We’ve not taken part in these programs, however they look so intriguing, I wanted to pass on the information from Far Away Travel.

SUN VALLEY, ID, April 6, 2011 – Known for blending river rafting with wilderness adventure and backcountry luxury, Far and Away Adventures (http://www.far-away.com/) announces three American Safaris showcasing wilderness photography workshops for aspiring shutterbugs.

These programs with fine art photographer and wilderness specialist James Bourret are July 27-29 and July 29-Aug. 1, 2011 on Yellowstone Lake and Aug. 11-16, 2011 on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, one of the world’s most revered wild and scenic waterways.

The 2-night Yellowstone Lake photo workshop is priced at $1,040 per participant, double occupancy. The 5-night Middle Fork of the Salmon workshop is $2,990 per participant, double occupancy. A shorter 2-night Middle Fork trip option is also available. Prices include all customary tour inclusions plus associated workshop instruction and activities. For non-workshop tour participants, price is $100 per night less.

Bourret is also a practicing architect based in Ketchum/Sun Valley, ID. His love of the natural world was cultivated in his youth spent at play in California’s Sierra Nevadas. See: http://jamesbourret.photoshelter.com/.

Beginning the first evening, each day of a trip includes small group and one-on-one working sessions with Bourret who will focus on improving skills using the digital SLR camera and tripod.

Topics include, among others, composition, manual and long-exposure techniques, focus and depth of field, and filters as they relate to landscape, wildlife and outdoor action photography. Sessions will be split up throughout the day, with emphasis on spending time photographing during the magic twilight hours. Each day will also include a review of the day’s images on a laptop (not required) in camp, which will promote discussions of image adjustment techniques.

Steve Lentz, founder and owner of Far and Away Adventures, says participants on his American Safari can anticipate the quality of North American big game wildlife sightings in their natural setting to rival those of an Africa safari experience.

This Yellowstone program provides opportunities for lake kayaking, guided backcountry hikes, wildlife observation and fly-fishing based from a luxurious wilderness camp on Yellowstone Lake, the largest freshwater alpine lake in North America. Guests access the deluxe camp by powerboat from Bridge Bay Marina inside the Park. See


The Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River departure comes with, in August, playful Class III rapids through a 100-mile stretch of pristine wilderness.

On river and lake alike, tented camps that could be straight out of Africa embrace guests after a day of exploring. A chef prepares organic feasts with local microbrews and wines to be sipped from crystal stemware. This level of sophistication, comfort and concierge attention attracts A-Lister’s Stephen Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Mariel Hemingway, and the Nordstrom’s, to name a few.

Solar lanterns, hot water for showers and state-of-art tents with elevated beds, flannel linens, carpets and nightstands ensure sweet dreams.

Far and Away Adventures has been sharing the excitement of paddling with adventuresome guests since 1980. Simply, the wonders of nature and those created by Far and Away Adventures for guests plying these and other privileged waters create a new category for those who seek experiences above and beyond the ordinary. Far and Away Adventures’ guests are moved beyond world-class into a universe where luxury and wilderness blend marvelously together. For a detailed itinerary on this and other programs on equally privileged waters, please contact Far and Away Adventures; toll free 800-232-8588 or visit the web site  http://www.far-away.com/.

Maralyn D. Hill, President