with  Hal Schmitt 
April 27 - May 4, 2018
Petersburg Round Trip

One Available Room Just Opened Up! Our Beautiful Queen Bed Suite $16,000


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Prepare for a life changing experience as you join Hal Schmitt for 8 days and 7 nights of Alaskan photography immersion.  The sheer volume and quality of amazing subjects and opportunities are unrivaled by any other photo adventure; whether wildlife, landscape, pano, or HDR get ready to photograph in a “target rich environment.” The adventure is yacht-based but do not think large cruise ship or even NatGeo size boats, the small, yet stable Northern Song allows close and low (water level) photography unmatched anywhere else in Alaska. More about our Yacht

To ensure the best possible photography, this trip is limited to 6 participants.  You will always have the guidance, advice, and artistic and technical support you need to make the best images.

This photo adventure does not have a set itinerary or daily schedule.  Instead we will depart Petersburg, AK and follow the predators that pursue the Pacific Herring.  The high calorie, oil rich herring are a critical part of the diet of Bald Eagles, orca, harbor seals, otters, Steller sea lions, humpback whales, and a myriad of gulls and sea birds.  After a long winter, they are all ready to feed.  With eagles soaring overhead, Steller sea lions and humpback whales cruise near the shoreline before rushing and lunging through the huge schools of herring.  The eagles attack from the air and surface gorging on the small, silvery fish.  Photographing from the yacht, we will be in the middle of the action for close up images of this magnificent annual wonder of nature. 

All of the action is set against one of the most spectacular backdrops anywhere on the planet, South East Alaska and the Inside Passage.  Dramatic glacier covered mountains rise sharply from the calm, blue waters providing a landscape photographer's dream.  Pine, spruce, and fir are everywhere delivering a rich, dark green; a beautiful background to all of our action shots. 

We will explore the Inside Passage and photograph the incredible scenery including close up visits to huge calving glaciers, dramatic fjords, and isolated islands.  Shore excursions are available where we get up close and personal with the incredible temperate rain forest of the Tongass.

8 days and 7 nights on the Northern Song.
Embark 1200, April 27th from Petersburg, AK.
Disembark 1600, May 4th in Petersburg, AK.
Plan to arrive in Petersburg no later than April 26th.
Plan to depart from Petersburg no earlier than May 5th.
Two lower staterooms have two beds.
Master suite has one large bed.
Each stateroom has a private head and shower.
All staterooms are double occupancy (single rate available).

8 days and 7 nights aboard the Northern Song.
Photo instruction.
Computer instruction.
All meals, snacks and beverages, including beer and wine, but not hard alcohol.

*Tip for the Northern Song crew is also included in the workshop fee.

All travel and lodging expenses to and from the ship.
Medical insurance costs.
Trip insurance. (Yet is highly encouraged.)

The Northern Song, captained by Dennis Rogers, will be our home, transport and shooting platform for this photo adventure. The Northern Song is an 85' luxury yacht with a crew of three: Captain, First Mate and Chef. With spacious, comfortable staterooms, amazing food and a Captain who puts the yacht in position for the perfect shot, you will love the Northern Song