The crown jewel of Southeast Alaska situated on the northwestern end of the North American mainland has it all: Towering mountains, glaciers, and fjords teeming with land and marine wildlife. Nestled in the world’s largest temperate rainforest, our base will be Juneau and nearby Auke Bay, arguably the prettiest setting of all 50 state capitals with its eclectic mix of Victorian charm and a port town vibe with cruise ships lighting the harbor in the short summer dusk.
Our tour is timed to capture maximum humpback whale activity where we will possibly see and photograph breaching whales and bubble net feeding from our private boat charter with our knowledgeable lifelong resident boat captains. This time of year is also slightly past peak wildflower and fireweed season.
One day will be spent exploring and photographing Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers, again by private boat charter. Tracy Arm is Yosemite on the water with 4 thousand feet vertical granite cliffs towering above the fjord with waterfalls, eagles, and mountain goat sightings possible. Icebergs from Sawyer Glacier display the most colorful blue ice seen anywhere.
Mendenhall Glacier is an easily accessible photo icon that can be seen from afar with fields of fireweed in the foreground as well as up close either by trail or helicopter access. We will be spending time on the glacier looking for spectacular ice caves to photograph with a local expert guide. Though the approach through the rainforest can be long the actual hiking on the low-angle part of the glacier can be quite manageable.
When not out on a special photo charter, the isolated road system in the vicinity provides access to stunning mountain landscapes with wildflowers marine waters, lakes, and rainforest as our foregrounds to work sunrises and sunsets.
Here in the Tongass, America’s largest national forest, Sitka spruce trees are 200 feet tall for a reason and one should not discount the powerful moody beauty of the rainforest when shroud in multiple layers of deeply textured low clouds dancing among the steep mountain ravines. Equally possible are delightful warm sunny bright days with amazing blue marine waters that sit in stark contrast to the temperate rainforest and the ice of Mendenhall Glacier.
- Instruction in the field and in the classroom
- 6 nights single occupancy lodging*
- Roundtrip transportation in Juneau
- Whale photography excursion
- Private boat charter to Tracy Arm
- Heli-tours to Mendenhall Glacier
- Permits, fees, and gratuities
- Water, snacks, group dinner, two picnic lunches
- Pre-workshop webinar
- Post-workshop critique
*Additional Pack Bear Creek add-on option includes floatplane transfer, permits, instruction, and 1 additional night lodging. Add-on workshop fee $1350.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on light and weather conditions. We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.
Day One – Sunday, July 24, 2022.
- Check in to the Aspen Suites hotel by 5 pm.
- Meet in the conference room at 6 pm for an orientation on photographing South East Alaska landscape and wildlife.
Day Two – Monday, July 25, 2022
- Our first day will begin with an all-day whale-watching boat charter (includes beverages, snacks, and lunch)
- Arriving back at our hotel late in the afternoon, we will take some time to get refreshed, have dinner and then head out for stunning landscapes nearby.
Day Three – Tuesday, July 26, 2022
- We will spend the entire day (10 hours) traveling on a private boat charter to Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier to photograph glaciers, fjords, mountains, and marine life. (lunch, beverages, and snacks)
Day Four – Wednesday, July 27, 2022
- This day we will enjoy a heli-tour and glacier walk to Mendenhall Glacier where we will photograph beautiful crystal blue ice caves and glacial crevasses.
- Afterward, we will return to the hotel for a lunch break, rest, and downloading images.
- Mid-day Michael will host a critique to polish up action shooting skills.
- Late afternoon, we will venture out along the coastline to capture the wetlands, forests, and mountain views.
Day Five – Thursday, July 28, 2022
- Our morning will be spent photographing more scenic landscapes
- After a break for lunch and some afternoon chill time, the group will enjoy photographing the quaint town of Juneau.
- We will host our group dinner in downtown Juneau.
Day Six – Friday, July 29, 2022
- We will head out first thing in the morning to capture the soft light hovering the coastline before returning to hotel
- Those who are not joining the group for the optional Bear excursion by floatplane will need to check out of the hotel.
- Michael will hold one last mid-day critique.
- Optional afternoon shoots for those wishing to continue capturing the spectacular Alaska scenes.
Day Seven – Saturday, July 30, 2022
- Optional Add-on tour Pack-Creek Bear tour
Day Eight – Sunday, July 31, 2022
- The remaining guests depart for home.
Physical Rating: Moderate
The most physical day would be our glacier hike and ice caves. Two days will be spent aboard smaller boats. Participants should be comfortable on boats and sea-worthy. The optional Pack Creek Bear tour includes a 30 min excursion on float planes to Admiralty Island where we will be walking in tidal flats. Planks on and off boats can be steep depending on tides. Downtown, Juneau is hilly and steep.
Lodging During the Workshop
8400 Airport Blvd
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 500-7700
During this workshop, we will stay near Auke Bay at the Aspen Suites Hotel in Juneau. Seven nights single-occupancy lodging is included in your workshop fee beginning on July 24, 2022. Should you need pre-night or post-night lodging you may contact the hotel directly to mention our courtesy block with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes. Additional nights are at your own expense.
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 90 days full payment is due
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. The voucher is good for 18 months.
- * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less the $100 administrative fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can sometimes be unavoidable which is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions. Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits. If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date. Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.
Please note that AHPS is not liable for any additional participant expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations, or any other components booked outside of the workshop.
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 90 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.