Our trip to Yellowstone in the summer of 2017 was always going to be a one-off. Our main purpose was to coincide our visit with one of nature’s most spectacular events - a total solar eclipse. Our hopes for clear skies were answered and we had 10 lucky and very happy customers who either photographed the event or etched it into their memories as they stood and witnessed it first hand. We did all of this in the breathtaking surroundings of the Grand Teton mountains, where we spent a couple of the following days shooting landscapes and wildlife in the area.
We then headed 80 miles north into the world’s oldest national park - Yellowstone, where we spent the remaining days capturing erupting geysers against thunder clouds, colourful thermal springs glistening in the sunlight, mini volcanoes under the Milky Way, and of course the local wildlife which calls this place home.
We currently have no plans to return to Yellowstone, but we will be organising similar trips in other areas of the world which coincide with total solar eclipses, so check out our “upcoming trips” page for details.
We limited this trip to 10 customers, 9 of whom were returning customers from previous trips. Here’s what the Yellowstone 10 had to say…
"Awesome is a word that is overused these days, but no other word can sum up the trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks" - Lynn
"What stood out for me was the preparation on camera adjustments during the eclipse. I think without that, I would have missed or not captured everything I wanted - every shot came out pretty much as good as possible and much better than I expected."- Anthony.
"This is right up there among the best holidays I have ever had" - Helen (pictured above).
Huge prominences many times the size of the Earth can be seen erupting from the surface of the Sun.
The "Yellowstone 10" along with guides James and Marcus all set up to capture the amazing spectacle of the total solar eclipse.
"I managed to get very good pictures thanks to your local knowledge which lead us to be at the right place and the right time" - Joan
Oxbow Bend on the Snake River is a well known spot for photographers. The appearance of a canoe provided a welcome focal point.
This was one of the locations we scouted out for a dawn shoot when we visited 2 years earlier in preparation for this trip.
Lower Yellowstone Falls is the most dramatic and spectacular waterfall in the park.
We ventured out in the middle of the night to capture an erupting geyser with the Milky Way overhead.
We took the opportunity to shoot wildlife which we passed, including this moose which was feeding in a beaver pool.
One of our group capturing an erupting geyser at dawn
"We packed so much into the 10 days - landscapes, wildlife, the night sky, total solar eclipse, fun and laughter - an experience not to be forgotten" - Lynn (pictured above on the right)
A pssing storm provided the perfect backdrop for this shot of White Dome Geyser.
Some of our group photographing Mammoth Hotsprings. We timed our arrival here to coincide with the best light for everyone to pick out the backlit steam against a shaded backdrop.
"We were treated to jaw-dropping landscapes and amazing experiences - the total solar eclipse, geysers venting to the Milky Way, a thunderstorm and an incredible sky over one of the most colourful landscapes I have seen. Add to this the variety of wildlife we encountered along the way (who would have thought the sight of herds of bison would elicit such excitement!), together with the general bonhomie and laughter that accompany all Worldwide Explorers's trips, meant that I came home having had yet another incredible experience with them." - Lynn
We pride ourselves in only going to places on planet Earth which are truly world class. For visual impact alone, Utah is right up there with any of its competition. It has its classic locations such as Monument valley, Bryce Canyon, and Delicate Arch which cannot be ignored, but we mix these recognisable places with equally as impressive ones which are well and truly under the radar.
Utah has so much to offer that we are continually evolving our itinerary to include as much as possible without feeling like we are rushing around. We often stay on for a few days after each trip to scout out new locations for future visits, and every time we think we may have found the most photogenic location in the world, we turn a corner and find something even better. This is Utah, and this is what our past customers had to say…..
Meet our Utah canyoneers of 2017 (from left to right) - Laura, Joan, Marcus, and Vikki.
The Italian Dolomites are arguably the most spectacular and photogenic mountains in the world. The light coloured jagged limestone peaks absorb the warm light at either end of the day and take on a golden glow which has to be seen to be believed. Divided by lush green valleys, often dotted with picturesque churches, this place is any photographer’s dream.
We offer the unique opportunity to stay in remote refuges high up among the peaks. This not only gets us well and truly off-the-beaten-track but puts us in the perfect locations for the optimum dawn and dusk light - ensuring that you capture these truly epic mountains in truly epic light. Such locations are only accessible by foot, but we use chair lifts and cable cars where possible to reduce the vertical hiking to a minimum. This trip is however only suitable for those of good fitness and a sound head for heights.
Combine the copious amounts of exercise with fresh mountain air and an abundance of good Italian food, and you will soon realise that our Dolomites trips are not only good for your soul but the perfect base to practice and improve your photography. We’re now in our third year of organising photographic holidays to this region. Here’s what our previous customers have said about their experiences….
Meet the class of 2017.
We’re now on our 10th annual trip to this amazing archipelago situated 80 miles off the West Coast of Scotland. Our past customers have consisted of photographers of all levels, but also people who have simply joined us for the experience of being in one of the most isolated and secluded locations on the planet.
The islands which make up St. Kilda are the remains of an extinct volcano which protrudes from deep below the North Atlantic waters. If you like drama in your landscapes then St. Kilda tick all the boxes and still have more to offer. There is nothing subtle about this place, with vertical cliffs (the tallest in the UK) rising 400m out of inky black menacing seas. Add to this the tallest sea stacks in the UK, natural arches, secluded bays, and even a paradise sandy beach, it’s sure to be one of the highlights of any landscape photographer’s life.
For wildlife photographers, the islands offer a unique mixture of bird colonies including the world’s largest population of puffins and gannets. Over one million sea birds breed on the steep cliffs here during the summer, largely made up of fulmar, guillemots, razorbills and various gulls. Inland there are both arctic and great skuas, along with the St. Kilda wren which can only be seen here.
St. Kilda is the only location in the UK with a dual World Heritage status. One of these is for its unique habitat, and the other is for its cultural significance. Until 1930 Britain’s most isolated community of people lived here, and the village they populated still remains under the supervision of the National Trust for Scotland who protect it as a working museum. We are the only company with permission to accommodate photographers in the few habitable houses. There is no other accommodation on the island, so we pretty much have the place to ourselves once the day visitors depart around 3pm each day. We take our own chef and all the food we need to supply everyone with three hefty meals per day, along with a generous helping of wine and locally brewed beers of course.
Here’s what our past customers have had to say about our trips to St. Kilda…
Our trips to China aim to get under its skin and give an authentic taste of its true colours. As a foreign visitor not knowing the language or being experienced in its culture, China can be a daunting and inaccessible place. We remove the barriers and get you mingling with the locals for the ultimate travel experience. This is our only trip where we use three guides, one of which is Rainne Zhang our Chinese translator, and another being our most experienced tour leader Marcus McAdam who previously lived and worked as a photographer in China for 5 years.
We eat in local restaurants or with local families, travel on public trains, and visit remote villages to witness the real China. Yes we visit the Great Wall, but we stay on a remote and photogenic section which is closed to the public. This means we have the place to ourselves - perfect for people-free photos. Yes we visit the Forbidden City, but we stick to quieter areas and look for alternative compositions from the masses.
We usually start our trip in Beijing and finish in Hong Kong, but we occasionally vary the itinerary to include alternative locations for customers who want to return. Here’s a sample of the places we visit and what our China customers have had to say….