It’s a workshop. I’ll provide instruction and assistance with setting up your camera and finding focus to improve your photography. Different individuals all have different areas to improve so a small group where I can provide more one on one time with each participant is an asset. I’m confident when I say that by the end of the tour you’re understanding of photography and northern lights photography will have improved.
Clothing & Temps
While it’s not as cold as the spring tours, I really think you’re better off planning as if it were. Arctic weather gear is important. We’re not trying to “get by”, we’re aiming to be comfortable. And even a mild breeze at 15˚F will have you feeling the cold. Expect temperatures well below freezing.
So pack well and read the info provided in your Trip Departure Packet.
The answer is “sometimes”. Much of remote Alaska is not well serviced when it comes to roadside bathrooms, so be prepared. You may be doing your business behind a tree.
But some of the places we go shoot do have an outhouse. They’re usually not well kept and cleaned so bring your goodwill. But they do work.
This will be determined completely by the aurora borealis and the weather. That means we’ll be effectively “on call” during the night. You’ll be heading out to shoot after sunset and then waiting to see what happens with the aurora. The aurora borealis can come on anytime, right after sunset or later at night. We’ll use every option available to best predict when the displays might occur but for the most part it’s a waiting game of cat and mouse. Be patient.
Your lodging in both Fairbanks and Wiseman.
Transport to and from shooting locations in our comfortable AWD van.
I’ll bring a couple thermoses and cups for tea, coffee and hot chocolate to wile away the night when we’re not shooting.
You’ll need to travel to Fairbanks. We’ll meet there. Fairbanks has a major international airport so it’s pretty straightforward. If you like you can fly to Anchorage and drive up. Allow 6-7 hours or longer depending on road conditions. The photo tour will base out of Fairbanks, move north to Wiseman, and return to Fairbanks, so when we finish up you can fly back home right from Fairbanks as well.
You’ll be staying in a hotel in Fairbanks and a B&B in Wiseman.
No you do not need to pay a single supplement fee for your own room in Fairbanks. If you need your own room in Wiseman, please discuss that with me.
Breakfast is included at the hotel but we’re often not awake for breakfast hours.
Yes you’ll have cell service and and internet available in Fairbanks.
I don’t rent winter clothing or photography gear. Start with Prospectors in Fairbanks for your winter clothing. If you need camera gear let me know. Your Trip Info Packet will cover all your gear/equipment needs.
Weather delays are not unusual with Alaska air travel at any time of year so you should aim to get to Fairbanks the day before the trip begins. Spend the night and we’ll meet up on Day 1 of the trip in Fairbanks.
Snowshoes are not needed.