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  • 13 Aug – 19 Aug 2017

Pack your sunscreen and your camera and be prepared to capture some magical, inspiring and memorable images of Hawaii’s garden island of Kauai. Join Russ for a fun and informative photo adventure on this majestic island. Our tour will take us to several of the islands waterfalls. Some of which are easily accessed while others take a little extra effort to get to but are well worth the walk.

Most of your training and direction will be provided in the field but we will get together on one of the days early in the week for a brief presentation and discussion of exposure, composure, panoramic, and macro photography.

During the week, you can expect to get up early and go to bed late. We will stop at several locations around the island to permit you to photograph some extraordinary vistas and maybe try your hand at some panoramic and macro shots. Some of the locations will require some walking. Most of the trails we will be on are short and are considered easy but a couple of the trails have some moderately strenuous portions to them. We will leave the mid-afternoon for training sessions, picture processing and digital reviews. Participants will be asked to bring 5-6 digital images to the reviews. If you have a laptop, we will do the reviews on your computer, if not you will need to download the pictures to a disk or thumb drive. The goal is to make sure you are getting the best pictures possible as the week progresses. Review sessions will be done on a voluntary basis.

At the end of the week, we will all gather at the hotel for a display of everyone’s top ten pictures from the week.

General Tour Description

Specific locations on any given day will be determined based on the weather conditions.

Some of the highlights of the tour include:

  • We will make an early morning trip to the Waimea canyon; the canyons best views are in the morning. Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. We will visit spouting horn and several waterfalls to give you a chance to experiment with exposures.
  • We will stop at several waterfalls around the island; some will be visible from the road and others will take a little effort to get to. Also on the agenda is a stop for photo’s at the Kilauea Lighthouse from two vantage points. The light house is located on a narrow peninsula and marking the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands.
  • We’ll wind down one of the days with a sunset dinner cruise along the Na Pali Coast, a prime place to spot flying fish, sea turtles and dolphins and for getting some unforgettable pictures of Kauai’s western coastline; dinner will be included.
  • We will trek along the first 2 miles of the Kalalau trail from Ke’e beach to Hanakapi’ai Beach. The pace will be slow with lots of stops for photographs. There are also some spectacular trail shots to be had by those with an observant eye. The first half mile is considered to be strenuous as it is basically uphill. However, there are several vista points where you can catch your breath and enjoy the view back down to Ke’e beach. If the group decides they have the energy to press on, we will continue to Hanakapi’ai falls. This is an additional 4 mile roundtrip but well worth the effort.
  • For those that enjoy the Hawaiian plants and flowers, we will make a stop at one or both of the islands botanical gardens; McBryde Gardens on the south side and Limahuli Gardens on the north side. McBryde Gardens have become a veritable botanical ark of tropical flora. It is home to the largest ex situ collection of native Hawaiian flora in existence, extensive plantings of palms, flowering trees, orchids, and many other plants that have been wild-collected from the tropical regions of the world. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is set in a verdant tropical valley on the north shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i. The Garden is back dropped by the majestic Makana Mountain and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Here we will photograph many flowering plants like hibiscus, water lilies, Ko’oko’olau (a local herb with a flower of bright yellow rays and darker yellow disks. The flowers and foliage of both gardens are un-matched and lend themselves to artistic, vibrant and colorful close-up images.
  • We will stop at several locations as we drive around the island to permit you to photograph some extraordinary vistas and maybe try your hand at some panoramic shots.

Pricing Details

Tour/Workshop fee:

  • Full Payment: $1950.00*
    Full Payment – AD and Retired Military: $1850.00*

If Paying with a deposit:

  • Deposit: $300.00
  • Balance Due NLT 45 days prior to the workshop: $1,650.00*
  • Balance Due NLT 45 days prior to the workshop – AD and Retired Military: $1,550.00*

* Meals, transportation, lodging, and any park fees are not included.


Depending on the size of the group, we will either travel all travel in our van or we will rely on carpooling to get to the various sites.


We will be headquartered at the Courtyard by Marriott, Kauai at Coconut Beach. The hotel is located in Kapa’a. We will be meeting and departing from this location. There are a lot of lodging choices in the area if you decide not to stay at the Marriott.


  • All levels of photographic experience are welcome.
  • There is minimal hiking involved.
  • We plan very full days of photography, as well as some room discussion and teaching.
  • We always are available to coach and encourage in the field and anxious to share any knowledge or inspiration that we have.
  • Once you have registered, we will send out a final registration form and a letter about gear, clothing and logistics will be sent prior to the workshop; however, if you have any questions, you are always welcome to phone or email us.

Cancellation policy

We ask that full payment is made at least 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellation 45 days prior to an event will generate a full refund, minus a $50 handling fee. There is no refund for cancellations less than 45 days before the event. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance in the event you need to cancel on short notice, especially if you will be purchasing airline tickets.

Contact us via the Contact Form if you have questions and to let us know that you have registered.

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