Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 

Photo Tours with Natural Art Images - 2018/2019

We specialize in world-class photo tours on British Columbia's spectacular Pacific Coast.

That means Grizzly Bear photo tours. And 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 that BC's coastal wilderness can offer.

All our photo tours travel to remote locations FAR off the beaten path. Most are to regions with no road access. We keep our trips small in size (normally with 6 or fewer participants) so everyone receives our full attention as well as 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. 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! ;-)

ETHICS STATEMENT: ALL of our photo tours conform to strict ethical wildlife photography guidelines. These guidelines are designed to put the welfare of our subjects FIRST and, as such, we collectively refer to them as the Wildlife FIRST Code of Photographer Conduct. You can review the four simple Wildlife FIRST here...)

See immediately below for listings of our 2018 photo tours, plus an explanation of how to join the Priority Booking List for 2019 photo tours. Our 2019 schedule of photo tours will be posted in January/February 2018. We'll also begin our Priority Booking List for 2020 photo tours at that time. So stay tuned!

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 the 2018 photo tour schedule and it is possible that additional tour offerings will be added in the future.


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...

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!

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!

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5' vertical ladder.
Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (4.9 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 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.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is no hiking involved. However, to fully enjoy and participate in the trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5' vertical ladder.
Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (4.5 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Lions & More!

2. 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.

A sampling of the type of images that can be captured on our Marine Mammals photo tour can be found in my "Marine Mammals" photo gallery.

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".

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: 0 (sold out). 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: $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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding and there is little or no hiking involved. On this trip we will be shooting images from both the deck of the Ocean Light II as well as from a 19' Zodiac. To fully enjoy and participate in the shooting sessions in the Zodiac there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5' vertical ladder.
Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.3 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this fantastic photo tour.

Photo Tour #2. Marine Mammals Exploratory Photo Adventure.

OVERVIEW: This one is all new for 2018! And it's a true "twofer" - it's BOTH an Exploratory Photo Adventure AND an Instructional Photo Tour! 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!

Note that on this trip we will spend an EXTRA day on the Ocean Light II sailboat (8 days rather than 7).

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). A detailed list of the Physical Requirements for this trip are outlined below.

CRITICAL DETAILS:

PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Exploratory Photo Adventure AND Instructional Photo Tour.
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Brad Hill
TRIP ID: Marine-2018-2.
DATES: August 16 to 26, 2018, including arrival and departure days. Aug 18-26, 2018 aboard the Ocean Light II sailboat.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 6.
CURRENT NUMBER OF AVAILABLE SPOTS: 0 (sold out). 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: $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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour is not excessively physically demanding. There will be some hiking and/or beach-combing during the trip. So...on this trip we will be shooting images from the deck of a sailboat, from a 19' Zodiac, and from shore locations. To fully enjoy and participate in this trip there are a few physical tasks you should be able to perform. These include:

Being able to easily move between the sailboat and the Zodiac. This involves climbing up or down a 5' vertical ladder.
Being able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline.. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
Hiking/beach-combing with your camera gear.. You should be able to hike or beach-comb while carrying your camera gear while walking up to 3 kilometers (or two miles) on uneven or even slippery surfaces.
Shooting your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

On some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

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

MORE INFORMATION? Just download this this PDF Brochure (5.2 MB) or contact me at seminars@naturalart.ca for more information and details about this new and unique photo tour.

Into the Great Bear Rainforest

3. 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. And the BEST NEWS is that we will be announcing some exciting NEW photo tours at that time.

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!

Our Wildlife Photography Ethics - Wildlife FIRST!


Wildlife conservation is the primary reason for our involvement in wildlife photography. As such, we place the welfare and value of our subjects above the value of any photograph of them. This philosophy is embodied in our Wildlife FIRST rules of conduct that guide our actions during all our photo tours.

These four simple ethical rules state that:

1. We work only with true WILDlife! That means completely free-ranging subjects in natural (non-captive and non-confining) environments.

2. We engage in PASSIVE wildlife photography only. This means we strive to capture images of our subjects behaving as naturally as possible and without the use of "set-ups", contrivances, or actions that could guide our subjects toward desirable settings/backdrops or elicit specific "poses".

3. We do nothing intentional to alter or influence the behaviour of our subject(s) for the purposes of photography. This means we do not engage in any form of luring or baiting (or any other form of food supplementation). Additionally, we will not use any form of sound to alter the behaviour of the subject for the purpose of photography (including using predator and/or prey calls, vocal clicking, or making any other sound to encourage the subject to look at us).

4. We always allow the wildlife subject - regardless of the species - to determine the distance it is comfortable with between itself and us. This principle not only serves to reduce the stress on the subject, but it also allows photographers to capture the subject behaving in a more natural, and often more interesting, fashion.

Those participating in our photo tours are expected to conform to these rules of photographer conduct.

All images on this website, including those contained within PDF brochures for all our photo tours, were captured following these Wildlife FIRST rules of photographer conduct.

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 began 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!) ahead of her own.

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:

"The time we spent in the Khutzeymateen was the trip of a lifetime - the combination of the bears, scenery, the boat and your guidance and coaching was beyond compare. I learned so much from you and the other photographers (and the bears) that I'm still processing. Thanks again for a wonderful photographic experience!" Dennis W., June 2017

"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