Alaska's Bears Photography Tour
How does one begin to describe this amazing photo experience? Where else can you stand at ground-level near a 1200-pound brown bear, and fill the frame with just bear? Our trip in 2013 was incredible, we were so close to sows and cubs in the meadows. Within Lake Clark Nat'l Park, our wilderness lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery, and inhabited by Alaska's icon - the brown (grizzly) bear. We'll visit vast meadows, beaches and rivers wherein we'll find the bears - at play, nursing, sparring, foraging. We'll photograph safely, escorted by a highly-experienced guide at all times. Weather permitting, we'll also visit puffin colonies by chartered boat. This is an experience not to be missed! What are you waiting for?
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Group limited to 7 participants.
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This was a fantastic trip, beyond my expectations. We had so much fun photographing the bears! On top of that, we learned a lot from Brenda on techniques for photographing wildlife.
~ Doug D.
Bears, Bears, OH MY!
• 4 nights lodging and some very full days of photography during long summer light.
• We'll fill our time photographing, and sharing techniques each day, all day.
• When we find a bear, we'll all have prime access to photograph it - no platforms with 'best spots', no time-limit or lines to view the bears.
• When we find the bears, we stay with them until they go away - or fall sleep! (and even then we photograph them)
Small Group = Fun and Learning!
• We will be taken around in ATV-pulled carts through pristine scenery - much fun and a great way to cover distances while looking for bears.
• I will be available to offer advice on long lens techniques, exposures, and for hands-on assistance. I'll be photographing alongside you, a definite benefit as I can share real-time tips for the situation.
• With the digital projector and flat-screen TV in the lodge's comfortable living room, we are set for viewing our images, another learning opportunity.
Experience of a Lifetime
• Imagine full-frame images of cubs with mothers, bears frolicking, clamming, and more, all easily photographed with 300mm-500mm lenses.
• Being here, well it's an experience that has to be felt, not just talked about. And once you go, you'll not be able to stop talking about it!
• View the image gallery for this tour.
For registrations through August 2014, a deposit of $800 USD will hold your place. After August 31, deposits will be $1300 USD.
Cancellations made 120 days or less will forfeit their deposits unless I can fill your place, in which case a refund minus $300 will be paid to you. This supercedes our normal cancellation policy which can be read here under the Tours section.
Price is based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $400, but may not be available. We'll know more as it gets closer.
What's included: Small plane transfer from/to Anchorage; 4 nights accommodation, all meals while at the lodge, non-alcoholic beverages (wine and beer are available for purchase, however); photographic instruction and advice, kayaking (optional), and boat charter to the puffin colony.
What's not included: Round trip air fare to Anchorage, AK. Hotel room in Anchorage before and after the trip; alcoholic beverages; tips for service staff and naturalist guide.
Schedule: You'll need to arrive in Anchorage on July 20th, and book a room for that evening, to be there for our scenic morning flight to the lodge. We'll gather for a no-host group dinner and a brief orientation and technique discussion. I also strongly recommend booking a room in Anchorage on July 25th, as weather may cause delays and you could miss your flight. You've been warned! I recommend the Courtyard by Marriott.
DAY 1 (Lunch, Dinner) Fly from Anchorage to the Lodge, 9am. Upon arrival at the Lodge you will be met by lodge staff and our guide, and offered a safety briefing on viewing the bears. After lunch, we will have our first chance to seek out grizzly (brown) bears. Our comfortable lodge will be our home and we'll enjoy three fresh and wholesome meals/day featuring local seafood and fresh greens from their garden. They really know how to take care of us!
DAY 2-4 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Each day will be spent exploring different areas within Lake Clark National Park as we follow and photograph the grizzly bears. We'll be taken around in carts pulled by ATV's and disembark when we encounter bears to photograph. We will have an experienced bear guide to help us find and locate the best opportunities to see and photograph the bears each day. Depending on the weather and bear activity each day, we will also have at least one opportunity to visit the nearby horned and tufted puffin colonies. Also seen in the area are bald eagles, black-legged kittiwakes, and harbor seals. There is also the opportunity to sea kayak the beautiful bays and varied coastline for scenic photo opportunities of this relatively undiscovered national park.
Evenings are spent sharing dinner, and sharing stories and images from the day’s activities. Brenda will gather images from each of you prior to out last night, and create a final evening image presentation so we can celebrate the best photos captured by the group and relive the experiences.
DAY 5 (Breakfast) Optional run out before breakfast for one last bear photo-opp. After breakfast we say our goodbyes and take a mid-morning flight back to Anchorage. But keep your camera handy - on the way to the beach there just might be another bear opportunity!
View the image gallery for this tour.
Specific details will be sent in late 2014, in plenty of time to plan and book flights.
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