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Our Upcoming Expeditions

Swim with Killer Whales - Iceland - Trip Detail

SWIM WITH ORCA & VIEW NORTHERN LIGHTS

Locating orca in clear water can be one of the most challenging of all aquatic experiences, but Picture Adventure has spent the past several years researching the orca migration patterns in both Norway and Iceland in order to pinpoint the time of year and location that will lend the highest chance of success.  We have chartered a private sailboat that is ideal for entering the water with the orca and that will give us the flexibility we need to be able to follow the orca on their migration route.  We will spend eight days on the trail of the orca and are also likely to see humpback whales in the Norwegian fjords.  Nights will be spent in onshore accommodations. Guest must come with a willingness to be flexible because the orca may move while we are there, requiring us to spend nights in various locations along the Norwegian coast, or on the boat should the orca move further out to sea.  The daylight is short, but we will have the beauty of a perpetual sunrise/sunset during the day as well as the glow of the Northern Lights once the light disappears. I will accompany you on your journey so that you are sure to capture the best possible images and you will also have access to Picture Adventure’s professional underwater equipment and assistance in maximizing the capabilities of your personal gear. The “Killer Whale The killer whale, or orca, is one of the ocean’s most intelligent and powerful species,.  Orca have no natural predators and are highly social animals that can be found traveling and hunting in large groups known as “pods”.  The orca that we will be tracking and swimming with come to Norwegian waters to hunt herring in the winter as well as other fish species. Male orca can typically grow up to 26 feet in length and weigh up to 13,000 lbs.  The largest male orca on record was 32 feet long and weighed over 20,000 lbs!  Rather than see these amazing creatures in captivity, we will see them in their natural environment and swim alongside them peacefully without disturbing them. Picture Adventure has several years of experience in swimming with and photographing orca in their natural habitat, including in both Norway and Iceland.  The team ensures that you are in the best possible location at the right time to maximize the chances of great encounters and amazing photographs. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the government of Djibouti as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
SNOW LEOPARD SPOTTING

HIMALAYAN TREK & SNOW LEOPARD SPOTTING

Join me for a unique opportunity to track and photograph one of the rarest and most elusive animals on the planet – the Snow Leopard, as well as soak up a dose of Tibetan Culture! We will start the trip with 1.5 days of local Tibetan cultural sightseeing in the picturesque town of Leh, following which we’ll trek up to the high altitude home of the Snow Leopard. We’ll spend 5 days tracking our grey ghosts on foot in their home ranges –  The Himalaya Mountains of Hemis National Park. We’ll round off the trip with a day’s sightseeing in Delhi before we fly home. During the course of our expedition we will stay in a mix of hotels (when in town) and camps/homestays whilst trekking. There will be porters to carry the heavy gear and a camp cook to take care of all our meals while trekking. We will have excellent opportunities to photograph Tibetan life in the Himalayas while we are in Leh and the remote villages. While trekking, our program is not fixed.  We will put ourselves in the best position to see snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, argali, and many bird species.  Our trackers will wake up before the sun rises to scout the mountain ranges for signs of life.  Using their radios they will be able to cover a large span of the mountains and will inform us back at camp by the time we have finished eating breakfast of where we should position ourselves.  They may return to camp so we can depart together, or may radio us to join them. Everything will depend on weather conditions and snow leopard and other animal movements.  Each day will likely involve an hour or two of trekking. Additional Activities Day tour to photograph the highlights of Delhi; opportunities to meet Tibetan locals and understand their way of life; visits to Leh Palace; Shanti Stupa and local villages. Safety The Himalayas in January get cold!  Tents and sleeping bags will be provided and Leh, India has good shops for cold weather gear once we arrive.  However, guests should bring cold weather gear that is good for temperatures well below freezing. Days can be mild 5c (40F), but nights can get very cold.  We will also be hiking at 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level.  While porters will carry the heavy gear, guests need to be fit enough to undertake the hikes. We will distribute a packing list to attendees upon booking. Included Internal flights from Delhi to Leh, Accommodation, All meals in camp, Breakfast in the Hotels, all additional sightseeing tours & activities. Not Included Flights to or from Delhi, lunch & dinner on Hotel Days, visas, alcoholic beverages, incidentals. Day by Day Itinerary: Jan. 1 – Arrival Day Depart Dubai for Delhi.  2:35pm flight arriving at 7:25pm.  Overnight Holiday Inn near Delhi airport. (Flight not included. Hotel is included.) Jan. 2 – Leh Sightseeing Depart Delhi for Leh.  8:40am departure and arrive at 9:45am (flight included). Spend the day seeing the sights in Leh, including Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa.  Overnight Leh Hotel. Jan. 3 – Tiben Cultural Sightseeing & Altitude Acclimation After breakfast, drive for full day of sightseeing around the Himalaya villages and to the Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis monasteries and Stok Palace Museum. Packed or Hot Lunch will be provided. Return to Leh in the evening. Overnight Leh Hotel. (Note that this day is needed to allow everyone to acclimate to the high altitude and cold weather before we head out on the trek). Jan. 4 – Trek Into Hemis National Park After a hearty pre-trek breakfast, drive to Phey bridge, and start walking along the Indus River towards Zingchen Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute, watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard and other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 3-4 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’. Jan. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – Tracking Days (Snow Leopard & other wildlife) Proceed for full day of tracking snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, blue sheep and argali (a large horned sheep), as well as numerous mountain and migratory birds. Each day’s itinerary is not fixed in advance.  We want to put ourselves in the best position to track the snow leopard, as well as other Himalayan wildlife.  Our movements will depend upon the movements of the animals, as well as the weather conditions. We are here early in the season for snow leopards to be the first to hopefully see them. We may move camp, trekking a few hours to the very remote village of Rumbak, where snow leopards are known to prey on livestock. Again this will depend on messages coming through passing villagers that may make us aware about sightings. We’ll camp near town, but spend the evening enjoying Tibetan hospitality with the locals. There is a possibility we may stay in a homestay. Jan. 10 – Trek out of Hemis Walk back from Rumbak to Zingchen where a vehicle picks us up and we drive back to Leh. Overnight in Leh. Jan. 11 – Delhi Sightseeing Flight from Leh to Delhi (10:20 am arriving 11:40am.  Full day private tour of Old and New Delhi to see Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, Chandi Chowk market, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and other photogenic sights.  Overnight Holiday Inn near the airport. Jan. 12 – Departure Day Flight from Delhi to DXB. Arrival Guests should fly into Delhi, India.  If arriving a day earlier is cheaper, as it can be, assistance can be given to arrange an early arrival at the hotel in Delhi at cost. Airport transfers are included, you will be met upon arrival. Look for someone holding a sign-board with your name. We will all take the same flight in from Dubai, or will meet at the Holiday Inn – Delhi Airport on January 1st in Delhi on January 1st. If you are not flying with us, please plan to arrive by 3pm, or earlier if possible. Departure We will finish our tour in the evening on Jan 11. Please make sure your flights are booked for anytime on the 12th or later. There is a lot to see, so you may want to stay an extra day or two. If you plan on having travel dates that differ from the set tour dates, please make sure you inform us when you book so we can provide assistance. Flights Once all guests are confirmed, we will all book Jet Airways flight 545 from DXB to Delhi at 2:35pm on January 1.  If this flight changes in cost or fills up, an alternative flight will be suggested.  Guests who do not arrive on this flight can meet us at the Holiday Inn – New Delhi Airport on January 1st.  The cost of the flight is approximately USD230 as a one way and USD350 if booked as a roundtrip. These flight costs are a guideline only! Visas Visa-free entry: Citizens of the following countries do not require visas to enter India (unless arriving from mainland China), and may remain in the country without any limit of stay:
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
Travelers possessing a Persons of Indian Origin Card (PIO), provided they are not a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. Visa on arrival: Citizens of the following countries are granted visa on arrival (unless they are of Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin) for a single stay up to 30 days in India when travelling as tourist or visiting family or friends:
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Finland
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Luxembourg
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Republic of Korea
  • Vietnam
This is applicable at the following airports: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram. Visa on arrival allows only a single entry and is issued maximum of two times in a calendar year, with a minimum gap of 60 days between each visit. Further Visa information here http://www.incredibleindia.org/en/india-essentials-travel-tip/travel-tips/getting-your-visa http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ Currency Currency is the Indian Rupee (INR). Everything will be priced in Rupees, so if you want to purchase gifts or souvenirs you may want to exchange money at the airport. Exchange rates vary, and are currently 61.65 INR= 1USD. There are 4 ATMs in Leh.  Sometimes power outages put them down, but they work pretty well.  Nonetheless, some extra cash should be brought from Dubai or Delhi just in case. Remember you must present your passport to exchange cash or travellers cheques at an official exchange. Safety New Delhi and Leh are extremely safe areas for tourists.  The biggest safety concerns that need to be taken into consideration are the cold and altitude.  We will spend two days in Leh with light activities to allow our bodies time to adjust to the altitude. Guests must pack appropriate cold weather gear for the days on the trek.  Certain items can be obtained in Leh should anything be forgotten. General Information * A packing list will be distributed prior to the trip to participants. * English is widely spoken. Photography Information Of course you will want to bring your camera, lenses, battery and charger, and memory cards!
  • The animals that we will be tracking are wild (it is not a zoo) so it is not possible (or safe) to get too close to them in many instances. A telephoto lens can be very helpful – one that zooms to 300mm (or more) would be ideal. If you don’t have one consider a 1.4x or 2.0x extender as a cheaper option to buying a new lens. You could also consider renting a super-telephoto ( 600mm-800mm) for the trip as we will have porters to handle the heavy gear.
  • For the sightseeing days a general purpose mid-range zoom or fast prime, depending on your preference would be ideal.
  • A polarizing filter can improve skies and reduce glare from snow and ice.
  • A monopod/tripod is recommended for the longer lenses.
  • If you’d like to review and edit your images while on the trip, please bring your laptop as well.
  • Please remember to keep ALL of your camera gear (except your tripod) in your carry-on baggage when you travel.
Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the government of Djibouti as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
POLAR BEARS OF THE ARCTIC

POLAR BEARS OF THE ARCTIC

The isolated wilderness of Northern Greenland will be our home for ten days as we track the mythical polar bear as it hunts along the ever-shifting ice floe edge. We will travel by snow mobile and, if necessary, dog sled and rely on the skills of the local Inuit trackers to guide us towards the winter feeding grounds of the polar bear.  Nights will be spent in the private home of our tracker with private bedrooms, comfortable beds, private bathrooms and plenty of heat. Musk ox, northern lights, seals and solitude are all also on the agenda.  We will be traveling in areas where few, if anyone, have ever visited on this journey of discovery. Please contact me for more information about this pioneering expedition. The Polar Bear The polar bear is the largest living terrestrial carnivore and is unequaled by any other living land predator in its enormous physical power.  Male can grow to weight in excess of 1500 lbs (700+ kgs).  It is listed as “vulnerable” with significant population declines due to global warming and human impact.  Little is known about the true extent of polar bear populations due to the remote nature of their habitat. Most bears spend many months at sea, enough to be regarding as “marine mammals”, and do their hunting along the ice edge with seal making up a majority of the bears diet. Unlike grizzly bears, polar bears are not territorial. Although stereotyped as being voraciously aggressive, they are normally cautious in confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight. Our aim is to have excellent, safe encounters with the bears of Greenland.  Bring your camera and pioneering sense of adventure! Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the government of Djibouti as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
Swim with Killer Whales - Iceland - Trip Detail

Killer Whales, Northern Lights and Ice Caves

The Land of Fire and Ice is our base as we venture offshore to photograph the mighty killer whale. In 2010 great shoals of herring appeared off of the coast of Iceland....and with the herring came the killer whales. We will be have our own chartered zodiac to get up close to the whales in their natural environment. Northern Lights As luck would have it, prime time for viewing killer whales in Iceland is also the best time of year for spotting the northern lights.  Iceland is squarely in the “aurora oval”, which is the world’s preeminent place to view the northern lights.  Picture Adventure has secured a professional Icelandic photographer who specializes in the northern lights to reveal the best locations in the area for viewing and photographing the show, as well as to share techniques for capturing fantastic photographs of this incredible phenomenon. Snorkel or Dive Between Continents If killer whales and northern lights are not enough to make this the most unique expedition of your life, we also spend a day SCUBA diving (for those certified) or snorkeling in one of the world’s most amazing locations, the rift between the North American continental plate and the Eurasian continental plate. This rift is separating at a rate of about 2 centimeters (.8 inches) per year and has filled with fresh water, making visibility so stunning that you can hardly tell you are underwater. Typically visibility is 100 meters (300 feet) or more. Ice Caves Iceland is home to some of the world's most spectacular ice caves that form in the winter.  We will be personally escorted through the best ice caves that form in the 2015 season. The Killer Whale The orca, or killer whale, is one of the ocean’s most striking and social inhabitants. A member of the oceanic dolphin family, killer whales are highly intelligent and are found in all of the world’s oceans. Male killer whales typically range from of six to eight meters (20 to 26 feet) and weigh in excess of 6 tons (12,000 pounds). Despite its massive size, the killer whale is among the fastest animals in the sea, reaching speeds of up to 56 km/h (35mph). I closely monitor the killer whale’s new location for winter feeding and identify where the killer whales are the most predictably spotted. Picture Adventure is joined by researchers and scientists as they gather information. Other possible sightings include minke whales and white-sided dolphin. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, Borderlands and other top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
Blue Whales Underwater - Sri Lanka - Home

BLUE WHALES UNDERWATER

Expedition of a Lifetime If you want to see and be photographed with blue whales underwater, this is the ultimate expedition for you. Patrick Dykstra was one of the first photographers to locate and interact with blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka following the nation’s civil war and he has developed an expertise that is unmatched when it comes to getting close encounters with the blue whales of Sri Lanka. Unrivaled Excellence Compare the photos taken by the Picture Adventure team over the past several years to any other photography team in the world’s portfolio of blue whale images (including National Geographic), and you understand why the Picture Adventure team has been asked by top researchers to assist in data collection and photo identification of blue whales. We simply have more experience than anyone else out there, which means you have the best opportunities to interact up close with the world’s largest animal. Personal Attention We have a maximum of four guests on this expedition and two boats.  Hosting only two guests per boat allows for the maximum number of whale encounters for each guest. Each day we are joined by a local Sri Lankan researcher who provides valuable and fascinating information on the whales of his country. Living the Good Life We stay at an excellent five star resort on the coast. Days are spent swimming in the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean and afternoons and evenings are spent relaxing on the beach, eating fresh seafood, taking surf lessons, and seeing unique sites along Sri Lanka’s coast. Detour To witness the world’s largest marine animal and the world’s largest land animal on the same expedition, detour and spend three days comfortably kayaking a remote section of Sri Lanka’s Mahawali River where you spot wild elephants from your kayak. No previous kayak experience is necessary. Amazing Diversity Although blue whales are the focus of the expedition, the group may well swim with huge pods of 16-meter+ sperm whales (the largest of the toothed whales), spinner dolphins, white risso dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, sea turtles, sailfish, and marlin. All of these have been spotted during past expeditions. Incredible Encounters There are no guarantees with wild animals, and these are some of the most challenging in the world to approach, but Picture Adventure has an unprecedented success rate given our commitment to research, training and proper equipment. The Blue Whale The blue whale is the largest animal to ever inhabit the planet. It is more massive than even the largest dinosaur discovered so far. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a car and its tongue weighs as much as an elephant. The subspecies present in Sri Lanka grows up to 24 meters (79 feet) in length. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, Borderlands and other top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
SARDINE RUN

SARDINE RUN

Witness one of the world’s greatest migrations as millions of sardines travel up the Wild Coast of South Africa...followed by thousands of dolphins, sharks, whales, seals, diving birds and more.  It’s a spectacle like no other on Earth, and we will spend seven days scuba diving and snorkeling in the heart of this wildlife bonanza. Each morning our microlight will take flight to spot the migrating shoals of sardines from the air before we set out in our private twin engine zodiac to get in amongst the action.  We will stay out as long as the action, and our memory cards, last before returning to the comforts of our coastal lodge to reminisce and plan for the next day. The Sardine Run requires good aerial support, a little luck, a good boat captain and quick responses to get good encounters.  In 2014 we had great success, please see the photos and video on Picture Adventure’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pictureadventureexpeditions).  We expect 2015 to be the same or better, although nothing is guaranteed. We have secured the best boat captain in South Africa to do the driving for us and he will drop us in the prime locations.  There are cheaper ways to do the Sardine Run, but there are not any better ways to do it than with Picture Adventure! The Sardine Run The peak of the Sardine Run is generally in late June and early July, depending upon your location along the South African coast.  The run occurs when when billions of sardines, anchovies and other fish spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. The vast number of fish creates a feeding frenzy along the coastline and is joined by dusky sharks, dolphins, humpback and Bryde’s whales, cape gannets and other predators. In terms of biomass, researchers estimate the sardine run could rival East Africa's great wildebeest migration, although the sardine run is still relatively poorly understood. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the government of Djibouti as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
SCUBA DIVE WITH NILE CROCODILES

SCUBA DIVE WITH NILE CROCODILES

For only a few weeks each year the Okavango Delta flushes with cold clear water as the rains flow down from the Angola heights.  This, combined with a cool ambient air temperature, gives us the conditions to do what was once thought to be impossible, to dive safely with Nile crocodiles.   The window of opportunity is short, and this trip is only open to experienced scuba divers.  However, if you are confident in your diving skills, this is a groundbreaking expedition that will leave you with incredible memories and photographs from the heart of Africa. A maximum of three guests will be brought on this expedition. The Nile Crocodile Africa’s largest crocodilian, Nile crocodiles can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length and can weigh up to 1,650 lbs (225 kgs).  Nile crocodiles feed mainly on fish, although they will attack the occasional mammal at the water’s edge when given the chance.  We, however, will stay away from the water’s edge and will instead be on the river bottom and out of harm’s way. Our Expedition You will be picked up at Maun Airport and transported to our lodge where we will spend our first night. The following morning we will be picked up and head into the delta to our remote campsite.  We will spend the next five days diving in the delta with Nile crocodiles and photographing fish eagles and other impressive bird species.  Each person will have a comfortable tent with its own facilities. There will also be a “kitchen” tent where the chef will prepare our food as well as a charging tent for our electronic equipment. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the governments of Djibouti and Sri Lanka as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  
pat and henry with tail

SWIM WITH SPERM WHALES

Spend a week in the idyllic tropical paradise of Dominica…while seeking close encounters with the largest carnivore on Earth, the sperm whale.   Sperm whales pose no danger to humans, and are in fact one of the easiest whales to approach.  At over 20 meters in length, these gentle giants congregate in large numbers in the warm Dominican waters each winter. We have been issued one of the very few permits that allows us to approach, and enter the water with, the sperm whales.  We will also seek to find orca, dolphins, and any other creatures that the ocean should share with us. I will accompany you on your journey so that you are sure to capture the best possible images and you will also have access to Picture Adventure’s professional underwater equipment and assistance in maximizing the capabilities of your personal gear. We will also be accompanied by Andrew Armour, known locally as the “whale whisperer” for his ability to read whale behavior and to interact with them.  Andrew’s expertise will be vital in helping ensure quality interactions. The Sperm Whale The whale behind the legend of Moby Dick, the carnivorous sperm whale often dives to depths of up to 3280 ft (1000 meters) to feed on giant squid in the darkness of the lower ocean.   During the whaling era sperm whales were feared for their propensity to ram and sink ships when injured.   We will only be approaching sperm whales with our cameras and they are quite docile around people (who aren’t trying to harpoon them). Adult male sperm whales average at 52 ft (16 meters) in length, but some may reach 67 ft (20.5 meters.  The head of a sperm whale accounts for nearly one-third of its overall length. Picture Adventure has many years of experience in swimming with and photographing sperm whales including in the Azores, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean, as well as in other locations around the globe.  The team ensures that you are in the best possible location at the right time to maximize the chances of great encounters and amazing photographs. Picture Adventure Expeditions Picture Adventure hosts a very small number of guests on bold “expeditions of a lifetime”. Each Picture Adventure expedition is highly customized and often requires working in close partnership with top researchers to ensure that we are on the vanguard of what the natural world has to offer. Patrick Dykstra, an accomplished photographer with clients including Emirates Airlines, the government of Djibouti as well as top global brands, designs and leads each journey to ensure that guests capture excellent photos and video, as well as advance their imaging skills. In addition, a goal of each expedition is to capture memorable photos and video of the guests enjoying their unique adventure.  

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