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Alaska: Grizzly Bears

Scenic Lake Clark National Park 

July 6-11, 2016

* Limited Seating

* 6 Participants Only (SOLD OUT)

* Register Early - Past 8 years sold out

Great bear viewing and photography opportunity – one day trip to photograph puffins and pelagic birds - comfortable lodging in remote Lake Clark National Park – home cook meals - small group – guided photoshoots and nightly photo reviews – tips (both in the field and during reviews) to get your photography to the next level: This sums up this incredible experience.

Lake Clark National Park is the premier destination for coastal brown bear photography. Nested in the scenic backdrop of the Cook Inlet’s “ring of fire” (Mt Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt, Augustine Volcano), you’ll see bears roaming in meadows and near streams, grazing on roots, catching salmon, nurturing their cubs, play fighting, and going about their business of survival.

July is optimal to photograph sows and cubs. Bears are coming to the meadows to feed on roots and to the shoreline of Cook Inlet to dig for clams. We’ll try to capture intimate moments between sows and cubs, cubs playing, and the fight between sows and male bear intruders. Long days make for some wonderful photo opportunities. There is a one day trip (weather permitting) to photograph horned and tuffed puffins in flight and perched on a scenic rockery island.

Get ready for an amazing experience, where you’ll fill memory cards after memory cards of memorable wildlife activities.

Trips have been sold out for the past seven years so don’t delay your registration.

Looking forward to hosting you in Alaska in July, 2016.


Registration: $5,695


Deposit: $1,000


Oliver Klink has been photographing Grizzly bears for the past 11 years, at Silver Salmon Creek, in Canada, and other places in the USA. His image “Holding Hands” has been published by National Geographic, Days of Japan, and many other publications. Oliver wrote a book, Artan’s Day, which is an inspiration for kids to grow up thru the story of a little grizzly bear. “Even after 11 years, photographing bears is an adrenaline rush, especially when you think “bigger” than just the animal”.

- Photographing grizzly bears in their natural habitat
- Photographing puffins nesting and in flight
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can you do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 6 days of guided photoshoot
- Round trip flight to and from the lodge via Anchorage, AK
- Accommodation, Meals
- Boat charter to Puffin Island (weather permitting)

- Not Included :
- Travel Insurance
- Transportation to and from Anchorage
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Extra night(s) in Anchorage

$5,695 (Non refundable deposit: $1,000)
Double Occupancy
Very limited single occupancy available
($800 extra)

Full payment due by March 15, 2016
(Payable by check)

Registration: $5,695
Deposit: $1,000

Terms and Conditions

- Moderate walking carrying all your equipment
- Will mostly travel on ATVs to photoshoot locations
- Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky

None available for this trip

Where: Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
When: July 6-11, 2016
Who: Oliver Klink, local guide, lodge staff
Airport: Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
Accommodations: Cabins, double occupancy
Weather: 40 - 70°F, Moody sky
Cost: $5,695 ($1,000 deposit by credit card). Full payment due March 15, 2016

Workshop details for Alaska: Grizzly Bears (click on a tab)


6 days of guided photoshoots and reviews...

July 6–11, 2016

Day 0: July 5 - (on your own) Arrival in Anchorage
July 6: - Travel to Lake Clark National Park and guided photoshoot
July 7-10: - Guided photoshoots - Nightly photo reviews - Tips on post processing images for creative photographic vision
July 11: - Photoshoot and travel to Anchorage - If traveling back home that day, book flight after 3PM

What to Bring

Clothing: (temperature ranges from high 40's to low 60's):
- Comfortable layered Clothes
- Sturdy hiking shoes
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads and/or insulation pad (for low angle shooting)

Camera Equipment:
- DSLR with extra batteries and memory cards
- Lens for wildlife portraiture: 300–600mm
- Lens for wildlife habitat: 70-200mm
- Lens for grand landscape: 20 – 50mm
- Tripod

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Camera raingear (Kata, Kirk, or just heavy garbage bags) to protect against water

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS + bridge, Photoshop Element, Aperture
- External Hard drive (for backup copies)

Please note:
We plan to photograph regardless of cold or rainy conditions. Attire should be layers of warm clothing with water resistant outer layers.


This Workshop Includes:

• 6 days of guided photoshoot
• Round trip flight to and from the lodge via Anchorage, AK
• All lodging (double occupancy - single supplement additional $800 and very limited)
• All meals throughout our stay
• Boat charter to Puffin Island (weather permitting)
• Small group (maximum 6 people)
• Daily photo reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, telling stories with your images)

Travel Recommendations:

• Plan on arriving in Anchorage no later than July 5. Your return flight out of Anchorage should be no earlier than 3PM on July 11.
• You are responsible for booking your hotel in Anchorage on July 5.

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