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August 3-10, 2019

Join us in early August 2019 as we position our group to capture exciting images of giant Katmai brown bears feeding on a massive run of sockeye salmon.

 

 

2019 Rates:
Double Occupancy: $8,400
Single Occupancy: $9,600
Deposit: $1,000
Payment 2 - 1 Nov18 - $2,200 (DO)
Final Payment - 1 Mar19

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We are talking about a run of salmon that stretches for miles, coloring the streams red. 

Bears come from throughout the region – trained by their mothers to converge on an area where two large creeks come together and the salmon run must pause as each fish sorts out which drainage to ascend for spawning.

All those bears, which are used to a solitary lifestyle, converging on a relatively small area results in some rather interesting interactions.  All good for photography.

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Bears are coming and going from the prime fishing areas all day long – jostling for position – dashing into salmon filled waters – or just calmly fishing. Mothers are teaching cubs to fish – and making sure they are eating a lot of salmon.

 

And, just when you think you have enough close-up images of bears fishing or sparring, we’ll change positions.  And everything will look different. We have even found ourselves with bears at every angle!  It was hard to know where to point the lens!

And, if we’re making good progress, and the salmon run active at Brooks Falls, we’ll take a day to fly down to the falls and photograph from both along and below the falls.  A whole new set of angles, bears, and fishing gymnastics!

We’ll base in a small family owned lodge on the shores of Lake Clark deep down inside Lake Clark National Park.  The only way in and out is by plane or boat.  The setting itself is stunning!  The food is great!

Every day we’ll board a set of float planes (3 of us to a plane) after breakfast and head out to find bears.  Where we go is determined by both the progress of that huge run of sockeye salmon – and the weather.

Most of our photography will take place in Katmai National Park.  Getting to the locations involves flying over beautiful and inspiring wilderness.  And you’ll want to photograph from the planes as we move about!

 

We have built in 5 full days of float plane based photography.  We didn’t want you to come that far and have a bad day with the camera, or encounter weather, and come back feeling like you didn’t accomplish your mission.  We’d rather you had so many good images that you couldn’t decide which ones to work first.

 

This is a rugged adventure.  You’ll spend your days wearing chest or hip waders.  You’ll pack your gear (cameras, lenses, tripods, etc.) from the float plane to wherever we set up for photography.  There could be a stiff wind.  It might mist or rain some of the time.  We’ll need to know you are up to that before you sign up!

2019 Prices: Double Occupancy: $8,400; Single Occupancy: $9,600

  • Deposit (due with application, necessary to hold space) $1,000
  • Second Payment (due 1 Oct 2018) $2,200 (double occupancy) and $3,400 (single occupancy
  • Final payment due 1 March 2019
  • Adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Price includes transfers to/from airports, flights between Anchorage and Lake Clark National Park, lodging for six nights at Lake Clark and 1 night in Anchorage, park admissions, all breakfasts, all dinners, all lunches except on August 4 and 10, five days of float plane outings to photograph bears.
  • Price does not include airfare to and from Anchorage, extra nights of lodging before or after the program, transfers to flights or hotels if you come early or stay later, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities, drinks

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2017

 
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us a day early for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
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Nov 29
Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Full
Nov 29 - Dec 9

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... 2 Spaces Available
Jan 7-13
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Jan 14-20
2 Spaces Available
Jan 21-27

Private Botswana

Contact us to arrange your own private adventure.   Feb/Mar

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

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May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! 2 Spaces Available June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Full
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
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Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
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Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

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Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
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Dec 2-12

2019

Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
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Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

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May 18-25
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
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Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7

Yellowstone Fall Photography Safari

Fall in Yellowstone. Elk rutting, to see who gets to contibute to the genepool. Bears fattening up for winter. Thinner crowds and more directional light - better for waterfalls, thermal features, and other animals. Sometimes the first snow. Sometimes crystal blue skies. All a photographer's paradise if you know where to be, when - and we do!
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2020

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
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