EOS Destination Workshops
Brown Bears of Alaska (SOLD OUT)
- Presented by:
- Jennifer Wu (Bio)
- EOS Destination Workshops
- June 26, 2015 - July 01, 2015
- Lake Clark National Park
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
- Airfare to Anchorage and accommodations the first night are the responsibility of the attendee though we have set up a special rate at the Springhill Suites Marriott.
Springhill Suites Marriott,
4050 University Lake Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Ask Reservations for "Canon Workshop" to obtain discounted rate of $195+ tax per night. One night on June 26th, and optional night on July 1st.
Rate does not include taxes & fees.
Room block expires May 26, 2015
Lodging for the workshop included in workshop fee is provided in Lake Clark National Park during June 27-July 1, 2015. Meals are provided at the lodge from lunch on the 27th to breakfast on the 1st.
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The enrollment capacity for this class has been reached. Further registrants will be placed on a waitlist and contacted once space becomes available. In the meantime, check out other EOS Destination Workshops we're offering across the country.
Join Jennifer Wu, Canon Explorer of Light, on an exciting adventure in Lake Clark National Park photographing the Coastal Brown Bears!
Seeing eye to eye with a brown bear is an experience to remember- and we will have many opportunities. We may see them digging for clams in the flats during low tide, eating grass or even engaging in a scuffle. While this is not the time for salmon fishing, it is a good time of year to see small cubs -- watching them playing and nursing is a delight!
The bears are king and they know it. Yet they are not really interested in people, and will pretty much ignore us. They may watch us slyly, with an eye peering back at us as they walk right by. The bears have much to eat here, they are used to people in this area, which allows us to get close. There are no viewing platforms or time schedules for viewing like most other locations require. Here we have access to the bears -- in fact, we will probably see bears even from the deck of the lodge.
We will be in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, at a private lodge. There may be a few other people outside this workshop staying at the lodge as well, but no crowds. It is a special place with breathtaking beauty. Perhaps it is the fresh air or the mountains or the free wild rivers that make it so wonderful just to be there. It is very peaceful due to the remoteness, accessible only by a small plane or boat.
Jennifer will provide instruction in the field as well as lectures on photographing the bears and wildlife. You will learn camera operations and composition. We will focus on expanding your creative vision.
We will photograph bear portraits and bears as an element in the scene for environmental portraits. A bear in the landscape tells one story and details of their paws digging for clams or running cubs, tells another.
Though our focus is on the bears, there are other animals to photograph as well. Jennifer has seen bald eagles, puffins, foxes, wolves (not common) and many shorebirds. To see her images of Alaska, visit www.jenniferwu.com and click on the "Alaska Portfolio."
Canon support staff will be there to help you with equipment and composition, both in the field and in the classroom. We have made arrangements for some long lenses to be available for use, as well as other Canon gear. Before the workshop we will determine your specific needs so we can bring what will best suit the shoot.
With bears at our footsteps, pristine land and home-cooked food, it is a once in a lifetime experience. Come experience the beauty of Alaska with us!
- Jennifer's insights and instruction on photographing wildlife
- A variety of nature/wildlife composition techniques
- Camera settings and operations for wildlife photography
- Critiques to open your eyes and improve your photographic skills
Please bring your camera, together with any lenses you want to shoot with (wide angle, tele-photo and macro), plenty of charged battery packs and memory cards, a sturdy tripod, Gimbal Head and a laptop computer for downloading images.
The tour is intended for intermediate and advanced photographers, however any skill level will enjoy photographing the brown bears. Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment. We will be doing some hiking over uneven ground, through water at low tide, and across overgrown fields during the day. We will ride to locations on ATV drawn carts then walk around. Significant other’s are welcome to attend and must pay the full fee.
- Canon gear loans – bodies and lenses
- Accommodations at the lodge at Lake Clark National Park (however, accommodations in Anchorage are not included).
- All meals at the lodge at Lake Clark National Park. Please let us know beforehand if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
- Flight from Anchorage to Lake Clark National Park.
- Permit into Lake Clark National Park.
- Optional boat tour to nearby island for bird photography, including Puffins!
- Special boot rental for hiking the terrain at Lake Clark National Park
- Classroom instruction and image critiques
- Getting there: Book a flight to arrive in Anchorage the day before the workshop on June 26 and depart Anchorage on July 1st or following day. I suggest flying home on July 1st after 1:30pm. Occasionally there are flight delays with the small plane from the lodge due to weather. We are planning on arriving at the small airport next the main one at 11 am and it is a few minutes by taxi to the main airport.
- Cost is $5,900, based on double occupancy. Rooms will be shared with another workshop attendee and you will be paired with someone of the same gender. Single occupancy, for an additional fee, may be available.
- Anchorage hotel, meals in Anchorage, travel insurance and gratuities are not included.
- Transportation: Flight by small plane from Anchorage to the lodge is included. You are responsible for your flight to Anchorage, Alaska.
- Workshop limit: This special workshop is limited to 8 participants instead of the usual 16 participants. We have a small group for wildlife photography.
- For more insight on the trip, check out Jennifer Wu’s blog post about the Brown Bear Alaska workshop in 2013 and additional photos from the participants.
- Cancellation: We have to pay in advance for the lodge so if you need to cancel, a refund is available ONLY if we can fill the space.
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