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Digital Photo Destinations Workshops – Not a photo tour – A true photography workshop

April 3rd, 2013 |  by No comments

John Paul Caponigro and I take folks to exotic places like Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, The Atacama Desert, Namibia and places that folks dream about but rarely experience. When you travel with Digital Photo Destinations you get much more than a photo tour. We provide lectures as well as critiques of work and everyone gets one on one time.  Roger Ressmeyer who has been an executive at Getty Images and Corbis and has produced covers for National Geographic and now is producing a movie recently took our workshop in Iceland. Here is what Roger had to say about our workshop:

“Seth and JP’s Icelandic workshop was perfect in every imaginable way. It reignited my creativity and stretched my technical understanding to new heights. They are the teachers to teach teachers, and their laughter and excitement and awe of nature is totally contagious. I will be recommending their workshops to everybody who loves photography.”

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See what others are saying about our dynamic program http://www.digitalphotodestinations.com/testimonials/

 

Don’t miss out on our fabulous programs:

August 28-10, 2013

 

Dec 6-14, 2013

 

February 16-25, 2014

 

Namibia (Only 5 spaces left)
October 31 – November 11 2014 (more info soon(

 

 

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Three New Photo Destination Workshops Antarctica, Greenland, Atacama Desert

February 1st, 2013 |  by No comments

 

View of Iceberg extending deep into the ocean in Paradise Cove, Antarctica

 

2014 Antarctica Circle Crossing

 

February 16-25, 2014

 

FLY BOTH WAYS TO ANTARCTICA AND AVOID THE DRAKE PASSAGE

 

After flying to King George Island (avoiding The Drake Passage) you’ll experience an incredible voyage to beautiful Antarctica on one of the most comfortable expedition vessels in the fleet – The Ocean Nova. You’ll journey south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never sets and few have ever gone!

More than a photo tour, this workshop is a life-changing experience.

Join us for our 6th trip to Antarctica.

Space is limited. You’ll receive lots of personal attention.

Find out more here and reserve your space today

See some of Seth’s Antarctica images 

 

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2013 Greenland Western Fjiords

 

August 28-September 10, 2013

 

BIG ICE AND FLY ONE WAY

 

Join us for a voyage along the spectacular west coast of Greenland . We’llvisit dramatic fiords with towering ice cliffs, magnificent glaciers calving icebergs, ancient villages, and wonderful wildlife (polar bears, walrus, seal, whales, and many sea birds).

This is more than a photo tour. This is a life-changing experience. Our photography workshop offer seminars, demonstrations, reviews, special pre/post voyage webinars, and lots of one-on-one attention.

We’ll have Zodiacs dedicated to our photography group only with one instructor guiding each boat.We’ll work closely with the crew to shoot in the best times at the most beautiful places.Most importantly, we’ll work closely with you to help you make the most of the adventure and get the best results possible

 Space in our program is limited, so you’re assured of receiving lots of personalized attention while traveling with fellow voyagers who share your passions.

Find out more

Reserve your space today.
Email seth@digitalphotodestinations.com.
You must be on our list to register in our program.

Seth’s images from 2012 trip

 

 

 

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2013 Atacama Desert 2013

 

December 6-14, 2013

 

SALT FLATS, DUNES, SPECTACULAR COLOR

 

Our Atacama/Puna Desert (South America) adventure in December was such a tremendous success that we are returning in December 2013 with an even better itinerary. The trip will sell out extremely fast. Only 6 spaces left. 

 

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Images from our 2012 trip

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Antarctica 2013 – Save $1000 – Register by Aug 15th Antarctica Trip Feb 8-21, 2013 — South of the Antarctic Circle with 30 people-

August 6th, 2012 |  by No comments

 

Join us for our fifth trip to  Antarctica February 8-21, 2013  in this special digital photography workshop led by world renowned photographers – John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick. This time we will be heading South and crossing the Antarctic Circle which is truly a phenomenal experience. For the first time we’re offering a more intimate experience for fewer than 30 people – a small group within a larger group. You’ll be able to participate in all regularly scheduled public cruise events Quark Expeditions Sea Spirit, and in our private presentations. We’ll have Zodiacs dedicated to our photography group only with one instructor guiding each boat. We’ll work closely with the crew to shoot in the best times at the most beautiful places. Most importantly, we’ll work closely with you to help you make the most of the adventure and get the best results possible. You’ll benefit tremendously from our advice, guidance, demonstrations, lectures, reviews, special pre and post voyage webinars and one-on-one attention. Plus, we’re going on one of the most comfortable boats in the fleet. You’ll get world class locations, world class accommodations, and world class guidance.

Crossing The Antarctic Circle  & The Antarctic Penninsula

Few can say they’ve travelled past the Antarctic Circle to the last-explored and least-know realm on earth. Here’s your chance to join the select few who’ve crossed that final border, into a world where the sun never sets. This will be a trip of impossibly long sunsets as we approach the line where the sun only skims the horizon but is never lost from sight. We’re going late in the season so channels and bays that would otherwise have been ice-lock will be open to us and calving glaciers will be berthing icebergs the size of city-blocks. Penguin chicks will have hatched and will be moving from their nests. Seal and whales will be plentiful. We will try to even get to sail through the Gullet, a small channel our captain with over 20 years experience in the area navigated for the fourth time in his life in 2009. It was like floating past frozen clouds, which covered all but the sharp peaks of the mountains and dropped below the mirror-like surface of the water.)
Our Antarctica 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 workshops all sold out fast so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Registration is now available for our Antarctica 2013 Voyage.
Register by August 15 and save $1,000.
ITINERARY:


During our voyage south of the Antarctic Circle and back, we’ll visit the highlights of the Antarctic Penninsula – Deception Island (sailing into an active volcano), Paradise Bay (gliding in its mirror-like waters), Neko Harbor (walking above a calving glacier), Lemaire Channel (sailing through mountain peaks at sunset), Plenneau Bay (exploring an iceberg graveyard) and many more.
Having made four voyages, we find ways to improve our Antarctica experiences each time and are dedicated to making this the best trip yet.
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Itinerary
Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina??
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America.  This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate in town.
Day 2 – Embarkation Day??
The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the southern ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula.  Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
Day 3-4 – Crossing the Drake Passage??
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. ??Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
?Day 5-8 – Exploring the Peninsula??
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final approach to Antarctica.  Get your cameras ready, as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic.  You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.  ??As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent.  There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbor  , Petermann Island, or Pleneau Island.  While weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. ??Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of extra activities you’ll want to book ahead of time and experience at least once.
Day 9-10 – The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!??With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun if you’re on our first voyage of the season.
Day 11-12 – Northbound Along the Peninsula
If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We’ll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north along the western Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.
?Day 13-14 – Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound  friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions . Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.
?Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina??
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers.  You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.???Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
The Boat
The Sea Spirit is one of the most stable and comfortable boats in the fleet.
Prices
Prices start at $13,790  (Your cost may vary based on the cabin you select.)
Save $1,000 – Register by August 15.
Quark’s standard payment terms require an initial 20% deposit.
Full payment is due 120 days before sailing.
You must be on our Digital Photo Destination list to register for our program.

** Join by emailing us your contact information (name, email, phone) –  seth@digitalphotodestinations.com



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Join us as we head South of the Antarctic Circle Feb 8-21, 2013

July 3rd, 2012 |  by No comments

 

Having been to the Antarctic Penninsula it would be sensible to ask why go again. It’s been our experience that Antarctica is a location that can’t be fully experienced in one trip. We’ve made four trips and every trip was different. We visit new locations; there are over 40 locations Quark lands at and with each visit we get to visit an average of 10  The ice conditions are always different; one month can make a big difference. Surprisingly, the thing that we’ve found makes the biggest difference is the weather, which affects the light dramatically. You haven’t experienced the riotous colors of the four hour long sunsets we had on our 2005 trip or the “nights” where the sun only skims the horizon but never truly sets south of the circle in 2009. Every time we go, we keep wondering how much more could there be to see and how different could the conditions be and every time we’re surprised that we discover so much more and that locations we know look so different. Each voyage has had an entirely unique character.

What are we personally looking forward to on this trip?

Seth
“Why go South of the Antarctic Circle? With all the traveling I have done there are two places which clearly excite more than all others. One is Sossusvlei in Namibia and the other is a magical stretch of Antarctica called the Gullet which is South of the Antarctic Circle. All of Antarctica is beautiful but there are places that I could go back to over an over again. The adventure through the Gullet is one of those experiences. The passage is ice choked and each turn is more magnificent than the one before. Of all of my trips to Antarctica it is by far the most magical place I have been on the continent and the opportunity to return is one which I simply would not pass up.”

 

 

JP
“Seth and I agree. The two most sublime landscape experiences I’ve ever had were at Sossusvlei, Namibia and in Antarctica’s The Gullet. The Gullet was the remotest, purest, whitest experience I’ve ever had. It felt like being in a frozen heaven. Quietly cruising on mirror calm waters through the dramatic mountains of Crystal Bay to find the narrow channel through The Gullet (like seeing clouds cascade off high peaks to touch the water and be frozen in place) and through to Margueritte Bay lit up by endless hours of midnight color was one of the most beautiful 24 hours of my life. Many of us didn’t sleep that ‘night’ because we didn’t want to miss anything. We knew while we were there that few people on earth had ever had an experience similar to the one we were having.”

 

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Best wishes,

Seth and JP

 

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Antarctica and Patagonia Trip

December 24th, 2011 |  by No comments

 

There were many  meaningful moments of the Antarctica/Patagonia trip some of which started long before the trip.

Here are some of the highlights……

BEFORE THE SHIP

Checking various volcano sites every morning at 4:30 and calculating our chances of making it to Buenos Aires and finally Ushuaia.

Finding an alternative way to get to Ushuaia via a 35 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires.

Finally after much anxiety, making it to Ushuaia.

Walking in to my favorite wine store in Ushuaia and they had our pictures behind the counter from our 3 previous trips to the store.

Seeing the trunk of the taxi completely filled with the likes of Zucardi Tempranillos.

Hiring helicopters with JP to bring a group of folks up to the top of the glaciers in Ushuaia completely spur of the moment.

Having everyone arrive in Ushuaia without major problems even though a volcano was canceling flights to Ushuaia and Buenos Aires.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric.

ON THE SHIP

Getting on the ship and seeing Captain Alexi who had taken us South of the Antarctic Circle when no other ships could get through the ice.

Getting all of our wine onboard the ship.

Having some old and dear friends on the ship and meeting new folks some of whom will be new life long friends.

Getting on my patch so that I didn’t hurl across the Drake.

Figuring how to give lectures while the boat is pitching 30 degrees.

Figuring how to keep crystal wine glasses that we bought on board from smashing as you hold them with one hand and eat with the other.

Crossing the Point of Convergence and feeling a sense of magic and mystery.

Convincing some Zodiac drivers to get just a little closer and then just a little closer to amazing vantage points for icebergs.

Seeing the blue of an iceberg from underneath it.

Seeing the joy of everyone in the zodiacs when we got into the best positions.

Talking about the famous extension pole to get the best vantage points under the ice.

Having Campbell Gunn tell me that one of the zodiac rides with me was his best photographic day of his life.

Getting to stand on three icebergs.

Sitting in a zodiac with Linc, and Nancy and Eric from Syracuse University that I went to school with in 1979.

Finding that my dear friend JP is truly having impact on my life. I learned how to sleep almost instantly by studying how he did this on the trip.

Finding that some of my best images from the trip look like JP shot them.

Trying to find something to argue about with JP about and still being unsuccessful in this department.

Seeing the smile on Jeffrey Neu’s face even when he was close to being banned from Antarctica.

Oh yea, Arthur and Eric..

AFTER THE SHIP

Having Louisa Michelin translate and to assure me that even though my passport was filled that she would help me get through Chile.

Seeing the Perito Moreno glacier and then getting to hike up it.

Arthur and Eric..

Most amazing of all is trying to write down my memories and realizing that I could go on and on and on. THIS WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY….

 

And now for some image highlights…

Frozen water on glacier in Ushuaia, Argentina

 

Glaciated rock in Ushuaia

 

Glacial pond in Ushuaia

 

Wetlands from helicopter in Ushuaia

 

 

Halfmoon Island

 

Iceberg on Halfmoon Island

 

Sun over Halfmoon Island

 

Sculpted Ice on Halfmoon Island

 

Rusted iron on Deception Island

 

Iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay

 

Wilhelmina Bay

 

Spectacular berg in Wilhelmina Bay

 

Sky in Neko Harbour

 

Blue ice in Neko Harbour

 

Rainbow in Neko Harbour

 

Bue Iceberg, Petermann Island

 

Sun over Petermann Island

Snow Algae on Petermann Island

 

Under overhang of Iceberg, Petermann Island

 

Neon light at the iceberg Graveyard

 

Sliding penguin, Iceberg Graveyard

 

Through the hole, Iceberg Graveyard

 

Iceberg Graveyard

 

Storm clouds and the Iceberg Graveyard

 

Danko Island blue iceberg

 

Danko Island over and under iceberg

 

looking up at berg on Danko Island

 

Striated berg, Danko Island

 

Under the berg, Danko Island

 

Lenticular Clouds over Melchior Islands

 

Iceberg caving in Patagonia

Glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia

 

El Calafate, Patagonia

 

View below and above glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Glacier, El Calafate

 

Blue hole in ice on glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Blue ice on glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Glacier hike, El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Glacier hike in El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Glacier. El Calafate, Patagonia

 

Sunrise in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

 

Swamp in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

 

Llamas in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

 

Torres del Paine sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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