Archives for March 2009

More “Excell”ent Adventures with Laurie…

Yellowstone 2009 was a huge success with wolves, elk, bighorn sheep and coyote in the first day alone. We were far from through as the week continued to give us amazing photographic opportunities both landscapes as well as wildlife. If you followed my blog during that week you had the opportunity to witness our experiences through my images.

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I’m happy to report that I have the dates for 2010 locked in. I will be leading two safaris to Yellowstone next winter. The dates are Jan 17-22, 2010 & Jan 31- Feb 5, 2010 There are four places available on each safari. The cost of $3950.00 includes transportation from Bozeman to the park and back, all transportation (both snowcoach and van) within the park during the safari, lodging at historic lodges in the park as well as my instruction in the field. Transportation from your home to Bozeman and meals are at the participants expense.
For more information contact me at laurie@laurieexcell.com or 503-703-3872.

Safari Updates…
Fort DeSoto April 13-17, 2009 1 opening
Birds of South Texas May 10-15, 2009 space available
Storm Chasing May 23-30, 2009 1 opening
Brown Bears of Alaska June 7-14, 2009 FULL (Dates for 2010 will be posted soon)
Bosque Nov 30-Dec 4, 2009 2 openings

Aloha Hawaii, Mahalo

It turns out that both Carol from Nikon and I had late flights on Thursday so we headed out to find one last image to take home from Hawaii. We ended up at the Kilauea Lighthouse to find high winds, big waves, a little rain, you know Hawaiian weather. Working the waves I captured an image that I thought was an appropriate Aloha from Hawaii.

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Image captured with D3X in HSC, AF-S 70-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS Hawaii Day 3

A trip to Hawaii is not complete without a visit to the rainforest so, off we headed for Ho’opi’i Falls once again slipping and sliding our way down the trail through the forest to the stream and falls below.

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At DLWS we always like to save the best for last and boy did Moose and Sharon give it their all to come up with a grand finale. We had a fire dancer meet us at the beach and perform for the group giving everyone a chance to photograph him.

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We used flash combined with the light from his fire for some images where Joe, as usual, worked his magic with light.

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And, I did a couple of shots with him illuminated with just fire.

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And so, another great DLWS event comes to a close. We had our participants slideshow and said goodbye to our new friends. I’m already counting the days to our Outer Banks event.

Images cpatured with Nikon D3X, PC-E 24mm (forest), AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-200mm (portrait of fire dancer) on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS Hawaii Day 2

…or, the magic continues as our DLWS adventure took us to Ha’ena State Park for our morning shoot and the weather was amazing. We had dramatic clouds, big, pounding waves and photo opportunities everywhere we turned.

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While photographing along the beach a Monk seal hauled out of the water to take a rest on the beach and, I kid you not, a rainbow appeared in the sky behind it.

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As if our morning’s good fortune was not enough, we headed to Waimea Canyon for our afternoon shoot. There had been showers to downright heavy rain throughout the day while we were in the classroom but, the photo gods smiled on us once again as the skies parted and, yeap, a rainbow appeared over the Canyon. We’re not talking a fleeting moment where you had to grad the shot before it disappeared. The rainbow stayed over the canyon for a very long time giving everyone the opportunity to make several compositions with it in the photographs.

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Images Captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 14-24mm, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media