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Great Migration African Safari – August 2016

Come and enjoy this ten-day safari to the Serengeti and the “Great Migration” with professional photographer Tom Whetten. The “Great Migration” is a yearlong migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebras and 300,000 gazelles. This is a high season safari of a lifetime. Group size for this safari is limited

Bird Photography at Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania is a small but scenic park we visited on a February trip as part of my African Photo Safari. It is ideally suited for a few hour’s exploring and wildlife watching at the start of a safari and/or a morning at the end, as

Serengeti the Best National Park for African Safaris

Wildlife Photo Tour leads safaris to the Serengeti twice annually. There is a reason for this – to put it plainly – the Serengeti is just spectacular. You don’t have to believe me though – this article at HuffPost reveals that the Serengeti was just voted the best Park for

Amboseli African Safari Video

Here is my new video, “Scenes from Amboseli National Park.” It includes images of wildlife and scenery in Kenya, including Mount Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania) towering behind. These photos were taken on my Photo Safaris to Africa, including Amboselli, in 2009 and 2010. Ed Bustya, my Web Daktari, put the video

African Safari 2009 – Lake Nakuru

For seventeen days in February, 2009, I lived a Teddy Roosevelt adventure. OK, it wasn’t quite like the way Teddy did it, but my African Safari was a real thrill that I’ll cherish the rest of my life. My safari wasn’t a big game hunt but an African Photography Safari

Masai Mara National Reserve – African Wildlife Safari

After spending two nights at Lake Nakuru we headed for the next stop on our African Wildlife Safari, the Masai Mara National Reserve. This Kenyan National Reserve is located in south-western Kenya and covers about 950 square miles. Effectively it is the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in

Photographing Wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater in the Serengeti

The Ngorongoro Crater in Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site and is a must on any photography safari to southeastern Africa. The Crater is the world’s largest volcanic crater that has not become a lake or had its wall eroded away. The floor of the Crater covers about

Best times to photograph the Milky Way

Milky Way Photographing Chart Below is a guide for Photographers who want to know the best times and dates to photograph the Milky Way.  The times listed are approximate to start photographing ranging from 9pm to 2am.  The dates listed correspond to the start times for both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Tom’s Tip: Slot Canyons

Northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation Upper Antelope Canyon is by far the most famous slot canyon in Northern Arizona but by no means the only or the best. Other spectacular slot canyons on the Antelope Wash water shed are Lower Antelope Canyon and Canyon X. Additional spectacular canyons are Secret Canyon

Using Filters

12 Aug No Comments Thomas Whetten Filters, Photography, Photography Gear , ,

Tom’s Quick Tip: Filters In my photo bag that goes with me everywhere are two filter pouches holding a variety of filters.  However, of all my filters the two I use the most are my circular polarizer and a graduated neutral density.  A polarizer allows me to add contrast to skies,

Photographing Bats Getting a Drink

My Photo Vision To photograph a bat swooping down over a pond to get a drink.  In this setup I used a Phototrap Photographic Infrared Triggering System to trigger the photograph.  When the Phototrap beam is broken the four (4) flashes are triggered capturing the shot. Equipment: Trigger:            Phototrap Photographic

Announcing 2015 African Birding Safari

4 Apr No Comments Thomas Whetten Africa Photography Tours, Bird Photography Tours

African Birding Safari January 26th – February 6th, 2015 Come and enjoy an unforgettable twelve-day (12) Birding adventure in East Africa visiting renowned game reserves and national parks.  Join international safari guide Tom Whetten for this spectacular Birding Safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  East Africa boasts a bird population of over 1,100 species

Texas Bird Tour

27 Feb No Comments Thomas Whetten Bird Photography Tours, Southwest

 got back from a five day photo trip to the south Texas coast.  What a blast.  I flew from Arizona to San Antonio, TX, rented a car and drove to Edinburg’s historic Laguna Seca Ranch.  There I spent the morning shooting raptors and the afternoon sitting in a blind on

The Great Migration

5 Feb No Comments Thomas Whetten Africa Photography Tours, African Photo Safari

Come Photograph Africa and the “Great Migration” August 15 – 26, 2014   ome and enjoy this eleven-day photo safari to Tanzania with special emphasis on photographing the “Great Migration” crossing the Mara River.  This is a high season safari of a lifetime.  Group size on this all inclusive photographic

Africa Lion Fun Facts

7 May No Comments Thomas Whetten African Photo Safari

Male African Lions are not hunters by nature, I believe they consider it women’s work.  I tried to find out the reason but could not get a response from any of the lions I tried to communicate with. In fact, most males seemed to be on the stuffy side while

2013 African Safari Announcement

10 Apr No Comments Thomas Whetten Africa Photography Tours, African Photo Safari, Photography

Join Wildlife Photo Tour August 15th – 26th, 2013 on an African Safari highlighting the “Great Migration”.  This photo safari is a real bargain priced at $5,995 without skimping on quality.  Other African safaris put six people to eight people per vehicle while I limit the number to three or four so everyone has

Antelope Canyon

7 Nov No Comments Thomas Whetten Photography Locations ,

Antelope Canyon is actually three separate slot canyons located in the Antelope Wash – Canyon X, Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope.  All three canyons range in depth from 80’ to 120’, from 1/4 mile to1/2 mile long and widths from 2’ to 2’. Canyon X is located on a private

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