Alaska Fall Photo Workshop
Alaska Fall Sept 4-10, 2021 - Sold Out!!
Dalton Extension Sept 11-14, 2021 - Sold Out!!
Experience the brilliant fall colors in Alaska's rugged mountains. Go with us off the beaten path in search of enchanting landscapes and engaging wildlife. Dates are timed for dark skies and we'll be chasing the aurora borealis on clear nights. The workshop includes single-occupancy lodging and all transportation. As an added bonus, we'll spend our last night together soaking in warm thermal hot springs!
Supercharge your Alaska experience by adding our Sept 11-14 Artic Landscape and Wildlife Extension!
- Photograph the amazing landscapes of America's Last Frontier erupting in pristine fall colors!
- Capture the wildlife as they are busy preparing for the cold winter months.
- Enjoy dark skies for photographing the aurora borealis.
- Relax in the warm thermal waters of Chena Hot Spring.
- Two pro instructors will accompany our small group of 8 participants.
- Workshop includes all transportation and single-occupancy lodging.
- Supercharge your trip with our Sept 11-14 Artic Landscape and Wildlife Extension
The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather and current conditions. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.
- Day 1 (Sept 4): Meet at 7PM at Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks. for a mandatory introductory session and meet and greet. We'll cover the photo techniques we'll be using during our time together and go over all the details of the trip.
- Day 2 (Sept 5): After breakfast, we begin our journey south towards Denali. We stop at various spots for photo ops. After lunch we check into our hotel and then spend the rest of the day hiking some scenic trails and capturing the insane fall colors all around us! With clear skies and auroral activity in the forecast, we venture out after dark to photograph the Northern Lights.
- Day 3 (Sept 6): We start with an early breakfast and begin our full day bus tour deep into Denali. We'll be on the lookout for wildlife species such as grizzly bear, caribou, moose, dall sheep, and more. The landscapes are sure to impress with brilliant fall colors! We return mid-afternoon and spend the last couple hours looking for moose in the colorful tundra environment. If skies cooperate, we'll venture out again for the aurora after dark!
- Day 4 (Sept 7): It's another early morning departure as we head south with awesome views of the snow-capped Alaska Range. We do a little hiking and then start our journey west on the rugged Denali Highway. Photo ops abound and we stop to eat some of the yummy tundra blueberries. We check into our hotel in a beautiful alpine setting. We have some great locations for reflections if the aurora borealis comes out to play!
- Day 5 (Sept 8): We take the morning to catch up on some much needed rest before continuing our journey along the Denali Hwy with gorgeous views all around us! We check into our cabins in a quintessential Alaska setting. We do some hiking in the afternoon and capture a gorgeous sunset!
- Day 6 (Sept 9): We shoot sunrise at a lake with breathtaking views of the Alaskan Range and then begin the long journey back towards Fairbanks. We look for caribou and moose along the drive and stop for any good photo ops. After sunset, we check into our rooms at Chena Hot Springs, and enjoy dinner along with a relaxing swim. The skies clear later in the evening and we go out for our final night of Aurora chasing!
- Day 7 (Sept 10): This is our last day together. After a sunrise shoot, we enjoy breakfast together as a group before making our way back to Fairbanks. The workshop will conclude by 2PM, allowing you to either stay one more night in Fairbanks or catch a late flight back home.
- For those wanting an Epic Adventure, we invite you to join our Sept 11-14 Arctic Landscape and Wildlife Extension
- Plan to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 7PM on the first day. Please have dinner before meeting the group for the orientation session.
- Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations. We aren't expecting to do any more than 2-3 miles total in one day. Waterproof hiking boots and gaiters are highly recommended due to the boggy nature of the tundra.
- Fall weather is unpredictable in Alaska. It can be sunny and very comfortable or get very cold and snowy. We will email you a list of personal items and recommended clothing after you sign up for the trip.
- Lodging in some of the areas we'll visit is very expensive and in short supply. When we are in the backcountry, one night of lodging will have shared accommodations only. All other nights will have single-occupancy lodging.
- Food is not included in the workshop fee. We will be stopping for meals at either stores or restaurants during our journey.
- There is no need for you to rent a car. The hotel will provide free shuttle service to/from the Fairbanks International Airport. Once you are with us, we will provide all transportation for the workshop.
- Due to the COVID pandemic, Denali Park Buses are only running as far as the Stony Hill Overlook (mile 62). We will still stop at many of the most scenic areas along the drive. The good news is that there should be less vehicular traffic and people in the park, which can improve our chances of seeing wildlife.
- We highly recommend Travel Insurance to cover any non-refundable fees or medical coverage during the workshop.
$3995/person + Tax
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- 5 Nights Single Occupancy Lodging and 1 Night Shared Accommodations in the backcountry.
- $350/person Double Occupancy Discount is available (must be traveling together).
- 4 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner
- Photography guiding and instruction throughout the trip.
- Post-processing and image critique sessions.
- Swim Passes for the Hot Springs
- Tickets for the full day Denali Bus Tour
- All Ground Transportation
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Flights to/from Alaska.
- Meals, beverages, and snacks except for 4 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining balance will be charged 90 days prior to the workshop.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Fast wide angle lens in the 14-35mm range. We recommend a lens that is f/2.8 or faster for night photography.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters.
- Circular polarizer filters and 3-stop ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. Very dark ND's can be useful for creating long exposures.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Cover for your camera/lens to protect against high winds and precipitation.
- Camera backpack you can use while hiking.
- Drone camera for aerial photography (optional).
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Lots of warm clothes! We will email you a recommended list with many more details.
- Warm, waterproof boots.
- Thermos for hot beverages
Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C.. He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.
“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles
Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.
Nickolas is a photographer and tour guide with a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations. His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.
Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.
When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.
Nickolas's portfolio can be found at Nickolas Warner Photography