1. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY PHOTO SAFARI?
Lodging, ground transportation (unless a trip is designated as a Self-Drive Safari), guide service with expert local guides where applicable, transfers once the group is assembled, all admissions, meals if noted, photographic instruction, coaching and mentoring, lectures and photographic assistance are included in the cost of your safari except as noted. Entry fees and tribal fees are included. Some safaris also include certain extra bonus features as shown in the individual safari descriptions.
2. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY SAFARI?
Airfare and related expenses such as baggage, airline fees, taxes and governmentally imposed entry and exit fees are not included in the cost of your trip. Exceptions: Wild New Zealand includes domestic airfare to Hokitika during the workshop with a valid passport. Lunches and all meals in airports or away from our lodgings, alcoholic beverages, liquor, tobacco, soft drinks, medical treatment, medications, items of a personal nature, gratuities, souvenirs, gifts and similar items are not included in the cost of your workshop and are at your own expense.
3. WHAT WILL I GET IN THE WAY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION?
KJ Photo Safaris wants your photographic experience to be the most outstanding possible. Kerrick will offer critiques pre, during and post trip to first assess your skill level and then teach you new techniques and varied ways to compose or see a subject. He will work with the group as a whole and also directly with each participant to help you attain your photographic goals. He is here to serve your needs!
4. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY PHOTO SAFARI?
As with any travel project, packing smart is key. Kerrick will advise you on lens choices, and two camera bodies is always a smart idea, in the event one is broken or lost. Know at least the basics of how to use your DSLR, and bring your manual! Kerrick excels in helping people get more out of their gear, but that does take up valuable time, so please know the basics of your camera before your trip. Pack for both the subject and the physical activity required to get there, meaning you might want a photo daypack and a smaller hip or sling pack for seriously active hikes where weight matters. Waterproof cases or bags are sometimes necessary but you will be advised in detail of that. Don't overpack, but bring what you need. Research carefully, and ask questions before we go.
5. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AS A DAILY ROUTINE?
Every trip is unique, but as we are dedicated to pursuing quality light everywhere we venture, expect most days to begin early. Breakfast often follows the first shoot, with harsher midday light spent in travel or photo critiques, and as light improves we'll be out chasing it as long as it lasts. Weather and light will always dictate each day's final schedule, which is subject to change.
6. WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY TRIP?
Dress in layers for the elements, in synthetic fabrics that stay warm when wet and wick moisture away. Appropriate footwear, from soled water shoes to hiking boots, can make or break your trip! Rain shells, fleece and breathable fabrics excel, but stay away from cotton. If in doubt, ask us!
As noted above, your favorite camera body plus one for backup, and lenses to cover perhaps 12-300mm (wide-normal-telephoto). Three zooms often will cover this range, but if you like macro or wildlife you'll need precise optics for best image capture. Polarizing filters, extra batteries, lots of media cards, and a tripod and mount head to match your heaviest gear are all essential. Kerrick can help you up the cliffs with this gear, but otherwise, it's your load to carry on the trail!
7. WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON MY SAFARI?
We will be roaming the South Island during their autumn, with cool-warm days and cool-cold nights. Great hiking weather, with rain a possibility and great clouds for landscape photography.
We will be in this side canyon of the Grand Canyon just before summer hits, but it will still be hot in the afternoon (90's F), cooling off to the 50's and 60's late night into early morning. Light clothes, with sun protection, are advised, as is sunscreen, swimsuits and water shoes.
We will be hiking from village to village in the Swiss Alps in early summer, at elevations of 4-7,000'. Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots that are broken in are best, preferably with ankle protection. Hiking poles, daypacks, sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are required. We should have some days of brilliant sunshine, but may also experience mountain weather, (rain showers), so clothes that dry quickly are best.
8. WHAT ABOUT HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS?
Kerrick's photo safaris tend to be more active than the average photo trip, but the emphasis is still more on photography than purely on hiking, kayaking, etc. Our pace will be keyed to reaching locations safely and maximizing our very best photo ops! The most important consideration is to know your fitness level, and then match it to the trip you envision, and be certain you're in shape and able to do that trip comfortably. The best thing to do is to ask Kerrick about the hardest or highest walk or hike we'll make, or whatever else concerns you. We will do our best to make you happy on the trip, but, in ascending order, New Zealand is easiest, Havasupai is mid-range for effort required, and Switzerland is well-paced, but definitely quite active. Options exist to ride on to the next village if you wish...
9. WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED?
You will always want to carry some form of government issued ID, and be required to show it for helicopter flights to Havasupai and other possible flights. All international flights require a vaild passport, either USA or from your home country. Please be sure your passport does not expire until well after your return home!
10. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Please don't hesitate to call us or send an email. We'll answer quickly and are always here to help you!