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July 11-22, 2020

 

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ARRIVAL |  Saturday, July 11, 2020
Anchorage - Ted Stevens International Airport

WELCOME TO ALASKA!

Arrival day at the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel on Lake Spenard, five minutes from Ted Stevens International Airport. Welcome Cocktail in the hotel bar at 8pm for those who arrive in time.

ACCOMMODATION: LAKEFRONT ANCHORAGE

DAY 1 |  Sunday, July 12, 2020
Katmai National Park / Brooks Falls

The adventure begins!

  • Commercial flight from Anchorage to King Salmon, 284 miles southwest of Anchorage

  • Fly aboard a float plane from King Salmon to Brooks Falls, a short 20-minute flight. 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.

  • Spend the day shooting fishing bears at the falls as the salmon swim upstream to their spawning grounds.

  • Return to King Salmon Lodge via floatplane for a relaxing dinner in a lovely setting.

ACCOMMODATION: KING SALMON LODGE

DAY 2 |  Monday, July 13, 2020
Katmai National Park / Brooks Falls

  • Return to Brooks Falls for another day of shooting fishing bears

  • Photographing bears from a platform at the falls is an experience uniquely different to photographing bears in the wild without restrictions. 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 3 | Tuesday, July 14 2020
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 option 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.

  • Return flight to Anchorage at 5pm, arriving 8-8:30pm. Late dinner.

ACCOMMODATION:  LAKEFRONT ANCHORAGE

DAY 4 |  Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Seward, Resurrection Bay

  • Breakfast with Goldstar Service aboard the Coastal Classic Train from Anchorage to Seward, ranked one of the TOP TEN TRAIN RIDES in North America by National Geographic Traveler. The 4-hour scenic journey features glass-domed ceilings, full service dining and upper-level outdoor viewing platforms - perfect for photography!

  • Explore scenic Resurrection Bay aboard a private barge while photographing resident and migratory whales and birds, seals, otters and incredible scenery (Four hours).

ACCOMMODATION: LOG DREAMIN' LODGE AND CABIN

DAY 5 |  Thursday, July 16 , 2020
Seward, Kenia Fjords National Park

  • Aboard the barge, explore the coastal waters and glaciers further afield at Kenai Fjordland National Park (Six hours)

  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska's only public aquarium and camera-friendly marine wildlife rescue center.

ACCOMMODATION: LOG DREAMIN' LODGE AND CABIN

DAY 6 |  Friday, July 17, 2020
Homer / Kachemak Bay

  • Drive from Seward to Homer with lunch along the way.

  • Enjoy an extraordinary action-packed afternoon photo session shooting fishing eagles aboard the photo barge on Kachemak Bay. (Six hours)

ACCOMMODATION: LANDS END RESORT

DAY 7 |  Saturday, July 18, 2020
Homer / Katmai Coast (Hallo Bay)

  • Further explore Kachemak Bay by barge with another photo session with the eagles. This is also a good time of year for the migrating Orcas.(Four hours)

  • Fly from Homer by float plane to the ISLAND C, a research ship and our home for the next five days, anchored in Kukak Bay on the Katmai Coast.

  • Explore Hallo Bay

ACCOMMODATION: ISLAND C (SHIP)

DAY 8 | Sunday, July 19, 2020
Hallo Bay / Katmai Coast

  • Explore the Katmai Coast - Hallo Bay, Kukak Bay and/or Geographic Harbor with land excursions to shoot fishing bears.

ACCOMMODATION: ISLAND C (SHIP

DAY 9 | Monday, July 20, 2020
Hallo Bay / Katmai Coast

  • Explore the Katmai Coast - Hallo Bay, Kukak Bay and/or Geographic Harbor with land excursions to shoot fishing bears.

ACCOMMODATION: ISLAND C (SHIP)

DAY 10 | Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Hallo Bay / Katmai Coast

  • Explore the Katmai Coast - Hallo Bay, Kukak Bay and/or Geographic Harbor with land excursions to shoot fishing bears.

  • After dinner we’ll head for the Kodiak Coast, arriving in the morning.

ACCOMMODATION: ISLAND C (SHIP)

DAY 11 | Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Kodiak Coast / Kodiak / Anchorage

  • Early morning cruise for marine life, whales in particular.

  • Lunch in Kodiak

  • Flight from Kodiak to Anchorage to connect with flight home.

  • Optional dinner for those on late evening connections

I 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.