Calving glaciers, rugged snow-capped mountains, blooming wildflowers, coastal brown bears, and countless marine-life will fill our endless summer days with photographic pleasure. Join thirty year veteran Alaskan travel and adventure photographer Michael DeYoung as he takes you on an adventure that will feed your creative spirit and fill your memory cards with breathtaking beauty.
Starting out from Anchorage, we will travel a short distance to the Chugach State Park where we will prime our photographic inspiration from late afternoon through sunset in the Eagle River Valley. Our second day we will embark on a full-day, fly-in bear excursion via float plane to Redoubt Bay, home to one of the densest brown bear populations in Alaska. A resident naturalist will guide our group around the bay to capture bears feeding, at play or enjoying a slumber.
After the excitement of our bear shoot, we will return to Anchorage and overnight before departing for Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park where ice, mountains and oceans meet. Our next full day will be spent at the Backcountry Safari Camp at Bear Glacier Lake. Accessible only by air and water, we will fly via helicopter to Bear Glacier where we will photograph floating icebergs both from land and via sea kayak. Bear Glacier Lake is one of the more undiscovered treasures in Alaska and still offers a bounty of pristine wilderness. Here, we will have the opportunity to photograph icebergs on shore and reflections in the lake, spring wildflowers such as the chocolate lily and coastal lupine and possibly various wildlife sightings.
Our adventure continues with yet another day of incredible photography. On day five we will take a private boat excursion into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park where marine-life abounds and calving glaciers astound. Here you can expect to see stellar sea lions, seals, otters, mountain goats and an occasional bear. Humpbacks and orcas are commonplace too. We will have the opportunity to photograph horned and tufted puffins, oyster catchers, bald eagles, murrelets, pigeon guillimonts, black legged kittiwakes, and double crested cormorants and red face cormorants.
And if you think our week isn’t full enough with photographic splendor we will spend our last full day enjoying another private boat charter in Prince William Sound. This excursion will promise more great marinelife sightings of otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises and plenty of sea birds including puffins. Of course there will more opportunities to photograph floating icebergs by the glaciers in Harriman Fjord.
And on the 7th day we rested back in Anchorage with a final image critique.
- Photographic instruction
- Roundtrip transportation from Anchorage
- Six nights lodging based on double occupancy
- Water, snacks, three outfitter provided lunches and one group dinner.
- All tours, outfitters, entrance fees and permits.
- Dry suits at Bear Glacier Lake and option for 1 or 2 seat kayaks
- Outfitter gratituity
- Pre-workshop webinar
- Post-workshop critique
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Day 1 – Saturday, June 22
- The workshop will begin at 8:00am with an orientation, presentation and a participant image critique.
- Following our critique session the group will have lunch and depart for the Chugach State Park where we’ll photograph mountainscapes, wildflowers and sunset at Eagle River Valley.
- We will break for dinner during our outting.
- Return to hotel in Anchorage.
Day 2 – Sunday, June 23
- After breakfast we will meet our float plane to Redoubt Bay where we will take a 50 minute flight near Lake Clark National Park off the Cook Inlet.
- Upon arrival at the lodge, we will be greated by a naturalist who will give us an orientation.
- The group will board pontoon style boats to travel along the shoreline for bear viewing and photography.
- Break for lunch at the lodge.
- Return for another bear viewing excursion.
- Late in the day we will board our float plane for the return flight to Anchorage.
Day 3 – Monday, June 24
- Today is our flex day and travel day to Seward. After a late start the group will travel to Seward stopping in route to photograph beautiful mountain and wildflower landscapes along the Turnagain Arm.
- After a break for lunch we will check in to our lodge in Seward and download images.
- Once settled into our lodging we will hold an image critique in the afternoon.
- Depart for a sunset in the local area.
Day 4 – Tuesday, June 25
- Our morning will start out with a photo shoot of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
- After our first shoot we will travel to the Seward airport where we will be transported by helicopter to the Backcountry Safari Camp at Bear Glacier Lake. Here we will photograph huge bear glaciers floating on the lake from the shore and via sea kayaks provided by our outfitter.
- We will have a box lunch and dinner in the field and continue to shoot untit late evening at which time we will return by helicopter to Seward.
Day 5 – Wednesday, June 26
- Depart our lodge by 7am to arrive for our private charter in Resurrection Bay.
- We will have a full-day on the water with ample opportunities to photograph marine life such as orcas, humpbacks, seals, otters, sea lions and more as well as many sea birds, glaciers and other wildlife sightings.
- Lunch will be aboard the boat.
- Returning to Seward around 5pm.
Day 6 – Thursday, June 27
- We will rise very early, checkout of our lodge and depart for Whittier to make the 6:30am tunnel crossing.
- Upon arrival in Whittier we will board our last private charter to explore and photograph Prince William Sound.
- We will spend a full-day aboard the boat photographing more marine life, glaciers and sea birds.
- Lunch will be included on board.
- Return to the dock by 5:00pm and enjoy a final group dinner.
- After dinner we will drive to Anchorage and check into our hotel.
Day 7 – Friday, June 28
- Pending weather and interest, we will have one last sunrise shoot.
- Once back at the hotel, Michael will conduct a final image critique.
- Workshop ends at noon.
Strenuous Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Participants should anticipate very long days during this workshop. Sunrise is typically around 4:30am and sunset lasts until midnight. Four of our days involve outfitter based tours for 8-10 hour stretches. This combined with the long daylight hours will make for some very long days. We will do our best to provide some down time when available. Weather is always a variable in Alaska. Plan for all types of weather….rain, sun, cold.
There are two main hikes on this workshop. One consists of a 1/2 mile walk on a flat beach to a view deck and the other is a 2 mile hike up to Harding Icefield to overlook Exit Glacier. The latter is an optional hike as there are facilities at the trailhead should a participant not wish to hike.
The bear viewing excursion will require transport by float plan to the lodge and photographing from a pontoon boat. Participants must be able to navigate access to enter and exit plane and be able to maneauver to photograph from a boat.
Sea kayaking will consist of a minimum of 15 minutes of paddling to reach great viewpoints of Bear Glacier up to two hours if additional exploration is desired. The camp has shelter facilities if participants opt to spend less time kayaking.
Workshop departs from and returns to:
Our workshop will begin and end at the Courtyard by Marriott in Anchorage. The first two nights and the last night of lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Should you wish a single room supplement you may request that at registration for an additional fee. A courtesy block of rooms are available for the pre-workshop night of June 21st and the day the workshop ends on June 28th. These rooms must be reserved and paid for by contacting the hotel directly. For pre- and post-workshop lodging reservations, please email Mark Hamlin at email@example.com with your request(s).
The Seward Windsong Lodge will be our base in Seward for three nights. This lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Single supplements may be requested for an additional fee at registration.
- 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
- 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.