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COASTAL GRIZZLY BEAR ADVENTURE I

When: June 12-16, 2023
Style: WILDLIFE
Activity Rating: Mild
Max Students: 7
Includes: Lodging, Meals, and Transportation During Workshop!

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Set in a remote area of Alaska, within Lake Clark National Park, 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.  

 

Imagine being at eye level with a Grizzly bear, at close range... It's an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. 

Bears are not the ONLY focus of this workshop! There are many subjects available to photograph: Eagles, Puffins, Sea Otters, to name a few, are all possible!

This workshop will be an in-field heavy workshop where you will spend a great deal of time in the field photographing and learning with hands on instruction. In June, there is approximately 20 hours of official amazingly perfect daylight 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 workshops and 319 Photography is proud to be one of a handful of facilitators who are allowed to operate in this area. Group sizes are limited and opportunities are few. Please book well in advance to secure your slot.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN TUTION?

Your tuition for this workshop covers the following:

  • TWO Professional Photography Insructors

  • 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 host hotel 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 - Monday, June 12, 2023

  • Please plan to arrive in Anchorage early to mid-afternoon on June 12.

  • Check into your room at the Courtyard

  • Time TBD - Welcome Group Dinner and Orientation in Anchorage

Day 2 - Tuesday, June 13, 2023

  • 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 right into the field and begin our adventure!

  • 1PM - Lunch

  • 2PM - In-Field Shooting

  • 6PM - Dinner

  • 7PM - 10 PM - In Field Shooting

Day 3 - Wednesday, June 14, 2023

  • 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 - Thursday, June 15, 2023

  • 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 - Friday, June 16, 2023

  • 6AM - In Field Shooting

  • 8AM - Breakfast

  • 11AM - Depart Lake Clark for Anchorage

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, Sturdy Tripod/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.  

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 to shooting locations, 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/knee 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:

  • Monday, June 12, 2023

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023

  • Thursday, June 15, 2023

  • Friday, June 16, 2023

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, you will lodge at the following hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott
4901 Spenard Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99517

Once you register, you DO NOT need to call the hotel to set up your accommodations.  We will take care of that for you!

FOR ANCHORAGE ONLY: If you would like to add additional lodging nights to the beginning or end of your stay in Anchorage, simply let us know on your Workshop Registration form when you register for this workshop.  Additional nights (IF AVAILABLE) in ANCHORAGE ONLY will be added to your final tuition payment at a rate of $380 + tax per additional night.

 

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!
 

HOW DOES TUITION WORK?

The total tuition for this workshop is $6650.00.  

A  deposit of  $1500.00 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 May 1, 2023.

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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