WHEN: July 25, 2017
WHERE: Girdwood, AK
Meet at Ascending Path's yurt at the base of the Alyeska Tram. Address: 1000 Arlberg Rd Girdwood, AK 99587
FEE: $529 (deposit $200)
GROUP LIMIT: 10
FORMAT: 12+ HOUR PHOTO TOUR
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:*
Active Intermediate and Advanced photographers
UPGRADE to the 4-Day Coastal Glacier Landscapes workshop which includes this trip ... plus more
UPGRADE to the 4-Day Coastal Glacier Landscapes photo workshop which includes this trip ... plus more
- A beautiful iceberg, lake, glacier, wildflower and mountain setting only accessible by railroad.
- Up close and personal on glacier landscapes with possible ice caves.
- Approach and return by very scenic Alaska Railroad ride to the off highway Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.
- Exclusive (for our group only) outfitted and guided kayak and glacier hike by Ascending Path
- Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer
This is a uniquely Alaskan landscape photo adventure at a remote but accessible glacier landscape for active photographers. We will team up with Ascending Path for a guided glacier hike with a sea kayak approach across Spencer Lake which is usually filled with icebergs.
This is a 12-hour+ photo driven adventure tour (with lunch provided) with plenty of time to shoot landscapes with wildflowers and icebergs before and possibly after our guided kayak/hike adventure begins. We will arrive on location via a very scenic ride on the Alaska Railroad to the remote Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. From our remote stop off the highway, we travel 3 miles by van to Ascending Path’s basecamp along the shores of Spencer Lake.
The landscape is usually dominated by wildflowers, icebergs with the glacier and surrounding Chugach Mountains as our backdrop. We will also travel to up-close and personal glacier landscapes including the high likelihood of seeing ice caves and ice tubes.
We return on the 8:15pm train returning to Girdwood. There will be an option to leave on an earlier approximately 4:30 pm. Ascending Path has Weatherport shelters at their basecamp if needed to get out of the rain. (Please see special considerations below.)
Perfect for intermediate and advanced photographers with a sense of adventure who want a unique, off-the-beaten-path location to capture images.
PHOTO TOUR: All-day, on-location adventures designed to maximize time in pursuit of creating images in target rich landscapes. Tour leader has years of experience photographing at that location and provides creative suggestions while assisting participants with light and technique to capture the best possible images. Laptop computers are not needed on photo tours.
You will learn simple but effective ways to create beautiful and inspiring imagery with confidence and consistency.
- Camera configuration optimized for landscape photography
- Mastering Manual and Aperture Priority Exposure modes
- Exposing for max dynamic range and capturing the most sensor information
- Understanding and capturing the best light
- How to choose subject matter for the given lighting conditions
- Using lenses for creative effect
- Strengthening composition and design for maximum impact
- Maximizing depth of field
- Using polarizers and graduated neutral density filters
- DSLR body or mirrorless with interchangeable lenses
- Suggested lenses in 35mm full frame equivalent:
- Wide angle prime or zoom with at least 24mm wide. 20mm-16mm
(not fisheye) recommended
- Normal prime or zoom such as a 24-70mm
- Short telephoto prime or zoom such as a 70-200mm
- Tripod preferably with ball head and quick release system
- Media card(s)
- Extra battery
- Laptop with Lightroom or other image processing software
- Card reader if not part of the computer
- Flash drive to export images to for participation in critique
You will receive a Confirmation notice of your registration once you complete the process. Additional information - including lodging suggestions, meeting location, and more detailed itinerary - will be delivered to you within 30 days of workshop start date.
A former Air Force meteorologist, Alaska photography authority and guide, Michael DeYoung, specializes in landscape, tourism, and adventure sports imagery. DeYoung’s Alaskan image photo credits are numerous and widespread across a broad spectrum of magazines, calendars, catalogs, brochures, and websites.
It all started in 1988 when he arrived to the Great Land as a newlywed and a young Air Force weather forecaster. He began cutting his teeth as a photographer in 1992 when he separated from active duty and has not slowed down since. He remained with the military part-time until 2001, serving in the Alaska Air National Guard as a photographer for Public Affairs. The early days were lean and full of hard lessons, spending most of his time photographing landscapes and wildlife and visiting several of Alaska’s well known wildlife photography locations.
DeYoung served as president for 2 years for the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. Since then, he taught several workshops for the club, on his own ranging from landscape intensives to the use of flash for outdoor photographers in Alaska and Zion National Park, Utah as well as working with Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Michael and Lauri, his wife, business partner and adventure companion, have travelled statewide, weaving photography with extended wilderness journeys and even just day hikes. In addition to having hiked many of the trails in Chugach State Park, they have done extensive self supported long distance river trips in the Brooks Range, as well as the Canadian Arctic in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
In addition to shooting assignments for clients in the outdoor industry, they have shot many campaigns for clients promoting Alaska tourism state-wide. Denali national park is one of their favorite and most thoroughly worked places. They photographed Denali National Park under a professional photographer’s permit for 20 years and produced many of the images that appear at the Eielson Visitor Center.
Though the DeYoung’s reside in northern New Mexico where more sun and less oxygen feed their winter skiing addiction, they continue to return to Alaska for photography, workshops, backcountry adventures, and seeing their friends and clients.
You can leave Alaska but Alaska never leaves you!
7:15 AM - Meet by Ascending Path Yurt by Alyeska Resort
8:05 AM - Board Alaska Railroad train to Spencer Glacier Whistlestop
8:00 PM - Board Alaska Railroad train to return to Girdwood
9:00 PM - Back in Girdwood
Elevate your creativity and technique with concentrated instruction and individual attention.
Alaska Photography Tours - Spencer Glacier Adventure