Brown bear photography holiday in Alaska
The price doesn't include flights to Anchorage and personal insurance.
Description of Brown bear photography holiday in Alaska
Get up close and personal with Alaskan brown bears in this once in a lifetime adventure. Ninety-five percent of brown bears in the US live in Alaska and Lake Clark is home to plenty of them. It’s a land of stunning beauty, where volcanoes steam, salmon run, and craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes.
Here we will get the chance to watch and photograph bears in their natural habitat as they graze in the meadows, catch wild salmon, care for their cubs and walk the beaches along the mountainous landscape. We will drive around the terrain, guided by a bear behaviour expert and with the photographic insight of award-winning wildlife photographer Barrett Hedges.
We will stay in a comfortable lodge located in the midst of this wilderness habitat. Brown bears are common visitors to the lodge and property and can be often be found playing or feeding in the grounds. The park’s remoteness adds incredible value to this pristine wilderness area; it’s only accessible by small aircrafts. Once you’re there, you’ll find no roads, no campgrounds, and only one maintained hiking trail, the Tanalian Trail.
We will have plenty of opportunities to photograph bears in their backyard as June is a peak season for brown bear viewing, as well as practice landscape photography. Since we’re travelling in a small group, there will be plenty of time for individual tutoring, and the trip is suitable for photographers of all levels.
1 Reviews of Brown bear photography holiday in Alaska
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2019 by Cornelia Kinley
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We spent almost every available hour looking for, finding and photographing bears. Being able to be so close to them, to watch their behaviour and get such good pictures in the process was amazing. It felt safe yet the bears were in their normal habitat, and we were not confined to a hide or platform which made the experience incredibly special.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for all kinds of weather, both in terms of clothes and camera gear, as you will go and stay out even if it is pouring with rain. A 400mm lens is sufficient but it needs to be able to handle low light. The trip is suitable for photo experts and beginners, and help is at hand with camera equipment and composition.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Lake Clark is an incredibly special place, and there are restrictions on the number of people who can stay in lodges within it. The lodge guides were careful to restrict the numbers photographing individual bears and made sure people kept a respectful distance from the bears. The bears therefore seemed at ease with us and continued their usual behaviour.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
An amazing experience which surpassed all my expectations. I would love to return!
PlanetWe believe in the power of photography; the power to create incredible experiences, and the power to make a positive impact. That’s why we founded our own Trust, a non-profit organisation that uses photography to make a positive impact on both a social and conservation level. We finance the running costs of the Trust, so by just by joining one of our workshops, you're indirectly contributing. (So all you have to do to make a difference is have the photo adventure of a lifetime!) Through this Trust, we provide free professional photography to charities doing environmental and conservation work; images they can use for fundraising and communication purposes.
Ethical Practices during Game Drives:
Our guide is highly experienced and we keep conservation of the area and well-being of the wildlife a priority throughout the trip. The last thing we want to do is stress out an animal or cause it to behave unnaturally. When our group is photographing bears, we never push the animals; we set up at a distance from them and let them move around us. We don't try and push them to a spot I want them in, I want to let them move naturally where they want and we change our position based on what the animal is doing.
During this trip, we use as little plastic as possible. We encourage our guests to bring only items that are reusable and recyclable. Our guide, Barrett Hedges, actively avoids anything plastic, and we only use reusable water bottles on this trip. We provide hardly any waste, because we take reusable containers, and what we do have for waste we gather all recyclables carefully.
At our office in Cape Town, we recycle, compost, and minimise the use of paper by predominantly working with digital files.
PeopleApart from supporting conservation initiatives through our photography, we also support social nonprofits. We provide free professional photography to charities that do valuable work and can use the images for fundraising purposes.
Through our Trust, we also run PhotoVoice workshops for youth in underprivileged South African communities. We identify talented young individuals with an interest in and talent for photography, and provide workshops where we encourage them to tell their stories, and the stories of their communities, through photography. We teach them creative self-expression, and the power visual images can have. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness about issues that matter most to them, which stimulates positive activism. We are currently running these workshops at Muizenberg High School in Cape Town; a program we aim to roll out at several schools in underprivileged communities around the city.
Supporting Local Economy:
We use locally-run accommodation and work with well-trained and well-paid local guides.
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