Nome: Arctic Birds and Musk Oxen

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June 6-11, 2022   Monday evening  – Saturday morning after breakfast   

This workshop is limited to 6 people                                                              

Cost: $3899, single supplement $4399

Location: Nome, Alaska

Details: Nome, Alaska is world famous for its rare and abundant bird life, and we want to share this fabulous location with you.  Nome is located on the Seward Peninsula on the west coast of Alaska.  With only plane and boat access, this unique town blends rustic Alaska life with stunning access to tundra, arctic wildlife and the Bering Sea.  Asiatic bird species, many only regularly seen in the Nome area, are common and easily photographed. 

This semi-private workshop will begin in Nome, Alaska.  We are limiting this trip to six participants to ensure comfort and easy access to the birds we photograph.  Three roads leave Nome, each offering incredible access to different environments and bird species.  Each day we will drive in two SUVs with plenty of space for you and your gear and seek out the best photo opportunities.  While we have photographed birds in Nome before, we will be arriving early to scout the roads and locate nesting birds that offer the best photography.  You can expect to photograph birds such as Red-throated Loons, Tundra Swans, Golden Plover, Arctic and Aleutian Terns, Lapland Longspur, Bluethroats, Yellow Wagtails, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Jaegers, Arctic Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Red Phalarope as well as many others.  Our visit will coincide with breeding season, so many species are easily visible and singing from perches.

Another focus of this trip will be photographing the mammals in the area, including Musk Oxen. Herds of Musk Ox roam the tundra near Nome, and we should have great photographic opportunities with these unique animals.  We might also see red fox, caribou, moose and grizzly bears   

The photography on this trip is on foot.  We will be able to photograph many species near the vehicles, with an occasional short hike to reach some species.  Participants should be able to carry long telephoto lens and tripods through uneven terrain.  At this time of the year the sun rises early and sets late, so we will try to maximize our time during the endless warm light in the far north.  We will have long midday breaks between our shoots in the morning and evenings.

What you will learn:

This trip will focus on wildlife photography techniques specific to bird photography including:

  • wildlife composition
  • birds in flight
  • birds in motion creative imagery
  • customizing camera functions for wildlife photography
  • long lens techniques
  • portable blinds
  • processing images in LR and PS

With a 3-1 ration, we will be able to give extensive time and feedback to the participants on this trip.  We can’t wait to return to Nome for more bird photography!

Camera Gear List:

For this trip you will want a long telephoto lens of at least 500mm or more.  We also recommend bringing a 1.4x teleconverter that is compatible with your long telephoto.  Here are some recommended items.

  • 2 camera bodies
  • 500mm or longer telephoto
  • 1.4x teleconverter
  • extension tubes (inexpensive item that allows you to close focus on using your telephoto)
  • 24-70mm
  • 70-200mm
  • solid tripod 
  • heavy duty head or whimberly style head (better for panning long lenses)
  • rain cover for camera

Upon registration we will send you an extensive gear list of clothes and other items to bring on this trip.  You won’t need a headlamp, because it never gets dark!

Included in the fee:

  • All transportation in Nome, including airport transfers
  • meals while in Nome 
  • Location and permit fees
  • Copy of Tom’s Book Create Better Photos

Not included in fee:

  • Airfare to Nome
  • Lodging while in Nome
  • Alcoholic beverages at meals

Lodging:  Aurora Inn and Suites

Nearest Airport: Nome, Alaska.  Alaska Airlines offers regular 737 jet service to Nome from Anchorage, Alaska.

Know Before You Go: Rated Moderate. This workshop requires walking from 1-3 miles per day on uneven and moist terrain. A wildlife lens is recommended.


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