Photography program with katsuyoshi tanaka

The remote territories of South America are the perfect backdrop for any photographer’s creations: an infinite array of chromatic variations and extreme contrasts. Our upcoming photography programs will take place in Torres del Paine and Atacama.

patagonia_photo_program_Explora, patagonia

The remote territories of South America are the perfect backdrop for any photographer’s creations: an infinite array of chromatic variations and extreme contrasts.

This once in a lifetime experience will provide you the opportunity to capture amazing images in some of South America’s most amazing landscapes while refining your photographic skills and technique.

This program is designed for photographers of all skills and experience – anyone who has a passion for photography, nature and adventure.

Explora offer this in collaboration with the photographer Katsuyoshi Tanaka and Nikon, the world’s leading imagining company.

Language: English

Date: April 14 to 24, 2022

For more information on our programs, please contact our reservation team at reserve@explora.com or call +56 2 2395 2800.

atacama_photo_program_Explora, Atacama

THIS PROGRAMS INCLUDES

• Airport transfers to and from both Explora hotels

• Accomodation: 5 nights in Explora in Torres del Paine and 4 nights in Explora in Atacama.

• All meals

• Open bar

• Daily explorations

• Entrance to national parks and reserves

*Not included: airfares, hotel expenses in Santiago, phone calls from Explora hotels, massages, fine wine menu.

A native of Japan, Katsuyoshi Tanaka, relocated to New York in 1993. After working as an assistant for a National Geographic photographer, he began his freelance career in 1995. Since then he has been involved in various projects for magazines, books and exhibitions in the U.S., Japan and many other countries.

He travels extensively in Europe and South America where he has been documenting traditional cultures and lifestyles such as bullfighters in Spain, Inca descendants in Peru, and mixed races and cultures in Brazil. He has also documented social issues such as School Reform in the United States and America’s Prison System.

In recent years, he has photographed various performing arts such as classical ballet, modern dance companies and opera theaters. He held a series of photo exhibitions of American Ballet Theatre (in Tokyo, New York, and Alexandria, Virginia). He also held an exhibit on Tango Argentina at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. in 2007 with full support from American Red Cross.

In 2008, he was assigned to photograph Cirque du Soleil, world-famous performance group based in Canada, when they opened their residential show in Tokyo.

Tanaka started taking photos of people and nature throughout Brazil in 2001. In February 2011, he published a photography book, “BRAZIL – The Poetry of Diversity” with full sponsorship form Nikon Inc. Tanaka started documenting Chile in 2005. He was fascinated by the grandeur of the landscape and has been frequently traveling to Patagonia, Atacama Desert, Easter Island and the high plateau in the Andes with the support from Explora.

To view his work, visit his website: www.katsutanakaphotography.com.

TORRES DEL PAINE

Torres del Paine, Chile, the southernmost tip of the world, is the most spectacular place for photography. In every corner, you’ll find an unimaginable landscape and with every passing minute, you will see dramatic change of color and light. This workshop will take you to the rugged mountains, gigantic glaciers and crystal clear volcanic lakes of Patagonia where you will also encounter iconic local figures, the gauchos, riding horses on the vast prairie.

DAY 1

Depart Santiago early morning to Punta Arenas.

Transfer from the airport in Punta Arenas to Explora, situated in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. The Explora team will welcome you to the lodge and show you the rooms.

You’ll meet the photographer and leader of the expedition, Katsuyoshi Tanaka, along with the Explora’s guide to discuss the program.

Late afternoon, we will start photographing the massive mountains in the park. Welcome slide presentation and lecture at night.

DAY 2

Sunrise and lakes: The finest landscape in Torres del Paine National Park, with an astonishing array of mountains and lakes, can be found right in front of the lodge. Wake up early in the morning and you will be able to appreciate the spectacle of the sunrise in Patagonia. During this session, you will learn how to capture the changing light, color and ambience as the sun rises.

In the morning, you’ll photograph the magnificent color of the lakes surrounding the lodge and will learn how to frame images with various natural elements to add patterns, shapes and colors (Lake Pehoe and/or Nordenskjold).

Grey Glacier: This exploration will take you by boat to Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves. (Please note: the boat trip is dependent on weather conditions).

DAY3

Quincho & Gaucho culture: In the morning you will head to the Explora Quincho to get a closer look at the local gauchos. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to take portraits and interactive photos.

Encounter wildlife: During the afternoon, we will venture into the Nordenskjold Field. Great opportunity to photograph wildlife including herds of Guanaco and wild birds.

DAY 4

French Valley: This is a full day exploration that combines both adventure and photography. We will leave Explora by boat (30 min.) and then walk along the undulating trail that borders Lakes Pehoe and Skottsberg. There are spectacular views of the two lakes, Paine Grande Mountain and the Paine Horns. We then cross the hanging bridge over the French River for the view of French Glacier.

DAY 5

Micro nature: In the morning, we will head to the wetland area to capture the variety of vegetation, learning micro photography. Other choice of trekking is available depending on the weather condition and guests’ interest.

Run, run, run ! : Horses will be your best companions in Torres del Paine and they will certainly add a graceful touch to landscape photography. During this exploration, you will be able to capture them while riding through the fields. If you are up to it, you can even ride yourself!

DAY 6

Leaving the hotel in the morning, we will take the flight back to Santiago, and stay overnight at a hotel in Santiago airport.

ATACAMA

Atacama, Chile, so called the driest desert in the world”, is one of the most remote and hidden treasures in South America; another dream place for photography. You will photograph the sharp contrast between sun and shadow, extreme nature in the desolate desert and soundless valleys deep in the Andes Mountains. Atacama also boasts some of the world’s clearest skies and is famous for the stargazing. You will try some astrophotography.

DAY 7

Depart Santiago early morning to Atacama.

Transfer from the airport in Calama to Explora Atacama’s Hotel de Larache, 1.5 hour drive by van. The Explora Atacama team will welcome you to the lodge and show you the rooms.

Sunset at Moon Valley: Program starts with the stunning view of the desert, mountains at Moon Valley, the best spot to photograph the sunset. Learn how to capture and control the changing light, color and ambience as the sun sets.

Dinner, welcome slide presentation and initial lecture.

DAY 8

Sunrise in the Cactus Field: Depart the hotel early, head to the valley with gigantic cactus and golden pampas grass, then capture the first rays of sunrise hitting the rugged hills. The narrow trail along the stream, will take you to the little waterfall, source of life and treasure in the desert.

Town of San Pedro de Atacama: After breakfast, you will visit, San Pedro de Atacama, the oasis town filled with beautiful adobe houses and old style church; capture the local lives and practice street photography.

Lunch and break

Atacama Salt Flat: With 1 hour drive to Laguna Chaxa, the center of Atacama Salt Flat, you will see the unbelievable landscape with white salt crystals and deep blue water. At the end of the day, the whole area turns orange and presents a stunning sunset view. Perfect image will be completed with the bright pink flamingos flying over in your frame.

DAY 9

Geyser fields: Pre-dawn departure to the Tatio Geysers, highest altitude geyser in the world. Get a closer look at these incredible erupting springs and learn how to capture the back-lit vapor and the splash of the water.

Hot springs on your own: Lunch break at Puritama Hot Spring, the outdoor spa area operated by Explora hotel in the middle of valley. Perfect spot to relax and enjoy the pristine moment after a demanding exploration.

Wildlife in High Plateau: The typical high plateau in the Andes is called Altiplano where you can capture breathtaking landscapes with extensive hills, mountains and volcanic lakes. You can also photograph wide variety of birds and wildlife along the way.

DAY 10

Altiplano Lakes: This is a full day exploration with fantastic opportunities for landscape photography. You will visit the volcanic lakes and salt flats in the Andes. You will learn how to position yourself to capture the vastness of the scenes and choose the right lens for high impact pictures.

DAY 11

Leaving the hotel around noon, we will take the flight back to Santiago, then connecting the flight back home.

 

*The itineraries are subject to modified and changed. We will try all our effort to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur based on the weather and other conditions.

Recommended clothing:

See here what to pack to Torres del Paine. And here for Atacama.

Equipment and further recommendations:

These expeditions are designed for photographers of any level that are passionate for photography, nature and adventure. We highly recommend that participants bring a digital camera, tripod and their own laptop computer with software for organizing and submitting photos as we have daily critique sessions. Both in Torres del Paine and Atacama, we will have Nikon camera equipment available for your use upon request. Please contact for the detail.

Staff:

Our expeditions are led by NY based photographer and Latin America specialist Katsuyoshi Tanaka, who has traveled extensively in both Patagonia and Atacama. One of Explora’s bilingual guides will accompany you as well on each exploration, introducing you the history, flora & fauna, geography and other key features of the area. All of the Explora guides have advanced level Wilderness First Responder certification and always carry a radio and emergency kit with them.

  • A native of Japan, Katsuyoshi Tanaka, relocated to New York in 1993. After working as an assistant for a National Geographic photographer, he began his freelance career in 1995. Since then he has been involved in various projects for magazines, books and exhibitions in the U.S., Japan and many other countries.

    He travels extensively in Europe and South America where he has been documenting traditional cultures and lifestyles such as bullfighters in Spain, Inca descendants in Peru, and mixed races and cultures in Brazil. He has also documented social issues such as School Reform in the United States and America’s Prison System.

    In recent years, he has photographed various performing arts such as classical ballet, modern dance companies and opera theaters. He held a series of photo exhibitions of American Ballet Theatre (in Tokyo, New York, and Alexandria, Virginia). He also held an exhibit on Tango Argentina at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. in 2007 with full support from American Red Cross.

    In 2008, he was assigned to photograph Cirque du Soleil, world-famous performance group based in Canada, when they opened their residential show in Tokyo.

    Tanaka started taking photos of people and nature throughout Brazil in 2001. In February 2011, he published a photography book, “BRAZIL – The Poetry of Diversity” with full sponsorship form Nikon Inc. Tanaka started documenting Chile in 2005. He was fascinated by the grandeur of the landscape and has been frequently traveling to Patagonia, Atacama Desert, Easter Island and the high plateau in the Andes with the support from Explora.

    To view his work, visit his website: www.katsutanakaphotography.com.

  • TORRES DEL PAINE

    Torres del Paine, Chile, the southernmost tip of the world, is the most spectacular place for photography. In every corner, you’ll find an unimaginable landscape and with every passing minute, you will see dramatic change of color and light. This workshop will take you to the rugged mountains, gigantic glaciers and crystal clear volcanic lakes of Patagonia where you will also encounter iconic local figures, the gauchos, riding horses on the vast prairie.

    DAY 1

    Depart Santiago early morning to Punta Arenas.

    Transfer from the airport in Punta Arenas to Explora, situated in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. The Explora team will welcome you to the lodge and show you the rooms.

    You’ll meet the photographer and leader of the expedition, Katsuyoshi Tanaka, along with the Explora’s guide to discuss the program.

    Late afternoon, we will start photographing the massive mountains in the park. Welcome slide presentation and lecture at night.

    DAY 2

    Sunrise and lakes: The finest landscape in Torres del Paine National Park, with an astonishing array of mountains and lakes, can be found right in front of the lodge. Wake up early in the morning and you will be able to appreciate the spectacle of the sunrise in Patagonia. During this session, you will learn how to capture the changing light, color and ambience as the sun rises.

    In the morning, you’ll photograph the magnificent color of the lakes surrounding the lodge and will learn how to frame images with various natural elements to add patterns, shapes and colors (Lake Pehoe and/or Nordenskjold).

    Grey Glacier: This exploration will take you by boat to Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves. (Please note: the boat trip is dependent on weather conditions).

    DAY3

    Quincho & Gaucho culture: In the morning you will head to the Explora Quincho to get a closer look at the local gauchos. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to take portraits and interactive photos.

    Encounter wildlife: During the afternoon, we will venture into the Nordenskjold Field. Great opportunity to photograph wildlife including herds of Guanaco and wild birds.

    DAY 4

    French Valley: This is a full day exploration that combines both adventure and photography. We will leave Explora by boat (30 min.) and then walk along the undulating trail that borders Lakes Pehoe and Skottsberg. There are spectacular views of the two lakes, Paine Grande Mountain and the Paine Horns. We then cross the hanging bridge over the French River for the view of French Glacier.

    DAY 5

    Micro nature: In the morning, we will head to the wetland area to capture the variety of vegetation, learning micro photography. Other choice of trekking is available depending on the weather condition and guests’ interest.

    Run, run, run ! : Horses will be your best companions in Torres del Paine and they will certainly add a graceful touch to landscape photography. During this exploration, you will be able to capture them while riding through the fields. If you are up to it, you can even ride yourself!

    DAY 6

    Leaving the hotel in the morning, we will take the flight back to Santiago, and stay overnight at a hotel in Santiago airport.

    ATACAMA

    Atacama, Chile, so called the driest desert in the world”, is one of the most remote and hidden treasures in South America; another dream place for photography. You will photograph the sharp contrast between sun and shadow, extreme nature in the desolate desert and soundless valleys deep in the Andes Mountains. Atacama also boasts some of the world’s clearest skies and is famous for the stargazing. You will try some astrophotography.

    DAY 7

    Depart Santiago early morning to Atacama.

    Transfer from the airport in Calama to Explora Atacama’s Hotel de Larache, 1.5 hour drive by van. The Explora Atacama team will welcome you to the lodge and show you the rooms.

    Sunset at Moon Valley: Program starts with the stunning view of the desert, mountains at Moon Valley, the best spot to photograph the sunset. Learn how to capture and control the changing light, color and ambience as the sun sets.

    Dinner, welcome slide presentation and initial lecture.

    DAY 8

    Sunrise in the Cactus Field: Depart the hotel early, head to the valley with gigantic cactus and golden pampas grass, then capture the first rays of sunrise hitting the rugged hills. The narrow trail along the stream, will take you to the little waterfall, source of life and treasure in the desert.

    Town of San Pedro de Atacama: After breakfast, you will visit, San Pedro de Atacama, the oasis town filled with beautiful adobe houses and old style church; capture the local lives and practice street photography.

    Lunch and break

    Atacama Salt Flat: With 1 hour drive to Laguna Chaxa, the center of Atacama Salt Flat, you will see the unbelievable landscape with white salt crystals and deep blue water. At the end of the day, the whole area turns orange and presents a stunning sunset view. Perfect image will be completed with the bright pink flamingos flying over in your frame.

    DAY 9

    Geyser fields: Pre-dawn departure to the Tatio Geysers, highest altitude geyser in the world. Get a closer look at these incredible erupting springs and learn how to capture the back-lit vapor and the splash of the water.

    Hot springs on your own: Lunch break at Puritama Hot Spring, the outdoor spa area operated by Explora hotel in the middle of valley. Perfect spot to relax and enjoy the pristine moment after a demanding exploration.

    Wildlife in High Plateau: The typical high plateau in the Andes is called Altiplano where you can capture breathtaking landscapes with extensive hills, mountains and volcanic lakes. You can also photograph wide variety of birds and wildlife along the way.

    DAY 10

    Altiplano Lakes: This is a full day exploration with fantastic opportunities for landscape photography. You will visit the volcanic lakes and salt flats in the Andes. You will learn how to position yourself to capture the vastness of the scenes and choose the right lens for high impact pictures.

    DAY 11

    Leaving the hotel around noon, we will take the flight back to Santiago, then connecting the flight back home.

     

    *The itineraries are subject to modified and changed. We will try all our effort to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur based on the weather and other conditions.

  • Recommended clothing:

    See here what to pack to Torres del Paine. And here for Atacama.

    Equipment and further recommendations:

    These expeditions are designed for photographers of any level that are passionate for photography, nature and adventure. We highly recommend that participants bring a digital camera, tripod and their own laptop computer with software for organizing and submitting photos as we have daily critique sessions. Both in Torres del Paine and Atacama, we will have Nikon camera equipment available for your use upon request. Please contact for the detail.

    Staff:

    Our expeditions are led by NY based photographer and Latin America specialist Katsuyoshi Tanaka, who has traveled extensively in both Patagonia and Atacama. One of Explora’s bilingual guides will accompany you as well on each exploration, introducing you the history, flora & fauna, geography and other key features of the area. All of the Explora guides have advanced level Wilderness First Responder certification and always carry a radio and emergency kit with them.

TESTIMONIALS

“Katsu is not just a master photographer, but a great passionate teacher. I have been taking pictures all my life and learned more than 10 days with him than I learned in decades.” – Hakam Kayasseh, TX USA.

“It’s a five star program filled with adventure, the best instructor, personal attention, and some of the most beautiful places on earth! It is an opportunity to do what you dream of.” – James Martellotti. Tustin, CA.