"Alaskan Polar Bears"

Sept 26-30, 2019

Above the Arctic circle photography

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Join us! …for this incredible rare opportunity to photograph polar bears in the wild.  These animals are endangered and their habitat is shrinking everyday.    The north shore of alaska has a national wildlife refuge where these bears congregate prior to the Beaufort sea freezing over in mid to late October..  Just Imagine… the memories you’ll have after being up close witnessing the majesty of these awe-inspiring wild animals and then being able to come home with absolutely frame worthy photographs.  This area is home to one of the largest concentration of polar bears in the world. In addition, you will get expert instruction prior to and during the trip to help you set up your camera and best photograph these animals. 

DON’T MISS THIS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced photographer; you will leave this trip with not only incredible photos, but wonderful memories.  In addition, you will receive a Camera Workshop and daily personal assistance during the photoshoots.  Polar bears are endangered now and losing their habitat, and who know how long we will be able to view them in he wild?  Every photographer would love the chance to snap a photo of a 1000 pound 10 foot tall animal as close up as 100 feet.            Get that amazing shot!

INCLUDED in the trip ~ WOW:

  • Eight separate photo shoots (at eye level with the bears). Each approx. 3 hours long

  • The best boat in the area, including a heated cabin and hydraulic stabilizing legs 

  • Lodging

    • 1 night upon arrival in  Fairbanks​  (optional night at end of trip)

    • 4 nights with 4 days of full meals. (while staying at the on site hotel)

  • Charter flights that are only there to serve you.  (no bumping)

  • Photography workshops & personal instruction

  • Great Memories, photographs, and a few new friends!

NOT included:

  • Transportation to/from your location to Fairbanks Airport

  • Gratuities for photography and boat guides

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. souvenirs, food in Fairbanks etc.)

  • Trip Insurance (REQUIRED)

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival– check in at local hotel (included) Introduction to photographing polar bears.

  • Day 2: Charter flight leaves approx 9:00 am. Arrive approx 11:00 and at hotel before lunch. 

  • Day 2  First afternoon photography session (3 hours).  Picked up at hotel for short van ride. 

  • Day 3-5: Morning (8-11) and afternoon (3-6) photography sessions:  Share and learn session

  • Day 6: Morning  photography session and then pack up for flight back to Fairbanks.

  • Day 6: Arrive Fairbanks approximately 4pm and end of the tour. (best to book return flights next day due to unknown weather conditions)  ( we can suggest hotel)

  • Optional Northern lights viewing trip in the evening.(additional cost)

Workshop Includes: 

  • Camera modes, exposure settings, and autofocus options.

  • Understanding “Creative” settings, depth of field, Hyperfocal distance

  • Discussion of compositional elements, techniques and concerns

  • Wildlife shooting issues, timing, behaviors

  • Sharing and learning session where we review & post process images

In addition, Randy will also share tips, tricks and suggestions at each photo-shoot.  He will be available to assist, support and answer any questions and afterwards we’ll have photo sharing / discussion / post processing session to help everyone improve their skills after the first day.

COSTS and DETAILS:               Sept 26 to Oct 1st, 2019

  • Limited to maximum 6 photographers.

  • Cost is just $7500 - 6 days -  (lodging and 12 meals)                                         

  • Workshop sessions - included. 

  • Optional evening trip to see northern lights in Fairbanks (weather permitting) (additional price)

  • $2500 deposit required

  • PayPal (3% fee required) and checks are accepted.

  • Trip insurance REQUIRED  (I can provide you an agency contact)

  • Not Included: (transportation from your location to Fairbanks,  meals in Fairbanks, gratuity costs.  Optional Northern lights trip)

  • Single Supplement ($750 waived if you share a double or triple room)

 

Join us on this trip by entering the information below and sending us a message.  We will respond within 24 hours.

* Payments are by PayPal(3%fee) or check/cash. (subject to clearing) 

Refund Policy:  $2500 non-refundable deposit due to reserve.  Full payment due May 1st or 180 days prior to event.  Once paid refunds are only available up to 90 days prior and only if your spot can be filled by another participant. (and non-refundable portion is exempt)