Twilight Photo Tour
Photograph magical autumn and winter scenes along Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet and Chugach State Park during sunset to sundown. The route travels to a variety of "hidden gems" and provides opportunity to capture amazingly unique scenes. Twilight Photo Tour is suitable for photographers and sightseers alike. Coaching is provided by a professional photographer guide along the way, as well as narrative on natural history and points of interest. A flexible itinerary allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route and on certain dates, there is opportunity to shoot the moon rising over white-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Enjoy a 10% discount when packaging this tour with Anchorage Aurora Quest, by entering the discount code TPTAAQ when making payment on the aurora tour.
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.
Sep 1 - Mar 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 view the complete list of departure times throughout the season.Departure Times
Sep 8-14 - 5:30p
Sep 15-21 - 5:00p
Sep 22-28 - 4:45p
Sep 29-Oct 5 - 4:15p
Oct 6-12 - 4:00p
Oct 13-19 - 3:30p
Oct 20-26 - 3:15p
Oct 27-Nov 4 - 3:00p
Nov 5-9 - 1:45p
Nov 10-16 - 1:15p
Nov 17-23 - 1:00p
Nov 24-30 - 1:00p
Dec 1-7 - 12:45p
Dec 8-14 - 12:45p
Dec 15-21 - 12:45p
Dec 22-28 - 12:45p
Dec 29-Jan 4 - 1:00p
Jan 5-11 - 1:15p
Jan 12-18 - 1:30p
Jan 19-25 - 1:45p
Jan 26-Feb 1 - 2:00p
Feb 2-8 - 2:30p
Feb 9-15 - 2:45p
Feb 16-22 - 3:00p
Feb 23-Mar 1 - 3:30p
Mar 2-8 - 3:45p
Mar 9-10 - 4:00p
Mar 11-15 - 5:00p
Mar 16-22 - 5:15p
Mar 23-29 - 5:30p
Mar 30-31 - 5:45p
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].
- Hot beverage selection including hot cocoa, cider, tea or coffee.
- 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
Recommendations are for winter conditions. During autumn, dress appropriate for conditions.
- Warm and comfortable snow boots with good tread
- Moisture wicking socks
- Moister wicking under layer
- Fleece jacket
- Well insulated and snow proof outer layer [coat and pants]
- Hat, scarf and gloves
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 uphill and downhill on uneven terrain...possibly covered with snow and ice [ice grippers are available]. Weather may range from rain or snow, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 0ºF (-17ºC) to 50ºF (10ºC). Twilight Photo Tour is an all weather tour. Some of the best photo ops happen during snowy, rainy or foggy conditions, and wildlife tends to be more active in cool weather.
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