As you may have noticed, a few things have changed on the website, this was not so much a make-over – as a burn to the ground & build up again – the event pages for our wildlife photography tours have had a total overhaul, much more information is available to you, plus as already evidenced by a few of the pages, we are uploading more imagery to show what can be added to your portfolio during each of the photography holidays & tours – or workshops.
We have also moved web-host, our old host was getting slower & slower, & we needed to improve, luckily, we found SpeedyDot, to be truthful, SpeedyDot’s CEO found us after a Twitter message – & migrated our old & new sites to their super fast cloud-based infrastructure – they have been incredible & have made the transition to the new website painless.
New Photography Holidays
Not content with just carrying on as we have been, we’ve been working on some new wildlife photography holidays & tours – so if you look at our photography holidays listing you’ll find some new offerings already – head to Lake Kerkini during May 2019 to photograph the amazing birdlife of the area, more details here – or perhaps instead venture to Costa Rica to add images of collared aracari, various types of frog, macaws, hummingbirds, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, resplendent quetzal plus many more to your portfolio – or maybe to Finland, for the Majestic Brown Bears of Finland. & all we can say for now is that there are plenty more exciting announcements to come!
As well as new tours, we felt that some of our existing photography holiday portfolio could use a makeover – so we have subtly altered a few itineraries of our existing wildlife photography tours to make them better than ever, the most changed however is our Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday, now with a couple of additional days, at an unchanged cost, these new days follow on from what was previously the final day of the tour, the second day with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, now, we will travel to Matsumoto, to view & capture images of Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ & the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.
Our second new location, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes regarding the surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes regarding elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Those who headed to Fair-Isle during July 2018 have already met our latest guiding addition, Robin Lowry. Robin has joined the team for 2019, & will be leading Fair-Isle during July 2019; he will be leading or co-leading some of our other wildlife photography tours in 2019 as well. You will be able to see some of Robin’s images from Fair-Isle on a coming soon blog-post.