Photo Trip to the Lakota Wolf Preserve October 12th

IMG_4660bOut most popular trip is coming around again. Join Bergen County Camera and Tamron on October 12, 2014 as we return to the Lakota Wolf Preserve.

Featuring numerous opportunities to get unobstructed pictures of the wolves in their natural settings. Since you will be photographing the wolves where they live, in a stress free environment, you will get the best possible photo opportunities. Come as close as 3-4 feet of the wolves during our private photography session.  We will end our morning at the Brook Hollow Winery for a wrap up session and complimentary wine tasting.

There will be a pre-trip lecture on Creating Great Images at Lakota Wolf in our Westwood store, the date is October 9th. The lecture will cover the layout and rules of Lakota, what to expect, what lenses are best suited, and how to get that great shot! The lecture will be presented by Tamron.IMG_4355b

Tamron will be providing free loaner lenses for Nikon, Canon, Sony, and even Pentax cameras. Bonus rebates on all current Tamron lenses will also be offered.

BCC will open a half hour before our 6:00 am bus departure for coffee, bagels and any last minute photography needs. Tickets are $250.00 each and include round trip bus transportation and admission. The bus will depart around 11:00am with a scheduled arrival of 1:00 pm back at the store. This trip is limited to 30 people so be sure to reserve early.

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite. 

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Bronx Zoo Trip

Join Bergen County Camera on Sunday, June 1, 2014, for a bus excursion from our store in Westwood to the world famous Bronx Zoo. The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the nation, with more than 6,000 animals and many award-winning exhibits. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to capture some stunning images of the large array of wild creatures. BCC staff will be available to assist you with your photography throughout the day.

BCC will open for a half hour before the 9:00am bus departure for coffee, bagels and any last minute photography needs. Tickets are $129.99 each and cover a pre-trip class on wildlife photography, round trip bus transportation, admission and lunch. The bus will leave about 4:30pm with a scheduled arrival of 6:00pm back at the store.

There will be a pre-trip lecture on wildlife photography in our Westwood store on Monday, May 19, 2014 from 7-8pm. The lecture will cover the layout and rules of the Bronx Zoo, tips for getting the best photos through glass, the best times to visit each exhibit and lots of other helpful information to get the most out of your time at the zoo.

Special Note: Tripods are not permitted in the Butterfly Zone and the Children’s Zoo. In Congo Gorilla Forest, tripods are not permitted in the Gorilla Tunnel area and in the front area of the Great Gorilla Gallery. Tripods may also be restricted in other Zoo exhibits, at the discretion of Zoo staff.

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Rockland Boulders Dug Out Meet-Up Trip

Join Bergen County Camera and Canon USA for an exciting opportunity to photograph a Rockland Boulders baseball game from the Dugout! We have reserved Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:30PM. This is a meet-up trip and does not include transportation.  Parking is $5 per vehicle. Ballpark food and refreshments will be served in the Dugout before the start of the game at 7PM.  Our group will have exclusive access to the Dugout right next to the Boulders dugout. Canon will have camera bodies and lenses for you to try out during the event. Representatives from Canon will be on hand to answer questions and help you get the best shots at the game. We will have a Canon printer set-up in the dugout to make a high quality print from you favorite image of the night!

A pre-trip lecture will be held in our Westwood store on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm. The pre-trip lecture will cover what you should expect, what to bring, and how to get the best shots! Tickets are $50 each and include access to the Dugout and ballpark refreshments. Tickets will be distributed at the Tuesday night class.  If you can’t make it please make arrangements to pick up your tickets at Bergen County Camera in Westwood before the trip. Tripods and monopods are recommended for this trip.

Canon has confirmed that we will have several telephoto lenses including the 400mm /5.6 L USM, 300mm /2.8L I.S. II USM, 200mm /2L IS USM, 70-200mm /2.8L I.S. II USM, 100-400mm /4.5-5.6L I.S. USM, 70-300mm /4-5.6L IS USM, 14mm /2.8L II USM, as well at the Canon 1DX, 6D, 5D Mark III, and 70D,  Rebel T5i all available to try out!

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Advanced Registration is Required.

Panama Photo Safari – Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge

Starting this September, Bergen County Camera is embarking on a Panama Photo Safari with award winning nature photographer Franklin Viola.  Here is a great video detailing some of the sights and adventures available around the Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge. For more information feel free to check out our original blog post or browse our other posts about the trip!

For more information on how to book this photo safari please contact Bergen County Camera.

Panama Photo Safari – About the Trip and Guide

On Sept. 14, I will be escorting and guiding Bergen County Camera’s Panama Photo Safari on a seven night, eight day adventure through Tranquilo Bay, Panama.  I will be accompanied by my longtime friend and BCC owner Tom Gramegna. He will be along to experience firsthand some of the amazing diversity of flora and fauna that Tranquilo Bay offers us. Here is some background on my history and experiences, and some of what you can expect when you join us for this exciting trip.




In 1994, the British Museum of Natural History recognized me as one of the top ten wildlife photographers of the year for an underwater image I captured of a spawning tube sponge off of Little Cayman Island. Unfortunately, I did not get to attend the ceremony in London as I was already committed to leading a photo safari through the Bay Islands of Honduras.




The “skinny” Americas have always been inviting to me, whether it be piloting a ship throughout her islands as a Merchant Marine officer (my first career), or scuba diving her spectacular reefs as a professional nature and travel photographer. My cameras have always discovering wondrous treasures, both natural and man-made, throughout Latin America.




I will be spending 6 months in Panama, staying at the Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge. It is perhaps the finest ‘built’ resort my 25 years of travel have revealed, and I will be spending my time there documenting some of the islands lush tropical vegetation, along with her encyclopedia of exotic animals from poison dart frogs to three-toed sloths.




Days here range from sun drenched and humid (though not stifling like my native Texas) to cool and wet when cumulus clouds nourish the jungle and its inhabitants. We will go birding, hiking, kayaking, beach combing, snorkeling, and sometimes we will just relax to slow down the pace with hanging porch hammocks, Hemingway novels and adult beverages.




Wait. Hear it? There in the mangroves. A white-faced capuchin monkey. Dust off your passport, pack your bags, get your binoculars and camera. We should get a great view on the boardwalk. Hope you may join Bergen County Camera and myself for one of our three Photo Safari Panama!

For more information on how to book this photo safari please contact Bergen County Camera.

See more of Franklin Viola’s “Photo of the Day” Panama at:

Lensbaby goes to Grounds For Sculpture

Sunday, April 14th, Bergen County Camera partnered with Lensbaby to create an unforgettable trip down to Hamilton New Jersey’s Grounds For Sculpture. Lensbaby provided lenses for the participants to walk around the gardens and explore their creativity with.

Lensbaby is a Portland, Oregon based company that launched in 2004. The idea of the Lensbaby started with a vacuum tube and has evolved throughout the years into eight different optics which each create a unique effect. See attached gallery for examples of images from the trip that were taken with several different optics.

Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre property located in Hamilton, New Jersey. It was the former location of the NJ State Fairgrounds and has been transformed into a array of sculptures, flowers, trees, and more for the public to wander and enjoy.

Click on an image below to see it larger and to see which Lensbaby optic the image was shot with.