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Spend a week in Panama with Panama born and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Essdras M Suarez and truly SEE Panama!
Washington Photo Safari is excited to announce our collaboration with EMS Photo Adventures for an upcoming weeklong photo program in Panama in April 17-24 of 2020: A LENS ON PANAMA, designed by one of most popular WPS instructors, Panama born and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Essdras M Suarez. He created a LENS ON PANAMA with photographers in mind.
Come and join a small group of photographers in this colorful adventure and truly SEE Panama and experience its variety of climate, flora, fauna, landscape, culinary delights, and of its rich cultural history and its indigenous ethnic groups through a local’s know-how approach.
During this program, you’ll learn how to better your skills in Travel Photography, Street Photography, Portrait Photography, Nature and Landscape Photography, Macro Photography and even some Food Photography.
City of Panama and surrounds
Chiriqui Highlands and Town of Boquete
As we learn about Panama’s culture we will expand our photographic knowledge and practice.
Instruction will cover quality of light, light origination angles and their effects on the resulting images, proper exposure and metering for specific results, and we will discuss and practice the different kind of focusing modes.
While in the field, we will discuss perspective, composition, and techniques such as panning, freezing, motion blurs, and the ways to predict action and how best to capture those moments.
There will be no more than 12 photographers on this safari, so we urge you to make your $800 deposit to EMS Photo Adventures as soon as possible, the deadline is December 15, 2019
The estimated air travel cost to Panama City, Panama (PTY):
NY: JFK – Panama City, Panama: $798
Dulles to PTY: COPA $572
Atlanta to PTY: Delta $752
Orlnado to PTY: COPA $356
Miami to PTY: COPA $367
If you want to learn more about your photo mentor/ instructor: Essdras M Suarez
With Essdras and his team not only would you get hands-on, real-time instruction while on-site, but you will also get a photo slideshow presentation while in the country of the things and places you have both seen together. He also regularly offers constructive critique of the participant’s work while on location.
Here is what some of his clients have had to say about his instruction:
“You are a natural teacher and I am so glad I was able to have the opportunity to take this class! The word will spread quickly about you! Thanks so much.”
“Essdras has a unique ability to put his audience not only on the scene but behind the lens of his camera. He is able to make you comprehend the context of a photo so vividly that it makes you feel as if you are actually there. He makes it feel real. Essdras explains so humanely the technical elements required to take a world-class photo, that you realize that what the photo conveys it’s so real it will stay captured forever. To this day, many years after, I think of Essdras presentation, his photos and the context that lead to it.”
“Everyone in the group had a great time and learned a lot. You not only have a great deal of knowledge that you share but really take the time to make sure everyone is getting the most out of the experience with individual help. I really liked the “assignments” and feedback in real-time. As I look back over the photos, I can remember what you were stretching us to achieve.”
“This was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. Our leader Essdras was outstanding and was able to provide an insight into the Cuban culture that was unique and fascinating. If you take this trip, expect to be shoved out of your comfort zone, in a very good way. As I said on the previous page, easily the best group leader I’ve ever traveled with, including those from National Geographic and Smithsonian. In addition, a wonderful photography teacher.”
“Excellent trip! great photo ops and instruction. Was truly set up for photographers. Were taken to the right place at the right time with ample time to shoot and explore. Professional guides were better than excellent and were totally connected to the locals. Paladars and accommodations were wonderful… I also like spontaneous adventures – a trip to the barbershop on a very hot day. Nice hair cuts for Ess and Steve as well as continued instructions by Ess on things to photograph and how to do it.”
And here is a link to the photos of Panama that you can take while on this trip: LENS ON PANAMA
Meet staff at Tocumen International Airport and be transported to Hotel Gamboa.
Essdras M Suarez is a Pulitzer Prize winner photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia who has had his images published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, NY Times, the Washington Post and many other publications.
He was a staff photographer at the Boston Globe until 2014. While there he received national and international accolades for his coverage of stories such as the Boston Bombing Marathon, which earned him to share in the 2013 Spot News Pulitzer. He also covered national stories such as Newtown Massacre, Tsunami aftermath, and Columbine Shooting where he earned his first Pulitzer. He is also well known and awarded for his portrait and travel photography.Early in his career as a photojournalist Suarez was well known as one of Nikon Legends. He is also a USDOS expert speaker in Photojournalism specializing in Latin America and he has worked in over 50 countries. He currently teaches photo workshops nationally and internationally with regular monthly workshops in Cuba from Nov-May.
In 2015, he became the Chief photographer for Million Eyez, an internet-based platform that allows photographers to input their photos into live articles.
Essdras was born in Panama and has been married for 25 years. He is a Bachelor of Science in Journalism graduate of the University of Florida, which also granted him an Alumnus of Distinction award in 2010.