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.
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 →