Glacier Bay Workshop by Andrea J. Sharon and Krista Elrick

The Workshop

A photographer’s paradise awaits you at the northern edge of the continent. In Southeast Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, mountain peaks soar 15,000 feet above the sea creating a breathtaking backdrop for deep fjords, protected coves and tidewater glaciers. A rich array of wildlife inhabit the region—black and grizzly bears, wolves, mountain goats, endangered humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters and over 200 species of birds. Escape the cruise ship crowds, and experience this natural wonder on an intimate scale—up close and very personal.

Your adventure begins on the afternoon of August 28 along the shores of Bartlett Cove. Here, nestled among Sitka spruce, is the rustic Glacier Bay Lodge—the only overnight accommodations within Glacier Bay National Park and our lodging for the night. That evening we will have a participant/instructor “Meet & Greet” and workshop orientation. Early the next morning we board our transportation and home base for the next six days—M/V Sea Wolf (www.seawolfadventures.net). This 97-foot charter—one of the few small vessels permitted to operate in the national park—is large enough to be sea worthy, yet small enough to slip into the park’s narrow coves and inlets. The ship can carry 12 passengers plus 6 crew so we will cruise in comfort surrounded by a vast wilderness. In addition to several viewing decks and an extensive naturalist library, the vessel has sleeping quarters (double occupancy) and a galley where our personal chef will create healthy, eclectic, palate-pleasing meals. The boat’s captain and crew each have many years of experience in Alaska and are savvy in the ways of the sea.

Our photography workshop consists of classroom and field instruction with group and individual critiques. Each day we will go on shore excursions via an inflatable zodiac and have the opportunity to personally paddle an ocean kayak amongst the coves and bobbing glacial ice. The waters of Glacier Bay as a rule are mirror calm for a wonderful cruising or paddling adventure. We will explore and photograph areas of the national park not normally seen by the casual tourist, as we eat, sleep and photograph the “Glacier Bay Experience.” On the afternoon of Day Six we sail back to Bartlett Cove where participants have several options to return to Juneau and continue their Alaska adventure or return home.

Other Details

WEATHER/GEAR
It takes water to make the snow that forms the glaciers which make Glacier Bay National Park such an incredible environment. Participants will need good rain gear, waterproof boots and weather protection for their camera gear. Fleece and layering works best. Misty rain and fog make a very attractive backdrop for photography and the glaciers are a deeper blue when the sky is cloudy. Expect temperatures to be in the range of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. With the late-summer sun setting around 8:30 PM we may even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Easy to Moderate/Flexible The activities on this Alaska adventure are diverse from hiking to ocean kayaking to boat excusions. Travellers are encouraged to participate at their own level of skill, comfort and desire. M/V Sea Wolf has been renovated with wider decks, wheelchair lifts, and three accessible staterooms to accommodate guests with special mobility needs.

The Instructors

Krista Elrick grew up in both the U.S. and Guatemala and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She began teaching 24 years ago while in graduate school at Arizona State University getting her MFA. Since then, Krista has been teaching photography workshops and college courses in addition to her public art commissions and exhibitions. Her work is exhibited in museum and private collections around the country. Krista is very comfortable working as a “hybrid” photographer. All of her photographs begin with B&W 120 film in her Hasselblad and Diana medium-format cameras. She develops and scans her negatives and edits them in Photoshop. (www.KristaElrick.com)

Andrea J Sharon has over 27 years experience as a nature and landscape photographer, working in 35mm film, digital capture, and the digital darkroom with Adobe CS4. She is an advocate for resource protection and ethical practices in wildlife photography. Andrea worked with the National Park Service for 32 years, and had assignments in Alaska at Denali National Park and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Site. Her Alaska experiences include navigating a dog sled, hiking the Chilkoot Trail, and kayaking amongst tidewater glaciers. Andrea possesses a wealth of knowledge about Alaska’s natural and cultural history that she will share with workshop participants. (www.light-prints.com)

Glacier Bay Workshop by Andrea J. Sharon and Krista Elrick

Tuition and Fees

• $3,995 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL if paid in full by February 8, 2010          • $4,195 after February 8, 2010

This unique experience is limited to 10 participants and includes: 7-day workshop instruction; group and individual critiques from our two instructors; local guest experts; one night lodging at the Glacier Bay Lodge; six days and five nights aboard the M/V Sea Wolf with meals, beer and wine; all taxes and fees; and use of the zodiac and kayaks. If gasoline prices rise significantly a 5% to 10% fuel surcharge may be added.

Participants are responsible for transportation to/from Juneau; round-trip transport from Juneau to Gustavus, insurance, gratuities and personal items. $800 deposit due at registration. This workshop will fill quickly!

For further information or to register, please contact:

• Andrea J Sharon at (505) 466-2585
• email: ajsharon@msn.com