St.George Island, Alaska Tour

ST.GEORGE ISLAND PHOTO TOUR 2017

ST.GEORGE ISLAND PHOTO TOUR (JULY 12-17)
Book early for 2018 at 907-717-9666 or 907-331-4361

St.George Island Photo Tour and Workshop takes you to the Pribilof Islands. Designed for birding and wildlife enthusiasts, this island is known as the “Galapagos of the North”. Formed by volcanic activity two million years ago, St.George Island offers us incredible habitat rich with wildlife.

Today there are over 200 species of migratory birds that frequent the island coming as far away as Asia. Other wildlife includes arctic fox, fur seals, and Orca whales that patrol the coastline. St.George island is also a major haul out for over a million Fur Seals, which played a significant chapter in the Aleut community during the Russian fur trade in 1786.

TOUR INSTRUCTION

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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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!

DATES

July 12-17th 5/days

LOCATION

St.George Island, Alaska

THE EXPERIENCE

  • 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

COST

Date: July 12th – 17th
Price: $5,995 (Tour Limited to 6 participants)
Call: (907) 717-9666 or (907) 331-4361

MINIMUM NUMBERS

St.George Island 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TRAVEL

Tour participants must understand and willing to accept that weather can affect the planned itinerary. In Alaska, travel plans can change in the blink of an eye, and catching a flight is all part of the adventure, no matter your destination. Weather and fog can sometimes interrupt the best planned travel arrangements and may prevent us from getting to, or from, St. George Island. Most rural communities are served by just one regularly scheduled commercial air service, many just a few days a week. When wind, rain, snow or fog delays flights, there is nothing to do except sit back and enjoy your stay. Any additional costs which occur due to weather related issues, delays, extra nights lodging or unforeseen circumstances, the tour participant will be responsible for these expenses. In the event we have time to go out and photograph during any delay, then extra fees for guiding and vehicle use will be applicable and subject to your participation. You should plan to have some “buffer” days in your itinerary. Planet Earth Adventures will not be responsible for any missed flights or connections. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this tour!

MEALS

Meals on this photo adventure will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please feel free to pack your own snack bars and drinks if you choose for this adventure.

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: 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

DRESS FOR CONDITIONS

Dress in layers for rain or shine, synthetic clothing, no cotton. Weather out on the St.George Island can change quickly, you’ll want to be prepared. Temperatures range from 50ºF to 65ºF in July. Pack sturdy hiking boots for uneven terrain, and bring a water bottle that will hold at least 32/oz. No bear spray needed!

Essential items:

  • Day Pack
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
  • Rain shell
  • Sunblock
  • Your favorite hat to block sunshine.
  • Sunglasses
  • 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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