Through our international partnership, we have secured an amazing opportunity to photograph grizzly bears fattening up for their long winter break. At this time of year, the bears begin to congregate along the narrows of the Smith Inlet. The bears are made accessible to photographers by professionally created blinds along the river, a short ride from the floating lodge. During our trip in September 2017, we had over 20 bear encounters. This location is isolated 50 nautical miles, accessible only by sea plane or a long boat ride, puts you in one of the most unique and undisturbed settings to capture pictures of a lifetime. The lodge has actual biologists on site to offer tremendous insight to the bears and their eco-system. This coupled with professional photography instruction and support makes this one of the best environments to learn wildlife photography. The lodge does everything right! Accommodations include world class dining, comfortable, clean rooms with in-suite bathrooms, beautiful views of the inlet and a peaceful quiet setting in which you immediately become immersed.
Roundtrip seaplane flight from Port Hardy to Lodge and Back
Beer and Wine
Bear Excursions and day hikes or boat rides (either or both)
Professional Photography Instruction and Support
Hotel Stays in Vancouver and Port Hardy.
Good Bye Dinner in Port Hardy
If you have a Canon DSLR, Tom will share his 500mm and 600mm lenses.
Airfare to Vancouver and Port Hardy. Please call for details and special instructions.
Join Nate Chappell and Ken Archer to photograph Bald Eagles feeding on spawning fish at Hood Canal, WA. This is a great location to photograph action and flight shots of eagles as they catch fish and interact with herons and each other. We will also take a boat trip to photograph Tufted Puffins and other seabirds as well as visit a Pigeon Guillemot colony and photograph songbirds at a feeder setup. Nate will give presentations on bird photography, join us for a great trip.
These exclusive expeditions in March and April are designed for avid and aspiring wildlife photographers whose goal it is to create original and impactful photographs with whales as the muse. Sitka, Alaska is home to the sac roe herring fishery, which occurs every spring as herring come back to spawn in the pristine waters around Sitka Sound. The marine environment kicks it into high gear as Humpbacks, Orcas and predators galore gorge on the bounty of herring. Abundant wildlife. jaw dropping landscapes and the amazing fishery operations add up to incredible photo opportunities.
This intimate experience includes private expeditions at sunrise and sunset* and personal mentoring and instruction with renowned Alaskan wildlife photographer Larisa Manewal and pilot and expedition leader Neil McDermott. Larisa will personally lead a 2 hour in studio class on day one and will be aboard on all expeditions helping you capture that perfect shot.
Your expedition includes, transportation to and from your accommodations and Five ( 5 ) whale watching excursions for a minimum of 20 hours total of private photography trips. We limit our expeditions to 4 people because we know meaningful wildlife experiences occur in small groups. You’ll ride safely and comfortably aboard our USCG captained, restroom equipped. and heated 26′ Sport Cabin, “Swell Times.”
SPONSORED- I have been an avid birder long before I was a photographer. When I finally started photographing birds autofocus was non-existent. Photographing birds in flight was just a dream, mostly I did stationary birds. As I made the transition to digital just after the turn of the century, I started getting my hopes up that I could photograph stationary and moving birds. It wasn’t until the past few years though that everything came together for me, photographing all kinds of birds moving and stationary without breaking the bank. Continue reading →