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Takes your photography to a new level

I had always admired night-time photos of the Milky Way galaxy, and believed them to be far beyond... read more

Reviewed December 2, 2017
Fred B
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Prospect, Kentucky
Something for photographers of any level.

My 16 year old daughter and I took this Safari together and loved it! Our experience levels ranged... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2017
Eli H
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Acadia Photo Safaris are hands-on nature photography tours conducted in Acadia National Park and led by Howie Motenko, a local, professional photographer. Every photo safari explores camera setting choices, creating compelling and engaging compositions and developing a photographic awareness enabling you to capture Acadia's natural beauty. All photographers and all skill levels (beginner and beyond) are taught in a small, intimate group (limited to 6 participants) during our 3-hour photography tour. Safaris are offered in the mornings, afternoons or evenings to suit your schedule.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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Reviewed December 2, 2017

I had always admired night-time photos of the Milky Way galaxy, and believed them to be far beyond my skills. Then I took advantage of the night-time Milky Way panorama workshop; between classroom and supervised preparation, (not to mention on-site guidance) I was able to...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

My 16 year old daughter and I took this Safari together and loved it! Our experience levels ranged from iPhone only (my daughter) to high end Nikon full frame DSLR picture taking. I have years of experience and my daughter had none. Howie was fabulous...More

Thank Eli H
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We visited Bar Harbor from a Cruise Ship having booked this tour well ahead to capture some of the beauty of Acadia National Park and the Fall colours. Howie Motenko from Acadia Photo Safari met us on time, he had a comfortable vehicle and had...More

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

I cant say enough good things about Howie and this trip. I signed up for the shooting bar harbor and acadia night. How is a great teacher and uses a lot tools to help explain why he chooses what he does in selecting techniques and...More

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Reviewed October 6, 2017

My husband and I got a four hour private photo safari with Howie Motenko of Acadia Photo Safari. We are amateur photographers and were just looking for tips for taking better photos. We meet Howie at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia NP. The lessons...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Very enjoyable and the best part of my trip to Maine. I believe anyone, from beginner to a semi professional, could improve their photography skills with this outing. I couldn't have been more pleased! Wish their were more stars :)

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I gave a photo safari (the sunset cruise) as a birthday gift to my husband, knowing we'd be at Acadia for a week. He's a budding photo enthusiast with a Canon DSLR that he's been using for a few years. He's mostly self-taught and had...More

Thank Julia B
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

My wife and I travel to different national parks to do photography every year. I am so glad that we booked this photo safari. It was well worth the money. We got to see some sights that we would have missed if we had not...More

Thank contractor2016
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

This was basic photo instruction which on site photo shoot in Acadia National Park. Howie took the class from basic camera understanding to shooting in the field. He covered composition and many other Howie was a very knowledgeable professional photographer. I would recommend this activity...More

Thank Conrad1947
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Wanted to say what a great experience I had even though the weather did not cooperate on a night sky shoot. Being an experienced photographer, I was looking more to get location information than instruction. Knowing a little of Howie's work, I was confident in...More

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Shanna O
September 3, 2016|
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Response from Howie_Motenko | Property representative |
HI Shanna, All the information about our tours, including prices and times, is listed on our website. You should know that Park Loop Road will be closed to vehicular (cars, buses, etc.) on Sept 17th until noontime. It is... More
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CKrankall
July 16, 2016|
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Some dates book quicker than others, making reservations sooner is recommended. The average booking time is about 30 days ahead of time. Yes, we limited the group size to six people. Having a small group ensures everyone... More
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Lindsey J. P
February 18, 2016|
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Response from Howie_Motenko | Property representative |
Hi Lindsey, You need to provide your own digital camera, most any will be fine - including: DSLR, Point & Shoot, or Smart Phone. By using your own camera, you will discover where the buttons are for better... More
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