Here are links to my photo galleries. 


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We spent March of 2019 in Morocco, traveling more than 1,600 miles. We used Audley Travel as our agent and they did a great job getting us into some very ineresting places. Morocco is a beautiful country with deserts, snow-capped mountains, beaches and rolling agricultural hills. The people are friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend a trip to Morocco.


Skydiving has always been on my bucket list, so this year Margaret Shoemake and I decided to go for it while our spouses stayed on the ground. What a thrill! It took only 5 minutes to jump out of the plane and land on the ground. We juped from 14,000 feet, fell 120mph to 7,000 feet and drifted to the ground. Really awesome.

Want to watch a video? Click on this photo:

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Goliath Grouper 

Every September Goliath Grouper congregate off the Palm Beaches to spawn. Some years we’ve seen more than 100 of these large fish on one wreck. We drift dive, and the current is strong. Take a close up look at these guys.

Greenland and the High Canadian Arctic 

In August of 2018 Susan and I went to Greenland, the High Canadian Arctic and Iceland. We love the light, scenery and wildlife in the polar regions of the earth. We plan on taking more trips to the north very soon. This trip we saw a polar bear trying to drag ashore a dead narwhal; walrus on pack ice, and introduced ourselves to the wonderful people, the Inuit.


In May of 2018 Susan and I spent a month in Ireland. Starting in Dublin, we drove almost 2,000 miles around the countryside. It was challenging to drive on the left side of the road. The scenery and history were amazing. Click on the photo of the dolphin jumping as we approach Skelling Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site off the south coast to see more photos of the Emerald Isle.


Having never been to Southeast Asia, Susan and I decided to jump right in—waist deep—by going to Myanmar. Our friends and family asked us if we were afraid to go. Despite some troubles in the country, we decided to go and it was one of the most remarkable vacations we have ever had. The people were friendly and hospitable. The food was great, and the pagodas were filled with people—and gold.


The Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba 

Susan and I love traveling in the Arctic. This was our first venture north in the winter to see polar bears. We traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson Bay. Early each winter, polar bears gather near Churchill to wait for the ice to freeze, so they can go onto the icepack to hunt ringed seals. We saw many bears and other wildlife. 

Click here to watch a movie on the Polar Bears of Churchill.

Squid Mating

September 18, 2017

About three years ago I swichted from shooting still photographs underwater to shooting video underwater. Video adds another dimension to my work. In September we went to Bonaire for a week of diving, and I was lucky enough to capture two squids mating. 

What she saw - What he saw on the Palm Beach Reef

Every year the Goliath grouper gather on the wrecks off Palm Beach to spawn in September. It’s always fun to explore the reef because you never know what you will discover. Watch this short movie to find out.

Total Solar Eclipse, Diamond Ring Effect, Scottsbluff, Nebraska           

August 21, 2017

For two years I have been planning to photograph the first Total Solar Eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years. I have photographed many solar eclipses but never have experienced Totality. This is one thing every person should see in their  lifetime. I chose western Nebraska based on historical weather patterns for that date. Click on the Diamond Ring to see a movie and more photos.


April and May, 2017

Wanting to return to Europe, we decided to go to Portugal. We spend 30 days wandering the countryside, stopping in charming villages and driving backroads. We met incredible people and enjoyed grilled seafood and wonderful wine. I’m taking a bit of a different tack on this gallery, showing you the pages of the book I made to tell the story. So there’s text along with the photos. 

Scuba Diving in Cozumel and swimming with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres            

July, 2016

We travelled with the Scuba Club—38 of us—to Cozumel for a week of spectacular wall dives. The water visibility is about 200 feet. We saw amazing corals and sponges with a wide variety of fish. Hawksbill turtles were feeding on sponges. On the last day, we traveled to Isla Mujeres for a day of swimming with whale sharks—the largest fish in the ocean that feed on the smallest creatures in the ocean—plankton and fish spawn.

The Humpback Whales of the Silver Bank             

March, 2016

This Spring we traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to board the Turks & Caicos Explorer II for a week-long trip to photograph humpback whales on the Silver Bank, a large underwater plateau 90 miles north of the Dominican Republic. We saw many whales, both above and below the water.  This trip was quite a thrill for both of us.

New England: Acadia National Park, Boston and Cape Cod

September, 2016

It was over 30 years ago since we visited Acadia National Park, so we decided to head to New England. First stop was historical Boston, then we drove to Acadia National Park. From there we headed to Cape Cod, and it turned out to be one of our favorite places to relax. A word of warning: Everything closes on Columbus Day.

Pacific Northwest             

September, 2015

Susan and I spent 5 weeks with family in Seattle, Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands and Los Angeles. We saw lots of orcas, rainforests, lakes and waterfalls. In Los Angeles we watched TV shows being produced and visited family. Then we headed south to San Diego and Mexico for diving with great white sharks (see below).

Great White Shark Diving on Isla Guadalupe, Mexico    

September, 2015

It’s like being 3 feet from a dinosaur that is trying to eat you!

Here’s a link to a moveie about the most exciting wildlife adventure we have ever had: diving with Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Click here to view the movie.                     Click on the gaping mouth to see still photos.


May/June, 2015

We went to the land of the Vikings just before the summer solstice. We spent a week in Reykjavik, exploring the Golden Circle, South Shore and Snaelfellness Peninsula before boarding the M/V Sea Spirit for an 11-day circumnavigation of Iceland. 


February, 2015

Susan and I partnered with Pastor Ron Hilliard from the 1st Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach to take 10 photographers on a 10-day tour of Cuba, visiting Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We arrived in Cuba just as the United States and Cuba are negotiating to establish normal diplomatic relations. Havana is only 40 minutes away from Miami by air, but it is a world away. Step back in time.

Click here to watch a video of Cuba that I made using iMovie.


September/October, 2014

We traveled wtih our family to Italy for a Grand Tour. We started in Venice, took the train to Florence, rented cars and drove to Cinque Terre and Pisa. Next stop was Rome where we saw Pope Francis three times! Susan and I headed to Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast to finish our trip. We think the food in Italy is always great!

Lopinot Tour de France 2014

Susan and I spent our 35th wedding anniversary visiting France for a month in May. We spent a week in Paris and then three weeks driving through the country—2,564 miles! What an adventure! We met interesting people, saw historic sites, and had great food and wine. 

The Oregon Trail


Susan and I spent the month of October driving 2,100 miles through Oregon. Traveling with family, we rented a Sprinter van nicknamed “ Danielle Blackso.”  We started and ended in Portland, exploring the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Mount Hood and the “Fruit Loop.” We then spent more than a week driving the entire Oregon Pacific Coast to Astoria. Oregon’s coast is wild and free. And it has Thor’s Well (above). 

Turkey, 2013

Turkey is a beautiful country with extraordinary people. In May and June Susan and I spent three weeks traveling to the Black Sea, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Hattusa and the Turquoise Coast. The ancient sites we visited were unparalleled in our travels. The hospitality from stranges was remarkable. We were welcomed everywhere we visited. Some villages had never seen Americans before and we were invited to share meals. This is a country that should be on everyone's "bucket list!"

My Personal Project: The Full Moons of 2012

I believe every photographer should have a personal project to work on over a period of time. I have been working on "Our Imperiled Coral Reefs" for 30 years. I have had other short-term and long-term photography projects as well. This year I decided to photograph every full moon. Six down, 7 to go--why 13 moons in a year? Because of the lunar cycle, we have a full moon every 28 days, which leads to two full moons in a month--called a "Blue Moon," which will occur in August this year. 

Trinidad & Tobago

In 2013 Susan and I will lead a trip to Trinidad & Tobago to photograph birds, insects, people and landscapes. On our recent visit, Susan added 72 new birds to her life list in just 5 days. The longest lens I used on this trip was a 300mm f/4 prime. So the average photographer with that lens or longer can get the same images I shot.  The culture and food of these two islands are amazing! Check back in September to sign up for this special trip.

California Dreamin' 2012

Susan and I spent the month of May driving 3,500 miles through central California. Traveling with family, we rented an 8-passenger van we nicknamed "Fatso." We started and ended in Las Vegas, but took in the Mojave Desert, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Catalina Island, California Route 1 up the Pacific Coast, Monterey, Big Sur, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks and Death Valley National Park. 

Antarctica 2011/2012

A trip to the South Polar Sea was at the top of our bucket list for a long time and we finally accomplished it this year. We spent a few days in Argentina before boarding the Akedemik Ioffe, a Russian research vessel, for a 19-day trip to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. We saw penguins, whales, fur seals, elephant seals, lots of sea birds and a lot of ice--a whole lot of ice!

Lake Okeechobee

For the past three years Susan and I have participated in The Big O Birding festival on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. Besides the lake itself, there are many natural areas surrounding the largest lake in the Southeastern U.S. This area is an undiscovered gem where many different species of birds can be photographed: meadowlarks, hawks, black skimmers, roseate spoonbills, wading birds, barred owls and more. I have a special location where I have repeatedly photographed a pair of barred owls.  Check out my workshop page to sign up for the 2013 Big O Birding Festival.

Sea Turtles

I have been scuba diving for more than 30 years, most of which has been in the ocean off Palm Beach, Florida. Our warm tropical water brings abundant life on our deep coral reefs. We get thousands of sea turtle nests each year: green, loggerhead, leatherback and Kemp's Ridley all come to our shores to lay their eggs. In addition we get lots of teenage hawksbill turtles hanging around on our reefs, eating sponges and jellyfish as they mature. It is very exciting to come in contact with such beautiful large creatures. They seem to enjoy human contact.


Duda Farms

Each summer I am lucky to have access to a private vegetable farm in Belle Glade, Florida, where thousands of birds flock to feed. The farm floods thousands of acres with a few inches of water to kill the weed seeds and nematodes. Somehow the birds know this and each year they return to gorge themselves on fish and crustaceans. One year we had wild flamingos. Now that's a real symbol of Florida (well, the Florida Lottery, anyway). You have to get up early to beat the summer heat, but it sure is worth it.

Florida's Wildflowers

When most people think about wildflowers, they think of the mountains, not Florida. But each fall and spring, Florida is bursting with blooms. Unlike places where giant fields bloom, you have to look closely to find our wildflowers. Most are very small--but just as colorful. The best months to photograph them are in October and January through April. My favorite habitat is pine flat woods. However any natural area you find will have dozens of beautiful flowers.

The Galapagos Islands

In 2010 Susan and I took a group of nature photographers to the Galapagos Islands. If you love to photograph wildlife, you must put the Galapagos Islands at the top of your list. Nothing you watch on television about this magical place prepares you for the shock of being "invisible" to the birds, reptiles and marine life. You don't need a super-telephoto lens to get great pictures; you just have to choose "f/8 and be there!"

The Everglades

When most people hear the word "Everglades" they think about alligators. Sure, alligators are an important predator and now they have to compete with exotic pythons for the top niche. The Everglades is much more: beautiful sunrises and sunsets, remote beaches, mangrove forests and a giant river of grass.

The Birds of Florida

Florida is one of the best places on earth to photograph birds.  My personal favorite is the Roseate Spoonbill, often mistaken for a flamingo by novice bird watchers. Their startling pink feathers, green head and bill shaped like a spoon makes for a great subject. Each year I offer a Florida bird photography workshop. Join me and take home incredible images!

The Pennsylvania Kid

In 1974 I spent two weeks riding the rails with the "Pennsylvania Kid," also known as Richard Wilson. He had just been crowned "King of the Hoboes in Britt, Iowa. I convinced him to let me tag along and document his life. I slept in coal bins, under overpasses and in empty box cars. The railroad men loved "Pennsy" and each year they treated him to a new pair of overalls. 

Sunrise / Sunset

Florida's nickname is "The Sunshine State." As nature photographers we rely on the sun as our source of light. The sun  itself is featured prominently in my work. Here is a collection of sunrises and sunsets.

Faces of Nature

For the past few years I have been working on a project I call "The Faces of Nature." As we travel, I keep my eyes open to find subjects that have a "face." This is a work in progress.


I love to shoot close-up photographs. The great thing about macro shots is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. I use macro lenses, close-up filters, extension tubes, tripods, light stands electronic flash and more--whatever it takes to get the shot. For over 10 years I have tacught an introductory close up class at Mounts Botanical Garden and will do so agian in 2013. 


Wilderness in Alaska looks much like it did 10,000 years ago. Wild and open, Alaska beckons the adventurer in allof us. Gorgeous scenery, large animals and clean air are abundant and inviting. It is truly the last frontier in an overpopulated world.


Africa should be near the top of your travel bucket list. A few years ago we traveled to Kenya for a three-week photo safari. We were in the bush from sunrise to sunset every day and stayed in lodges and tented camps. You are so close to the wildlife, you can smell the animals.

© John J. Lopinot 2019