Sunset Photo Safari
Chase the best light of the day, which during summer at this latitude can last several glorious hours before sunset. You’ll be transported to scenic locations around Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park to shoot a variety of enchanting subjects. Sunset Photo Safari is photographic fun for everyone, from casual picture-takers shooting with cell phone cameras to avid photographers with high-end gear. Transportation is provided in all-wheel drive vehicles and departure times vary according to sunset. A flexible itinerary allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route. Throughout the tour, you'll be offered creative and technical support from your Alaska Photo Treks guide. It's a great way to hone your photography skills while capturing stunning Alaska scenes under the Midnight Sun. Book it at the start of your Alaska trip and you'll take home your best travel photos yet!
You! This is a very small group tour for all levels of photographic skills and interest. With a guest to guide ratio of 1:3 maximum, the tour is tailored to your wishes, whether it's sightseeing, learning how to use camera manual settings, receiving creative and technical tips, or just wanting a local expert to get you to the right place at the right time. Non-photographers* are welcome to ride along and enjoy the variety of picturesque scenes throughout the golden hours, sunset and twilight.
*Due to the small and exclusive nature of this tour, there are no discounts available for non-photographers.
May 1 - Aug 31 | Daily
Duration is 4-hours, with departure 3-hours before sunset. Due to the constantly changing sunset times at this latitude, departures are adjusted in 15-minute increments each week. Expand the dropdown below to see the departure times throughout summer.Departure Times
May 8-14 - 7:45p
May 15-21 - 8:00p
May 22-28 - 8:15p
May 29-Jun 4 - 8:30p
Jun 5-11 - 8:45p
Jun 12-18 - 8:45p
Jun 19-25 - 8:45p
Jun 26-Jul 2 - 8:30p
Jul 3-9 - 8:30p
Jul 10-16 - 8:15p
Jul 17-23 - 8:00p
Jul 24-30 - 7:45p
Jul 31-Aug 6 - 7:30p
Aug 7-13 - 7:00p
Aug 14-20 - 6:45p
Aug 21-27 - 6:15p
Aug 28-31 - 6:00p
From Stewart's Photo Shop in the historic city center to scenic locations around the Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park. Stops may include Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof, Lake Hood, Potter Marsh, McHugh Creek and Glen Alps and Kincaid Park. The itinerary is flexible to accommodate seasonal changes. Anchorage area hotel pickups and drop-offs may be requested at time of booking.
Mode of Transportation
All-wheel-drive vehicles with seating for 3 [or 4 for private groups]. Driver is your photography guide.
- Light snacks and water [we strive to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment, so fresh water from a jug along with refillable cups].
- Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
- Tripods and a limited number of ND filters are available for loan.
What To Bring
The following gear is recommended for those with a higher level of photographic ambition. Point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras are also welcome!
- Camera with manual settings
- Lens(es) ranging in focal length from at least 24mm to 200mm
- Fully charged battery (preferably at least 2)
- At least 16GB memory card
- Sturdy Tripod (we have a limited number to loan)
- Remote shutter release or cable shutter release (optional)
Photography equipment rental available at Stewart's Photo Shop
- Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction
- Short sleeves
- Fleece jacket
- Water/windproof outer shell
How to Prepare
If getting out of Auto Mode is your goal, we encourage you to check out Getting To Know Your Camera before the tour. You'll receive additional coaching in the field.
This is a moderate activity that involves walking short distances up and downhill on stairs and uneven terrain. Weather conditions may range from rain, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 45°F (7°C) to 80°F (26°C). Sunset Photo Safari is an all weather tour. Some of the best photo ops happen during rain or fog, and wildlife tends to be more active in cool, wet weather.
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