When : 3 - 15 September 2017
Where : Alaska, USA
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12 Nights 13 Days
Starting and finishing in Juneau and finishing in Seattle, Alaska.
This photo safari with David Metcalf and Mark Rayner will be an incredible experience for those interested in photographing some of the most beautiful landscape scenery in the world.
John Muir a famous American explorer spent some time in Alaska many years ago and made the comment that in all your travels you should leave Alaska to last because nothing else will compare with its grandeur and beauty.
David Metcalf visited Alaska twice in 1979 and 1981, and fell in love with this mighty land. Having travelled to many countries since, he can fully understand what John Muir was getting at.
David Metcalf and Mark Rayner will lead a photography expedition to this incredible place in September 2016. September is off-season, but the trees are changing and it is not too cold so there are plenty of great opportunities to photograph wildlife with fewer people around to get in our way.
Come and join professional adventurous photographers Mark Rayner and Dave Metcalf on a photography extravaganza as we explore Alaska’s Southwest in September 2016. This trip is perfect for beginners, seasoned pros or just passionate photographers with a love for wildlife and extraordinary scenery that will take your breath away.
Get ready to photograph majestic whales as we cruise by boat around spectacular Glacier Bay, focus your zoom lenses on bald eagles as they majestically sore above the glacier carved mountains. Then we will go bear spotting on Admiralty Island, which has the highest populations of bears in Alaska. There are 1500 brown bears on this island so the shutters will be in overdrive as we photograph these magnificent creatures. We will travel by ferry as we explore the stunning waterways of this part of Alaska, and head up to Haines and Lynn Canal, North America’s longest and deepest fjord.
Waterfalls will be the subject on this trip as many pour down off the Chilikoot Range and the glaciers in the area.There are around 400 eagles in this area so plenty of opportunities to photograph these magnificent birds of prey. From Haines we hop on board the historic railway and have a real Yukon adventure as we cross Glacier Gorge and Dead Horse Gulch photographing the Bridal Veil Falls as we climb 2,885 feet to White Pass.
Rated as the most spectacular train ride in the world, this will be just one of the many highlights on this adventure.
We stay the night in Whitehorse in the Yukon as we explore the historical buildings of this area and marvel at the surrounding mountains that tower all around us. Then back on the water as we spend more days on the ferry, a leisurely and delightful experience, visiting the friendly fishing towns of Ketchikan, Sitka, and St Petersburg.
As we travel from Juneau to Seattle you will have plenty of opportunities to get tips and instructions from Mark and Dave on photographing landscapes and wildlife. Another highlight will be Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve where we will go in search of harbour seals, porpoises, killer whales, sea otters, over 200 bird species and mountain goats, moose and wolves.
This will be amazing experience and one I am sure you will never forget. Alaska is an extraordinary place and one of the last great wilderness frontiers of the world. There are few, if any, places with the unspoiled wilderness, mountainous grandeur and immense wildlife that is showcased in Alaska. But don’t listen to me come and see for yourself.
This trip has been carefully planned to maximise the high points of this region of Alaska. This wonderful experience will be limited to ten photographers and I suggest you get in soon and put your deposit down without delay. In August this year Alaska sold out in one week and we expect similar interest in the September 2016 adventure.
The group meets in Juneau, Alaska on September 01, 2016 and finishes up back in Seattle on September 14. The last night is in Seattle on Sept 13. See Day to Day itinerary below.
Group meets in Juneau, Alaska at the Hotel (yet to be determined) at 4 pm.
Day Two Sept 2
We spend the morning in Juneau photographing this delightful small town and will be looking for our first glimpse of Eagles, as there are many near the town itself. There is plenty to point the camera lens at as we wander the streets of Juneau. In the afternoon we travel on the Alaska marine highway for the first time as we travel 3 hours to our destination for the night, Skagway.
This historic town, which was very much impacted by the gold rush of the 1880”s, and the town swelled to 40,000 residents heading to the Yukon with Gold fever. This was once a lawless frontier town but things have changed, and now it is the gateway to the Yukon. After a visit to the Klondike gold rush national park historical park and a good insight into the history of the town we will visit the ghost town of Dyea, and photograph the surrounding area.
Day Three Sept 3
We hop on board the White Pass and Yukon railroad early in the morning making our way up to White Pass with stunning mountain scenery all around us. Then we will continue onto Whitehorse in Yukon Territory for the night by bus.
You will need your passports as cross into Canadian territory during this part of the tour. A long but fulfilling day and we will relive the Gold rush days in Whitehorse that evening, over a warm fire and a hearty meal.
Day Four Sept 4
Back to Skag way and opportunities to photograph this awesome place from different angles as we retrace our steps and return by bus and train to our rooms for the night.
Day Five Sept 5
We will catch the ferry for the short ride to Haines, a charming picturesque town of just 2500 residents. There are many subjects to photograph but we will start with wide-angle lenses as we explore the historic building of Fort Seward. Then onto the American Bald Eagle foundation for some insight into these majestic birds, which we will photograph in the wild later that day.
We will also learn about Alaskan Indian culture and history by visiting the arts centre and watch native Alaskans weaving blankets and carving totem poles. Then we will visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve where 400 Eagles live year round and 80 nests are along the rivers. In the early evening a local guide will take us in search of Eagles, mountain goats and brown bears that emerge at dusk to feed on the salmon in the Chilkoot River.
Day Six Sept 6
A very exciting day as we make our way to Glacier Bay where we will stay for two nights in the nearby town of Gustavus. We will spend all day on the water as we look for the mighty Humpback Whales and if we are lucky photograph these beautiful, intelligent mammals as they leap out of the water and play in the waters rich in Plankton. But that’s not all as Glacier Bay also is home to seals, porpoises, killer whales and sea otters. Overnight Gustavus.
Day Seven Sept 7
All day in Glacier Bay photographing wildlife and marine wildlife. Overnight Gustavus
Day Eight Sept 8
We catch the ferry back to Juneau which takes approx. 5 hours and more spectacular scenery in store. Overnight Juneau.
Day Nine Sept 9
We have a restful morning then head by boat to Admiralty Island where we stay the night. The highest concentration of Brown Bears are located on this Island so many opportunities to get that award winning shot. We stay the night an a Native community and get to learn more about their rich and wise culture.
Day Ten Sept 10
In the afternoon we will head back to Juneau by seaplane for the night and some time to download and start editing the many bear and wildlife photos from Admiralty Island.
Days Eleven to Thirteen Sept 11 - 13
We board the Alaska marine highway system and spend the next three days making our way back to Seattle. The group sleeps onboard the ferry in cabins and apart from opportunities to photograph this majestic scenery as the huge Mountains tower about the bays and fjords, we will have plenty of time to review the photos, receive light room tips from Mark and relax as we make our way south arriving in Seattle on the 13 th for our last night on this amazing , unforgettable trip.
Day Fourteen Sept 14
Seattle Check out day and depart at your leisure.
We will be travelling as a group in our own transport with the objective to hunt down and photograph the incredible wildlife such as Wolves, Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Eagles, Moose and other Wildlife.
SMALL GROUP SIZE
There will be a maximum of nine photographers plus David Metcalf and Mark Rayner. This will allow plenty of time to go over photography techniques and improve your photography skills.
If photographing Bald Eagles, Whales, Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Wolves, Moose and many different species of birds takes your fancy, or some of the most wild and dramatic Mountain scenery on the planet, along with Glaciers, pristine flowing rivers, trees in the splendour of fall colours then you should join us on what will be an amazing experience.
We meet in Juneau, Alaska on the 1st September.
The tour finishes back in Seattle on the 14th September .
USD $1000.00 per person deposit required to secure your position.
(please note a 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments)
Balance payable 60 days before workshop.
- 14 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts
- All dinners
- All Lunches
- All ground transport
- All sea transport (boats and ferries)
- Park fees
- Tuition and guide fees
- International airfares. Domestic airfares to Juneau / from Seattle.
- Visa fees
- Sea planes and other special excursions (except where stated).
Please note we need a minimum of 6 participants for the expedition to take place.