Oct 2014 Workshop: Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island, Hawaii (HI), USA

Location:  Kona/Hilo – Big Island, Hawaii
Date:  October 19-25, 2014

Arrival: October 19, 2014 – Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Departure:  October 25, 2014 – Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

Price: $3000 (Double Occupancy), $3600 (Single Occupancy)

Deposit $1,000.00 USDRemaining Balance (Dbl Occupancy) $2,000.00 USDRemaining Balance (Single Occupancy) $2,600.00 USDFull Tuition (Dbl Occupancy) $3,000.00 USDFull Tuition (Single Occupancy) $3,600.00 USD


Come join Colby Brown, Varina Patel, and Jay Patel as we explore the Big Island of Hawaii! This 6-day, educational photography workshop will take you from the beautiful beaches of Kona, to the steaming landscapes of Volcanoes National Park, and into the lush rain forests of Hilo. If the volcanoes are active, and the lava is accessible, we will be photographing the active lava flow as well!

What to expect:

The Big Island is the largest of several volcanic islands that form the state of Hawaii. Home to Kīlauea – one of world’s most active volcanoes – the Big Island offers a wealth of photographic opportunities. Black sand beaches, vibrant rain forests, barren lava fields, sloping mountainsides… there are very few places in the world that can match the natural diversity of Big Island. Students can look forward to the challenge of photographing a variety of exotic and beautiful locations as we explore the southern and eastern parts of the Big Island. If conditions are right, students may even have the opportunity of a lifetime… the chance to photograph an active lava flow!*

*Unfortunately, your intrepid Instructors can not control the forces of nature. We will photograph lava only if conditions are right, and we can access it without putting students, guides, or instructors at risk. Your safety is our paramount concern.

Workshop Price and Deposit

The workshop fee of $3600 is based on double occupancy. A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due by June 1st, 2014.

Please Note: A limited number of spots are available for this trip. Please sign up early to secure your place!

What is included

    • All Ground Transportation once you arrive on the Big Island
    • All Lodging (Price based on Double Occupancy)
    • Daily Breakfast
    • All Permits and fees for Lava Tours and National Park Access

 What is NOT included

    • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Flights and Travel Expenses for your trip to and from the Big Island. (Students are responsible for booking and paying for your flights. Be sure to notify instructors of your arrival and departure times. We will transport you to and from the airport.)
    • Travel & Medical Insurance

Refund Policy

    • Initial Deposit: Fully refundable up to 30 days after deposit of funds
    • Cancellation more than 120 Days (four months) before the workshop begins: 75% Balance Refund
    • Workshop spaces can be transferred at any time before the workshop begins

Workshop Leaders

  • Colby Brown:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Colby Brown is an acclaimed professional photographer, photo educator, and author based in Denver, Colorado. He specializes in landscape, travel, and humanitarian photography.
  • Jay Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Jay Patel is a professional photographer, and a highly-regarded photography instructor. His photographs feature rich, vibrant colors, intricate details, and the broad range of light found in nature.
  • Varina Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Varina Patel is a professional nature photographer, a prolific writer, and a dedicated photo educator. Her portfolio highlights the intricate beauty of the natural world – from minimalist landscapes to macro photography.

Explore the Big Island

3 replies
  1. Richard Harrison
    Richard Harrison says:

    I’m curious if space still remains and too if a daily agenda has been worked out that you can share? Also it appears flights are to Kona and out are from Hilo. Is that correct? Since you’re supplying ground transportation it would be nice to know the intended in-out spots.

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Yes – that’s absolutely correct, Richard… you’ll want to fly into Kona, and out of Hilo. Our daily agenda will be determined based upon weather conditions and sky cover. We do our best to put the group in the best place at the best time to get the best possible chance of getting great shots. So, we don’t provide a specific agenda. Our plans will change at the drop of a hat if conditions change suddenly – so we ask our students to be flexible and ready for anything! And we do have a few spots left. :) I hope you’ll join us!


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