Take your photography to a higher level aboard the Motor Vessel David B with one of our Alaska Photography Workshops. On these hands-on workshops, you’ll capture memorable images of stunning scenery and epic wildlife. We have two workshops for 2018. Both workshops are 8-day long ship-based cruises. One workshop explores Glacier Bay and the other the Tracy Arm / Fords Terror Wilderness along with a visit to the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area.
Glacier Bay is one of America’s most dynamic National Parks with over three million acres of rugged wilderness with majestic mountains, tidewater glaciers, icebergs, ancient forests, and iconic wildlife (think: whales, brown and black bears, tufted puffins, porpoises, moose, sea lions, otters, mountain goats, eagles, etc.).
We’ll explore both great Arms of the Bay, first visiting Muir Inlet and enjoying some quality time at the mouth of McBride Inlet where icebergs beached at low tide can make for some amazing photography. This ice is a radiant blue that has to be seen to be believed.
Turning up Adams Inlet we’ll pass puffin colonies, sea lion rookeries, and increasingly precipitous cliffs as the mountains grow taller and the vast sheets of ice emanating from the ageless icefields begin to dominate the landscape. We’ll visit massive tidewater glaciers including the Lamplugh and the Grand Pacific, peer into the icy vastness of Johns Hopkins Inlet and enjoy overnight anchorages near both Reid and Margarie Glaciers, where we’ll deploy the skiff for both aquatic and terrestrial photography opportunities that are among the most dramatic in the world.
The vast fjord of Tracy Arm is world-famous for its glaciers, icebergs, waterfalls and wildlife. The massive Twin Sawyer Glaciers at its head calve icebergs that are among the biggest in Alaska – and photographically brilliant!
Fords Terror (named for a reversing tidal rapid that we’ll navigate at slack tide in the skiff) is a breathtaking steep-walled canyon-like fjord. Our anchorage is surrounded by sheer cliffs, laced with waterfalls, rising thousands of feet into the sky.
100-mile long Admiralty Island is called Kootznoowoo by the Tlingit people who live here. Translation: Fortress of the Bears. This name is apt. The island boasts the highest concentration of brown bears in North America (one per square mile!). We’ll have an opportunity to photograph the bears at the Pack Creek Viewing Area, one of the prime bear-watching sites in the world, where we’ll be accompanied by a naturalist. The island’s cathedral-like forests of massive ancient Sitka Spruce offer an extreme—and photographically diverse—contrast to the scoured glacial terrain nearby.
You’ll have extensive shooting opportunities every day, as well as instruction time from our knowledgeable, professional instructors aboard the David B. These trips are limited to eight passengers.