Alaska! - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Alaska - Double Occupancy 22-JUL-2012 Jim Stamates $3495 $3595

Discuss this workshop

Join Jim and Kathy Stamates as they return to one of their favorite places, Southeast Alaska! This is not just a photo workshop, this is an Adventure!

Trip Dates:

Arrive Friday July 18, 2014

Depart Thursday July 24, 2014

Seven Days and Six Nights

Nikonians will have their own private boat to find Humpback and Killer Whales, seals, and other marine mammals, and to take us to a remote area to photograph the largest of the grizzly bears, the Alaskan Brown Bear. With instructions from a professional wildlife photographer we will fill our cards with images that will astound our friends, family, and other Nikonians.

Non-photographers enjoy this as much as photo enthusiasts which makes this the perfect workshop to bring your spouse.

But wait, there’s more! Bald Eagles pose on every tree while some soar above our heads. We will hike to the Mendenhall Glacier where photo opportunities abound. Evening shoots for whales and sunsets from the water and from the top of Mount Roberts leave us breathless and our images prove that this is an amazing place.

We’re not done yet! Our captain maneuvers his craft cautiously up Tracy Arm Fjords until we can almost touch the ice floes. We are so close to calving glaciers we can hear them! The Tracy Arm Fjords are some of the most amazing scenery in all of Alaska and we are there. Seals and their pups have hauled out on the ice floes and we have ample opportunity to get great images.

Jim is eager to share his knowledge from 30 years as a professional wildlife photographer and his countless trips to Alaska. He will teach his 3 Keys to Great Photos, and how to get those stunning images of wildlife while using ‘low impact field techniques’.

Our entire workshop will be based out of Juneau in the Goldbelt Hotel. Each day we’ll depart on adventures to photograph Alaska’s spectacular wildlife, scenery and landscapes.

Workshop Costs:

$3,495 per person double occupancy

$700 for single occupancy supplement

$1,000 down payment due at time of signup. Remainder to be paid 90 days before departure.

Wildlife Species Most Likely:

Humpback Whale

Killer Whale (Orca)

Brown Bear

Harbor Seal

Sea Lion

Porpoise

Bald Eagle

Wildlife Species Possible:

Black Bear

Mountain Goat

Marmot

Ptarmigan

Porcupine

Red Squirrel

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Sitka Black-tailed Deer

Other Opportunities Include:

Sunsets

Gastineau Channel

Ice Fields

Fjords

Waterfalls

Sample Itinerary:

(subject to adjustments)

Day 1 Arrive JNU - Transport to hotel Evening Welcome and Orientation and a special presentation ‘The Theory of Rhythms’

Day 2

Morning - Special tour of old mine ruins

Afternoon - Whale shoot boat (box lunch)

Day 3

Morning - Mendenhall Glacier Shoot and Hike (box Lunch)

Afternoon - Evening whale shoot boat

Day 4

Boat to brown bear shoot (box Lunch)

Day 5

Morning - Tracy Arm cruise (box lunch)

Afternoon - Free time

Day 6

Morning - Road trip to Eagle Beach

Afternoon - Mount Roberts Tram Sunset Photo Shoot and Tea House for tea and Image Sharing!

Farewell Dinner (no host)

Day 7

Transportation to Airport or extend your stay.

We will base out of Juneau, AK.

Airport code is JNU. We will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel when you arrive and return you to the airport on departure.

All transportation during the workshop is included. Boats for whales and bears, sightseeing return flight from bear shoot, tram ride to top of Mt. Roberts, bus to Mendenhall Glacier and other hikes, Cruise to Tracy Arm, and all fees associated with the workshop are included in the workshop cost.

What is not included:

Airfare to Juneau and return

Meals and drinks, unless otherwise specified.

Tips for hotel, local guides, drivers, and our boat captains.

Any optional tours. (see itinerary)

(There will be one free day for optional tours, shopping, or photo ops.)

  • You will learn

    • How to get sharp images photographing from a boat
    • How to expose for active wildlife and quiet scenics
    • How to anticipate what your subject will do and where it will go
    • How to find the best locations and angles for stunning images
    • Camera settings the pros use and why
    • Field techniques of a professional wildlife photographer
    • The 3 Keys to Great Images
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Jim will email a suggested pack list to all participants including an equipment list for camera gear upon registration. No strenuous hiking.
  • What is provided

    • This workshop includes Lodging, Transportation during Workshop, and Some Meals:
    • 6 nights Lodging based on double occupancy
    • Box Lunch is provided in field for 4 days
    • Guidance by professional wildlife photographer, Jim Stamates
    • Amazing photo opportunities
    • This is a five day workshop in the field. Some classroom instruction will be provided if time allows.
    • We will base out of Juneau, AK.
    • Airport code is JNU.
    • All transportation during the workshop is provided, air, ground, and custom designed boats for whale photography. The cruise to Tracy Arm, and all fees associated with the workshop are included in the workshop cost.
    • What is not included:
    • Airfare to Juneau and return
    • Meals and drinks, unless otherwise specified.
    • Tips for hotel, local guides, drivers, and our boat and flight captains.
    • Any optional tours.
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.

 

Photograph Alaska like never before.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 60 days before the workshop, then we will refund the trip cost, minus a $250 processing fee. If you cancel between 60 days and 31 days before the workshop, then we will refund 50% of trip cost. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop then we offer no refund.

 

Following Alaska! - Whales, Bears, and Ice Fields Wildlife Photography Adventure workshops are organized in Alaska - Double Occupancy:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
22-JUL-2012 Jim Stamates $3495 $3595
18-JUL-2014 Jim Stamates $100 $450

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.