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.
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 rainforests as our foregrounds to work sunrises and sunsets. Weather permitting, we will take a leisurely ride on the Goldbelt Tram to the top of Mt. Roberts for panoramic views of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel. This tram is one of the most vertical tramways in the world!
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 shrouded 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 icy glaciers.
- Instruction in the field and in the classroom
- 6 nights single occupancy lodging
- Roundtrip transportation in Juneau
- Two private whale-watching excursions
- Private boat charter to Tracy Arm
- Permits, fees, and gratuities
- Water, snacks, group dinner, two picnic lunches
- 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 light and weather conditions. We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.
Day One – Saturday, July 22, 2023
- Hotel check-in
Day Two – Sunday, July 23, 2023
- Meet in the conference room at 8 am for an orientation on photographing Southeast Alaska landscapes and wildlife.
- Our group will head out mid-morning to photograph scenic landscapes of coastal areas, wetlands, forests, and mountain views.
- Break for lunch followed by more scenic landscapes.
- Weather permitting, we take a ride on the Goldbelt Tram to the top of Mt. Roberts to capture spectacular panoramic views in all directions.
- After the tram ride, we will enjoy a group welcome dinner in downtown Juneau.
Day Three – Monday, July 24, 2023
- Today we will spend all day on the water with a 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 Four – Tuesday, July 25, 2023
- 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 wildlife including harbor seals hauled out on icebergs, sea otters, and possibly porpoises and whales. (lunch, beverages, and snacks)
Day Five – Wednesday, July 26, 2023
- We will head out first thing in the morning to capture the soft light hovering over the coastline and to photograph eagles.
- After a break for lunch and some afternoon chill time, Michael will hold one last mid-day critique.
- Following the critique, the group will enjoy photographing the quaint town of Juneau.
- Optional afternoon shoots for those wishing to continue capturing the spectacular Alaska scenes.
Day Six – Thursday, July 27, 2023
- Today will be our second full-day whale-watching charter looking for humpback whales with possible breaching and bubble net feeding in addition to orcas too.
- Return to the hotel late in the afternoon to rest and download images.
- Dinner and optional landscape shoots.
Day Seven – Friday, July 28, 2023
- Depart for home
Physical Rating: Moderate
Two days will be spent aboard smaller boats. Participants should be comfortable being on boats for 6-plus hours. Many of our land shooting locations are easily accessed along roadsides, trails, or pathways. Eagle photography takes place around boat harbors or low-tide areas which can have slippery surfaces. Waterproof boots with soft rubber soles (not heavily lugged trail hiking boots) are recommended. Downtown Juneau is steep and hilly.
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. Six nights of single-occupancy lodging is included in your workshop fee beginning on Saturday, July 22, 2023. 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.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED
CANCELATION POLICY: All cancelations must be in writing to email@example.com
- 120 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $250
- 91-119 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less the $250 administrative fee. The remainder of the fees paid can be used toward a future workshop within 18 months of cancelation. The voucher is good for 18 months.
- 90 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 processing fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but are not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging, and more require 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.
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