Alaska Photo Treks (dba of Through The Lens Alaska, LLC) was founded in 2013 by a trio of professional photographers who had a mission to share this amazing state with others through the lens of their cameras. Today, we are a group of Alaska photography guides and associates. With extensive and unique backcountry photography experience, each of us is also a professional photographer in our own right, with many diverse clients and assignments when not instructing or guiding. We are well-versed in Alaska’s natural history and have much to share about our lives in the 49th state.
Our fun, photo-centric tours, workshops, classes, and guide services cater to all levels of photographers (and non-photographers on some of the day tours). Technical, creative, and regional expertise in Alaska’s most scenic locations is our specialty. We know where to be and when, and have a pretty good track record at finding wildlife too! Services are tailored to fit every skill set and level of interest. Whether you’re a serious shooter or dabbling in photography with a smartphone camera, our aim is to help you take home the best scenes and memories Alaska has to offer.
What we'll do
Explore local birding opportunities in Anchorage!
Anchorage has a wonderful mix of migratory birds and resident birds that provide year-round opportunities for bird photography enthusiasts. For this year-round tour, we are selecting the best locations where you can find birds in any season where you visit. You will be transported to various locations in Anchorage, where your guide will provide naturalist information, guide you to the prime locations, and provide photographic tips on how to photograph birds if needed. Focus on Feathers is photographic fun for the dedicated bird photographer who wants to capture songbirds, corvids, raptors, shorebirds, and more in the diverse habitat present in the Anchorage area. Departure times are based on the time of year and where birds are active and when. Throughout the tour, you'll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. If you are traveling to Alaska to photograph birds, this is a great tour to start your Alaska birding trip!
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 4 hours
*Price is $295 for a solo tour or $175 per person in a group size of 2 to 5 people. Group size is limited out of a desire to not disturb birds in some sensitive habitat areas.
*Age Limit: 12 years and older
*This is a moderate activity that involves varying levels of walking on mostly even terrain, sometimes in wet or boggy areas. Carrying your camera gear over this distance adds to the physical activity. Weather conditions may range from rain, snow, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 0°F [-18 °C] to 70°F [21°C]. This Anchorage photo tour departs in all weather (barring a weather advisory). Some of the best photo ops happen during rain, snow, or fog, and birds can be active in all sorts of weather (except typically very windy conditions).
- Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
- Natural history narrative en route.
- Tripods are available for loan.
- Light snacks and hot drinks, cold water to refill your own bottle.
*What to Bring
CAMERA GEAR [recommended]:
- Camera with manual settings
- Lens[es] ranging in focal length from at least 200mm to 500mm
- Fully charged battery [preferably at least 2]
- At least 16GB memory card
- Sturdy Tripod or monopod [we have a limited number of tripods to loan]
- Remote shutter release or cable shutter release [optional]
- Layers including long-sleeve thermal shirt, fleece or sweater, and insulated outer shell jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Mud boots at least knee-height or water-proof hiking boots
Cancellations may be made earlier than 48 hours before availability start time, with 100% of payments refunded. Changes to reservations may also be made up to 48 hours prior to scheduled tour start time. No refunds will be given due to weather conditions, unless cancelled by the operator due to a National Weather Service weather advisory. Great photos can be made in all conditions, and some subjects are even best to photograph under in sub par conditions.