fabulous experience. Well organized and Brad is always on top of things. The Ocean Light II is very comfortable and we were well fed. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Brad is a very accomplished photographer and knows his field. Very knowledgeable about about camera gear, etc." David F., November 2011

"The trip to the Khutz has made my 2010 unforgettable. It was an unbelievable learning experience and a once in a lifetime adventure at the same time. I will forever be moved having been so close to such a magnificent natural world. I simply cannot thank you enough." Brian B., December 2010

"In the fall of 2009 I participated in one of Brad Hill's photo instructional tours to the Great Bear Rainforest. What an experience! The combination of best in class instruction combined with a world class adventure is something I will never forget. More importantly, something I'm already signed up to repeat." Ray R., October 2009

"The grizzly bear workshop in the Khutzeymateen was the experience of a lifetime, and the bears were incredible. Brad's class in wildlife photography was worth the price of the trip in itself!" Durwood E., June 2008

"It's been several years since my photo tour to the Khutzeymateen with Brad Hill. I'm still editing and processing (reprocessing even) the photos I took, reliving the experience, and enjoying it all over again. Unforgettable!" Matt D., March 2010

"Photographing Grizzlies with Brad Hill in Canada's Khutzeymateen Bear Preserve was an amazing and life-altering experience. Brad is extremely generous sharing his wealth of knowledge. It is impossible not to feel infused with his photographic wisdom and respect for the region's bears and other wildlife. Tom, Jenn and Sarah quickly make you feel safe and at home in the Ocean Light II, their beautiful sailing ship. For any photographer who really wants an intense Grizzly experience let Brad be your spirit guide." Peter G., June 2009

"A fantastic trip to see the bears and the very scenic Khutzeymateen. The Ocean Light II and crew were superb, as was Brad Hill's advice on the photography which was invaluable to all." Malcolm B., June 2009

"My wife and I had the pleasure of attending one of Brad's photo tours in the Khutzeymateen Valley. The first full day of our trip consisted of an informal yet very well structured seminar where Brad brought a wealth of personal experience to the classroom covering aspects of digital nature photography ranging from the artistic to the more technical. I walked away from that seminar with concepts and techniques that I have used on every photographic outing since then...
We then traveled to the Khutzeymateen Valley via float plane where we witnessed grizzly bears roaming free and unmolested against the backdrop of pristine rain forest and snow covered mountains. The bears would often allow our Zodiac to approach close enough for encounters yielding some very dramatic and intimate images. I will always consider this one of the most amazing experiences of my life." David S., June 2008