WHEN: July 24 - 27, 2017
WHERE: Girdwood & Whittier, AK
Meet at 2PM at the Girdwood Chapel, 100 Timberline Drive, Girdwood, Alaska 99587
FEE: $1,195 (deposit $300)
GROUP LIMIT: 10
FORMAT: INSTRUCTIONAL BASED WORKSHOP
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:*
Intermediate and Advanced photographers
- Unique mountain glacier landscapes
- Pristine national park quality views without the crowds
- Privately chartered boat tour to photograph marine wildlife, icebergs, glaciers and BIG mountains
- Travel off highway on the Alaska Railroad
- Guided hike to a beautiful glacier and mountain lake setting
- Motivational presentations on Alaska landscape photography
- Picturesque ski resort setting
- Many high quality roadside landscape locations
- Fantastic short hike to sweeping glacier views
- 16-17 hour long days with plenty of photo opportunities even in cloudy weather
- Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer
Immerse yourself in a unique coastal mountain and glacier carved landscape, not found anywhere else in the western U.S., where big mountain views rise precipitously from sea level bathed in 17-hours of daylight. In this adventurous landscape intensive workshop, we take you to remote but accessible glacier locations, returning each night to the comforts of town. Designed to maximize on-location time, our landscape quests will focus on water, mountains, reflections, wildflowers, rainforest, icebergs and glaciers.
In addition to capitalizing on road accessible photo opportunities, the itinerary includes two days of guided, uniquely Alaskan, all day tours off the highway by boat and rail, where we get up close and personal with glaciers and icebergs. (Please read special considerations and physical requirements below.)
Girdwood, at the base of Alyeska Resort, considered to be one of the most picturesque ski areas in North America, will serve as our base. The town with its quaint, laid-back mountain town vibe is only 42 miles from Anchorage International Airport down the Seward Highway - a National Scenic Highway and Byway.
We start with a 4 hour afternoon presentation on photographing Alaska followed by an evening and sunset shoot in the local area. Our second and third day are all day remote tours described above and featured in our offerings as stand alone 1-day tours. Our fourth day will be spent (weather permitting) on a short but incredibly scenic hike to Portage Glacier and Lake with its sweeping glacier views. Other options include nearby waterfalls, lush rainforest boardwalks and/or wildflower meadows. In the afternoon, we wrap up our action packed 4 days (remember, the days are longer than down south at this latitude) with a group edit, critique and Lightroom demonstration in Girdwood.
INSTRUCTIONAL BASED WORKSHOP: Intensive and comprehensive workshops include organized classroom presentations, constructive image critique, and post processing tips and demonstrations in Lightroom. Field time is designed to be at inspirational locations matching the best subject matter to the best lighting, practicing our art, building upon what we’ve learned in class. On location, the workshop leader provides creative expertise for that location and subject matter assisting with light and technique to help participants capture the best possible images. In addition to camera gear, laptop computers are required for participants to benefit from constructive critique sessions. Whenever possible, workshop schedules have some flexibility to adjust to unforeseen changes in conditions and weather.
- 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
- Telephoto prime or zoom such as a 80-400mm, 100-400mm, or 400mm with image stabilization
- Tripod preferably with ball head and quick release system
- Media card(s)
- Extra battery
- Laptop computer with image editing software (Lightroom suggested)
- The capability to import, view, edit, and export images made during the workshop
- Portable bus powered hard drives are recommended for image storage
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!
2:00 PM Meet in Girdwood at 2pm for introductions and motivational presentation on Alaska landscape photography.
7:00 PM After a dinner break, we go on our first warm up shoot. Location will be determined by weather, the tide schedule and where the best wildflowers might be.
6:30 am to 7:pm: full day private boat tour in Prince William Sound. (Full details at Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound)
7:45 am to 9:00 pm: Full day glacier and iceberg tour with Ascending Path and Alaska Railroad to Spencer Glacier. (Full details at Spencer Glacier Adventure.)
5:30 AM Sunrise and morning shoot in Portage Valley.
11:00 AM Lunch break
1:00 PM Lightroom tips, group edit and critique
4:00 PM Wrap up.
Elevate your creativity and technique with concentrated instruction and individual attention.
Alaska Photo Tours - Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound