Alaska Inside Passage with Juan Pons

Introduction
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 8 days (7 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape photographic adventure.

I have scheduled this workshop to coincide with the herring spawning season 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 7 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, and Captain Dennis. Juan is an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors, he has been visiting this area of Alaska for over 6 years. Dennis is the captain and owner of our amazing boat. He lives in this part of Alaska and has spent a lifetime in Alaska first as a commercial fisherman and now the owner of an expedition yacht.

We believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, we will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating our vision, technique and sharing our love and knowledge of wildlife and the landscape. However, our priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get.

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.

About our Yacht
The Northern Song is an 84-foot steel expedition yacht which was designed and constructed with the same rugged integrity as Alaska’s renowned commercial fishery vessels. Safe, functional and comfortable, it offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

The Northern Song features three beautiful guest staterooms each feature en suite private bathroom and shower, and an additional spacious Master Suite with a queen sized and an en suite private bathroom and shower.

Our yacht features an expansive indoor common areas that are ideal for dining and relaxing. In addition, several covered and open decks provide a perfect platform for wildlife watching and photography.

For more detailed information and pictured of the Northern Song please go here.

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
• Instruction
• Inspiration
• Camaraderie
• A great time

Alaska Spring Whales & Eagles with Dennis Rogers

Join us in Southeast Alaska aboard our 84-foot luxury Northern Song during one of the most exciting seasonal wildlife re awakenings of the year: the Sitka Spring Herring Spawn and Humpback Whale Homecoming. Unguided, this small group 9-day / 8-night all-inclusive cruise celebrates the first humpback whale bubble-net lunging and bald eagles. Gorgeous snowy backdrops form the perfect framework to quietly perfect your photographic creativity.

This unguided photography adventure for 8 maximum participants aboard our luxurious and spacious yacht will be captained by NANPA member, Captain Dennis Rogers. An Alaska resident for more than 45 years, Captain Dennis brings navigational expertise that allows his guests to capture those magical photographic moments born from patience and knowledge. The tour is based in Sitka, Alaska, and guests can expect to see humpback whales performing the first bubble net lunging of the year as well as the magical herring spawn and soaring and diving bald eagles by the thousands.

Our safe, comfortable and functional Northern Song features four beautiful guest staterooms, an expansive indoor common area, gourmet meals prepared in a fully equipped kitchen with on board professional chef, and several covered and open spacious decks providing the perfect platform for wildlife photography.

When booking, mention this listing on NANPA’s web site and enjoy a $300 discount on the trip.

Alaska Spring Whales & Eagles with Dennis Rogers

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Join us in Southeast Alaska aboard our 84-foot luxury Northern Song during one of the most exciting seasonal wildlife re awakenings of the year: the Sitka Spring Herring Spawn and Humpback Whale Homecoming. Unguided, this small group 9-day / 8-night all-inclusive cruise celebrates the first humpback whale bubble-net lunging and bald eagles. Gorgeous snowy backdrops form the perfect framework to quietly perfect your photographic creativity.

This unguided photography adventure for 8 maximum participants aboard our luxurious and spacious yacht will be captained by NANPA member, Captain Dennis Rogers. An Alaska resident for more than 45 years, Captain Dennis brings navigational expertise that allows his guests to capture those magical photographic moments born from patience and knowledge. The tour is based in Sitka, Alaska, and guests can expect to see humpback whales performing the first bubble net lunging of the year as well as the magical herring spawn and soaring and diving bald eagles by the thousands.

Our safe, comfortable and functional Northern Song features four beautiful guest staterooms, an expansive indoor common area, gourmet meals prepared in a fully equipped kitchen with on board professional chef, and several covered and open spacious decks providing the perfect platform for wildlife photography.

When booking, mention this listing on NANPA’s web site and enjoy a $300 discount on the trip.

Eagles of Homer, Alaska with Lewis Kemper

Every year thousands of eagles winter in and around Homer, Alaska. During this tour we are going to spend 4 days concentrating on photographing eagles in their nature habitat. The tour is limited to just 5 participants, so there is plenty of time for one to one help. There will be images of eagles flying, fishing, fighting and more. And all at close range, where lenses from 70-200 and 100-400 will be all you need. When on shore with the birds you can be as close as 4-8 feet away and a wide angle may be more appropriate.

We will be going out in a boat on five excursions with a wonderful guide/captain that I have known for years. We will have ample opportunity to work on our flight images. I will teach you how to photograph on manual and what settings you need to take razor sharp eagle images. I will be talking about shutter speeds, aperture, metering patterns, and ISO settings. Be prepared to take lots of pictures! Bring lots of memory cards as you will be taking between 2000-3000 images a day, downloading at night and doing it again the next day!

Beside just eagles, we will also have the chance of seeing, otters, seals, sea lions, other seabirds, and beautiful scenery. To take full advantage of being in one of the most scenic areas of the world, I have scheduled an extra day of sightseeing, where will go out in a van and tour the area surrounding Homer. We will visit Old Ninilchik Village and its very scenic Old Russian Church with great views of views of Mount Illiamna and Mount Redoubt, weather permitting. While on the van excursion we will also be on the lookout for moose and other wildlife.

British Columbia Birds with Jeff Wendorff

Bird Photography Workshop Overview

Join us on the best bird photography workshop in British Columbia featuring the most significant Bald Eagle migration in the world! British Columbia is the winter home for 2000 to 8000 Bald Eagles during their winter migration south to feed on the spawning salmon and to breed. They linger in the area through the winter months, raising their young before returning to their summer territory in Northern BC and the Yukon.

The bird photography workshop is organized for this time of the year because it is when the Bald Eagles put on their best show. You’ll be able to photograph all kinds of bird behavior from flying, besting, flirting, mating, eating and if we are really lucky, aerial battles with eagles In other words, you will be clicking a lot!

There are birds galore on the best bird photography workshop in British Columbia. In addition to the eagles, hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl are cruising the Pacific Flyway for their annual migration. All of the ducks and geese in one space causes the local raptor population to converge on the same area for easy hunting. All in all, this makes winter a very birdy season in British Columbia, and we are going to show you the best of the best!

We have lead this bird photography workshop for several years, and each year we tweak it as our local knowledge grows. We know the best locations, best times, heck we even “know” some of the birds! You will be set up for your photography in the best areas with the most birds at the peak time of the Bald Eagle migration in British Columbia!

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Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Bald Eagle," Birds © Mollie Isaacs.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Bald Eagle,” Birds © Mollie Isaacs.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 15, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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