THEY SAY ABOUT OUR ANPATS (Annual
Nikonians Photo Aventure Trips)
ANPAT is all about sharing, learning and inspiring, out in
the field. A great opportunity
to get out of your daily routine, and fully dedicate yourself
the company of
Nikonians. You will be tired when you come back -we shoot from
sunrise to sunset- but you will have a big smile on your
face from this wonderful experience where the laughs are
not scarce and the gorgeous images made by you ... seem to
has been most to rewarding to hear what
our own members have to say about our community. Our highest
appreciation to all of you.
they also have much to say about our Annual Nikonians Photo
Adventure Trips (ANPATs).
To our faithful ANPAT repeaters, thanks a lot.
Below a sample of their comments on our ANPATs.
may want to tell
a friend about our ANPATs.
huge vote of thanks to Chris, Glenda, Mark and everyone
else who put this event (3rd ANPAT) together. I was quite
impressed with the care and attention that went into making
it flow so smoothly. All in all, a very enjoyable week!
I've never been rained on together with a better bunch of
folks. It was a pleasure meeting everyone. Looking forward
to next year.
Bob Johnson (bobj), Nikonian in Seattle Washington, USA
Bob is now a full-time professional photographer
would like to echo the comments of the other participants
in the ANPAT, it was just a great time. Chris, Glenda
and Mark deserve a great deal of credit for making
us feel at home and working so hard to insure we came away
with some wonderful memories and hopefully great photos.
Thanks to each of you, and many thanks to all the Nikonians
who shared their knowledge and experience with those
us who needed help.
James Fitzgerald (JimFitz) A
New Jersey Nikonian USA
Jim has attended all ANPATs since
can I say? The ANPAT exceeded my expectations in every
way. I knew I would meet great people and have some
shooting locations, but it was even better than I expected.
I canít wait for next yearís ANPAT!
Jonathan Bloom (jbloom) A
Connecticut Nikonian USA
is by now another ANPAT frequent repeater.
trip will live forever in my head, and I must tell
that my wife (who is not a photographer) was extremely
envious after all the stories I told her.
comes all the way from Israel to join us at the ANPATs and
has since also attended other Nikonians Workshops in
Rimon Rafiah (Rimon), Nikonian in Jerusalem, Israel
folks. I had a great time on the trip. I learned
about equipment, techniques, and visions to a certain extent.
I agree with Chuck, learning how others-see is very
and deserves more attention. In the future we'll have to
explore that, both on-line and the real-world.
(N80), Nikonian in South Carolina, USA
guys: What a trip! (1st ANPAT) The Nantahala National
Forest received us with the best of its palette of
colors. My granddaughter,
with her huge eyes in awe just said: "Not even in
my dreams I have imagined such falls". Neither
did I know I could photograph them like that, thanks
to fellow ANPAT goers. Our special thanks to
Doug and Duck for an splendid job as guides and coaches
and for the non-stop laughter. Now let's make it a
Ramon Palacios (jrp), Nikonian in Mexico
one of our two founders, has been faithful to his
promise and makes sure an ANPAT is organized every
year. He has only missed ANPAT 9th.
I am in Denver (after the 4th ANPAT) for a good night's
I head back home tomorrow from the Moab trip. First impressions
- GREAT!!! I'm
sure a few(!) pictures from the trip will eventually
their way on to the site, but remember that whatever you
see here can't begin to describe the enjoyment of the
Thanks to all who had a part in making it happen.
Bob Tomerlin (drjimbob), Nikonians Moderator Emeritus
from Maryland, USA (R.I.P.)
and myself would like to express to BJ and Lori our sincere
appreciation for everything they did to make our first
Trip a memorable experience. To all
the other Nikonians THANK YOU, we met as strangers
of view we left as friends, waiting for the next time we
can get together. OH, Clicker added another 200 lbs
truck before we got home this afternoon. JRP and Bo, I
hope you are gratified with the fruits of your dreams.
Chris Gray (wpgf100) , Nikonian in Manitoba, Canada
What a frigging great trip !!!!! Okay... First
to BJ and Lori.. bravo for a great trip...BJ, your
of local geology is amazing!!!! To all the rest.....what
a neat experience to meet everyone ....I will not list
because I will forget someone.. I will make a special
note for Chuck Digging's mom...what a super sweet lady!!!!
A special thanks for Stan for letting me share a room...
It was nice to meet both Joe from RRS, and Mr. Mah
of Markins (one of his
is safe at home with me). And finally, three cheers for
Bo & JRP for creating this site that gives us all the
chances to meet one another!!! Already looking forwards
to next year's trip (Canada, Alaska or whatever)!!!!
Mark Wagner (mwagner1), Nikonian in Texas, USA
last year, excellent format and this year we
lucked out on the weather and elk. Well planned and well
run. The dining set up was very good. Box lunch for breakfast
worked out well. Final banquet was beautiful. Nice lodgings
and meeting rooms. All in all, another great ANPAT!
Bernie Wall (Bernie), NY Nikonian, USA
was with great anxiety and trepidation that I traveled
meet that I knew were outstanding
photographers. I, who had only been seriously photographing
since 2001, was placing myself in the midst a bunch of
experienced photographers. My fears were very quickly laid
to rest upon meeting Bo, Ramon, and Rick at the airport
because they were real down-to-earth nice guys! Then
the introductions to my fellow ANPAT colleagues Ė What
a great group of people! I originally was strictly interested
in the photographic opportunity of Rocky Mountain National
Park, but I found that I enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow
image makers more than the actual photography. We looked
out for each other, taught and learned from one another,
and kept ourselves awake in those very early van rides.
I have to publicly confess that I had never taken a sunrise
photograph before this trip. I donít do mornings very
also enjoyed several philosophical discussions with Bo
as we hiked up and down the trails. I hope to be able
again a week with fellow Nikonians as we collectively try
to capture the world in images that are uniquely ours.
Rick Matheny (RHMJR2), Connecticut Nikonian, USA
I prefer taking pictures alone. Nobody to wait for,
waiting for me. But the experience with the ANPAT group
was more than worth putting those preferences aside.
friendships, the laughs, and sharing information and ideas
made this a memorable and extremely worthwhile week.
wide experience range of the participants allowed me to
both learn and to help others. There is no doubt I
away a better photographer than I was at the start of the
Cliff Lawson (CliffL), Nikonian in Colorado, USA
was a great trip for me because I got to see the most
place I've seen thus far, I learned a great deal about
photography and my camera, and I got to meet a number
of nice people
who were extremely knowledgeable about photography and
Nikon cameras. The trip was well organized and well-run.
the perfect time of the year to be there. It was nice to
have a beginnerís group but also to be able to switch
and meet and learn from other people. It was very thoughtful
to have a roommate who used the same type of camera
I did. It was a great trip. I saw some beautiful sights,
got some great pictures, learned a lot about my camera,
and met a number of nice people who also share my enthusiasm
for photography and Nikon cameras.
Rob Moody (different_drummer), Nikonian in Georgia, USA
the list goes on and on for all ANPATs.........
6th was my third ANPAT. The 5th was my second,
the first being number 4.
also attended the 7th, 8th and 9th ANPATs and has already
booked his place for the
Would I come back next year? Ė In a heartbeat!
This ANPATs are a great
I will keep on going to the ANPATs for as long as I can.
Pete Wilson (Pete Wilson), Nikonian in Missouri, USA