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Alaska Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop

Alaska Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop at Alaska Photo Treks
PRICE STARTS AT
$3,995
February 9-14, 2024
with Carl Johnson
Alaska Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop

OVERVIEW

Explore the mystical wonders of winter in Alaska with this new photography workshop! This itinerary includes two nights near the Yukon River photographing the snowy forest and three nights in the Alaska Range photographing mountains and potentially the Castner Glacier ice cave. The emphasis of this workshop will be evening light and aurora borealis photography. We will sleep during the daytime.

Meet in Fairbanks at the Pike’s Waterfront Lodge at 10:00 a.m. From there, we will drive north to the Yukon River and check in to our rooms at the Yukon River Camp. Lodging there is rustic with shared rooms and shared bathroom facilities. After checking in, we will head out to photograph the snowy trees evening light, dusk, and twilight. Sunset is 5:03 p.m. The trees are only ten miles from camp. We will return to camp for dinner, then head out again to photograph the northern lights with the trees.
After sleeping in, we have a light breakfast and do a photo review of what we shot the evening before. Lunch will be at 2:00 p.m., then we head out to photograph another area of the trees – again, evening light (sunset at 5:07 p.m.), dusk, and twilight, then back to camp for dinner. We head out again for photographing the aurora borealis with the trees.
Breakfast at 10:00 a.m., then departure for the Delta Junction area, where we will be staying at The Lodge at Black Rapids for three nights. Lodging here is more luxurious, with single rooms and private baths. It is a 5.5-hour drive, so we will pick up lunch for the road in Fairbanks on our way through. We will arrive only an hour or so before sunset at 5:04 p.m., so we will scout in evening light for where we will photograph the northern lights on our first night.

Breakfast on your own schedule at the lodge. We will meet before lunch for a classroom session, have lunch, and then head out by 2:00 p.m. If we have clear skies, we will hike out to the Castner Glacier before sunset. The hike is 2.5 miles round trip on flat land. We will stay at the cave until about 6:00 p.m., the end of civil twilight and return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will go back out to the ice cave to hopefully photograph the aurora borealis from inside the cave.

Breakfast on your own schedule at the lodge. We will meet before lunch for a Lightroom processing session, have lunch, and then head out by 2:00 p.m. Today we will be photographing mountain landscapes during the day, returning to the lodge for dinner, and then heading back out to capture those same landscapes with the aurora borealis.
We have breakfast and hit the road by 10:00 a.m. to return to Fairbanks, which is about a 2.5-hour drive.
Whenever possible we endeavor to follow our itineraries as written. However, trips will occasionally deviate from the written itinerary due to weather conditions, group preference, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances (collectively what some have called “The Alaska Factor.”) Therefore, we suggest that you approach any Alaska trip with an open mind and an adventurous spirit.

Alaska Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop at Alaska Photo Treks

Conditions

This winter photography workshop involves moderate activity that involves walking short distances on uneven, snowy terrain. If we go to the Castner Ice Cave, that will involve a 2-mile round trip hike across packed snow on even terrain. Weather conditions may range from range from clear and sunny to cloudy and snowy. Temperatures can range from daily highs of 20F (-7C) to lows of -25F (-32C).

What’s Included

Guiding and instruction (both classroom and field)
Transportation between Fairbanks and workshop locations
Lodging on five nights at the two workshop locations
Hand warmers and toe warmers
All meals and snacks from meeting time to conclusion

What To Bring

Recommended Photography Gear
Camera with manual settings
Wide angle lens wide aperture (something in 24-70mm f/2.8 range will work well, but the wider the better)
Zoom lens, recommended 70-200mm
Charged batteries and charger
Multiple memory cards
Remote shutter release
Camera with manual settings
Wide angle lens wide aperture (something in 24-70mm f/2.8 range will work well, but the wider the better)
Zoom lens, recommended 70-200mm
Charged batteries and charger
Multiple memory cards
Remote shutter release
Clothing and Personal Gear
Insulated winter boots for outdoors, comfortable shoes for inside areas.
Parka or down winter jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Insulated pants or bibs
Head lamp with red light mode
Thermal long sleeve layers
Warm, thick sweater
Wool socks

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