Alaska Brown Bears 2012

Alaska coastal brown bear photographic workshop.

Alaska Brown Bears 2012
July 16th-21st 2012
Workshop is limited to a maximum of 5 participants

Workshop Full

Join us in Lake Clark National Park, the premier destination for Coastal Brown Bear photography.

We are excited to offer an unparalleled opportunity to photograph coastal brown bears in their natural habitat along the coastline of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in wildlife photography while learning tips and techniques to inform your photographic practice as well as understanding of brown bear behavior and habitat.

Lake Clark National Park is a pristine setting, home to a large population of coastal brown bears drawn here by the fishing and foraging opportunities provided by the tidal marshes, beaches, streams, and meadows nestled between the Chigmit Range and the western shore of Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska.

For the duration of the trip we will stay in a comfortable lodge located in the midst of this habitat. In fact, brown bears are common visitors to the lodge property and can be found on any given day grazing, resting, or playing in the front yard. To reach this idyllic destination we will fly in on a small aircraft from Anchorage, landing on the beach in front of the lodge where we will be greeted by our hosts and quite often the bears themselves.

We will spend our days working the coastal terrain, photographing bears fishing for salmon, grazing in the meadows, digging for clams, and caring for their cubs. We will enjoy the services of an expert professional bear guide whose knowledge of bear behavior and the local terrain will be invaluable as we seek the best photographic opportunities possible. Our guide will also drive us between sites via ATV, in a comfortable trailer that will provide us the necessary mobility to provide maximum photographic opportunity.

This trip will be an immersion in brown bear photography: we will spend our days in the field photographing cubs, females, and male brown bears in a range of behaviors and habitats. Photographic instruction and guidance by Nathan will be available at all times to insure that you are able to make the most of your time in the park. Due to the nature of the setting, there will also be opportunities for landscape photography.

During downtimes, when we are not in the field, we will focus on image processing techniques, photo sharing, and constructive critique designed to help you improve your technique and master the techniques necessary to bring home great images of brown bears as well as inform your future photographic experiences.

This is the adventure of a lifetime: from the beginning boarding a small plane in Anchorage and landing on the beach, to viewing mother brown bears and cubs up close, no moment will disappoint.

To make the most of your trip we recommend the following photographic equipment:

  • Laptop – a laptop will be necessary for photo sharing and image processing, an essential component of digital photography and the learning process
  • 100-400mm range lens for wider shots including full bear shots and landscapes
  • 500-600mm range lens with tripod for full frame shots and close ups.
  • Full list of gear including clothing will be provided with registration packet.

Home cooked meals will be prepared in the lodge kitchen by resident staff. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will be happy to accommodate.

Dates: July 16th-21th 2012 (5 days, 5 nights)
Cost: $3900
Deposit: $500
Participants: 5 Maximum

Price includes:

  • Round trip flight to and from the lodge via Anchorage, AK
  • All lodging (double occupancy -limited single supplement additional $500)
  • All meals throughout our stay
  • Transportation at the site
  • Boat charter to Puffin Island (weather permitting)
  • Guide services, in the field instruction and bear viewing
  • Tips for the guide and the lodge staff
  • Permits and park fees

Not Included:

  • Travel to Anchorage, AK and lodging or meals for any nights in Anchorage.
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