Featured Trip

Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce

  • November 6th to 11th, 2017
  • $2795

Discover the heart of canyon country through your lens on this photographic excursion into Zion and Bryce National Parks. We’ll explore the delicate and colorful slot canyons of Zion National Park as well as the ancient weather-worn hoodoo rock formations of Bryce Canyon. We’ve timed this excursion to coincide with the brilliant Autumn foliage change within Zion Canyon in the Fall. Russ has been hiking & photographing in Southern Utah for well over a decade and has designed this itinerary to arrive at just the right moment for ideal lighting conditions and photographic opportunities. Click here for more info!

Photography Seminars

Jumpstart into Landscape & Wildlife Photography

A Full-Day Seminar on Mastering the fundamentals of EXCELLENT digital photography

Ready to step up your photography? Join Landscape & Wildlife Photographer Russ Nordstrand for a full-day crash course on Digital Photography in your very own home town!

This is a one-day course for those who are ready to explore the full potential of their new DSLR camera and move beyond the realm of point and click into the realm of true photography.

For the full schedule and to learn more please click here.

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Trip Report: Canyons of Utah

Just back from another successful Backcountry Journeys trip to the canyons of Southern Utah. We explored Zion and Bryce National Parks as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The weather cooperated very nicely for a landscape oriented photography adventure. We had broken cloudy skies most of the type and even some dramatic snow-storm conditions. […]

Photography Tours & Workshops

Photo: BCJ Owner & Photo Guide Russ Nordstrand

“Backcountry Journeys offers an incredible selection of both Lodge-Based and Wilderness Camping Photography Tours & Workshops. My trips offer guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens with landscape and wildlife photography being the focus. I run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tour & Workshop itineraries with locales varying from year to year. Destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier National Park, Yosemite & the Canyons of Utah. New trips and itineraries are being added all the time so check back often!”

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With a consistently proven track record Backcountry Journeys has achieved a 5-Star Rating of Excellent on Trip Advisor. Read about what past guests have to say about my Photography Tours & Workshops on the world’s leading travel review website. You can read reviews of my past Photography Tours & Workshops on Trip Advisor.

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Daily Hawk-tography

Backcountry Journeys offers daily “Hawktography” tours in Flagstaff, Arizona. These three hours sessions focus solely on photographing high quality images of wild Red-Tailed Hawks in their native habitat. Click for details!

Fine Art Prints

All images are printed on infused Aluminum using sublimation techniques which feature rich, clear colors, incredible detail and life-like sharpness. Russ Nordstrand Fine Art Prints can be purchased as the image alone or with a modern flush frame and are available in several different sizes, including custom enlargements. All editions come with a certificate of authenticity (COA) hand-signed by the artist to certify the print is genuine.

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Upcoming Tour Destinations

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Join us in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula this winter and photograph a bewildering array of birds, monkeys, sloths, cats, dart-frogs and more! Based out of a deluxe, modern eco-lodge known for it’s local population of Scarlet Macaws!

  • February 18th to 24th, 2018
  • $3495

Yellowstone National Park

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

  • May 6th to 12th, 2017 (2 Spots Remain)
  • May 12th to 18th, 2017 (Sold Out)
  • $2725

Come explore and photograph the vibrant landscapes & thriving wildlife populations of Yellowstone in the Spring. Many species of wildlife are calving this time of year such as Elk, Bison and Pronghorn. You will have the opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures as well as the possibility of seeing Wolves, Bears, Moose, Bald Eagles, Fox, Osprey and more. Click here for details.

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