Cordova, Alaska Photo Tour

CORDOVA ALASKA PHOTO TOUR 2017

CORDOVA ALASKA PHOTO TOUR AND WORKSHOP (JUNE 20-27, 2017)

Experience photography in this Cordova Alaska Photo Tour and workshop on the famous Copper River Delta. Located at the southeastern end of Prince William Sound, this area of our Chugach National Forest covers approximately 2.3 million acres. You will be guided to your locations by plane, boat, and van through epic landscapes and wildlife habitat. This photographic adventure takes you on a journey to explore landscapes where tidal fats meet hemlock-spruce forests, salmon rich streams, bald eagles and out into the waters of Prince William Sound where you’ll see sea otters, coastal bears, moose and much more.

TOUR SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

DAY 1: We’ll depart Anchorage in our Sprinter Van for the small town of Whittier. From there we’ll load our vehicle on the ferry and board for an amazing ride through Prince William Sound. After we check into our lodging, we’ll be right on schedule to do some exploring and catch sunset.

Tonight we’ll go over the schedule and locations once more for the days ahead.

DAY 2 – 5: For the next 6 days each day will include a brief about our locations as well instruction on photo techniques. We’ll visit scouted locations, which will vary depending on the light and weather. Rain or shine Cordova offers incredible landscape, history and wildlife photo opportunities not seen by many.

DAY 6: After breakfast we’ll load the Sprinter and make our way to the Ferry and travel through Prince William Sound to Whittier. Along the way back to Anchorage, we’ll have time to photograph in Portage Valley and along the Turnagain Arm. In Anchorage we’ll say good by for now as we all part ways with friendships made and memories captured.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This photo adventure is prime for both intermediate to advanced photographers. You should at least understand basic composition, fluent with your menu systems and manual settings, we can help from there. Primary focus of the workshop will cover basics of location scouting, advanced composition, and Adobe Lightroom techniques. Prince William Sound region brings varied weather, there is always a secondary focus planned should weather or wildlife not cooperate.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Days have the potential to be long when conditions are at their prime. We’ve planned to keep a balanced pace, but if we’re feeling it, we’ll stay out. There will be light hiking, you should be comfortable hiking at least 2-4 miles with little to no elevation gain. We do have one hike that offers more physical demand, while optional the views are priceless! Pre-packed lunches will be made available when we’re out in the field.

ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS

Orca Adventure Lodge is located in a cannery town 3 miles north of Cordova originally built in the 1880’s, the Lodge has been rebuilt into one of Alaska’s finest adventure destination. While retaining its historical flavor, the Lodge has full amenities to offer the most discerning guest. Each of the forty rooms has private baths and great ocean views overlooking Orca Inlet. Access to wireless internet service and coin operated laundry facilities help to make your stay as comfortable as possible while at Orca Adventure Lodge, and their dedicated staff will do whatever they can to further enhance your experience. The Lodge’s chef and crew cook up delectable delights in the cannery cookhouse next door, while our great guides offer unique and safe photo adventures into the wilds of Alaska.

DATES

June 20-27th 7/days

LOCATION

Prince William Sound, Copper River Delta, Childs Glacier, Cordova Alaska

THE EXPERIENCE

  • Visit a remote beach for spectacular landscapes, and a potential for bears.
  • Hundreds of Bald Eagles will be high in activity.
  • Rafts of Sea Otters
  • Potential for bears and moose.
  • Cordova historic coastal structures
  • Glacial landscapes and calving
  • Light hiking into mountainous landscapes.
  • Great food, and coastal accommodations

TOUR COST:

$5,995/person
Question or booking please call us at (907) 306-6029 or (907) 717-9666

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Accommodations, Alaska Ferry transportation between Anchorage & Cordova; meals as listed on the itinerary; guiding and instruction; transportation while in Cordova. Prices are subject to change without notice. Not included: taxes, airfare to and from Anchorage from your city of origin. Meals included as listed on the itinerary above. B= Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

MINIMUM NUMBERS

Cordova photo tour requires a minimum of 4 to go. If we do not have the minimum number 2 weeks out, we will notify you of this situation and you will receive a full refund.

ESSENTIAL CAMERA GEAR

Recommended Lenses:
Having a range from 10mm to 400mm lenses would be optimum. At a minimum, a 24-105mm and 100-400mm will provide you a very workable range. We also offer lens rentals if needed, please let us know at least 40 days prior to tour.

Essential Gear:

  • Camera Gear Pack – Scott and Albert use F-Stop Bags
  • Several batteries to sustain you up to 10 hours / Day
  • Extra Media Cards
  • Polarizing and Split-neutral density filters
  • Camera Bag (for rain)
  • Extra camera body if possible
  • Lens hoods
  • Several lens cloth
  • Remote Release
  • Laptop computer with at least Adobe Lightroom

DRESS FOR CONDITIONS

Dress in layers for rain or shine, synthetic clothing, no cotton. Weather out on the Copper River Delta can change quickly, you’ll want to be prepared. Temperatures range from 50ºF to 70ºF in June. Pack sturdy hiking boots and bring a water bottle that will hold at least 32/oz. Finally, we use Sea to Summit Head Net (REI) to keep out them dang gnats!

Essential items:

  • Day Pack
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
  • Rain shell
  • Sunblock
  • Your favorite hat to block sunshine.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles (not required, based on personal comfort.)
  • Recommend a Sea to Summit head net (REI) for gnats
  • Water Bottle, recommend 32/oz

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.

ABOUT YOUR GUIDES

Scott Slone Canon Photographer

Scott Slone | Canon Shooter

My passion for our wilderness and people comes from my family legacy in Alaska, five generations all together. I’ve dedicated my personal and professional life to explore and discover the natural beauty that Alaska has to offer.

This has been a fantastic and unique place to grow up, and I’ve known it from a young age. Born and raised in such a rugged landscape, my passion for wilderness and wildlife came to me naturally. In my childhood I would often dreamed of wild and remote places, and since then I’ve worked to make those dreams a reality.

This attraction to our wild places has fueled me as filmmaker and photographer, which through my travels has connected me with the people and rhythm of Alaska in ways few get to experience. Guiding photography tours allows me to take my experiences and pass it on to people with the desire to also capture their own wild and beautiful places.

Professionally I’ve had the honor to work with a range of productions throughout my professional career. It’s the notables like National Geographic, Oprah Winfrey Network, Terra X, History Channel, and Travel Channel that pursued my expertise and formed me. Now I have the pleasure of working with the likeminded friends at Planet Earth Adventures.

I shoot exclusively on Canon professional digital photo equipment.
Look forward to guiding you into Alaska!

Albert Marquez Nikon Photographer

Albert Marquez | Nikon Shooter

I am the owner/guide of Planet Earth Adventures, an Alaska based tour company. I have over 20 years experience guiding tours here and I have a passion for this beautiful state. My enthusiasm for history, culture, the outdoors, and sharing it with others developed as I explored the rich landscapes of Alaska. I’ve been traveling throughout Alaska since 1993. My interest in exploration and learning has taken me to the remote Arctic regions of Alaska and Canada and most of Alaska’s National Parks. I have also traveled to many National Parks throughout the United States and Canada.

The sole intent of my photography is simple. I want to recreate the scene that you could have witnessed with your own eyes had you been standing next to me at the moment I fired the camera’s shutter. My interest in photography first blossomed in high school thanks to one of my best friends in school, whom also got me involved with my high school yearbook. In the years since my graduation, I have expanded my lifelong interest in photography, now concentrating primarily in Alaskan landscapes and its amazing and abundant wildlife.

I’ve been featured in publications such as books, newspapers, magazines and calendars including, The Alaska Magazine, The Last Frontier Magazine, Mushing Magazine, The Nome Nugget, The Anchorage Press, The Alaska Dispatch, The Vancouver Sun, The Mansfield News Journal, Jornal Do Brazil and books published by Northern Light Media in Alaska.

I shoot digital exclusively these days using Nikon professional photo equipment.

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