Alaska-Wildlife - juanpons

Alaska Wildlife Adventure 

April 27 - May 4, 2020 (Sold Out)

May 6 - 13, 2020

April 27 - May 4, 2021

April 27 - May 4, 2020 (Sold Out)
May 6 - 13, 2020 (Sold Out)
April 27 - May 4, 2021

Alaska, USA

$8,495 USD

Fitness Level:

April 27 - May 4, 2020 (Sold Out)
May 6 - 13, 2020 (Sold Out)
April 27 - May 4, 2021 (4 Spots Available)


Alaska is one of the last truly wild places in North America, and aptly considered our modern day “last frontier.” Wildlife and landscapes here are like no place else. Come and spend 8 days (7 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape photographic adventure.

I have scheduled this workshop to coincide with the herring spawning season which is one of the largest spring herring spawning occurrences on the west coast of North America. The huge biomass attracts many species of wildlife comprising a spectacle of many thousands of animals which come to feast on the vulnerable rich fish.

The widely distributed Pacific Herring biomass is an essential resource for the existence of almost all marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. The herrings annual spring spawning event is a celebration of this absolutely essential component of Southeast Alaska’s natural environment. Eagles gather by the thousands lining the tress along the shoreline with their majestic white heads. The eagles’ keen eyesight and winter long hunger helps create a more than formidable aerial presence with their continual elegant dives catching herring by the talon full. Seals and Steller sea lions rush through the tremendous schools of herring that ribbon the shallow waters along the shoreline. Humpback whales demonstrate a variety of forage techniques to capture the extremely elusive schools of herring. It is even not uncommon for us to observe the whales fascinating cooperative ‘bubble-net’ feeding behavior up close. And of course, what marine wildlife party in SE Alaska would be complete without an appearance of the oceans top predator the killer whale. The orca’s nomadic travels most definitely include a ‘shopping trip’ to the buffet presented by the herring’s arrival to spawn along beautiful isolated beaches.

During this workshop we will be traveling aboard a privately chartered 84-foot world-class expedition yacht. This luxuriously appointed yacht was designed and constructed from steel with the same rugged integrity of vessels built for Alaska’s renowned commercial fisheries. It offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

We will have an onboard chef that will be preparing specifically for us the locally caught salmon, crab, halibut, shrimp, caviar and black cod purchased from Southeast Alaska fishermen. Dinner will be served alongside a selection of boutique wines or specialty beers from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau.

What sets my photo workshops apart

I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants.

This is a very unique workshop and as with most of my workshops, the group will be very small, limited to 7 participants to ensure everyones comfort and ensure that everyone gets the attention they need making once in a lifetime images.

What you will learn

You will be accompanied by Juan, Sue Cedarholm and Captain Dennis. Juan is an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors, he has been visiting this area of Alaska for over 6 years. Sue is also an accomplished professional photographer who has been co-leader, organizer and field assistant with her mentor, Thomas D. Mangelsen for the past 17 years, she has been visiting this area of Alaska for over 8 yearsDennis is the captain and owner of our amazing boat. He lives in this part of Alaska and has spent a lifetime in Alaska first as a commercial fisherman and now the owner of an expedition yacht.

We believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, we will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating our vision, technique and sharing our love and knowledge of wildlife and the landscape. However, our priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get. 

The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• How to create asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs

• Storytelling thru natural history photography

• Best use of equipment

• Panoramic and High Dynamic Range Photography

• Digital Workflow

• Adobe Lightroom basics

• Image presentations and critiques

What to expect

My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our time on the yacht.

Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 2 to 3 months prior to the workshop, you will then start hearing from me on a more regular basis. At that point I will provide you with detailed rendezvous and contact information and go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from me a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip.

I always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop, simple call or email me.

About our Yacht

The Northern Song is an 84-foot steel expedition yacht which was designed and constructed with the same rugged integrity as Alaska’s renowned commercial fishery vessels. Safe, functional and comfortable, it offers an ideal balance of public and personal space with ample outdoor areas for play and lounging.

The Northern Song features three beautiful guest staterooms each feature en suite private bathroom and shower, and an additional spacious Master Suite with a queen sized and an en suite private bathroom and shower. 

Our yacht features an expansive indoor common areas that are ideal for dining and relaxing. In addition, several covered and open decks provide a perfect platform for wildlife watching and photography.

For more detailed information and pictured of the Northern Song please go here.


Tuition for the workshop is $8,495.00 USD for double occupancy per person. Sorry but there is no single supplement available on this trip. The number of cabins are limited. If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop you can do so with a $3,995.00 USD deposit. The balance of the workshop fee ($4,500) is due December 1st 2019.

If you would like to reserve the Suite the cost is an additional $1,000. Please let us know.

What is Included

• Privately chartered Yacht

• Lodging during the workshop

• All meals and snack during the workshop

• Beverages, including beer and wine during the workshop

• All permits, fees & gratuities

• Instruction

• Inspiration

• Camaraderie

• A great time

What is NOT Included

• Making your way to and back from the ship in Petersburg, AK (Airfare, ground transportation, lodging if needed, etc.)

• Trip Insurance (Highly recommended)

The Fine Print

• You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from the yacht in Petersburg, AK. We will be sharing with you details on where and when to be there.

• Deposit is fully refundable up until December 1st, 2019

• No refunds after December 1st, 2019

Typical daily schedule

We will not have a set schedule once onboard the yacht, as we will be following the wildlife and light to maximize our photographic opportunities. Best of all, our yacht is small enough and our captain is very experienced in positioning us for making the best images possible.

Photos From Previous Trips

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