Entries by Russ Nordstrand

The Beating Heart of Botswana | Video

Have you ever wondered what an African safari in Botswana might look like? The following video will open your eyes to what you’ll experience on Backcountry Journeys’ Ultimate Botswana Wildlife Safari. We’re hoping that inspiration from the following video will open your eyes to Botswana over the course of a few minutes… Then, over the […]

The Beating Heart of Botswana

The vast wildernesses of Botswana are almost unimaginable to those who have yet to venture to the African continent. Sure you’ve seen it on the Discovery Channel, you’ve read the books, and probably even scoured the Backcountry Journeys blog for images & photographs of what this experience could possibly be like. But to go from […]

IBIS: Understanding Image Stabilization

You’ve likely heard the term ‘IBIS,’ or have heard about image stabilization with regard to cameras, especially these days as manufacturers continue to innovate, and even market with image stabilization as a selling point. But, what exactly are these things? Do you need ‘IBIS?’ What is IBIS? IBIS stands for ‘In-Body Image Stabilization,’ and refers […]

What Exactly is Backcountry Journeys Learn?

You may have seen recently that we introduced our new online photography education platform Backcountry Journeys Learn. What is Backcountry Journeys Learn?Learn is a labor of love that is all things photography education. Currently we have several courses mostly centered around Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop post-processing that we’ve run as both live webinar sessions as well […]

Local Eco-Tourism Support Fund

As the travel industry has all but grinded to a halt, local people who rely on the income brought by groups such as Backcountry Journeys are starting to suffer. Both inside and outside the United States not everyone has access to government support during this global crisis. Economic Relief such as extra unemployment or Paycheck […]

Backcountry Journeys Learn

Backcountry Journeys Learn courses take the standard video course approach to a new level. Tired of the endless parade of boring one-off videos on the web? Are you looking to further hone your image editing skills? Or maybe you are just starting out?BCJ Learn courses are designed to give you maximum value for money and […]

A letter from Russ….

So what are the benefits of joining a BCJ a trip anyway? This is a question I get quite a bit – and it always takes me a minute to ponder that question. There are so many benefits and yet it’s different for everyone. My answer is usually something along the lines of – “you […]

An Exploration of Botswana

As many of you know – Crystal and I recently returned from a scouting trip to Botswana & South Africa. We spent the better part of two weeks exploring these diverse & incredible countries in search of wildlife & the perfect safari experiences for our guests. Needless to say – mission accomplished. We arrived in […]

Flying with “Big Glass”

Wildlife photographers who travel know the pain. There is so much to pack, so many details to attend to in order to make certain that you have everything you’ll need while out in the field, yet one thing consistently can create problems. Figuring out the most efficient way to pack your “big glass” for a […]

Tiger Safari India: Special pre-booking rates end today!

Our special “pre-booking” discount for next year’s Tiger Safari in India ends today. Don’t miss your chance to join this incredible safari at a HUGE discount!Our safari takes places in both Kanha & Bandhavgarh National Parks – both locations having growing  tiger populations that are the densest on earth. The landscape is a mixed forest of bamboo, sal, grassland and a complex […]

Tigers! A Trip to India…

Hi Everyone, Crystal and I just returned from our scouting mission to India in preparation for our brand-new Tiger Safari! Although the flight was long and the jet-lag was real – it was nothing short of incredible and this will prove to be one of our signature trips for years to come. There is NOTHING […]

New Trip: Brown Bears of Katmai: Brooks Lodge

We are EXTREMELY excited to announce the release of an all-new Lodge-Based version of our ever popular Brown Bears of Katmai Photography trips. We’ve been camping with the bears for years – and it’s an AWESOME experience out in the wilds of Katmai National Park, Alaska. Camping isn’t for everyone however and so we decided […]

New 2019 Departure – Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic

We are excited to announce a new departure in 2019 of our long sold out Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic photo safari. Join us on an incredible once in a lifetime adventure this fall to photograph Alaskan Polar Bears up close and personal! We’ll travel to a remote island in the Arctic Ocean to […]