Photo Safaris Trip Reports

One of the best ways to learn more about our Photo Tours is by reading our leaders' reports from trips they've recently led. You can also see trip photos—taken both by leaders and clients who have traveled with us—on our Instagram page (jvophotosafaris).

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Namibia 2018 Trip Report

I've just returned home from leading the 2018 Joseph Van Os Photo Safari to Namibia.  This is an unique tour in that it is split into two distinct parts, with the first half of the trip all about landscape photogr... Read More

By John Shaw on Jun 22, 2018

Wild Hawai'i 2018 Trip Report

There are few places I’ve been to on this planet as dynamic as the Big Island of Hawaii. Its diverse climatic zones, weather, vegetation, and dramatic elevation changes make it one of the most interesting location... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Jun 04, 2018

Slovenia 2018 Trip Report

WOW!  Slovenia!  To my taste Slovenia is one of the nicest countries I have visited in Europe—and certainly my new favorite. Spectacularly photogenic, this tiny New Jersey-sized country sits at the nexus... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Jun 04, 2018

Croatia 2018 Trip Report

The Old City of Dubrovnik has a lot of stairs!  If you are prepared to climb them you are rewarded with spectacular access to commanding locations from which to photograph this beautiful city.  It has been less t... Read More

By Joe Van Os on May 30, 2018

Costa Rica Birds 2018 Trip Report

Costa Rica, with its diversity of habitats and wildlife, is one of my very favorite photo destinations. And this year did not disappoint. After a quick orientation talk, it is on to our welcome dinner where I am able to an... Read More

By Mark Thomas on May 21, 2018

Holland at Tulip Time 2018 Trip Report

Our Holland at Tulip Time tour begins with three full days at Keukenhof Gardens.  The main grounds include hundreds of thousands of blooms, including tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and much more, all beautifully display... Read More

By Mike Byrne on May 16, 2018

Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes 2018 Trip Report

Our journey to the Mountain Landscapes of Patagonia began as participants met at our Buenos Aires hotel on Avenida 9 de Julio, the location of the widest avenue in the world.  With a total of seven lanes, two parallel... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on May 03, 2018

Ultimate Tigers 2018 Trip Report

Our Ultimate Tigers photo safari began in Delhi, India, where our group assembled before the departing flight to Raipur, the capital of the newly-formed (in 2000) Indian state of Chhattisgarh. When our flight arrived at Ra... Read More

By Eric Rock on Apr 30, 2018

Bald Eagles of Kachemak Bay, Alaska 2018 Trip Report

Even though I had been to Homer many times, until I scouted this adventure in 2017, I never fully realized the astonishing variety of wildlife species available for photographers during the winter months.  The bald ea... Read More

By Perry Conway on Apr 04, 2018

Aurora Borealis, Fairbanks, Alaska 2018 Trip Report

Interior Alaska in winter promises snow-covered landscapes and crystal clear skies along with the chance for a display of the northern lights. This year, with snowfall in the area approaching 80 inches, there were plenty o... Read More

By Eric Rock on Mar 20, 2018

Iceland in Winter 2018 Trip Report

If there was one thing I knew to expect in Iceland after many trips to this enchanted island, it was the weather. Watching the forecast prior to leaving the US was nerve racking to say the least. The news was reporting mul... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Mar 14, 2018

Japan's Winter Wildlife 2018 Trip Report

This was my first time leading the tour to Japan. While I had been to see the snow monkeys once a very long time ago, I had never visited the red-crowned cranes, whooper swans or Steller’s sea eagles. John Shaw, who ... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Mar 13, 2018

Yellowstone in Winter 2018 Trip Report

The weather during a photography trip can be seen as a make-it or break-it element for travelers. This year’s two winter trips in Yellowstone National Park had plenty of weather to go around! Winter in Yellowstone is... Read More

By Eric Rock on Mar 13, 2018

Norway's Lofoten Islands 2018 Trip Report

I’ve come to think of our winter trips to Lofoten, Norway as “patterns shoots.”  Along with abundant impressive coastal and mountain landscapes, we are regularly in the field searching for patterns&m... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Mar 13, 2018

Horses and Icons of the Wild West in Winter 2018 Trip Report

This winter’s Horses & Icons of the Wild West trip at the Hideout in Shell, Wyoming—what I’ve always just called the Cowboy Horse Shoot—was my last tour with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. Retirin... Read More

By Darrell Gulin on Mar 05, 2018

Yosemite in Autumn 2017 Trip Report

The 2017 Yosemite in Autumn tour was a photo adventure to one of the most spectacular parks in the US to witness the fall colors. The national park is renowned for its impressive granite cliffs, endless waterfalls and gian... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Dec 04, 2017

Olympic National Park, WA 2017 Trip Report

Washington State's Olympic Peninsula never ceases to offer wonderfully diverse photo opportunities. This, my fourth tour of its varied landscapes and ecosystems, was no exception. After a relaxing ferry ride and 2-h... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Oct 23, 2017

Grand Teton Solar Eclipse 2017 Trip Report

Most of the photo trips we embark on have well-defined goals, but our August Grand Teton Solar Eclipse trip had a very specific goal. Our group’s goal was to observe and photographically capture the process of the... Read More

By Eric Rock on Oct 11, 2017

Ultimate Puffins Iceland 2017 Trip Report

Conditions—wind, light and lots of birds—were virtually perfect where our group stood atop an 800-foot-high cliff as scores of puffins, razorbills and murres streamed past us. As the birds flew into the head... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 25, 2017

Jaguars and Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2017 Trip Report

It is so hard to write a report for this tour. You quickly run out of superlatives. And this year was especially exciting. As our group made its way down the Pantaneira Highway, we stopped several times to photograph a myr... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Sep 18, 2017

Great American Eclipse Road Trip 2017 - Trip Report

Though not an inveterate solar eclipse chaser, I've now seen several—and by far the view and experience of the August 21 eclipse from Casper, Wyoming was the best I've ever had. And I'm sure that our grou... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 05, 2017

Iceland Revealed 2017 Trip Report

When I travel to Iceland it seems like the shortest overseas trip I make.  Flying from my connection in Minneapolis to Reykjavik takes approximately six hours.  Since many of my trips run 10 to 12 hours from... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Sep 01, 2017

Camargue Horses & Provence Lavender 2017 Trip Report

In past years Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris has run many tours featuring the White Horses of France’s Camargue and it is always an exceptional photographic trip.  This year we adjusted the timing of trip t... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Jul 26, 2017

Photographing The Total Solar Eclipse

You may be aware that we are running two trips this year to photograph the total solar eclipse which will occur on August 21, 2017. While both trips sold out very quickly, we wanted to share the notes below that John Shaw ... Read More

By John Shaw on Jul 11, 2017

Namibia 2017 Trip Report

Namibia, on the southwestern coast of Africa, offers much to the traveler no matter your interests.  There is a ghost town in the middle of endless sand.  There are exotic endemic plants, such as quiver trees, wh... Read More

By John Shaw on Jun 12, 2017