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drjdmm
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« on: February 15, 2008, 03:44:50 AM »
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Does anyone have any suggestions for either a guided or self guided photo trip to Alaska?
I  am doing a photoworkshop in Lake Clark aug 15-22 2008.

After that I scheduled a week to do fine art  landscape and wildlife photography until Aug 30th.

Would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to plan my trip so that I maximize my photo opportunities. Any suggestions on landscape locations?  Has anyone had any experience with local photographer guides?

Thinking of Kenai area but very open to suggestions. I have heard photographers mention Homer for eagle shots.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008, 01:57:05 PM »
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You could give these guys a look: http://www.campdenali.com or http://www.akhouse.com/, or if you like rafting: http://www.nahanni.com/ or trekking: http://www.northstartrekking.com/

There's also the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in November: http://baldeaglefestival.org/

Here are some gov't sites:
http://alaskapeninsula.fws.gov/
http://www.travelalaska.com/
http://www.nps.gov/bela

Mike.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 11:10:36 PM »
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I live in AK. The entire state is a photo-op. I would buy a copy of 'The Milepost'. The 08 edition should be out b4 too long. Then pray for good weather!  
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2008, 11:37:34 PM »
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You can ask the state of AK for their travel blurbage.  No idea what it says.  Mine should arrive in a couple of weeks.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2008, 10:25:57 AM »
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The eagle photo ops in Homer are strictly a winter experience when they are congregated for feeding.

Probably the most successful photographer in the Kenai Penninsula region is Ron Niebrugge in Seward.  I don't know if he guides or leads tours.

The suggestions for Denali are good.  If you haven't been, it's undoubtedly the most photo-rich area in terms of landscape and wildlife shots per mile.  

Alaska is huge beyond the impression you might have from maps.  Cartographers shrink it to fit the page when showing the US all on one page.  From one end of the state to the other is comparable to the distance between Seattle and Miami or Seattle and Mexico City, depending on how you cant the overlay.  In fact it's more than twice the size of Texas.  The combined area of parks, monuments and refuges alone is bigger than California.   Considering the very limited road access to most of it, you just aren't going to see much in a week.  I'd concentrate on one region such as the Kenai or Denali and reserve more extensive coverage for a series of additional trips.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 04:38:03 PM »
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Hank is correct, eagle occurrence may be seasonal. They are attracted to where salmon are spawning so you may see them in trees near streams in the summer and fall.
Here is a shot from a couple days ago just outside my office.  
Tom
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