Brooks Range Aurora and Autumn Photo Tour

Brooks Range Aurora and Autumn Photo Tour

Brooks Range: Aurora and Autumn Photo Tour 
August 27-31, 2015

This is a unique 4-day Photography Tour

An exclusive field workshop with one of Alaska’s most award-winning landscape photographers, based out of a classic Alaskan town in the Arctic

This workshop is opened to all photographers regardless of camera format or level of experience

Open to 10 photographers maximum

Fee $2,750, all-inclusive

Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented, remote Alaskan photo tour with professional photographer and instructor Carl Johnson, located at the Boreal Lodge in Wiseman, Alaska!

I am pleased to announce some very exciting news: I will be offering an autumn and aurora borealis photo tour that is feature packed, filled with several exceptional photographic opportunities and designed to help improve your photography in a short time! This workshop will take you to some of the most beautiful landscape scenery that is accessible from the Alaskan road system. Based in the subject of Robert Marshall’s “Arctic Village,” the village of Wiseman will provide quick access to dramatic mountain and river landscapes, and place us at the heart of Alaska’s aurora activity. The autumn landscapes will include golden aspens as well as the red and orange colors of alpine tundra, and possibly even fresh dustings of snow. The aurora landscapes will include river, stream and pond reflections, mountain passes, wide open tundra, and close mountain scenes.

What’s Included in your Excursion

  • One night stay in Fairbanks
  • Transportation from Fairbanks to Wiseman
  • Lodging in Wiseman
  • All meals and snacks during your excursion
  • One-on-one photographic instruction in the field

Your itinerary:
This four-night tour will be based out of the Boreal Lodge in Wiseman, Alaska, in the heart of the magnificent Brooks Range. I designed the photography workshop with two goals in mind: capturing the mysterious aurora borealis and creating stunning images of magnificent mountain autumn landscapes. Throughout the tour, the plan will be to shoot evening light after dinner, chase and photograph the aurora, and capture sunrise, followed by breakfast back at the lodge. Some nights we may not stay out all night, we will stay out as late as the conditions permit and the group desires. Daytime will be for resting, and food will be available during the day for snacks or do-it-yourself lunches. Snacks and hot drinks will be available at night as we chase the aurora.

Here is a detailed account of our planned itinerary. It may be modified depending on weather conditions and light:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This is not actually the first day of the workshop, but the day you should arrive in Alaska. You should fly into the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), and take the courtesy shuttle to the River’s Edge Resort in Fairbanks, where a room has been provided for you. Enjoy a comfortable stay and get plenty of rest – you will need it!

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:30 a.m., where I will pick you up for the ride to Wiseman. Along the way, we will stop at various locations on the Dalton Highway to start practicing some tips. After arriving at the Boreal Lodge, you will be provided the opportunity to settle into your accommodations, which consist of rooms at the main lodge or in a cabin. Rooms at the lodge will be either single or double occupancy, depending on the number of registrants. We will then meet in the main lodge kitchen and dining area for a short video presentation, and then dinner. Then, we will head out to capture evening light on a nearby trio of mountains, aspens, and a pair of rivers. After dark, we will proceed to a nearby lake to wait for the aurora to come out, and capture it over the nearby peaks of Mt. Dillon and Mt. Sukakpak.

August 28-30
Each day, we will transit to various locations in the Dalton Highway corridor north and south of Wiseman, depending on the weather. Sunrise is approximately 6:00 a.m. and sunset is around 10:00 p.m. After twilight and before dawn, we will have about 5-6 hours of nighttime shooting to work on aurora and other night sky techniques. Most instruction will be in the field. We will be experiencing full moon during the trip, so that will provide additional elements.

Most of our field photography will occur between evening light and after sunrise. Depending on conditions, success, and the interest of the group, we may be out in the field all night for some nights, and other nights get some sleep. However, plan to get most of your sleep during the day between breakfast and dinner. This sort of schedule is necessary to take advantage of the autumn landscapes and the aurora. And staying out all night is the very sort of schedule that aurora chasers have to endure!

August 31
After breakfast, we will conduct a short photo critique of images you have captured during the trip. We will depart the Boreal Lodge in Wiseman no later than 10:00 a.m. for our return drive to Fairbanks. Plan to arrive back in Fairbanks no earlier than 5:00 p.m.

This photographic workshop is designed to help you learn new skills and build on existing ones, the sort of trip from which you will return with a great collection of images to add to your portfolio!

Tour focus and Photographic Skill Exercises
The focus of this tour is Light and Composition for the daytime landscapes, then Exposure for the aurora borealis. You will be practicing photographic skills exercises daily to strengthen your knowledge of light and composition. You will receive handouts with a description of each exercise and we will go over the exercises with you, explaining to you both the theory and the practical side of each exercise. You will then be asked to conduct these exercises on your own. Make sure to bring a folder where you can store your handouts, a notepad to take notes during the workshop, and several pens and pencils.

Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Seats in this unique workshop are in high demand. To be fair, reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, don’t hesitate another second: sign up now. This is truly an incredible opportunity, something that many people would even consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

You may register for this workshop by calling Carl at (907) 748-7040 or completing our Registration Form. To secure your spot, a deposit of 50% will be required. The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days prior to the workshop.

Read our General Terms and Conditions, which are a part of your registration. If you have any other questions, check out our Workshop FAQ.

Click here to see examples of Carl’s aurora borealis photography.




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