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Elevate Your Photography Skills with Jeff

Embark on an exhilarating journey with Jeff as your guide and unlock the true potential of your photography skills! Get ready to transcend the ordinary and capture breathtaking moments in the world’s most spellbinding locations. Join our exclusive photography workshop and ignite your passion for the lens as we dive headfirst into a world of visual wonder. With Jeff by your side, your shots will evolve from mere pictures to powerful stories, each frame etching a memory you’ll treasure forever. Prepare to paint your canvas with light, shadow, and emotion as we embark on an epic adventure that promises to take your photography to new heights. It’s time to seize the extraordinary; it’s time to Elevate Your Photography!” 📸🌟

Wildlife Photographer Jeff Wendorff

Discover the World Through Your Lens with Jeff and Muench Workshops!

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Gemsbok Oryx Namibia Dunes 1960

Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Quiver Tree Forest, Kolmanskop, and Etosha

July 22 – August 3, 2024

Namibia boasts some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes on the planet. Situated along the far western edge of southern Africa, her extensive coastline is bathed by cold Atlantic Ocean currents. Raucous colonies of sea lions can be found here, as well as the wooden “bones” of shipwrecks lost in the region’s frequent dense fogs. A bit inland, onshore winds push desert sands upwards into the highest (and oldest!) dunes on Earth. This harsh environment nevertheless contains a wealth of extraordinary desert-adapted plants and animals. Rich opportunity for wildlife spotting also exists in Etosha National Park—home to many Africa’s most iconic species, including elephant, zebra, giraffe, lion, and even rhino. Farther afield, other rare landscapes, such as the bizarre Quiver Tree Forest and the ghost town of Kolmanskoop, provide additional unique photo opportunities.

We’ve been leading safaris in Africa for at least a decade and are extremely well-versed in the region. Together with local guides, we have designed an itinerary that will take you from coast to dunes and from game parks to ghost towns, covering the best that Namibia offers. You’ll travel on foot, in custom-designed game-viewing vehicles, and even by helicopter and stay in comfortable and exclusive accommodations. Days will be long and productive, and with only eight guests, you can expect plenty of instruction in the field and during our signature image reviews.

Ready for a desert adventure like no other?

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Polar Bears, Seals and Walrus Amongst Stunning Landscapes

June 25 – July 5, 2024

Svalbard’s location between continental Norway and the North Pole places it squarely in an area with some of the most impressive displays of wildlife in one of the largest undisturbed arctic environments on the planet. Glaciers, snow-covered mountain ranges, and fjords cover much of the archipelago. We hope to see and photograph polar bears, many types of seabirds, reindeer, arctic foxes, whales, walruses, and other marine mammals.

Since it is a series of islands, Svalbard is best explored by a private expedition ship. We’ve strictly limited this workshop to 12 guests on our own private, ice-strengthened ship. With such a high instructor-to-guest ratio, there will be plenty of time for one-on-one instruction and our signature image reviews. We will work with you in the field to capture better wildlife and landscape images. Back on the ship, we will show you how to process your images so that you’d be proud to hang them on your wall.

This workshop will focus on the abundant wildlife—think polar bears on ice, breeding birds, walruses, whales, and seals. Then there is the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you. Our schedule has been designed to optimize our time on small-boat excursions. We use two large zodiacs to get off the ship, get close to the wildlife, and go into the frozen landscape. With 24 hours of daylight, photography never stops!

Jaguar Pantanal Brazil Jeff Wendorff

Photograph Jaguars in the Wild

November 7 – 15, 2024

Join us on a journey to the heart of Brazil, the Pantanal. We will travel the pristine waterways in search of one of the world’s most potent cats, the jaguar! The jaguar prefers to hunt prey at the water’s edge, and it’s no coincidence that we search for powerful aquatic cats by boat! Our photographic focus will be on the king of the swamps, the jaguar, but you might wear out your shutter with the myriad of birds and mammals along the way! The Pantanal is home to an astonishing array of beautiful birds. It is said that five of the most beautiful birds in the world live in the Pantanal; fingers crossed!

We will cruise the rivers and waterways in custom boats. Our professional guides are experts at guiding you to the best spots to encounter jaguars. They are also skilled boatmen that will do their best to get the boats in the best position for us to capture images of jaguars and other wildlife. These big cats come quietly out of the jungle to quench their thirst or explosively pounce to hunt for prey, and we’ll be ready with our cameras. This small and private workshop will have private boats and vehicles used to find wildlife, allowing greater comfort and flexibility for our adventure. Traveling without the addition of extra people lets us spend more time doing what we love, photographing some of the most amazing animals on earth!

Bald Eagle Photography Workshop with Jeff Wendorff

The Largest Concentration of Bald Eagles in North America

January 14 – 20, 2024 and January 7 – 13, 2024

Beginning in late October, thousands of bald eagles make their way down from the Yukon and northern British Columbia. Along the way, they’ll come to nest in the scenic Fraser Valley to mate and raise their young. It is the largest bald eagle migration in North America, and an unparalleled opportunity to capture eagles feeding, constructing nests, and tending to their chicks.

While eagles will be the focus of this workshop, they are far from the only highlight. Over the years we have seen and photographed the following common species at our locations: red–tailed Hawk, grebe, common goldeneye, wood duck, sandhill crane, great blue heron, green heron, Northern pintail, short–eared owl, bufflehead, common merganser, Snow goose, trumpeter swan, mute swan, rough–legged hawk, dunlin, Anna’s hummingbird, and great horned owl. Rarer sightings include: Pacific loon, red–throated loon, belted kingfisher, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, Virginia rail, common snipe, barn owl, barred owl, saw–whet owl, canvasback, and egret.

We will will teach you everything you need for a successful bird of prey shoot, from planning and positioning, to clothing and gear. You’ll also learn proper camera handling techniques and settings for optimizing your birds–in–flight shots, as well as ways to enhance your creativity in bird photography. We know birds, bird behavior, and bird photography and we will show you how learning your subject’s habits maximizes your number of “keeper” shots!

Svalbard in Fall Arctic wildlife landscapes

Polar Bears, Seals, Walruses, and Birds in Sweet Autumn Light

August 29 – September 8, 2024

Svalbard’s location between continental Norway and the North Pole places it squarely in an area with some of the most impressive displays of wildlife in one of the largest undisturbed arctic environments on the planet. Glaciers, snow-covered mountain ranges, and fjords cover much of the archipelago. We hope to see and photograph polar bears, many types of seabirds, reindeer, arctic foxes, whales, walruses, and other marine mammals.

Since it is a series of islands, Svalbard is best explored by a private expedition ship. We’ve limited this workshop to 12 guests on our own private, ice-strengthened ship. With such a high instructor-to-guest ratio, there will be plenty of time for one-on-one instruction and our signature image reviews. We will work with you in the field to capture better wildlife and landscape images. Back on the ship, we will show you how to process your images so that you’d be proud to hang them on your wall.

The main subjects on this Svalbard autumn light photo expedition will be wildlife and landscapes in stunning late-season light. Svalbard is the best place to photograph polar bears, and we hope to find some of them in the best light available. The ice condition at this time of year usually allows us to explore the northeastern parts of the archipelago, making this an extraordinary Svalbard photo tour. September is a great time for watching and photographing big whales. We have good chances of finding blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, beluga, and white-beaked dolphins. The light conditions are excellent at this time of year, so get ready for some stunning wildlife photography. This is the Svalbard photo tour for nature photographers focusing on exceptional light. Join us for an unforgettable experience!

As usual, on all our Svalbard photo tours, we will plan for longer stops than typical tourist cruises when going ashore to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We use two zodiac boats to get ashore or search for wildlife at sea.

Alaska Humpback Whale Jeff Wendorff Photography

March 24 – 31, 2024

Did you know that the majority of the land in Southeast Alaska lies within three miles of some of the most jaw-dropping coastline in North America? There is such an intimate relationship between land and sea in this region that the best way to see these magnificent waterways is by private yacht.

Bald eagles—some 25% of the world’s total—fish for salmon and herring along Southeast’s waterways. Bears, too, grow unusually large here on the local bounty. Humpback whales travel thousands of miles from their breeding grounds to feed in Alaska’s nutrient-rich waters, and orcas, porpoises, and otters are residents. Nearly every living thing in Southeast Alaska depends in some way—directly or indirectly—on its waterways.

Aboard the Alaskan Story, you’ll explore the islands, waterways, and quiet natural harbors around Sitka. We have scheduled our workshop for springtime, historically the best time of year to see spawning herring and the abundance of wildlife that gathers to feed on them. We hope to see eagles in great numbers, humpback whales feeding, Dall’s porpoise riding our bow, vast haulouts of Steller sea lions, and more. Although the commercial fishery has threatened the herring spawn in recent years, the region remains one of the best for witnessing an awe-inspiring natural wildlife gathering. And it’s all complemented by a jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains, forests, and even a sleeping volcano!

This is a very exclusive workshop. You’ll be joining a small group—only seven guests—of like-minded photographers and wildlife enthusiasts aboard one of the most outstanding small vessels in the region. You will learn and hone wildlife photography skills, easily capturing fast and slow-moving animals. We will work with you to make compelling compositions of the wildlife and the landscape it inhabits. We’ll have image reviews, and you will learn new techniques for post-processing in Lightroom. You’ll learn how to photograph swift eagles in flight or feeding humpbacks. We’ll teach the finer points of tracking, focusing, exposure, and composition. Expect warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, great food, and outstanding photographic opportunities!

Our stabilized luxury yacht is quite comfortable. The staterooms have luxurious beds, down comforters and pillows, and individual temperature controls for heat. Each stateroom has a private bathroom with a shower “ensuite.” There’s a huge salon with comfortable seating, and outside, you will find ample open and covered deck space for photography. Each night we will anchor in a quiet, secluded anchorage.

The food is a highlight of every trip. Our chef selects the best available produce and often combines it with the freshest “catch of the day.” Gourmet meals can include king and silver salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, Alaskan spotted shrimp, and fresh produce! Top the meal off with a homemade dessert prepared daily. If seafood is not your favorite, fear not, the chef will work with you to accommodate any diet.

Bateau Mouche Paris Street Photography

Street Photography in the City of Light and Love

May 8 – 15, 2024

Paris is lovely in May—the trees and flowers burst out of their winter sleep, and the city becomes palate of pastel colors. Photo opportunities abound as the city comes alive with an abundance of flower shows, festivals, street fairs, and fabulous outdoor flea markets.

You’ll visit hidden locations and iconic vantage points, learning and refining our camera techniques along the way. The cafés will beckon, and the aroma of freshly baked bread and french coffee will lure you, but nothing will stop us from capturing this beautiful city in the best light—during golden hour, blue hour, and into the night.

You will be taken to hidden locations and vantage points of the iconic places you wouldn’t see without our guidance. There’s plenty of street photography for a diverse, unique, and personal representation of the city. But nothing will be left to chance—we will bring our own model dressed in modern Parisien fashion to wander the subways, back alleys, and busy streets with us. We’ll even have a ballet-trained dancer on top of the Trocadéro with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop.

Our quaint, upscale hotel is located in the Montmartre district, next to the famous Montmartre Cemetery, close to Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge. Enjoy drinks on the roof-top patio with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Join us in this magical city to stretch your skills with focus stacking, low-light, street, and black and white photography—while enjoying all the city has to offer!

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Stunning Landscapes in the South of France and the Beautiful Horses of Camargue

May 15 – 24, 2024

The South of France offers stunning panoramic photography of unique fields, ancient structures, and wildflowers that paint the landscapes. We will photograph portraits and the Gypsy festival in Saintes Maries de la Mer. But we will start our trip with some of the most exciting action photography on the planet—the

Camargue horses with help from the cowboys of the Camargue known as “gardians.” Armed with their traditional lance, the gardians will help us take pictures of these white horses and bulls as they run in the Camargue’s swamps and salt pools.

We’ve crafted our itinerary to comfortably cover the best areas we know in this stunning area of the world and to provide the greatest diversity of photo opportunities. Our accommodations are among the best and most comfortable available, and everything is all-inclusive, including gratuities for our excellent English-speaking local guides.

Expect to be challenged and to learn a lot in this workshop. We will be beside you in the field and later in the classroom for Lightroom post-processing instruction. We’ll also have our signature image reviews!

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Himba Tribes and Desert Adapted Wildlife in the Hoanib Valley

August 3 – 7, 2024

This is an extension to our July 2024 Namibia Safari.

In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the area is filled with towering mountains, sand dunes, and vast expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and the nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote, wild environments that few will get the opportunity to experience in a lifetime. Our camp is an elegant, intimate affair that will immerse you in the wilds of the desert. Its rooms blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee.

Learn photography techniques on portraiture, landscapes, and wildlife, and have loads of fun too! We’ll feature our signature image reviews and post-processing instruction, of course. This extension to our Namibia Safari is all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about paying for anything. You can focus on photography and the magic of wild Namibia.

Each Muench Workshop is carefully designed to be an all-inclusive experience, allowing you to focus on your photography. We believe that our 5-star ratings are well-deserved because we provide not only a chance to capture breathtaking imagery but also a strong teaching element. All of our pros share their expertise, providing valuable tips, feedback, and guidance to help you improve your photography skills.

Join us on one of our incredible workshops and see the world through a photographer’s lens. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just beginning your photographic journey, Muench Workshops promises an unforgettable adventure in the company of a passionate community of like-minded individuals. Don’t miss the opportunity to create art and memories that will last a lifetime.

Capture the extraordinary with Muench Workshops. Book your adventure today and let the world become your canvas!

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