2019 ALASKAN GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTO WORKSHOP
Grizzly Bears, Whales, Eagles....and more....Alaskan Wildlife at its Best!
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 marine life and eagles on the Kenai Peninsula and three full days photographing fishing bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. When you're into Alaskan wildlife, it doesn't get better than this!
TOUR DATES: 28 June - 10 July, 2019
Rick was lead bear guide at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark National Park for eight years and knows both the area and the bears intimately. He welcomes the chance to share this experience with fellow photographers and has selected these particular dates for his grizzly workshop in perpetuity for their consistency in offering photographers the widest range of subject matter while maximizing the opportunities for shooting bears in the wild.
WHY THESE DATES?
- the days are long, providing extra hours of good shooting light
- the weather has settled
- the sedge fields are green
- the clamming tides (bears eat clams!) are mostly favorable
- the wildflowers are in full bloom
- the maximum number of bears (usually 25-28) are on hand and look their best (they start molting mid-July)
- the cubs are out and the grass is still short enough to photograph them unimpeded
- the spawning salmon usually traverse Brooks waterfall at this time to reach the spawning grounds, and the bears are waiting
- 11 full days of photography
- 12 nights accommodation in 3 & 4-star lodges, cabins and hotels (based on double occupancy)
- All meals, water and soft drinks, limited wine and beer
- 4-hour scenic train journey from Anchorage to Seward
- 11 Flights (including 6 float plane flights) from Soldotna and Anchorage to remote lodges in Lake Clark and Katmail National Parks
- All ground transport - one way by private 12-pax van from Seward to Homer; return flight from Homer to Anchorage
- Private boat charters in Seward, Homer, and Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark National Park
- Unlimited infield and classroom photography training
- Taxes and Park Fees
- All Gratuities
- Footwear in the form of knee boots and hip waders at Silver Salmon Creek
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Return flights between domicile and Anchorage
- Mandatory travel and health insurance
- Alcoholic spirit drinks
Both lodges offers other activities for those who seek variety or something to do during down time. These activities include kayaking, hiking back to the lake (SSCL), canoeing, and sport fishing for Halibut (fishing and charter boat fee extra)
PLEASE NOTE: Although the group is transported by ATV and trailer at SSCL there is walking involved. Walking is also involved at Brooks Falls from the floatplane to the falls, and applicants should be fit and able to carry their own gear on flat, but uneven terrain.
At SSCL, while we’ll be taking full advantage of the best photo opportunities throughout the day, there are a couple of high tides during this period that will restrict movement in the field for photographers and bears alike. This time will be used for processing images and for talks (if desired) on subjects central to photography such as the elements of composition and wildlife shooting as well as technical aspects of post-processing workflow and some hands-on training with Lightroom.
At Brooks Falls, we will be shooting from a platform which is regulated by time (and rangers). Once your time is up, you will be required to leave the platform and register you name for another time slot. You can return to the platform as often as time permits during park hours. During the 'down' we will be exploring the lower trails along the river for fishing bears and discussing our shooting sessions and how to improve our settings for the next session.
Temperatures will usually be in the 50’s and 60's, cool & coastal. Rain is likely so bring a raincoat and layered clothing. There is a laundry service available at all lodges, cabins and hotels.
Alaska has so much to offer that it's hard to fit everything into one trip. In addition to 8 days of shooting bears, we're including 3 days on the Kenai Peninsula shooting whales and glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay, and eagles and a variety of marine life in Homer's Katchemak Bay.
SOARING WITH EAGLES......
Come aboard the GRANITE CAPE for two adventure-packed half-day trips shooting eagles, puffins, kittiwakes, sea otters and stunning landscape in beautiful Katchemak Bay. We'll be overnighting in the swank Land's End Resort at the end of Homer Spit where you'll enjoy views of the bay and further photo ops of mariner life and the local fishing fleet.
.....FLOATING WITH WHALES
The port town of Seward is gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The park is renowned for the glaciers that flow into coastal fjords that are habitat to whale and porpoise. The scenery is exquisite and we'll be spending two days on Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park exploring the abundant marine life and scenic attractions.
- Four images above and the one below used under license from Shutterstock.com
COST AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Cost of safari (11 Days | 12 Nights): $9750pp
There is a $1500pp deposit to be paid on booking. The balance of $8250 is due in two equal payments of $4125 on January 30, 2019 and April 7, 2019.
ALL PRICES QUOTED ARE BASED ON DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY. SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.