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Central Alaska Aurora and Winter Landscape Workshop 2019


 Aurora above the Lodge at Black Rapids

Aurora above the Lodge at Black Rapids

Join me this February on a uniquely Alaskan adventure to photograph the winter landscapes and (when conditions allow) magnificent aurora borealis in the middle of Alaska.

We will meet in Fairbanks, and then travel to the wonderful Chena Hot Springs resort to photograph there and around the Two Rivers area. Then, we will travel down to the luxurious Lodge at Black Rapids for three nights to revel in the scenery of the heart of the Alaska Range, and enjoy the delicious cuisine of the lodge. While at the Lodge, we will have ample time during the days for lectures and tutorials in post processing, with an emphasis on post-processing our photos in Adobe Lightroom, multiple exposure blending techniques, and creating panoramas. On Friday, we return to Fairbanks for a final night at the Wedgewood resort, where we can sneak out to the Chatanika river valley if we get lucky and have one last night of lights. On Saturday, we head home.

Itinerary

February 25th - Meet in Fairbanks, depart to Chena Hot Springs Resort

This gorgeous drive will take us through the Chena River State Recreation Area, with ample opportunity for winter landscape photography, and we will spend our first night in Alaska at the remote but lovely Chena Hot Springs Resort. Soaking in the hot pools at Chena is already magical, but hopefully we get lucky and we get to do this under the shimmering curtains of lights!

February 26th - Drive to Lodge at Black Rapids, Alaska Range

We will travel south to the Alaska Range, and check into the amazing Lodge at Black Rapids, which will be our home for the next four days.

 The Lodge at Black Rapids

The Lodge at Black Rapids


February 27th - Lodge at Black Rapids

Photograph around the Black Rapids area, with daytime lectures and post processing sessions. If we stayed up all night under the lights, we will sleep in.

February 28th - Lodge at Black Rapids

Photograph around the Black Rapids area, with daytime lectures and post processing sessions.

March 1 - Wedgewood Resort Fairbanks

Depart the Lodge at Black Rapids and head back to Fairbanks to the north end of town, where we will stay at the Wedgewood Resort adjacent to the Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. If conditions look good we will head out to the Chatanika area to photograph around the abandoned dredge there.

March 2nd - Fairbanks

After sleeping in and getting breakfast, we will use the hotel’s conference center for one last session of Lightroom, and a slideshow of everyone’s work from the week. We will enjoy a day and night in Fairbanks. We will all enjoy a workshops wrap-up dinner together in Fairbanks, with fresh Alaskan Seafood. If conditions look good for one more night of lights, we will head out again to the Chatanika area to photograph around the abandoned dredge there.

March 3rd - Depart for Home

I will take everyone to the airport for their flights home, try to book them around 11am.

Here is a map showing our route across Alaska:

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 Aurora near Black Rapids

Aurora near Black Rapids

 Last Light in the Alaska Range

Last Light in the Alaska Range

Terms and Conditions:

To reserve your spot in this workshop, a non-refundable deposit of 50% is due upon enrollment. If for some reason you must cancel, I will refund your deposit in the event that I fill your spot in the workshop.  

The remainder of the deposit is due 30 days prior to the date of the workshop. 

This trip will involve walking over uneven ground and snow and ice, sometimes in low-light and especially in dark nighttime conditions. Central Alaska in the dead of winter is extremely cold, and all participants MUST bring adequate warm winter gear. By joining me you acknowledge that you possess appropriate winter clothes, and also that you are in good physical condition and able to take part in walking and hiking over uneven ground. 

To join me on this trip, you MUST book Travel Insurance (I recommend Allianz) and sign and return an acknowledgement of terms/conditions and liability wavier with your deposit to reserve your spot (email me for this document to send in with your deposit). I carry insurance that provides some coverage, but you need to supplement this with Travel Insurance to cover what my carrier does not (including but not limited to lost baggage, cancelled flights, medical emergency, for example). 

Cost / What is Included and What isn't Included

The cost of this all-inclusive Alaska Aurora and Winter Landscape Photography Workshop Adventure is $5,850.

The size of this workshop is limited to 5 students, and it is co-taught by my teaching associate Michael Okimoto. This is a very small group, and you will have ample one-on-one teaching and instruction.

  • Airfare to/from Fairbanks is not included

  • Lodging is included, and is double occupancy. If you want your own room, I will try to obtain one for you but may not be available in all accommodations, and additional charges will be required.  

  • All meals are included in this workshop

  • Transportation in a 4x4 7-passenger vehicle is included in this workshop, including all taxes, fuel, and tolls. 

  • I will pick you up from the Fairbanks International Airport outside of Fairbanks at any time on February 25th. Please try to book a flight that arrives in the early afternoon. If this is not possible, please come a day early, and I can help you find reasonable accommodation in Fairbanks. For departure on March 2nd, please try to find a flght that leaves in early afternoon.

  • Instruction in photography at each shooting opportunity is included, as is instruction in planning and post-processing.

 A Final Note about Alaska’s Weather and Shooting the Aurora

As those of you who have been to Alaska before are intimately aware - the weather can be ferocious one minute, confusing the next, and then turn to placid - all in very little time. This is part of what makes it such an amazing location to photograph. While we will always wish for moody skies, colorful sunsets, and clear aurora-filled nights, we will most certainly be met with some clouds and rain or even possibly snow at some point. You will be expected to come prepared for any and all weather conditions. If the weather is wet or stormy, we will replace shooting sessions with post-processing sessions as desired. As always we will hope for the perfect mix of stormy clouds for dramatic landscapes but not too stormy so we can't go out, and we will keep our fingers crossed for clear skies at night under the Northern Lights. I am unfortunately unable to control both the weather and the solar activity so I cannot guarantee that we will photograph Aurora but I will do everything in my power to make sure that you not only come home with amazing photos when we do see it, but that you learn a great deal and have an amazing adventure.