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3 Day Wildlife Photography Cruise
Join professional wildlife photographer Bart Rulon and Puget Sound Express on a special 3 day wildlife photography expedition focused on whales and other wildlife in and around the San Juan Islands, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca!
This photography workshop is geared toward serious photographers who want to spend the extra time with whales in order to get the best shots.
Our cruise connects you in the best location in the continental United States for humpback whale and transient killer whale sightings, and we also usually see resident killer whales and minke whales. We can expect to see harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles and a variety of other wildlife.
This expedition is limited to 8 participants (plus up to 4 non-participating spouses) in order to optimize room for photography, and one on one photo instruction time. Our boat will be the Glacier Spirit, and your captain will be veteran whale watching captain, Pete Hanke – who is an accomplished photographer in his own right.
Our primary focus during this trip will be helping you take ideal shots of whales and other wildlife. With over 46 years of combined whale watching/photography experience between Bart and Pete, you’ll be in the best hands possible to get lined up with the right light for photography and with the most photogenic whales we can find.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this trip is that we will have the extra time needed to take advantage of the most ideal wildlife opportunities that become available during each day and we won’t have to leave when things get good! Our goal with this expedition is to help you become a better photographer. You’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with Bart, so no matter what your particular area of focus (equipment, workflow, exposure, animal behavior, etc) you’ll have extensive opportunity to work on it with one of the nation’s finest wildlife photographers.
We’ll depart from the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. We’ll spend daytime hours onboard the 70-seat Glacier Spirit. This is the most comfortable boat in the entire Pacific NW whale watching fleet. Each photographer will have their own dedicated table and booth for the duration of the trip – and there are easy-to-navigate decks with rails around the entire boat – it’s a perfect boat for photography.
We’ll have breakfast and lunch on-board, and evenings will be spent at luxurious Roche Harbor Resort on the north end of San Juan Island. Dinner is at your own discretion and preference at Roche Harbor.
The itinerary is fluid – we want to get you into the best possible situations for wildlife photography. That said, we expect to make it back to Port Townsend by 4pm.
Bart Rulon’s award winning art and photographs have been shown in over 60 museums in North America and abroad, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Bart has written and illustrated 5 books about his photography and art, published by North Light Books, and he has been a contributing author/artist/photographer in over 10 additional books.
He teaches at the University of Washington and was awarded their “Teaching Excellence Award” in 2009. After overwhelming demand from fellow photographers, Bart started leading wildlife photography tours to some of his favorite spots both local and exotic!
Rulon’s travels have taken him to new places every year including long photography trips to Africa, India, South America, Alaska, and Costa Rica, and he has been all over the contiguous United States and Canada. He’s inspired to share his experiences with the rest of the world through his photography, and art. After a life changing kayak trip in the San Juan Islands where he came across J-pod killer whales, Bart realized that he should also be spending more time with the amazing animals that were right in his backyard! As a result he has spent thousands of days on the water over the last 16 years photographing and studying the whales of the Pacific Northwest. He has a thorough knowledge of the local whales and wildlife and enjoys sharing that with everyone.
Bart moved to Washington State in 1991 after graduating from the University of Kentucky, to start a career as a professional wildlife photographer and artist. He was quickly captivated by the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest after spending a couple of summers on Whidbey Island between college semesters.
Rulon’s interest in animals started at a very young age. As a kid Bart would spend most of his days outside investigating all the local animals in the neighborhood pond, in the woods, under rocks, or wherever he went. Weekly fishing trips with his dad and brother were great opportunities to explore. He would spend hours watching Mutual of Omaha’s wild Kingdom, and National Geographic specials on TV as he drew all the exotic animals they featured. Bart was particularly interested in whales and the animals of Africa, and India, especially the wild cats. Little did he know that later in life he would travel to those exotic places, and live in an area where he could see the very same animals in person! These would become some of the most profound moments of his life!