Join us on an instructional photo tour and workshop to Alaska, the last frontier. Diverse landscapes and beautiful wildlife make it a visually stunning place. The experience includes the sheer wonder of what hides around the corner and over the next ridge.
We will travel by land and sea to photograph. It is incredibly photogenic with its coastal fjords, glaciers, mountains, forests and world famous wildlife photography. It is a photographer’s paradise. This trip has four separate boat tours. The small boat will allow us to get closer to the wildlife. Bigger boat can’t approach all wildlife closely or visit secluded coves.
Though, it is little known outside Alaska, Chugach is a wild and pristine wilderness. It is very rich in wildlife. The park’s alpine tundra, forested valley bottoms, and coastal waters are inhibited by 50 species of mammals.
Sandwiched between Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Mountains, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. This tiny village is a seaside paradise with its beautiful harbor, quaint shops, great ocean view restaurants and galleries.
Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National the rugged coastal fjords for which it is named and the glaciers. It is an incredible wildlife photography hotspot. Most of the park is only accessible by boat. Hear the thundering booms of calving glaciers.
We will spend some 3 nights in Seward. At this location, we will walk out to a glacier, photograph Eagles, sample the great restaurants on the ocean and take small boats to explore the coastal fjords and oceanic wildlife.
We will also visit Homer Alaska. This is an incredibly scenic area loaded with wildlife and beautiful views. We will visit a few nearby areas which include great locations for Bald Eagles, Caribou, and Moose. We also will take 2 another small boat ride to photograph wildlife. Homer has huge colonies of sea otters and abundant eagles.
Wildlife is abundant throughout much of the state’s wilderness. We will visit the world famous Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer, Chugach Mountains and many other areas. We will be taking two or three separate all day boat trips to visit the many glaciers, coastal fjords and abundant wildlife. We will travel with a company that has worked with many professional photographers and videographers. They have worked with the crews of National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and BBC.
The smaller boats are less obtrusive and allow a closer approach to wildlife. Bigger boats cannot get close to the animals or close to the shore. This means you can get better photos and an experience that is more intimate. As you approach glacier filled pristine waters, you will hear a distant rumbling as a block of ice the size of a house shears off a glacier and impacts the ocean waters. Passing through gorgeous inlets and fjords, and numerous wildlife.
Alaska is rich in Marine Life. We will be close to Sea Otters, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, Tufted Puffin, Horned Puffin, Murres, Auklets, and Porpoises. Also whales, there are several species in the area. They include Orcas (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Beluga Whales, Moon Jellyfish and other species.
We will photograph the sheer quantity and variety of bird life sets Kenai Fjords apart from other coastal areas. Large colonies of sea birds including Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Gulls, Murres, and Puffins nest on the many spectacular granite ledges. An abundance of plankton and fish start the food chain in motion. Stellar Sea lions slide out on rocks to bask in the sun. Sea Otter float on their back to take a nap, eat, and groom. Whales continue to work the edge of the tidal currents. There will be many opportunities to photograph the abundant wildlife.
When: July 18-25, 2021
Note: There is an option to extend this trip to photograph Coastal Grizzly Bears (Brown Bears).
This includes: Hotels (7 nights stay) Single Occupancy
Multiple Boat Rides
Transportation is provided from hotel to field locations. Many tours have multiple cars following each other. This is a problem for parking and finding wildlife. We will travel in one private van and private boats, which will give us easier access to wildlife. No need to rent a car.
The schedule is flexible to maximize getting the best light for photography..
Day 1: Take shuttle from Airport to Anchorage Hotel by 4 pm. We will start with introductions and have a short group meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming week. After the group meeting, we will leave for a photo session, dinner and photograph until sunset. We will photograph local wildlife. Sunset is after 10 pm at this time of the year in Alaska.
Day 2: We will photograph our way to our next location Homer Alaska. Along the way we will visit several incredible locations for Eagles, Caribou, Moose, and other wildlife. We will spend the afternoon photographing eagles.
Day 3 and 4: We will take a small boat for 2 full days. We will visit several incredible locations for landscape and wildlife photography. On the boat ride we will have incredible opportunities to photograph large groups of sea otters, Eagles and other wildlife.
We also will spend a lot of time photographing Eagles. We will get them diving for fish, perched on scenic trees and sea cliffs, and hundreds of flight photos with great backgrounds. This area is an eagle paradise.
Day 5: We will checkout of hotel and drive to Seward It is an incredibly beautiful ride with several stop planned along the way.
Day 6 and 7: We will take a boat out to see Kenai Fjords National Park. The wildlife and landscapes will be incredible. The boat ride will be around 8 hours each day. Lunch will be provided. There are some nice options for dinner or a quick photo shoot when we get off the boat.
Day 8: We will start the day early and check out of the hotel. We will stop at several locations along the way back. We will then head back to Anchorage for late afternoon flights.
All skill levels
Group size: Our groups are small just 5 people. Better learning and more space on boat.
Pickup and Drop-off will be provided. There is no need to rent a car.
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John Slonina is a pro nature photographer who has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He has been published in multiple books, magazines, and calendars.