LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK

10 Days   |   1 - 10 July 2018

The 2018 Alaskan Photo Workshop is currently being revised from 5 days to 10 and will include 3 days shooting whales and eagles in Homer and 2 days at Brooks Falls photographying bears fishing above the waterfalls. Check back mid-July or sign up for the newsletter for updates.

 
 

ITINERARY

 

Welcome to an experience of a lifetime!

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge has developed into one of the premier sites in Alaska to view Brown Bears in their natural environment.  The first week in July is usually the week when everything overlaps:  the bears are the most plentiful and still look their finest in their winter coats, the flowers are in full bloom, the cubs are out and old enough to playfully interact with each other, and the daylight shooting hours are at a maximum. 

Once the plane lands mid-morning on the first day, Rick and your guide will be waiting with an open-air vehicle, the perfect transportation to experience nature at its best and to move easily from place to place in this pristine environment.  Have your camera in hand as soon as you get out of the plane (if you don't already have it out taking pictures of the amazing landscapes from the air).  When exiting the plane, it's not uncommon to see bears frolicking on the beach runway.  You'll meet up with your luggage at your cabin, then head to the main lodge to be greeted by owners, David and Joanne Coray.  David and your bear guide will provide an orientation about moving around bears after which you'll be suited up with protective boots and head out for 60-90 minutes of bear photography prior to lunch.  During this time, you'll see how close we approach the bears, giving you a better idea of what gear - both camera and clothing - you might want to bring into the field during the afternoon shoot. 

On any given day, expect to be delighted by amazing photographic opportunities...gorgeous scenics, flowers, landscapes, birds, porcupines, moose, eagles, and especially bears and their cubs.  Ever changing weather and the time of day provide endless backdrops.  Even better, no designated sites or viewing platforms are used so images will be optimal.  Within the 40 acres of private land in Lake Clark National Park, each day is completely customized dependent on bear sightings, the weather, tides, time of day and group interests.  The daily goal is always to find the best shooting locations and subjects, then be positioned to obtain the best shooting perspective, followed by instructions on how to get the best image possible.  Further photography and processing discussions will occur throughout the day and evening. 

One day (weather permitting) a boat ride on Stormy Skye to either Duck or Gull Island is planned.  This is yet another photography highlight where you'll see horned and tufted puffins among a myriad of other birds including oyster-catchers, kittiwakes, murres, parakeet auklets and a variety of gulls.  You also have the chance to photograph harbor seals and sea otters as well as points of interest such as the historic salmon cannery, Cook Inlet's largest kittiwake rookery, and Mt Redoubt, one of four active volcanoes in the area.  The Stormy Skye was especially designed with a flat bottom, a large forward deck and a drop-down front to accommodate photographers and their gear during our beach landing.

Beyond a myriad of photography opportunities, you can look forward to wonderful meals served at the main lodge.  They are made fresh each day, with a large variety of options served family-style in the dining room overlooking the bear fields.  This is the time to unwind and enjoy the fellowship of other photographers and travelers from all over the world.  

We encourage you to start compiling a list of things you wish to discuss and learn during the workshop.  We know your goal is to 'capture the magic' and improve your photography, and we're here to ensure you do both.