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COASTAL GRIZZLY BEARS OF ALASKA

When: June 11-15, 2024
Style: WILDLIFE
Activity Rating: Mild to Moderate
Max Students: 5
Includes: Lodging, Meals, and Transportation During Workshop!

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If you're reading this, we have a few initial questions for you:

  • Do you want to capture the BEST wildlife images of your life?

  • Would you like to know what a National Geographic Wildlife Photographer feels like?

  • Have you dreamed of visiting Alaska and having AMAZING experiences with Wildlife?

If the answer to any or all of those questions is YES, skip reading the rest of this and just click the REGISTER NOW button above!  I'm kidding, you should totally read the rest of this page.  This Workshop will be an opportunity for an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget!

 

Set in a remote area of the Alaskan Wilderness, within and around Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, this is nothing short of an adrenaline-filled adventure that will render you both speechless and in awe of the wildlife images you will capture.  During this workshop you will have the opportunity to SAFELY photograph male, female, and young (potential spring cub), wild grizzly bears at a up-close-and-personal range. 

 

During our time in and around Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, you will be fully immersed in the field photographing Grizzly Bear (and hopefully Spring Cubs!) and perfecting your wildlife photograph skills with hands on in-field instruction. Our in-field portions will be lengthy and we will spend the bulk of the day (outside of meal times) in the field capturing the beauty of the wildlife and the landscape!

Bears are not the ONLY focus of this workshop! There are many subjects available to photograph: Eagles, Puffins, and Sea Otters, to name a few, are all possible!  In fact, weather and seas depending, during our time we will take a coastal boat trip to nearby islands where a profusion of pelagic sea-birds gather for their nesting activities. Horned and tufted puffins, kittiwakes, murres, oystercatchers, parakeet auklets, eiders, and a variety of gulls make these islands their home for the short summer months.

In June, there is approximately 20 hours of official, absolutely perfect daylight available each day and we will use a vast majority of it to get the most out of our time in Lake Clark!

When not in the field, we will lodge and dine in an exclusive, private lodge with an on-site private kitchen and chef.  We know that you won't be coming on this adventure for the food, but we can tell you that the meals are absolutely out-of-this-world!

 

There is a high demand for Grizzly Bear Photography Workshops and 319 Photography is proud to be one of a handful of facilitators who are allowed to operate in this area. Group is limited to only 4 students! Please book well in advance to secure your slot.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN TUTION?

Your tuition for this workshop covers the following:

  • THREE Professional Photography Instructors

  • ONE on ONE INSTRUCTION

  • Private Small Plane Air Charter from Anchorage to Lodge

  • FIVE Nights Lodging 

    • First Night in Anchorage (Single Occupancy)

    • Three Nights at Lodge (Double Occupancy)

    • Last Night in Anchorage (Single Occupancy)

  • All Meals 

  • Expert Bear Guides

  • Half Day Boat trip to Puffin and Muir rookery island (weather permitting)

  • Transportation During the Workshop

  • Guide Service

  • In-Field Photography Instruction

  • Informal Classroom Instruction

  • Time and Talent of Professional Instructors

  • Park Fees

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN TUITION?

Tuition DOES NOT include the following:

  • Travel to and from Bed & Breakfast in Anchorage, AK

  • Meals outside of those provided

  • Incidentals & Alcohol

  • Travel and/or Equipment Insurance

    • Travel Insurance is HIGHLY recommended​

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

Our workshops are specifically designed to catered to photographers of ALL SKILL LEVELS!  We simply ask that you have at least a basic understanding of how your camera functions and that you bring the required and recommended equipment that we suggest so that you may get the most out of this workshop!

WORKSHOP ITINERARY

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 11, 2024

  • Please plan to arrive in Anchorage early to mid-afternoon on June 11.

  • Check into your room

  • Time TBD - Welcome Group Dinner and Orientation in Anchorage

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • Enjoy an early breakfast and prepare to depart Anchorage

  • 8AM - Meet shuttle service to Airport

  • 9AM - Depart Anchorage 

  • 1030AM - Arrive in Lake Clark

  • 11AM - Head directly into the field and begin our bear-filled adventure!

  • 1PM - Lunch

  • 2PM - In-Field Shooting

  • 6PM - Dinner

  • 7PM - 10 PM - In Field Shooting

Day 3 - Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • 6AM - In Field Shooting

  • 8AM - Breakfast

  • 9AM - In-Field Shooting 

  • 1PM - Lunch

  • 2PM - In-Field Shooting

  • 6PM - Dinner

  • 7PM - 10 PM - In Field Shooting

Day 4 - Friday, June 14, 2024

  • 6AM - In Field Shooting

  • 8AM - Breakfast

  • 9AM - In-Field Shooting 

  • 1PM - Lunch

  • 2PM - In-Field Shooting

  • 6PM - Dinner

  • 7PM - 10 PM - In Field Shooting

Day 5 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

  • 6AM - In Field Shooting

  • 8AM - Breakfast

  • 9AM - In Field Shooting

  • 11AM - Depart for Anchorage

  • 1PM - Post Processing

  • TBD - Final Dinner

  • Stay your last night and depart on June 16 for your home!

NOTE: Our itineraries are always fluid and may change due to shooting conditions or opportunities.  We will always strive to put our students in the best positions and locations to capture epic images.  Outside of Day 1 of the workshop, specific times of the above-listed itinerary may change as necessary.

WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?

The following is the basic gear you will need for our workshops.  When you register you will receive a specific gear list by email.

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

    • We recommend bringing two camera bodies​

  • Super Telephoto Lens (400mm - 600mm)

  • Wide Angle Lens

  • Quality, Lightweight Monopod

  • Ample Memory Cards & Card Reader

  • Ample Camera Batteries

  • Laptop Computer (PC or Mac) with at least:

    • Adobe Lightroom Classic​ (latest version)

    • Adobe Photoshop (latest version)

  • Quality, climate appropriate clothing

    • Layers, layers, layers!​

  • Quality footwear with ankle support

    • Muck boots will be available at the lodge (sizes not guaranteed!)​

HAVE SPECIFIC GEAR QUESTIONS?

We want YOU to get the most you possibly can from our UNIQUE / Workshops. 

Part of getting the most you can from our Workshops is making sure you have the right gear for this style of photography.  Unfortunately, not all digital cameras and lenses are made equal.  That said, we will work with whatever you have to help you create memorable images.

If you have any questions, whatsoever, concerning cameras, lens, tripods, intervalometers, laptops, or other accessories, please reach out to Tony via email at tony@319photography.com and he will gladly help you choose the right gear for the workshop. 

NOTE: There is a 50 pound luggage weight limit for the small plane flight from Anchorage to the Lodge at Lake Clark. Please pack accordingly.

 

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE?

The weather in Alaska in June varies from cold and rain to warm and sunny with every possibility in between.  It is impossible to give a proper estimate on the expected or average weather. 

That said, It is important that you bring proper clothing.  Layering is an essential element to being properly prepared.  Ensure that you have rain protection not only for yourself, but your camera as well. This includes a rain jacket w/hood, rain pants, and a rainproof cover for your camera AND lenses.

As we can attest, the bears and other wildlife rarely care about the rain or other weather elements. As such, we will be in-field shooting regardless of weather conditions (given that it is safe to do so).

If you have specific clothing related questions and/or camera protection questions, please email Tony via Tony@319photography.com!
 

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY LEVEL LIKE?

During our Workshop and time in Lake Clark, we will be escorted via ATV's while in the field, but there will be occasions when we will have to walk in order to position ourselves properly. As such, students should be able to:

  • Walk unassisted over uneven terrain while carrying their camera equipment

  • Traverse and manage terrain that includes sandy beaches, marsh land, loose sand/gravel, and level changes

  • Stand/kneel or be on their feet several hours 

If you have specific questions about the physical aspects of our workshops, contact Tony via email at tony@319photography.com

WHICH NIGHTS ARE INCLUDED AND WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

Tuition for this workshop INCLUDES FIVE NIGHTS lodging!  This allows you to arrive the night before the workshop begins so you are rested and ready for the workshop and rest when the workshop concludes for your travel home. For this workshop, tuition covers the following nights:

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • Friday, June 14, 2024

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024

While in Lake Clark National Park, we will lodge at the world class Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.

Lake Clark National Park and the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge combined represent a very unique and truly special place on Earth. As such, there is EXTREMELY LIMITED capacity for daily occupants to lodge.  There is no other place to lodge in the remote are of Lake Clark National Park.  As such, lodging during the stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. 

For the initial and final nights in Anchorage, we will lodge at a BEAUTIFUL Bed and Breakfast, in fact the #1 Rated Bed and Breakfast, the Alaska House of Jade!  This serene home features incredible homes and is beyond spotless clean. The breakfast in the morning is world class.  All particpants will have their own room and private bathroom while at the House of Jade.  Here's the Address:

Alaska House of Jade
3800 Delwood Place
Anchorage, AK 99504
www.alaskahouseofjade.com

Once you register, you DO NOT need to call either the lodge or the B&B to set up your accommodations.  We will take care of that for you!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?


This workshop is for photographers of ALL SKILL LEVELS who LOVE adventure, amazing wildlife photography, stunning landscapes and have the desire to capture stellar images all while improving their abilities as an artist!

Our workshops are designed to TEACH first and foremost!  If you are looking to learn and grow as a photographer, our workshops are the right choice for you!
 

SPOUSES AND GUESTS

319 Photography typically welcomes our students to bring along guests and spouses during our CONUS workshops for an extremely small supplemental fee; however, logistics for NON-CONUS workshops, like our Coastal Grizzly Bear Workshop, are too limiting to allow guests and spouses at rates cheaper than full fare.

The available 5 slots for this workshop are for 5 total participants, whether or not they are photographers.  

That said, you are more than welcome to bring your spouse, significant other, or guest but they will have to register and pay a full tuition for this workshop.

HOW DOES TUITION WORK?

The total tuition for this workshop is $6850.00.  

A  deposit of  $1000.00 is required at booking to reserve your slot.  

This deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE* and will guarantee you a slot in the workshop.
 
Final tuition payments are required by April 30, 2024.

Transactions are completed via PayPal and are Secure Transactions.  You do not need a PayPal account to complete your registration.

If you would prefer to fulfill your tuition in an alternate manner, please email tony@319photography.com to arrange this.

*Exceptions may arise due to unforeseen occurrences.  These will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

IMPORTANT STUFF WE SHOULD TELL YOU ABOUT

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319 Photography, LLC. is certified and authorized by the National Park Service (NPS) to host and conduct photography workshops within National Parks.

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319 Photography, LLC. is First Aid and CPR certified through the American Heart Association and we carry medical supplies with us during our workshops.

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Our transactions are secured via PayPal for your peace of mind!  No PayPal account needed!

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Your personal information is secure.  319 Photography, LLC. grantees that we will never sell or otherwise provide your information to anyone.  Any information obtained from you will be used solely by 319 Photography, LLC. for administrative, advertising, and contact purposes.

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