Alaska Wildlife and Landscape Yacht Adventure (April 6 -14, 2015)
Alaska is one of the last truly wild places in North America, and aptly considered our modern day “last frontier.” Wildlife and landscapes here are like no place else. Come and spend 9 days (8 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape photographic adventure.
I have scheduled this workshop to coincide with the peak of the herring spawning season along the shores of Sitka which is one of the largest spring herring spawning occurrences on the west coast of North America. The huge biomass attracts many species of wildlife comprising a spectacle of many thousands of animals which come to feast on the vulnerable rich fish.
The widely distributed Pacific Herring biomass is an essential resource for the existence of almost all marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. The herrings annual spring spawning event is a celebration of this absolutely essential component of Southeast Alaska’s natural environment.
Eagles gather by the thousands lining the tress along the shoreline with their majestic white heads. The eagles’ keen eyesight and winter long hunger helps create a more than formidable aerial presence with their continual elegant dives catching herring by the talon full. Seals and Steller sea lions rush through the tremendous schools of herring that ribbon the shallow waters along the shoreline. Humpback whales demonstrate a variety of forage techniques to capture the extremely elusive schools of herring. It is even not uncommon for us to observe the whales fascinating cooperative ‘bubble-net’ feeding behavior up close. And of course, what marine wildlife party in SE Alaska would be complete without an appearance of the oceans top predator the killer whale. The orca’s nomadic travels most definitely include a ‘shopping trip’ to the buffet presented by the herring’s arrival to spawn along beautiful isolated beaches.
During this workshop we will be traveling aboard a privately chartered 84-foot world-class expedition yacht. This luxuriously appointed yacht was designed and constructed from steel with the same rugged integrity of vessels built for Alaska’s renowned commercial fisheries. It offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.
We will have an onboard chef that will be preparing specifically for us the locally caught salmon, crab, halibut, shrimp, caviar and black cod purchased from Southeast Alaska fishermen. Dinner will be served alongside a selection of boutique wines or specialty beers from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau.
What sets my photo workshops apart
I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants
This is a very unique workshop and as with most of my workshops, the group will be very small, limited to 6 participants to ensure everyones comfort and ensure that everyone gets the attention they need making once in a lifetime images.
What you will learn
You will be accompanied by Juan, an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors.
I believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, I will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating my vision, technique and sharing my love and knowledge of wildlife and the landscape. However, my priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get. Additionally, I freely share my equipment with you in order to give you some “in-the-field” experience with some of the equipment you may have been thinking of acquiring.
The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:
- How to create asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
- Storytelling thru natural history photography
- Best use of equipment
- Panoramic and High Dynamic Range Photography
- Digital Workflow
- Adobe Lightroom basics
- Image presentations and critiques
What to expect
My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our time on the yacht.
Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.
About 2 to 3 months prior to the workshop, you will then start hearing from me on a more regular basis. At that point I will provide you with detailed rendezvous and contact information and go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from me a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip.
I always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop, simple call or email me.
Total cost of the workshop is $7,000.00 USD for double occupancy per person
Sorry but there is no single supplement available on this trip. The number of cabins are limited.
If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop you can do so with a $3,000.00 USD deposit.
The balance of the workshop fee to be due December 1st 2014.
What is Included
- Privately chartered Yacht
- Lodging during the workshop
- All meals and snack during the workshop
- Beverages, including beer and wine during the workshop
- All permits, fees & gratuities
- A great time
What is NOT Included
- Making your way to and back from the ship in Sitka, AK (Airfare, ground transportation, lodging if needed, etc.)
- Trip Insurance (Highly recommended)
The Fine Print
- You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from the yacht in Sitka, AK.
- Deposit is fully refundable up until December 1st, 2014
- No refunds after December 1st, 2014
Typical daily schedule
We will not have a set schedule once onboard the yacht, as we will be following the herring spawn to maximize our photographic opportunities of the wildlife that is feeding on them. Best of all, our yacht is small enough and our captain experienced in positioning us for the best photographic opportunities.
Images from Past Workshops
Wildlife Photographs Courtesy of Rick Sammon Workshop
To sign up and reserve your spot in this workshop, please fill out the information below and I will be in touch with you shortly thereafter to arrange for your deposit and provide you with additional information.