Katmai National Park Photography Workshop

September 3-8 2019. $2800

Six days, five nights, photographing the wildlife and landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve.  Based at the iconic Brooks River and Falls.  All meals and float plane between King Salmon and Brooks Camp included.

Photograph bears when they are huge, just before hibernation

See Katmai’s beautiful fall landscape colors

Safe “glamping” in Brooks Camp: bear fence, meals in the famous Brooks Lodge, running water, and showers

Instructor/guide is very experienced in safely and ethically photographing wildlife in Katmai

Agenda

  • Tuesday September 3, 2019

    • Float plane from King Salmon to Brooks Camp in Katmai
    • Mandatory NPS bear safety course at Brooks Camp
    • Afternoon photography and introduction to the area
    • Dinner at Brooks Camp
    • Late afternoon and evening photography of bears on the Brooks River (photograph until ~ 11:00 PM)
  • Wednesday – Friday, September 4-7, 2019

    • 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
      • Early morning landscape and wildlife photography
    • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
      • Breakfast
    • 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Field photography
    • 11:30 AM –  12:30 PM
      • Lunch
    • 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Break, rest period. Download and backup photos. Clients on their own.
    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Field Photography
    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
      • Dinner
    • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
      • Field Photography
  • Saturday, September 8, 2019

    • Morning photography in the field
    • Breakfast
    • Pack and float plane back to King Salmon for return flight home

What is Included

  • Wildlife and landscape photography sessions each day
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at the Brooks Lodge Cafeteria while at Brooks Camp
  • Floatplane round-trip airfare King Salmon – Brooks Camp (not luggage fees)
  • Campground reservations and fees

What is Not Included

  • Airfare to and from King Salmon
  • Luggage fees and baggage charges
  • Any meals and drinks at Brooks Lodge outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fishing license fees, rental fees for waders, boots, or other equipment
  • If you choose to visit the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes there is a bus fee of ~$80
  • Depending on the conditions and the group’s desire and ability we may charter a boat for one day in a remote part of Katmai ($100/person)

What You Need to Bring

  • Sleeping bag, pad, tent (let us know if you need a tent)
  • Camera gear (~24mm wide angle lens, ~ 100-400mm zoom, 500 mm optional)
  • Tripod
  • Chest waders (optional, can be rented from Brooks Lodge)
  • Raingear, including rain covers for camera and lenses
  • Sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles suggested
  • Bug spray, bug head net, sunscreen
  • Daypack, ideally waterproof and can hold your camera
Date
Sunrise
Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset
September 3, 20197:26 AM9:17 PM1:38 PM
(26%)
11:08 PM
(30%)
September 8, 20197:37 AM9:02 PM7:31 PM
(78%)
1:13 AM
(72%)

Brooks Camp (58.5557 deg N, -155.7778 deg W)

King Salmon average climatic conditions for these dates  < high = 53 deg F, low = 39 deg F, , 2.8 inches precip >

Getting to Brooks Camp, Katmai

Please wait until we talk before booking your flights to King Salmon!

  • You will need to fly into King Salmon, Alaska
  • You will then take a float plane from King Salmon into Katmai National Park
  • Although you can sometimes fly into King Salmon on Alaska Air with enough time to catch the floatplane into Katmai, it is risky
  • Normally it is better to book your flight from Anchorage to Brooks Camp with Katmai Air
  • Having to spend a night in King Salmon, can be very expensive, and hard to find lodging
  • I will pay (reimburse) for the floatplane portion of your flight to/from Brooks Camp
  • We need to coordinate your flights into and out of Anchorage so that you arrive/leave King Salmon in conjunction with the Katmai Air flights

I am happy to help you schedule your flights so that it works out best for you.

Register

Please register here.  Once you register I will set up a phone conference with you to discuss the trip, safety expectations, and logistics.  If we decide during the phone conference(s) that this workshop is not a good fit, you will be fully refunded for your workshop registration.

Detailed information on logistics and pre-workshop information will be emailed to you upon registration.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to more about this workshop.