James Blue brings a lifetime of experience to his nature photography tours. His passions for wildlife and wild places were formed as a youth exploring the Southwest states. While a student at Northern Arizona University, the lure of Alaska’s great expanse of wilderness pulled him to the last frontier – where he lived and worked for 20 years as a commercial bush pilot, guide and wilderness outfitter.
In his many trips to Southern and Eastern Africa for safaris, he has embraced Tanzania for its welcoming people and culture – and particularly for its unsurpassed beauty and wildlife diversity.
James has been a student of photography since his first Olympus camera in 1978, and embraced digital cameras exclusively as soon as their quality surpassed that of film. His images of wildlife are as they should be – of wild animals, not captive. He is eager to help his guests get the best images possible – offering basic to advanced image capture techniques while afield. With his goal being to provide a ‘trip of a lifetime’ experience and photographic opportunities at the highest level.
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark II
|Lenses||Canon EF 500mm f4L // EF400mm 5.6L // EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L // EF 70-200mm f2.8L II // EF 24-70mm 2.8L // TS-E 24mm 3.5L II // EF 8-15mm f4 fisheye|
|Support||Gitzo 3541 & 2541 Tripods
4G Mongoose 3.6 & Acratech LLH heads
- Trip of my lifetime thanks to excellent guides, an experienced tour leader, great accommodations and an abundance of animals for superb photo opportunities.Mary McTigue - Scotch Plains, New Jersey
- I have been an avid outdoorsman for over 50 years and only until I was involved in a couple of remote Alaskan adventures with Jim Blue did I really come to appreciate how well a trip can be properly planned and executed to perfection.Jim Del Re - Tempe, Arizona
- Not a day goes by, that thoughts and memories about the Serengeti are not prevalent in my mind, it was a life changing experience.Betty Baxter - Greensboro, North Carolina
- As a pro photographer with a fair amount of East Africa experience, I wouldn't go with anyone else. The quality mix of leader, guides & lodging - and a killer itinerary, add up to an incomparable experience.Kevin Harris - Phoenix, Arizona