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.
February 2020 Cuba Cultural Photo Tours
Hello friends, I am excited to say that I will leading another cultural photographic expedition in Cuba this coming February. 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 leading a group of up to 10 people; we will have a local guide and a driver as well. The details are as follows:
The tour will begin in Havana on Sunday, February 2, 2020 and guests will have the option of attending either a 7-day tour for $1,795 (Starts in Havana, goes to Cienfuegos & Trinidad and back to Havana) or an 11-day tour for $2,095 (Includes a day of restorative yoga & Thai yoga massage in Havana after returning from Trinidad followed by two days in the beautiful, mountainous farming community of Viñales).
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 February 8. If you choose the 7-day tour, you will depart the following day (February 9). If you choose the 11-day tour, we will spend another day in Havana and two nights Viñales, returning to Havana on February 12 for departing flights. Note: please book an afternoon or evening flight so we are not rushed to get back from Viñales or you can spend another night in Havana with me and depart on February 13th (cost will be around $50 for the extra night of lodging).
•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 full breakfast of fresh fruit, bread, Cuban coffee (delicious!), and (usually) two eggs prepared any way you like.
•Classic car tour of Havana (we will explore some of the city’s best sights in classic convertibles) and a guided walking tour of the city.
•Snorkeling Tour in Playa Larga, Bay of Pigs as well as a tour of the Bay of Pigs Military Museum.
•Horseback farm tour in Trinidad.
•If you choose the 11-day tour, the day of restorative yoga and Thai yoga massage with local instructors in Havana as well as the sunrise and sunset walking farm tours in Viñales are included in the tour package.
•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. In 2018 I flew to Havana from LA on American Airlines and this year I flew Delta from Atlanta and for some reason, the Cuban Travel Visa was only $50 vs. $100 the year before.
•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 ($50 to $100),
•Any extra (and optional) excursions that are not part of the original itinerary.
Payment can be made via credit card, Paypal, check, or money order. Please contact me prior to making a payment and I will explain the details of joining the tour. A deposit of $500 will secure your spot with the remainder due by December 1, 2019.
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. Please do not write cuba or tour anywhere in any kind of payment.
Once you are registered, I will forward an email 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: email@example.com. I will also send 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!
Autumn Photography Class, September 21, 2019
I am offering an introductory level photography class Eagle River Nature Center (Alaska), September 21, 2019 from 9am to 4 pm. Cost is $75 and limited to 10 people. Follow the link to register: https://www.ernc.org/courses/digital-photography-workshop