ST.GEORGE ISLAND PHOTO TOUR (JULY 12-17, 2017)
The Pribilof Islands are better known as the “Galapagos of the North” was formed two million years ago when St.George Island, a volcano then, was thrust out of the Bering Sea. Today it’s teaming with wildlife, which includes over 200 species of migratory birds, arctic fox, fur seals, and Orca whales that patrol the coastline. Like the migratory birds, this island is a major haul out for over a million Fur Seals, which are a significant chapter in the story of this Aleut community that dates back to 1786 when Russians first discovered this island.
This photo adventure is prime for both beginner to advanced photographers. We ask that you are familiar with your menu systems and manual settings, we can help from there. Our focus will teach our photographers best practices in photographing wildlife, composition and story. It’s important to know you’ll be in close proximity of birds, arctic fox, and fur seals. A strong emphasis to respect of wildlife for your safety, health of habitat and the community that allows us this opportunity will be paramount for this tour.
We’ll be moving over uneven terrain with a makeup of basalt rock, boulders and moss covered rock at times. There are established trails, but are not heavily traveled. We’ll be exploring the coastal region, which includes close proximity to cliffs from 6 feet to 700 feet, good balance, confidence and fitness over this terrain will is required. The wildlife are not going anywhere, so we’ll be operating on a weather and light schedule. There will be light hiking, you should be comfortable hiking at least 2-6 miles with little to no elevation gain. Optionally we do have one hike that offers more physical demand with a 700 foot gain in elevation, while optional the views are priceless!
July 12-17th 5/days
St.George Island, Alaska
- Traverse and photograph in several Fur Seal rookeries.
- Witness millions of migratory birds nesting on basalt cliffs.
- Photograph Fur Seal pups.
- Watch for Orca that patrol the coastline for Fur Seals.
- Arctic Fox and new pup encounters.
- Vast untouched landscapes and coastal island cliffs as high as 700 feet.
- Historic buildings from the Russian Fur Seal Trade.
- Great food, and coastal accommodations
Date: July 12th – 17th
Price: $3950 (Tour Limited to 6 participants)
Call: (907) 717-9666 or (907) 331-4361
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: A complete supply list will be sent a few months before tour departs.
- 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
- Day Pack
- Sturdy Hiking Boots
- Rain shell
- Your favorite hat to block sunshine.
- Water Bottle, recommend 32/oz
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Scott Slone has partnered with Planet Earth Adventures to offer real Alaska photographic adventures. Beyond learning photography, Scott believes great photography comes from having a connection with with your locations. Because his family roots reach five generations deep, photographers are getting more from the experience than just great photography. Albert Marquez owner of Planet Earth Adventures has been published in a number of well known books and magazines, and has been guiding photographers into Alaska for the last 5 years.