Coastal Brown Bears Photography Workshop  

Alaska, June 2018

 

 

 

Join me for 6days/5nights on this adrenaline-filled Coastal Brown Bears (grizzlies) Photography Workshop in beautiful Alaska.  One of the few places in the world where you can safely photograph, up-close and at eye level,  1100 pound males and females with their cubs in their natural habitat.  Photographing these majestic giant bears at close range makes this workshop a once in a lifetime exhilarating experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaska has approximately 21hours of daylight in June which means lots of time in the field. Our goal is to observe and photograph mother and cub interactions (cubs playing and nursing), courting behaviours, bears digging and eating razor clams during low tide, feeding on sedge grass and much more.  Along with the magnificent volcanic mountain ranges as backdrop, acres and acres of beautiful sedge grass fields and infinite coast line, our photographic opportunities are endless.  Your portfolio will range from full frame bear images to “bearscape” images, and everything in between.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our professionally trained guide will locate and drive us, via ATV and comfortable buggy, to the bears which are usually no further then 10-15 minutes from our lodge or at times, right in our backyards.  The guide and I will work closely together to put you in the best possible position. The Coastal Brown bears in this area have access to large food sources (sedge grasses, razor clams and salmon when in season) and for this reason, don’t see us as part of their diet. Our guide's primary mission is keeping us safe, bringing us in the best position while not disturbing the bears. It’s a fine balance and these guides are experts in this area. Although coastal brown bears will be our main focus, we will also go visit and photograph, via boat, a puffin and muir rookery Island for a half day trip (weather permitting). I have also photographed bald eagles, a variety of songbirds, black bears, porcupines and more at this location.   You will be immersed in a true Alaskan wilderness adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Destination: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Lake Clark has been called "the essence of Alaska", for it concentrates in a relatively small area of the Alaska Peninsula, Southwest of Anchorage, a variety of features not found together in any of the other Alaska Parks: the junction of three mountain ranges, (the Alaska Range from the North, the Aleutian Range from the South, and the park's own rugged Chigmit Mountains), two active volcanoes (Iliamna and Redoubt), a coastline with rainforests on the East, a plateau with tundra on the West, and turquoise lakes.

No roads lead to Lake Clark. This park can only be reached by boat and small aircraft.  The park, one of the least visited in the National Park System, presents its few visitors a wonderful opportunity to experience true northern wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Dates

June 15-20, 2018 (5 SPOTS LEFT)

 

Price: $5250.00 USD each workshop. Minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 7 participants. 

Deposit: $1500.00USD (non-refundable unless I can fill your spot or the minimum number of participant is not met).

Balance: The balance of the workshop fee is due 30 days prior to your workshop.

 

Included

  • Round trip airfare, via small plane, from Anchorage, Alaska to our Lodge in Lake Clark National Park.
  • All meals (3/day, prepared fresh by an excellent in-house chef).
  • Accommodations during our stay at the lodge (double occupancy). Single occupancy possible based on availability (extra charge will apply).  
  • Expert bear guide and transportation to the bears during our stay at the lodge (available to us early mornings up to 9-10pm).
  • All photographic field instructions, image reviews with photoshop courses in an informal setting.  Projectors also available to us.
  • Scenic half day boat trip to the Puffin and Muir rookery Island (weather permitting). 

 

Not Included

  • Your airfare TO and FROM Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Meals and accommodations in Anchorage, Alaska. I recommend arriving 1 day before the workshop to avoid possible weather delays.
  • Alcoholic beverages and tips/gratuities.

 

To reserve your place on this once in a lifetime experience, contact me at marc_latremouille@magma.ca .

 

 

 

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Equipment and Lens Recommendations

I recommend bringing all your lenses from 500mm to the your wide angle.  The bears are BIG as is the Alaskan landscape.  We will be close to the bears and the backgrounds present endless photo opportunities.   I want my viewers to have a sense of the bears habitat and also to admire their beauty by bringing them close to the subject.  If I were limited to two lenses for this trip, I would choose either a zoom lens in the 100-400 range (with extender) and a wide angle.

For reference, here's what will be in MY photo bag:

  • 2  cameras
  • 600mm F4
  • 70-200mm F4
  • 100-400mm
  • 17-40mm F4
  • 1.4x extender
  • Tripod and Wimberley head
  • Polarizing filter
  • Lens covers (rain and dust)
  • Lot's of cards, portable hard drive and laptop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To reserve your place on this once in a lifetime experience, contact me at marc_latremouille@magma.ca .

 

 

 

Here's what a few past participants had to say about their experience from the workshops:

 

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"I generally don't care much for "Photo Workshop leaders" per se, but Marc is different:  He's a super leader, a very hard worker, great photographer and does his utmost best for everyone to get "the shots."    He will even share his lenses so you can get the shot even though he may miss it.   I promise:  "You can't go wrong when you go with Marc Latremouille.""

Judy Y.

 

 

"Marc is a great tour leader and photographer and he quickly became our friend.  I would highly recommend travelling and learning photography with Marc.  Coastal brown bears are amazing animals.  Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy these bears with him."

Rick B.

 

 

"Marc was a great teacher and I learned a lot about photographic techniques and also Photoshop workflow.  He was a good guy that we enjoyed spending a week with.  Whatever wonderful images he uses to promote this trip, I promise you will get shots that are just as good.  I certainly did.  I can't recommend this trip enough.  There are never any guarantees with wildlife but you WILL see a lot of bears and you will get some of the best images that you ever took."

Steve Barten, DVM

 

 

"I had the fortune to experience a bear photography trip with professional photographer Marc Latremouille this past summer.  I have been doing semi-professional photography for over 25 years.  With Marc's experience, teaching style and engaging personality, I was able to bring my personal photography skills to an entire new level.  I look forward to my next trip with Marc."

Dr. Douglas Mader

Veterinary Author, Photographer

 

 

"We had a great time with Marc at Lake Clark with the brown bears! Marc made sure we had every opportunity to be where the bears and birds were, at the right time and in the best position. We greatly enjoyed being with him and the other participants and had a wonderful time!"

 Steve and Suzanne Barger

 

 

"Anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime will find it on a journey with Marc Latremouille to photograph the Alaskan coastal brown bears at Lake Clark National Park.  Marc is perfect for folks with all levels of photography skills as he is a wonderful host and teacher. Marc puts his clients above all else, making certain time spent there exceeds all expectations. Marc is serious about his work while at the same time making it fun. The Alaskan coastal brown bear adventure will steal your heart - so when you go you just might find a piece of my heart right there where I left it!"

 

Liz Moffett Breault

 

 

To reserve your place on this once in a lifetime experience, contact me at marc_latremouille@magma.ca .