IN FOCUS: Experience the Wonders of Galapagos and Antarctica on These Photo Expeditions

Galapagos; Penguins

Travel and photography have always gone hand-in-hand, but now there are tours that specifically cater to shutterbugs looking for exotic adventures and the opportunity to pick up some shooting tips along the way. Luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, is offering two photography-focused expeditions, one which explores the pristine, rugged landscapes of Antarctica, the other, a photo safari of the Galapagos Islands.

As a destination that many consider to be the last frontier, Antarctica lures the most avid travelers searching for an experience that envelops the essence of an undisturbed wilderness. Abercrombie & Kent’s Classic Antarctica tour (November 27 ““ December 10, 2012) is a two-week voyage during the early Austral Summer, an ideal time of year for capturing the changing weather conditions along the continent’s ethereal landscapes. Devised for those serious about photography, this Photo Enrichment program will be conducted by professional photographer and photo coach Richard Harker.

“The very elements that make Antarctica a dream destination for photographers ““ pristine snow and ice contrasting with the sea and sky, the abundant wildlife and seabirds in constant motion ““ make it a challenge,” explains Harker.  “To help guests return with the images of a lifetime, I share practical tips on how to capture the beauty of the remarkable scenery, as well as the extraordinary wildlife.  Daily photography workshops on board cover equipment, angles and composition, mood and location, exposure and lighting, and focus on techniques to help photographers get the most from their cameras.”

Mark Carwardine, in conjunction with Abercrombie & Kent, will lead a photo safari in the Galapagos Islands (May 24-June 24, 2012) that will explore practical tips for capturing the archipelago’s remarkable wildlife on twice-daily shore excursions. Carwardine, an award-winning zoologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer, will give several presentations on board the “˜Eclipse’ (an award-winning vessel, which earned the Rainforest Alliance “SmartVoyager” green seal of approval for environmentally-sensitive operations) about his adventures with Stephen Fry while filming Last Chance to See, a BBC series devoted to animals facing extinction, based on the book he wrote with Douglas Adams.

The photo safari begins in Quito where travelers are met by a multilingual A&K Tour Director. There, guests will learn about the region’s history, geography and culture before preparing for their first day of cruising. Time will also be given to explore Quito’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the mid-1500s when the Spanish founded the city.

*For more information on the “Classis Antarctica” tour and the A&K experience aboard “˜Le Boreal,’ you can tune in to Mark Harker’s complimentary webinar on February 29 at 12:00 p.m. CST .

Photo courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

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