Pier 91, Seattle, WA
I invite you to join me on a very specialPhotography Workshop at Sea...as we sail to majestic Alaska, May 20 - 27, 2017. Together we will learn creative techniques and new approaches to photography as we capture images of some of the most photogenic destinations North America.
I have teamed with Dancing Moon Travel in Atlanta, Georgia to arrange this VERY special, can't miss photographers workshop.
This will definitely be the photographic event of 2017!!
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Saturday, May 20 - Ruby Princess...Seattle, Washington
Welcome aboard Ruby Princess. The question here is what doesn't the Ruby Princess offer her passengers? This ship has 1,540 passenger cabins, 4 pools, 7 whirlpools and a dozen dining venues (not including 24-hour room service). While onboard, you can take part in lots of activities, like playing a round of mini-golf at the nine-hole course, getting a splendid massage at the amazingly tranquil Lotus Spa and unwinding with the wind in your hair as you watch a movie at the outdoor theater. Then, after a full day of activities aboard the Ruby Princess, sink into your comfortable bed in your spacious stateroom. The ship is it's own photo destination...see what you can find!!
Sunday, May 21 - Ruby Princess...Fun Day at Sea
During this day at sea you'll have the opportunity to attend a very special photography workshop with Alan. But in addition you'll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy all the amenities of this amazing ship.
Monday, May 22 - Juneau, Alaska 11am to 10pm
Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Adventure
Step into Alaska with our naturalist photography guide. We'll capture Juneau`s top sites and abundant marine wildlife on the same excursion! Our naturalist photography guide will lead us to local photo hot spots while sharing tips and techniques to help guests enhance their images. A naturalist photo guide travels with us throughout the tour on this private photo excursion.
By Land: Guided Trail Walk & Photo Shoot - You'll enjoy a professional instructional slide show in the vehicle en route to the Mendenhall Glacier. Our photo guide will work to inspire and educate while leading us to explore the Trail of Time capturing the natural history of the glacier. Walk an easy permitted trail through the shelter of the forest to photograph the signs of glaciation. Our aim is to step away from the crowds and capture the area`s hidden places before stopping to shoot the glacier itself. The itinerary is personalized and kept flexible in order to allow for those unexpected events that often become the highlights of an Alaskan vacation. If your
By Sea: Photograph Whales & Marine Wildlife - Next we board the special safari vessel for an unforgettable journey including educational information about life and living in the waterways of Stephens Passage. Further describing, these boats are designed to get guests up close and personal with the environment. The sheltered cabin has large panel windows that open from within to give you unrestricted views while keeping you dry on a rainy day. Padded arm rests fold over the sills to provide a steady platform for photographing marine life and shoreline activity. These are the only crafts of their kind in Southeast Alaska, custom built specifically for marine wildlife photography; there is simply no better vantage available.
Note that on this tour the star of the show is different every day: Wildflowers in bloom, soaring eagles, spawning salmon, light on a foggy glacier, migratory birds, bubble feeding humpback whales, curious sea lions, sleek killer whales, and even lumbering black bears are possibilities. You cannot predict what you will see during the tour as every day is different. Our guide will provide photo coaching while helping guests take full advantage of the opportunities each day presents. We will learn about Juneau's natural wonders and colorful history while capturing those images worth a thousand words. Each participant also receives a complimentary DVD, "Tips and Pics from Juneau's Photo Guides". Note that schedule may vary, we could end up with the water component being the first element ... or the group might be divided into sub-groups with half doing land while the other half is on the water. The will work to maximize the experience depending on our group size
Tuesday, May 23 - Skagway, Alaska 6am - 8:15pm
Haines Photography Tour
Alaska is undeniably one of the most photogenic places on the planet. Our provider's experienced photography guides bring passion and expertise to your tour and ensure your guests get the photos of a lifetime.
– Bald Eagle Photography: Haines is rightfully known as the bald eagle capital of the world. Hundreds of bald eagles live here year round, and their guides know their seasonal movements. You will likely get the chance to photograph an active eagle’s nest (or two!), eagles in flight and even do some close-up portraiture work of these birds.
– Brown Bear Photography: Haines has a growing reputation as a world-class brown bear viewing destination. Beginning in August, the Chilkoot River is teeming with pink salmon, and the bears reliably come down to the river to feed. In addition there are other lesser-known locations, in and around Haines, where the brown bear can be seen and photographed.
– Other Wildlife Photography: Depending upon the season, humpback whales, Stellar’s sea lions, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, beaver, and harbor seals can all be photographed from Haines. They will help us find and photograph the wildlife in the area. Again, every day is different and you never can predict what opportunities will arise one day to the next.
– Landscape/Nature Photography: The pristine beauty of Haines is unsurpassed. Mountain vistas, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, abundant wildflowers, seascapes… Whatever your interest, our guide can take you where you need to go to get a photographic experience that will exceed expectations.
Wednesday, May 24 - Glacier Bay Natural Park 6am - 3pm
Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay. This breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world's most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system.
During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.
Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you'll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart's content.
Thursday, May 25 - Ketchikan, Alaska 7am - 1pm
Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems
A delightful eight-mile coastal drive takes us to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. This pristine natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals, a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. In addition to wildlife viewing opportunities, this trip enables guests to see and photograph live eagles up close, interact with reindeer, and observe a master native totem pole carver at work.
We will be greeted by our naturalist and guided along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, amongst tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaskan cedar. The forest floor is covered with mosses, wild flowers and a variety of berries. Photo stops will be made at strategically located viewing areas. Our guide will lead us to a protected open estuary, where we follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Watch and listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. The walk lasts for approximately 60 minutes and covers almost one mile with stops.
During the spawning season bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek and the likelihood of viewing these fascinating animals is especially good during those times. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, minks, marten and wolves also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity.
At the conclusion of the trail hike, guests will have an opportunity to interact with and feed Alaskan reindeer, and see bald eagles up close at the Alaska Wildlife Foundation center as a raptor specialist explains the heritage and habitat of America’s national symbol. Following these great photographic opportunities, we will be guided through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. Observe a master native totem pole carver at work and receive a sample of aromatic local Alaskan cedar. Guests have the opportunity to explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store.
Friday, May 26 - Victoria, British Columbia 7pm - 11:59pm
Satuday, May 27 - Seattle, Washington
Unfortunately all good things must end...we will return to port in Seattle at 7:00am
Dancing Moon Travel has put together a VERY exclusive package for Alan's Photography Adventure.
Seven days & nights aboard the incredible Ruby Princecess
Bon Voyage Party with open barBon Voyage champagne in every stateroom
Chocolate covered strawberries in every stateroom
Best available staterooms
Reserved round-robin style dining accommodations
Skill Building Photography Workshops with Alan
All the private photo excursions as outlined above
Farewell Party with champagne toast and cash bar
TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Prices start as low as only
No Hidden Costs!!
All Prices Include:
- Port Charges
- Government Fees
- Mandatory Pre-Paid Gratuities...
PLUS all the EXTRAS that make this an exclusive one-of-a-kind event.$550 DISCOUNT FOR NON-PHOTOGRAPHY PARTICIPANTS. INCLUDES EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCURSIONS.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.