Brown Bears of Alaska

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August 2019
$800 deposit

8 days of photographing grizzly bears, landscapes, and other wildlife at a private lodge away from crowds, confined shooting areas, and time limits.

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  • Alaska Bears 2019


    As a wildlife biologist, one of my interests was in predators and predator-prey relationships. I wanted to study polar bears in graduate school, but circumstances led me to the amazing northern goshawk instead. I still have a strong interest in bears, and this photo trip is exciting because there will be plenty of them!

    Join me in Alaska, mid-to late August 2019, for 8 days of Alaska brown bear photography. We'll be based at a private lodge away from crowds, confined shooting platforms, and time limits. Each day will be spent watching and photographing bears as they chase and eat salmon, sleep, and chase each other. There are no barriers, no fences, nothing impeding your view and experience with the bears and other wildlife.

    This is a photo trip to photograph bears, Alaska landscape, and other wildlife, rather than a workshop, but I will help you as much as I can to ensure you make the best photographs and there will be time to discuss photography, workflow, post-processing, as well as experiment with other aspects of photography long exposure and macro.

    Each day we'll travel to the bears by small boat. Hiking is along generally flat terrain, but you should be physically able to walk up to a mile across variable ground carrying your equipment.

    Other wildlife in the area are seals, sea lions, fox, porcupine, wolf, moose, whales, sea otter, bald eagle and other bird life. The general area is coastal, surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, so landscape photography opportunities will abound, in the meadow, on the beach, along the rivers, and even wandering through camp! Wildflowers will be blooming also. There will be no end to the opportunities for photography.

    The lodge accommodates up to 11 people, so that will be the maximum for this trip. Lodge accommodations are single or double occupancy (double occupancy with a full group). Each room has two beds and private bath with toilets and running water.

    *** Because of the limited space and huge popularity of this area, your $600 non-refundable deposit by November 15, 2018, will secure your spot. Your balance will be due by May 1, 2019. Prior to May 1 I'll have a final tally and fee for you based on the number of participants ***. Total cost is estimated to be $7300 - $7800 based on number of participants (could be less). There is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 for this workshop. Specific dates will be announced when available.

    I strongly recommend arriving at least a day early in case of weather delays. There is a free shuttle from Kodiak Airport to local hotels. A list of available hotels will be provided along with other information when your deposit is received. The floatplane departs from Kodiak for the lodge at 12:30pm on the 1st day and returns to Kodiak at 2:30pm on the last day. To get to Kodiak by air, Alaska Airlines (www.alaskaair.com) and RAVN Alaska (www.flyravn.com) fly from Anchorage. If you're adventurous, you could take the approximately 12 hour ferry, each way, from Homer to Kodiak (around $200 round trip). I also recommend overnight in Kodiak on the last day for departures home on the following day, also in case of weather delays. Otherwise, schedule your departing flight from Kodiak after 5:00pm on the last day. If you would like to extend the photo trip to a workshop on Kodiak Island or elsewhere in Alaska prior to or following the bear trip, let me know and it can be arranged.

    Round trip transportation from Kodiak Island airport (ADQ) to lodge by floatplane
    Guided bear and wildlife photography
    Instruction as needed, in-the-field and online image review and feedback
    Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments
    Chef prepared gourmet meals on site, with complimentary beer and wine
    Hip waders and raingear

    Not Included:
    Transportation to and from gateway city of Kodiak, Alaska
    Alcoholic beverages (other than beer and wine at meals. You're welcome to bring your own or purchase in Kodiak)
    Personal items
    Excess baggage fees (if needed)
    Trip insurance (recommended)
    Fees for activities not covered in itinerary

    A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.

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