This Alaska spring photo tour & workshop is designed to take you on a 6 day/7-night mountain, ice, iceberg, snow and night-sky, aurora landscape extravaganza. We will photograph the pan-ice tide movements of Turnagain Arm, with the third highest tides in the world. On two separate days, we’ll fly in a helicopter, with the doors off, to photograph aerials of stranded icebergs, glaciers and snow-capped mountains. We’ll land and walk to these behemoth, intricate-patterned bergs. We’ll also do spring snow-scape photography in the mountains of Alaska. Though not guaranteed, we will watch and seek out opportunities for photographing moose and Dall sheep.
Each night, weather & appropriate conditions permitting, we will do night-sky photography of a star-studded sky with incredible mountain scenery. Conditions permitting, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) will appear and participants get to see and photograph this.
This tour and workshop is timed when Alaska’s temperatures are warming and the frozen water has been thawing. In early April, the daylight is increasing over 5-minutes each day and much warmer than our long-dark winter days.
This is not just a photo “tour” but a photo tour and workshop. While in the field and in the several classroom instruction sessions, Jeff will teach you methods he’s learned in his 40+ years as a professional photographer to help you take your landscape and night-sky photography to the next level. Jeff is not there to make his own photographs…he is there to ensure you get to make your Alaskan dream shots, make your time safe and enjoyable and teach you additional good photography practices.
Your photo guide, professional photographer Jeff Schultz, has lived in Alaska for over 40 years and has been the official photographer of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 1982. This trip will take you to unique, off-the-beaten path locations.
This Alaskan photo tour is perfect for advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers. (maximum 6 participants). Due to the group’s reduced size, the individual needs of each participant will be given proper attention.
The trip is very conducive to non-photographer spouses/partners joining to enjoy the bountiful and spectacular natural scenes.
Tuesday April 6 – Tuesday April 13th. 6 full days and 7 nights
Arrive to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) and travel to locations including; Turnagain Arm, Chugach State Park, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, helicopter off the road system to remote glaciers & lakes, Talkeetna & Chugach Mountains and return to Anchorage
- Pre-Workshop classroom instruction
- Amazing mountain and sea locations for spring snow, ice, iceberg and night sky landscape opportunities.
- Potential of photographing moose and Dall sheep.
- 4 Helicopter flights, with doors off, traveling over glaciers and landing at frozen, iceberg filled lake. Plenty of time to explore and photograph the landscape and icebergs.
- Typical, rustic Alaskan lodges - some of which are remote, and thus close to photographic highlights
- All meals included from first night dinner through last morning breakfast.
- Guided by Jeff Schultz, one of Alaska most published and respected professional photographers
- Daily Classroom & onsite instruction and critique sessions
- Nearly 14 hours of daylight. Sunrise: 7 am Sunset: 9 pm / 21:00
Standard Trip: $4650 double occupancy Includes all 7 nights’ accommodations and meals from arrival day dinner through last day breakfast.
Non-Participating Spouse Standard Trip: $4350
* Single Supplement Cost: $550 Separate room on all 7 nights.
Day 1 Tuesday April 6, 2021 Arrival day.
Alaska is 4-hours earlier than eastern time and 1 hour earlier than Pacific time. For those traveling from a far time zone, we suggest perhaps arriving a day or two earlier to acclimatize to the time change. We are happy to provide hotel options and potential activities
Arrive on your own to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) Anchorage, AK. Please arrive no later than 3 pm. Transfer on a free shuttle to our hotel as you arrive. At 4:30 pm we meet at our hotel for a meet and greet, orientation for the trip and a pre-workshop classroom instruction on winter landscape and night-sky photography followed by dinner.
Day 2 Early breakfast at hotel and then we are on our way in our private 15-passenger van for the six guests and Jeff. We will photograph the sea ice of Turnagain Arm, snow-clad Chugach mountains with a potential to see and photograph Dall Sheep.
We’ll photograph sunset along Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountains. With appropriate conditions, we will photograph the Aurora and/or night-sky. We overnight in the quiet hamlet of Girdwood, Alaska
Day 3 Early morning and through early afternoon we are out photographing sunrise landscapes in Portage Valley and the moving ice along Turnagain Arm. Late afternoon will find us travelling by van 50 miles north toward the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in search of additional winter landscapes and moose and sunset. The nighttime, with appropriate conditions, we will photograph the Aurora and/or night-sky. We overnight the next two nights at a plush B&B in Palmer.
Day 4 Early morning we take flight in helicopters with the doors off for aerial images over glaciers, snow-capped mountains and to a frozen lake with icebergs. We spend a good 5-hours photographing the icebergs and the area around. Back to our B&B for a break and then, with appropriate conditions at night, we will photograph the Aurora and/or night-sky. Overnight at our B&B again.
Day 5 Early in the morning we once again fly in the helicopters to a different glacier and iceberg strewn frozen lake to spend several hours photographing. In the afternoon we will drive further north in a glacial valley between two mountain ranges, stopping several times for winter/spring landscapes. We will be at a well-appointed lodge nestled in between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountain Ranges. Night-sky photography weather permitting.
Day 6 Early sunrise shoot as we search for moose and winter/spring landscapes in this new area. The day is spent in this area photographing various locations with spring creeks & ice, glaciers and mountains vistas. Night time at the lodge with nigh-sky photography weather permitting.
Day 7 Early morning sunrise photography and then a driving trip to the Hatcher Pass area and drive back toward Anchorage in the late afternoon. Night-sky photography weather permitting. This evening, we will be back in Anchorage at our starting hotel for a final night dinner and image critique.
Day 8 Breakfast on your own at the hotel and Leave Anchorage on your own timing.
At each of the workshop classroom sessions, Jeff will discuss his methods for shooting stellar landscape and night-sky 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, tripod, polarizer and split-neutral density filters.
ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT:
At the very least, please bring:
- A DSLR camera with two lenses --- ideally a wide angle (20-24mm) f/2.8 or larger. And a moderate telephoto such as a 70-200mm
- Several back up batteries & charger
- Extra media cards for your camera
- Tripod with remote/cable release
Ideally, if possible, please also bring:
- Extra camera body or two
- Lenses ranging from 17mm-400mm. An ideal lens selection for this trip would be:
- 14mm f/2.8 or faster fixed lens
- 16-35mm f/2.8 or faster
- 24-70mm f/2.8
- 70-200mm or 100-400mm
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/
- Macro lens
- Second tripod for shooting several types of night-sky images at one time. – see Jeff’s gear closet for what he uses and recommends: https://www.schultzphoto.com/jeffs-gear-closet/
- Polarizing Filters – see Jeff’s gear closet for what he uses and recommends: https://www.schultzphoto.com/jeffs-gear-closet/
- Graduated Neutral Density Filters: – see Jeff’s gear closet for what he uses and recommends: https://www.schultzphoto.com/jeffs-gear-closet/
- Flash and off-camera firing capabilty
- Lens shades & cable release
- Non abrasive cloth
- Laptop computer with image editing/processing software - Jeff uses and recommends Lightroom for processing and BreezeBrowser or Photo Mechanic for a quick first edit (culling).
- Backpack type of carrying case - – see Jeff’s gear closet for what he uses and recommends: https://www.schultzphoto.com/jeffs-gear-closet/
- Any other easily transported photography gear you like to use
Average temperatures (Daytime high and nighttime low) in places we will be is between 15 F / -9C and 49 F / 9C
- Dress in layers with synthetic type material, not cotton
- Warm winter coat
- long john top and bottoms
- Bring sturdy winter-type warm boots, a trekking pole if you have one
- headlamp w/ red lens capability.
A complete list of necessary clothing will be sent closer to the workshop date.
The price includes:
- All aspects of the photography workshop/tour
- Round trip transportation in 15-passenger van from Anchorage to all points listed and back to Anchorage.
- All 7-nights accommodations
- All meals from the first night dinner, through the last day breakfast.
- Transportation to Anchorage
- Personal expenses
- Photography equipment
- Gratuities for pilots and guides.
Your safety is ultimately the primary concern.
Physical Requirements: Good to excellent condition
- Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
- Weather Conditions: Moderate to extreme. Early to mid-April temperatures range from 15 F / -9C and 49 F / 9C May experience snow, rain, wind or sun
- Agility: Good to excellent: No strenuous walking but must be able to get into helicopter and walk on uneven terrain & on snow where necessary
- Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude is essential
- Activities: hiking to photographic opportunities on uneven and slippery terrain including in the dark
- Photographic Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Due to Alaska’s short season as well as the high demand for, and limited number of places on this Alaskan photo tour, the following payment conditions apply:
A $1000 NON-REFUNDABLE payment is required at time of booking. This payment can be made online with a credit card.
The balance of the tour price is due January 2, 2021 via check or wire transfer. Sorry, but a 3% surcharge must be added for credit card payments for the balance. An invoice for the balance will be sent at least 30 days prior to that time. Payments can be made prior to this date as well.
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
All cancellation requests must be received in writing. Excluding the $1000 non-refundable payment portion, all payments are refundable ONLY if we can fill your space(s) with another booking. We typically have a waiting list for these trips, but cannot guarantee one will be available should you choose or need to cancel.
Except for the $1000 NON-REFUNDABLE payment, 80% of all payments forfeited can be applied to a future Jeff Schultz Photography photo tour.
We are sorry but we cannot offer refunds for delays or cancellations because of weather, flights, or other unforeseen reasons before arriving, during or after the photo tour. Jeff Schultz Photography Inc. is not responsible for additional costs which may be incurred by such delays. We highly recommend arriving in Anchorage 1-2 full days before the trip.
We have the right to cancel this photo tour for lack of registrants up to 60 days prior to the photo tour date. In the case that we cancel the photo tour, 100% of your payments will be returned. However, Jeff Schultz Photography Inc. does not assume responsibility for any other costs incurred by our client because of our cancellation of the trip.
We are sorry, but due to our short season here in Alaska, we are unable to make exceptions, for any reason, to our cancellation policy including medical or family emergencies.
For this reason, and for medical emergencies, we strongly recommend trip insurance. If we can fill the space with another booking we will refund the payments (minus 15% for re-booking charges with our vendors). We suggest one of these two options for insurance:
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