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We leave early on our expedition. After weighing all the material – including the photographers – everything is loaded into the seaplane, and we take off from Homer. An hour later, we land in a deep bay in the middle of Katmai National Park, where we set up camp next to a salmon-rich river. After the safety briefing, we put on our boots and take out our cameras for a first exploration of the area.
You get up early every day to photograph the grizzlies, from dawn till late afternoon. We have lunch in our camp, after which we head out again till dusk.
After one last morning session with the bears, we break down our camp and pack everything. The seaplane brings you back to civilisation to make a backup of your images, load your batteries and enjoy a hot shower. Depending on the flights (not included), you’ll spend the night in Homer or Anchorage before heading home.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Get ready for a phenomenal adventure, this trip is not for the faint-hearted! You’ll get into a wading suit to photograph the bears from a laying perspective on the shores or knee-deep in the water. You’ll settle for nothing but the very best. If you stick to the rules, you can approach the bears up to 4 metres. While you are filling your memory cards with spectacular images and your veins with adrenaline, our crew will prepare a hot meal for you to enjoy in the open or in our cooking tent.
I’m organising an extension to this trip, partaking is optional. More info coming soon!
PHOTOGRAPHING GRIZZLY BEARS
You are here to photograph, so you want to see the grizzlies in the best light: early morning and late afternoon. That’s why we spend the nights in stable outdoor tents. This trip is led by myself and two local photography guides. They know exactly how to make the tents ‘bear-proof’ and make sure you have everything you need. All you have to do is enjoy the ride 100%!