I regularly teach photography classes, often through the Eagle River Nature Center (www.ernc.org), which focus on learning basic camera functions an applying those principles to creating images of the natural world. My goal is for students to gain a better understanding of making exposures while shooting in manual mode and subsequently develop as artists with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for their craft. Upcoming classes and announcements are listed below; group size is usually limited to ten people.
In addition, I offer guided photo tours for individuals or small groups in South Central Alaska, whether it is a road trip or a backcountry hiking adventure that you seek. If you are interested in a guided photo tour, please contact me in advance to discuss details and cost, which varies depending on length of time and distance traveled.
Cuba Tour, February 2019
Hello friends, I have gotten around to working out the logistics for leading a photographic expedition to Cuba next winter. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of what Cuba has to offer in terms of culture & history, street photography, tropical beaches, and lush mountain waterfalls. I will be taking a maximum of 8 people on this tour; we will have a local guide and a driver as well. The details are as follows:
We will be arriving on Sunday, February 3 and leaving on Saturday, February 9.
We will be using the services of KB Cuba Tours, the same company I booked my Cuba trip with this past February, and they have offered me an excellent rate for this tour! Cost for the trip will be $1,795 with a discounted rate of $1,595 for early registration by October 1, 2018. This rate is in line with their regular trips, so you are essentially getting the photographic lessons at no extra cost.
What the fee includes:
•All transportation from the time you arrive at the airport in Havana until the time you leave. Our guide will meet you at the airport with a taxi and take you to the casa where we are staying. We will spend the first two days in Havana before traveling by van to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, returning to Havana on the evening of February 8th and departing on the 9th (unless you choose to extend your trip two extra days and join me in exploring Viñales and depart on Monday, February 11th, - see details below).
•Lodging. We will be staying at privately owned casas, which operate like a bed & breakfast in the US. Each morning you will be served a breakfast of fresh fruit, bread, Cuban coffee (delicious!), and two eggs prepared any way you like.
•A classic car tour of Havana (we will explore some of the city’s best sights in classic convertibles) and a mountain bike tour of the city.
•Last but not least, it includes the services of our guide and, for what it’s is worth, photographic instruction from yours truly. Cuba is a photographer’s dream and I am confident that the abundance of culture and street scenes as well as the tropical landscape will leave you inspired and longing to come back for more.
What the fee does not include:
•Airfare to Cuba. I found that I could fly to Havana from a number of major US cities for around $500 round-trip. I flew out of LA after booking a separate ticket from Anchorage, AK.
•Lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included at each casa where we will stay but lunch and dinner are not. We typically eat together and our guide will show us some wonderful restaurants. Meals are reasonably priced (plan on anywhere from $10 - $15), more if you choose to include alcohol. By the way, Cuban food is delicious and there will be plenty of options to sample fresh seafood and local fare as well as Cuba’s famous rum.
•Some national parks require an entrance fee, typically $5 or $10 per person. This is up to each individual to pay.
•Cuban Travel Visa (around $100),
•Any extra (and optional) excursions that are not part of the original itinerary. As previously mentioned, I will be traveling west from Havana to Viñales on Saturday, February 9th for two days/one night and flying out of Havana on Monday the 11th. Vinales is a very popular place to visit and the #1 visit destination for folks staying in Havana. It is a wonderful remote and beautiful small Cuban town famous for its topography and landscape. I am going there after our trip ends to spend two days & one night with KBcuba Tours. You are welcome to join e, costs will depend on how many people go along but including transportation (the biggest cost), guide (required by law) and casa, the two-day trip extension would be around $150 per person.
Payment can be made via Paypal, check, or money order. Please contact me prior to making payment and I will explain the details. A deposit of $500 will secure your spot with the remainder due by December 1, 2018.
About Payment: Although travel to Cuba is fully legal and allowed, there are restrictions, the biggest being financial - there is an economic embargo still in place dating back many years. More specifically, one cannot write the word "Cuba" or "tour" in the memo area of any check or payment (or anywhere else) , including electronic payments such as Paypal as it will be flagged by software which looks for these words and the payment will be frozen. We (KB Cuba Tours) have gotten these payments back every time, after a week or so, but it is a hassle. Please do not write cuba or tour anywhere in any kind of payment.
Once you are registered, I will forward an email from KB Cuba Tours regarding the trip and how to go about booking your flight to Cuba – it’s not difficult but there are some restrictions so you will be asked to declare the purpose of your travel when booking your flight (from a drop-down list). The email will help guide you through that process. Please contact me with any questions you may have either via Facebook message or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be sending a list of camera gear and related items to pack.
Thank you and I look forward to returning to Cuba and sharing the magic with fellow adventure seekers. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in exploring this beautiful Caribbean gem with me!
Fall Photography Class
I will be offering a class on photographing fall colors on Sunday, September 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Eagle River Nature Center (Alaska). We will spend approximately 2 hours inside for the classroom portion and then go out on the trails for the rest of the day (weather permitting). Cost is $75 and limited to 10 people. There are only 4 spaces left for this workshop so don't hesitate if you'd like to attend! Click the image below to register.