2019 Alaska Wildlife Photo Tour & Workshop – 8 day / 7 night June 22 - 29, 2019

Exclusive photo tour with renowned Alaska photographer Jeff Schultz

During this one-week trip you have the great opportunity to observe and photograph the bears in the world famous Katmai National park. You will spend three nights in a remote lodge, photographing bears. During a full-day boat trip, enjoy photographing glaciers, ice bergs, seals, sea lions, puffins and whales in Prince William Sound.

We take you to unique locations, far from the tourist crowds. Your lead photo guide, professional photographer Jeff Schultz, has lived in Alaska for over 36 years and has been the official photographer of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 1982.

This exclusive photo tour of Alaska cannot be compared to other Alaskan photo tours. We take you to unique locations, far from the tourist crowds. Your lead photo guide, professional photographer Jeff Schultz, has lived in Alaska for over 36 years and has been the official photographer of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 1982. A second photo guide will also be on hand.
Partners who are not engaged in photography, will also enjoy this unique natural experience and the possibility to observe bears in their natural environment.

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Who

This Alaskan photo tour is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. Due to the group’s reduced size and the support provided by two guides, the individual needs of each participant can be given proper attention.

Partners who are not engaged in photography, will also enjoy this unique natural experience and the possibility to observe bears in their natural environment.

When

June 22 - 29, 2019 -- 8 days / 7 nights from / to Anchorage

Where

Anchorage—Prince William Sound -- Kodiak

Highlights

This Alaska photo tour offers an extraordinary number of photographic highlights

  • Brown bears, in the world-famous Katmai National Park with fantastic beautiful coastal landscapes, during the ideal season for bear watching with spring cubs!
  • Alaska during early summer with beautiful wild flowers and exuberant green nature
  • Exclusive boat tour (for our group only) in Prince William Sound with great photo opportunities: vast glaciers, picturesque mountain landscapes, bald eagles, whales, orcas, otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and many more
  • Typical, rustic Alaskan lodges - some of which are very remote, and thus close to photographic highlights
  • Photograph the archipelago of Alaska’s largest island, Kodiak
  • Personal support and assistance from renowned Alaskan professional photographer: Jeff Schultz
  • Throughout the whole trip, Jeff will be offering short, hands-on tutorials on relevant photographic topics.

Cost

$ 8,040.-

  • per person, based on double occupancy
  • from/to Anchorage
  • Includes all 7 nights’ accommodations, ground and air transportation & meals from first night dinner to last day lunch.

Single supplement $ 500*- (without lodge in Katmai National Park)

*Single rooms: strictly limited and availability must be checked. Because of the limited number of cabins and short season at our lodge in Katmai National Park, it is necessary for participants to share a cabin (twin beds).

DAY 1 - Leisurely trip to Whittier

After meeting in Anchorage we are heading to Whittier. This day´s schedule will be arranged depending on the weather conditions, e.g. photographing along the Turnagain Arm.

DAY 2: Discover Prince Williams Sound

Today you’ll enjoy a full-day private boat trip, photographing eagles, sea lions, puffins, glaciers , seals, ice-bergs and whales in the Prince William Sound.
We board a boat which is exclusively chartered for our group. We will spend the entire day at sea, including two stops for shore photography in Prince William Sound. The landscape and the giant glaciers will fascinate you. We will return to idyllic Whittier for another overnight stay.

DAY 3: Flight to Kodiak

Today we will take a short trip to Anchorage airport for our flight to Kodiak, Alaska´s largest island. We will spend the afternoon in the surroundings of the small town of Kodiak and photograph its archipelago. From 1792 to 1804, Kodiak was the capital of the former Russian colony. Nowadays, however, Kodiak is a busy fishing town. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Baranow Museum are reminiscent of the Russian period.

DAY 4: From Kodiak to the Katmai National Park

Today, we will experience another great highlight of this photography tour. A seaplane will take you to our lodge in the Katmai National Park. The lodge is located on the coast and is close to the famous Hallo Bay. This is where you will spend three nights photographing the famous coastal bears and other wildlife, such as eagles, foxes and much more.

Day 5 - 6: Katmai

After breakfast, we will take a boat to observe bears and other wildlife along the coast and in the coves. Depending on the weather conditions, we will arrange for a picnic during the tour.

In the evening, depending on your preferences, you can either schedule a discussion of the photographs, or you can simply enjoy the lodge´s facilities.

June is an excellent season for bear watching in this region. Following the long winter sleep on the banks of the Katmai coast, the bears gather to feed on the protein-rich mussels. Additionally, they also appreciate the fresh green grass, which, by the way, provides a great backdrop for photographs. The wild flowers should also begin to blossom, from mid-June onwards.

Day 7: Return to Anchorage

In the morning, we resume our search for bears, before our return flight to Kodiak by seaplane. Later in the afternoon, we fly onwards to Anchorage.

Day 8: End of the Photography Tour

After breakfast, your photography tour will be concluded. You can either take your return flight home or begin your individual supplementary program.

At each of the workshop classroom sessions, Jeff will discuss his methods for shooting stellar wildlife and landscape images as is appropriate for the group. During each days’ outings, Jeff will also talk through his methods for making the best image at the current location with the subject at hand. He is NOT there to photograph his own images; he is there to help you take your photography to the next level. Jeff will also cover the following:

  • 10 Tips to making better images no matter where you are
  • Composition: Do’s, Don’ts, and New Ideas
  • What makes a compelling image
  • Use of various types of filters
  • Combining shutter speeds and f-stops… and the effects of each
  • Equipment: What You Really Need, Would Like, & Don’t Need at All

Besides two Canon camera bodies, Jeff brings lenses from 14mm-400mm and flash with off-camera capabilities, tripod, polarizer and split-neutral density filters.

ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT:
*At the very least, please bring:
1. A DSLR camera with two lenses such as a 24-105mm and a 100-400mm would be ideal.
2. Several back up batteries & charger
3. Extra media cards for your camera
4. Tripod

Ideally, if possible, please also bring:

  • Extra camera body
  • Lenses ranging from 17mm-400mm
    (If you’d like to rent equipment while you are visiting Alaska, we recommend our friends at Stewart’s Photo Shop in downtown Anchorage. Visit them online at: http://stewartsphoto.com/rentals/)
  • A long telephoto: 400-500mm is ideal.
  • A macro lens or extension tubes
  • Polarizing Filter - Jeff uses and recommends Singh-Ray
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters:
    Jeff carries a 2 and a 3 stop “soft” and "hard" Galen Rowell graduated filters by Singh-Ray. Get a 10% discount on your purchase of any Singh-Ray filters using this discount code: Schultz10 at this address: http://www.singh-ray.com/
  • Flash and off-camera cord
  • Lens shades & cable release
  • Non abrasive, absorbent cloth
  • Laptop computer with image editing/processing software - Jeff uses and recommends BreezeBrowser & Lightroom
  • Backpack type of carrying case - Jeff uses and recommends Mindshift. Get free shipping and free gear using this link: http://www.mindshiftgear.com?rfsn=507780.a01562
  • Any other easily transported photography gear you like to use

In June, the weather in Alaska can be warm or cool. Be prepared for sun, wind, rain and even sometimes snow. We therefore recommend the appropriate functional clothing, applying the principle of layers.

  • Dress in layers with synthetic type material, not cotton
  • Bring sturdy hiking boots.
  • Bring rain gear.
  • Your own personal, refillable water bottle or bladder

A complete list of necessary clothing will be sent closer to the workshop date.

The price includes;

  • All aspects of the photography workshop-tour
  • Tutorials and feedback sessions
  • All 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals from the first night dinner, through the last day breakfast
  • Bear-watching in the Katmai National Park (3 nights)
  • Round trip ground transportation according to the itinerary
  • Air transportation from Anchorage to Kodiak
  • Floatplane flight* from Kodiak to Katmai National Park
  • One-day private boat excursion in Prince William Sound

What’s not included

  • Air transportation from your home to and from Anchorage, Alaska
  • Any personal gear. You must bring your own photography gear, clothing, toiletries and outerwear. There are weight restrictions on gear for the flights (maximum of 50 lbs per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities for lodge guides and pilots
  • Optional transfers and excursions
  • Any visa and/or airport fee
  • Travel insurance/cancellation coverage

* All flying is done “weather permitting”. In Alaska, the weather can be changeable. This means that in bad weather, certain activities and/or transfers (e.g. bush plane, helicopter) may be delayed, or unable to take place at all. In these cases, we will adjust the adventure to do what we can for the weather we have. Jeff Schultz Photography, Amazing Views and our lodge vendor is not responsible for flights that are cancelled due to weather and/or weather delays.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Whittier: Charming Hotel

Comfortable and charming hotel directly at Whittier harbour. Spacious rooms. Free Wifi

Kodiak: Best Western Kodiak Inn or similar

This comfortable hotel is located in downtown Kodiak, on St. Paul's Harbour. Shops, the Native Alutiiq Museum and the Russian Baranow Museum, can be easily accessed from the hotel.

The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, souvenir shop, business centre, washing machines, fitness centre and a whirlpool. The rooms are fully equipped with all facilities, such as desk, private bathroom, TV and DVD player, radio, microwave oven, refrigerator, iron and ironing board and free Wi-Fi.

Lodge in Katmai National Park

Our lodge is another highlight of this Alaskan photography tour and is located in the secluded wilderness in the centre of the Katmai National Park. This region is very rich in bears. The lodge offers a particularly individual and exclusive bear-watching experience. During our 3-night stay, we will go on daily bear-watching tours. A licensed captain will take you to the best sites in surrounding coves (depending on the time and tide). A boat specially designed for the lodge will take you to remote beaches.

June is the ideal season for bear-watching on the coast of the Katmai National Park. The bears are often seen excavating mussels on the beaches, or you may well get the opportunity to watch them directly from the lodge terrace. Additionally, lush green meadows, wild flowers and the impressive mountain range of the Katmai coast offer a breath-taking backdrop for bear photographs.

The cabins of the lodge are built from cedar wood. All rooms have a fully-equipped bathroom. With some luck, you may be able to watch the bears directly from the terrace. The lodge offers a cosy lounge and a dining area.

Anchorage - Lakefront Hotel or similar

The hotel enjoys a beautiful location on the scenic Lake Spenard, approx. 6 km from the city centre and less than 1 km from Ted Stevens International Airport and the Lake Hood seaplane landing site.

The hotel has a good restaurant with a terrace and great views, lobby with fireplace, bar and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with bath/shower, toilet, hairdryer, TV, Internet, coffee machine and refrigerator.

Your safety is ultimately the primary concern.

Physical Requirements: Good to excellent condition

  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • Weather Conditions: Moderate to extreme. August temperatures range from 40° F (4° C) to 65° F (17° C). May experience rain, wind or sun
  • Agility: Good to excellent (ability to climb steps into small float plane, up and downhill hiking and traveling on uneven, rocky terrain and spongy tundra)
  • Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude is essential
  • Activities: boating, riding in trailer of 4-wheeler, hiking to photographic opportunities on uneven tundra and terrain

You will be on this adventure with like-minded people who love photography and the great outdoors as well as expanding their knowledge of the art of taking pictures. The group will consist of international travellers.

Due to the high demand for, and limited number of places on thIS Alaskan photo tour, the following payment conditions apply:

Deposit

Upon receipt of the booking confirmation, a deposit of 50% of the total amount must be paid immediately. $500 of this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason.

Balance

The outstanding balance is due on or before March 1, 2019.

Cancellation Conditions

For cancellations, modifications or re-bookings later than 150 days before the departure date, the following cancellation fees apply:

150 - 91 days before departure: 50%
90 – 0 Tage days before departure: 100%

Refunds for cancellations 90 days before departure are not guaranteed. If we can fill the space with another booking we will refund the payments (minus 15% for re-booking charges with our vendors). For this reason, and for medical emergencies, we strongly recommend trip insurance.

We suggest one of these two options for insurance:

Terms & Conditions

Attention: This trip is being offered through my Swiss-based partner photo tour operator, Amazing Views Photo and Adventure Tours (www.amazingviews.ch)  By reserving a spot on this photography workshop, you agree to the booking and cancellation policies as listed and the Release of Liability specified by Amazing Views.
The Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.

USA entry regulations: Your passport must be valid for a least 1 day longer than your return date. Upon entering the USA/Alaska, travellers must be able to prove their date of departure (onward or return flight). Please note that you can only enter the USA without a visa (for a stay of up to 90 days) if you have the new Swiss biometric passport (Passport 06). With all other passports, you require a visa.

In addition, ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approval under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is mandatory for all Swiss nationals and all other nationalities. The VWP allows a visa-free stay of up to 90 days in the USA/Alaska for tourism or business purposes. ESTA applications (fee as of November 2013 USD 14) can be submitted at any time prior to travel, and are valid for up to two years (with the same passport). Even if you are entering the USA/Alaska overland, the ESTA is mandatory. Questions must be answered in English. The US Department for Homeland Security requires that ESTA applications must be made at least 72 hours before the start of your trip. Register with the ESTA at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

BOOK YOUR TRIP NOW

Contact us directly if you have questions about the workshop/tour or would like to book directly.

After booking What’s Next? Upon booking we will contact you to confirm your space and see if you have any specific questions we can answer at that time. Then, several months before the workshop, we will e-mail you a list of other essential personal gear, any specialized photography gear we feel will enhance your experience, and more detailed information on where and when to meet for the first day. We will also ask for emergency contact information and medical information.

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