Alaska Fall Photo Workshop
Sept 5-11, 2022
Experience the brilliant fall colors in Alaska's rugged mountains. Get off the beaten path in search of enchanting landscapes exploding in brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange. The wildlife is busy getting ready for winter and we may photograph species such as moose, bears, wolves, dall sheep, caribou, and more. The workshop includes all lodging and transportation and you can save 10% by joining our Loyalty Program! As an added bonus, we'll spend our last night together soaking in warm thermal hot springs! Supercharge your Alaska experience by adding our Arctic Wildlife & Landscapes 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. Species include grizzly bear, moose, caribou, dall sheep, wolves, and more!
- Explore deep into Denali National Park in addition to the backcountry around the park.
- If activity levels are high, we'll be out in search of the aurora borealis!
- Relax in the warm thermal waters of Chena Hot Springs.
- Alaska experts Nickolas Warner and Kevin McNeal will instruct our small group of 8 participants.
- Workshop includes all transportation, lodging, and some meals.
- Supercharge your trip with the Arctic Wildlife & Landscapes 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 5): Meet at 7PM at Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks for a mandatory orientation session. 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 6): 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! We even photograph some moose in the brightly colored dwarf birch!
- Day 3 (Sept 7): 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! If the weather cooperates, we'll enjoy fantastic views of the imposing and snowy Denali Peak behind Wonder Lake. Our bus pass will take us to the end of the park road and back.
- Day 4 (Sept 8): 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 plentiful tundra blueberries. We check into our hotel in a beautiful alpine setting. We have great locations planned if the aurora borealis comes out to play!
- Day 5 (Sept 9): We take the morning to catch up on some much needed rest before continuing our explorations along the Denali Hwy with gorgeous views all around us! We do some hiking in the afternoon and capture a gorgeous sunset!
- Day 6 (Sept 10): Today is a big travel day and we'll drive through some exquiste high country cloaked in autumn colors. We stop often for photo ops! In the evening we check into our cabins in a quintessential Alaska setting and spend the night relaxing in soothing thermal hot springs.
- Day 7 (Sept 11): 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 Arctic Wildlife & Landscapes Extension Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2022.
- Plan to arrive at Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks no later than 7PM on Sept 5th. 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 recommended due to the boggy nature of the tundra.
- Fall weather is unpredictable in Alaska. It can be sunny and comfortable or cold and snowy. We will email you a list of personal items and recommended clothing after you sign up for the trip.
- 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included in the workshop fee. All other meals/snacks are on your own. 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.
- We highly recommend Travel Insurance to cover any non-refundable fees or medical coverage during the workshop.
$4800/person + Tax
Save 10% by Joining our Loyalty Program
- 6 nights double occupancy lodging
- Single Supplement: $700
- 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- 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 to Kantishna/Wonder Lake.
- All ground transportation
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Flights to/from Alaska.
- Meals, beverages, and snacks except for 5 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners.
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. Having 2 camera bodies will greatly reduce the number of lens changes.
- 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.
- Long elephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters. We recommend a zoom lens in the range of 100-400mm or 200-600mm. For landscape shots, it's really important you cover the 100-200mm range.
- 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
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
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.
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