A Digital Photography Field Workshop

© Stephen JohnsonJoin us on a 12 day photographic excursion to three of Alaska's wonderlands, Kenai Fjords, Katmai and Denali National Parks travelled by train, boat and plane, explored with photographer Stephen Johnson.

The Parks

Katmai National Park and Preserve
air transportation and dorm-style lodging at Brooks Camp included

Katmai National Park and Preserve encompasses 4.7 million acres of pristine wilderness on the Alaska Peninsula, across from Kodiak Island in Southwestern Alaska. Wild rivers and streams, rugged coastlines, broad green glacial hewn valleys, active glaciers, volcanoes and brown bears characterize Katmai. Katmai contains Alagnak Wild River; Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, a 30-square-mile volcanic caldera; and a very large population of brown bears.

Katmai National Park and Preserve is an area rich with history and wildlife. It is the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark, with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings. The park is also home to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, the result of a volcanic eruption in 1912 which buried more than 40-square-miles of wilderness under as much as 700 feet of ash. The name was derived from the thousands of small holes and cracks in the ash deposits that gave off gas and steam from heated ground water. Fourteen active volcanoes lie within the park today and the Alaska Volcano Observatory operates 19 monitoring stations there.

Katmai NPS website

Katmai Map

Brooks Lodge

Kenai Fjords National Park
lodging and all day boat tour included

Kenai Fjords National Park is comprised of 669,983 acres on the southeast coast of the Kenai Peninsula, near the town of Seward in Southcentral Alaska. Kenai Fjords includes three main areas - Exit Glacier, Harding Icefield and the coast. Exit Glacier, a half-mile wide river of ice, is the easiest section of the park to access. The 700-square-mile Harding Icefield is one of only four remaining icefields in the U.S. It is also the largest icefield entirely within U.S. borders. The park's rugged coastline includes beautiful tidewater glaciers and abundant marine wildlife.

Snow and ice cover 60 percent of the park. As the ice recedes, it uncovers glacially carved valleys that fill with seawater to form the stunning fjords. House-sized ice masses crash from tidewater glaciers into the sea. Glacier and wildlife cruises are a popular way to experience the tidewater glaciers within the park. Seward, located on Resurrection Bay, is one of Alaska's most popular towns for scenery, wildlife and fishing. With a nice selection of restaurants and lodging, visitors can choose from a wide variety of options.

Kenai Fjords NPS Website
Kenai Fjords Map
Example: Kenai Fjords Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Denali National Park and Preserve
lodging and all day drive-in and photo work on 90-mile Denali Park Road

Denali National Park and Preserve is the well-known home of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, which stands at 20,320 feet and is North America's tallest mountain. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers.

Covering more than six million acres in Interior Alaska, Denali boasts 750 species of flowering plants, 39 mammal species, 165 bird species and 10 species of fish. Creatures commonly spotted are grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and fox.

Denail NPS Website
Denali Map
Denali Lodge

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Terms and Conditions for Destinations Workshops

1. Reservations & Payments

A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the date of departure for your workshop.  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.

2. Cancellations

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark, or upon receipt of an email providing notice of cancellation. If you provide written notice of cancellation  60 days or more prior to the departure date for your workshop, your deposit, and any additional payment, will be refunded in full, less an administration fee of $55.00. If you provide written notice of cancellation less than 60 days prior to the departure date for your workshop, your full deposit will be forfeited; any additional funds paid to Maine Media for the workshop will be refunded.  No refunds of any amount will be made to persons who (i) fail to provide written notice of cancellation, or who (ii) begin a workshop, but fail to complete the workshop.

3. Basis of Rates

All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

4. Insurance

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

5. Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.

6.  Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa.  Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.

7. Medical Issues

All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.

8. Liability Waiver

Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.

9. Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

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© Stephen Johnson

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