MARCH 14, 2005
Photo Theme:  Todd Gustafson's images from his January 2005 Tanzania Photo-Safari
Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson
Todd Gustafson and I will be returning to Africa together for the fifth time in January 2006.  It will be our third joint trip to Tanzania.  Todd, who was born in Tanzania, is simply the very best safari van photographer in the world, and he is a skilled teacher as well.  He has taught me tons about both photographing in Africa and Photoshop.  The itinerary is honed to razor sharpness with 15 morning and 14 afternoon game drives.  Travel is done in the middle of the day to maximize our photography time.
To view of gallery of Todd's 2005 trip images, click here:
Here are the details. 


JAUARY 16-30, 2006  (on the ground in Tanzania: 14 full and one half-day of photography).   Fee:  $7500.00.  Non-refundable Deposit:  $1,000.00. 


Transportion is by  by 7-seater vehicles, adapted Land Rover Defenders with large roof hatches. There will be no more than three photographers per vehicle so that each photographer has their own roof hatch and an extra seat.  We will travel with a maximum of 5 vans. While on safari, each van will operate independently of the others. The photographic opportunities that we encounter each trip are so numerous that we can assure you that there will be ample and varied subjects for all vans and for all participants. Surely some days will be better than others, and surely one van might get really lucky once in a while, but after 14 1/2 days, things will even out quite nicely. Do note that this is a Photo Safari, not an Instructional Photo-Tour.  Depending on the size of the group, there will not be a leader in each van every day so experienced photographers will of course get the most out of this Photo Safari.  Both Todd and I will, however, be sharing images at meals and during breaks and all participants are invited to do the same.  Accommodations are per person sharing a room with two beds. Food (except lunch and dinner on the last day) and all Park entry fees.


Participants are urged to purchase outside travel insurance to cover your costs should you be forced to cancel in the event of illness or personal or family emergencies.  The lodges we stay in are beautiful in all ways.  The food is good food, the rooms comfortable, and the staffs friendly.  Each is located in a unique and beautiful setting and there is a distinctive, peaceful,  safe feeling about each one of them.



Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson

First stop: Momella Game lodge on the slopes of Mt. Meru. There is a bird sanctuary on the grounds and some people may enjoy early AM shooting on the first day as we will make a late start. 

Next is The Tented Camp at Tarangire National Park. It is a permanent Camp with comfortable beds, in-tent bathrooms, a beautiful dining area, and great showers.  It is situated on a bluff above the Tarangire River. Elephants and lots more come to the river every day to drink and bathe. What a show!

The Serena Hotel at Lake Manyara is on the escarpment overlooking the Lake. The setting is to die for and there are birds all over the grounds. A great staff is always looking for ways to make you more comfortable.

From there we go to the Ndutu Lodge situated in the bush. This is Todd's favorite lodge. You are in a comfortable, rustic lodge where some of the staff has worked for 30 years. Sitting by the fire after a safari drive can be an experience! Elephants walk by. Lions roar in the bush and Giraffe come in to drink at the watering hole.

The Sopa Lodge at Ngorongoro Crater (Artie's favorite lodge) is the most sumptuous experience of the trip. At 9000 ft. it overlooks the crater and is situated on the Eastern rim for spectacular sunsets. Each room is a suite with tons of room and

modern facilities.



Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson


Here is the itinerary:

15/Jan fly to Amsterdam.

16/Jan fly Amsterdam-JRO Pick up clients JRO and transfer to Momella Lodge for overnight.


17/Jan 06:30 hrs: picnic breakfast and lunch: morning game drive in Arusha National Park.
Afternoon drive to Tarangire National Park for afternoon game drive.  Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. 


18/Jan 06:30 hrs: picnic breakfast, lunch at the lodge, morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge.

19/Jan06:30hrs: picnic breakfast, morning game drive in Tarangire, lunch at the lodge.  Afternoon drive to Lake Manyara National Park for afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight at lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

20/Jan 06:30 hrs: picnic breakfast, lunch at the lodge, morning and afternoon game drives in Lake Manyara National Park.  Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

21/Jan 06:30hrs: picnic breakfast, morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.  Afternoon drive to Ndutu for late lunch and game drive.  Dinner and overnight at Ndutu.

22-25/Jan 06:30 hrs: picnic breakfasts, lunches at the lodge, morning and afternoon game drives in Ndutu. Dinner and overnights at Ndutu.

26/Jan 06:30 hrs: picnic breakfast and box lunch, morning game drive in Ndutu.  Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Descend down the crater tour for a half-day crater tour.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

27-30/Jan 06:00 hrs: picnic breakfasts and box lunches (box lunches/lunch at lodge optional except on the first day) descend down the crater tour with for a full day crater tour. Dinner and overnights at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

31/Jan 06:00 hrs: picnic breakfast, descend down the crater tour for a Half-day crater tour.
Drive back to Arusha. Day room at Impala Hotel for last minute packing.  ate evening drive back to JRO for flight back home.

1/Feb Jan Fly Amsterdam-home.


If you would like to join us, please send your deposit ASAP to avoid disappointment.





Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson




      The Art of Bird Photography; It Ain't Just Birds! Weekend Seminar
Atlanta, Georgia, July 30-31, 2005

Presented by Photo Road Show    


This seminar is for all nature photographers who want to learn how to make better images. I will describe the methods and techniques that I have developed and used since 1983.  My comments on equipment (including digital), autofocus, light, composition and image design, and sharpness and my tips on getting close to wild subjects and photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with a telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their images. Since going all-digital in November 2002, I have--in short order--become a digital photography and Photoshop expert.  My approach to optimizing images is to create a master file of excellent quality in the shortest possible time.  I will share our workflow and numerous Photoshop tips during the Sunday sessions.


Weekend package (2 days): $159.  Either Saturday or Sunday:  $109.  To register send a check for the full amount made out to "Arthur Morris" to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.  We accept credit cards by phone: 863-692-0906.  In either case, we need your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your daytime and evening phone numbers. Here is the Cancellation Policy  for these events.  Photo Road Show is relying on your attendance, so if for any reason you need to withdraw, please notify Arthur Morris as soon as possible.  Once we receive written notice of your cancellation the following fees apply: cancel 31+ days prior to the start of the workshop and your fee will be refunded less a $50.00 cancellation fee; cancel less 30 days prior to the date of the workshop and there will be no refund.  Venue: Renaissance Waverly Hotel



Please e-mail us to request the SAT/SUN schedules.

Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson 
Photograph Coastal Brown Bears safely at close range in Lake Clark National Park as they fish for salmon and cavort through streams.  There should be some young bears around, and in most years there are one or more pairs of spring cubs.  We will also fish for salmon ourselves and may do one trip for halibut if the tides cooperate.  We will fly to the fabled Silver Salmon Creek Lodge from Anchorage on the morning of Friday, September 16, 2005 and fly back to Anchorage about mid-day on Thursday September 22.  The 7-day/6-night package includes all meals, photo boat trips, salmon fishing and sea kayaks for the young and brave.  If we do fit in a halibut trip near the end of our visit, the cost is $50 per person.  There will of course be lots of in-the-field instruction and ample opportunities for image sharing and photoshop lessons.  The cost of the trip is $3399.  If you would like to join us, please--at your earliest convenience--send a $1700 deposit check made out to Arthur Morris (PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855).  Six of the ten slots are filled at present.
Image copyright 2005:  Todd Gustafson



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