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ALASKAN GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTO WORKSHOP

8 Days / 9 Nights   |   30 June - 9 July 2018

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Welcome to an experience of a lifetime

We're expanding our ever-popular 5-day ALASKAN GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTO WORKSHOP from the sedge fields on the shores of Lake Clark National Park to include three full days photographing fishing bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. When you're into bears, it doesn't get better than this!

 
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ARRIVAL |  Saturday, June 30, 2018
Anchorage - Ted Stevens International Airport

WELCOME TO ALASKA!

Today is arrival day.  Everyone will meet at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel for cocktails at 6pm and a welcome dinner at 8pm. Dinner venue to be announced. During the course of the evening there will be a tour briefing of what to expect over the next 8 days.

ACCOMMODATION: MARRIOTT COURTYARD AIRPORT HOTEL

DAY 1 |  Sunday, July 1, 2018
Lake Clark National Park

The adventure begins!

We'll depart by small plane to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge located in Lake Clark National Park, an hour's flight southwest of Anchorage. The meadows around the lodge are home to a large number of Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears, a relative of the smaller grizzly that roams the interior of the park. These coastal bears are habituated to humans and we will spend the next four days getting up close and personal for some spectacular photography.

ACCOMMODATION: SILVER SALMON CREEK LODGE

DAY 2 |  Monday, July 2, 2018
Lake Clark National Park

Meals at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge are at 8am, 1pm, and 7pm.  We try and stick to the meal times as much as possible, but we'll be in the field most of the day - which means before breakfast and after dinner as well!  Being July, there are 18 hours of daylight and we'll take advantage of them to the fullest. At the same time, we'll need the occasional break and so will the guide.  During that time, we can work on photos or have group critiques of the photos we processed from yesterday.

ACCOMMODATION: SILVER SALMON CREEK LODGE

DAY 3 |  Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Lake Clark National Park

We're in the field early again today.  Breakfast at 8am, then back for more photography.  Coastal bears like to eat clams to supplement the 25-30 pounds of grass they eat daily.  We having good clamming tides most days while we're at Lake Clark, giving us the opportunity to photograph bears (hopefully with cubs!) on the tidal flats for a change of pace. 

During a break from shooting bears, for those who want further adventure, there's a great lake a short hike from the lodge where you can canoe out amongst the water lilies for some great landscape photography. 

ACCOMMODATION: SILVER SALMON CREEK LODGE

DAY 4 |  Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Lake Clark National Park

Today's our last full day at Silver Salmon Creek. We'll spend the day increasing our photo inventory.  The period we're at Lake Clark is the best time to see mating pairs of bears and young mums with spring cubs emerging from the den. The bears looks their best as they haven't as yet started to shed their winter coat.  This last season was a bumper year not only for bears, but lynx, wolves and moose as well. We'll have no shortage of subject matter!

One day we'll make the 3-hour roundtrip boat excursion to Duck Island, a puffin rookery teeming with birdlife. 

ACCOMMODATION: SILVER SALMON CREEK LODGE

DAY 5 |  Thursday, July 5, 2018
Lake Clark National Park / Anchorage

We'll have one last bear outing prior to breakfast. After a leisurely breakfast, we'll head back to the beach for the hour flight back to Anchorage, arriving around noon. We'll again be staying at the Marriott.  

After lunch, the afternoon will be mostly classroom for those who wish to learn about workflows in Lightroom and/or have some one-on-one assistance.  You're also free to use all or part of the afternoon as free time.  We'll meet again for cocktails and dinner at 6pm. 

ACCOMMODATION: MARRIOTT COURTYARD AIRPORT HOTEL

DAY 6 |  Friday, July 6, 2018
Katmai National Park / Brooks Falls

We'll be taking an early morning regional flight from Ted Stevens International Airport to King Salmon, home to Katmai National Park and Reserve, 284 miles southwest of Anchorage,   Our luggage will be left in the regional office while we transfer with our camera gear to a nearby float plane for the 15 minute flight to Brooks Falls.

Katmai National Park is spectacular from the air and we'll have six chances at aerial photography - with everyone getting a chance to ride co-pilot - as we fly in and out of Brooks each day.

After a day of shooting bears fishing for red coho at the falls, we'll return to King Salmon to check into our lodge and have dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: KING SALMON LODGE

DAY 7 |  Saturday, July 7, 2018
Katmai National Park / Brooks Falls

After an early breakfast, we'll make the short floatplane flight into Brooks.  Unlike Lake Clark National Park where there is no distance restriction on bears, Brooks is heavily regulated and we will be shooting from a platform.  There is also a time restriction (1 hour) which we must adhere to.  After our allotted time, we have to leave the platform, sign up for another time slot and, while waiting, we can explore the lower reaches of the river where bears continue to fish in the shallows.  It's an experience uniquely different to the one we just experienced. At the same time, one only needs to look at the photos to see the positives far outweigh the negatives. The platform closes at 7pm and we can mount the platform as often as time (and people) allow.

ACCOMMODATION:  KING SALMON LODGE

DAY 8 | Sunday, July 8 2018
Katmai National Park / Brooks Falls / Anchorage

When photographing wildlife it's important to book an extra day to allow changes in weather, animal behavior and, in this case, platform crowds.  If everything has been in our favor, there is an individual  choice on this day to either return to Brooks Falls or to visit The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a different region of Katmai and a great place for landscapes. Either way, we will pack our personal belongings which will be waiting for us at the regional flight office for our late afternoon departure to Anchorage.

After checking into our rooms in Anchorage, we will meet for a late farewell dinner and reminisce about our adventure over the last eight days.

ACCOMMODATION:  MARRIOTT COURTYARD AIRPORT HOTEL

DEPARTURE  |  July 9, 2018
Anchorage

After a leisurely breakfast, you have free time until your flight home. Bon Voyage! and safe travels.

NOTE: It is recommended that you spend the night of July 8 in Anchorage as weather can sometimes delay regional flights in the national park area and you may miss your flight connection home on the 8th. If you prefer to risk it, please let your guide know at least three days in advance so that your room at the Marriott can be cancelled. Failure to do so will mean forfeiture of a refund for your room accommodation.

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.
 
 

3-DAY EXTENSION

27-30 June 2018 

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DAY 1 | Thursday, June 28, 2018

 

Anchorage / Seward

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DAY 2 | Friday, June 29, 2018

 

Seward / Homer

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DAY 3 | Saturday, June 30, 2018

 

Homer / Anchorage