Yukon Aurora and Landscapes

This trip is designed to give you the opportunity to photograph all the diversity that the Yukon has to offer. We will cover the area around Whitehorse, Klaune National Park and areas along the Alaska Highway. You will be shooting mountain landscapes, macro images of winter foliage, travel type photography of historical streetscapes, the wildlife, northern lights and other long exposure night photography.

Dates of Yukon Trip:

Workshop #1 is March 3, 2016 to March 7, 2016

Workshop #2 is March 8, 2016 to March 12, 2016

Price of Workshop: $1997CDN ($1550USD) for a maximum of 5 people

Single Supplement is $450CDN ($350USD)

Included: Airport pick-up and drop-off, Accommodation, Welcome dinner on day 1, Snacks, soft drinks, water during the day, Daily transportation via an 6 passenger minivan of 8 passenger Suburban or equivalent. Hot drinks and snacks during aurora viewing nights.

Not Included: Alcoholic beverages, meals that are not listed as included in the itinerary, International flights, Items of personal nature, Items not listed as included

Deposit Required: $750CDN - Balance due before December 15th, 2015.

Day One - A day to Welcome You to the Yukon

Today you will arrive in Whitehorse from Home. You should schedule your arrivals so that you arrive in Whitehorse before 4:30pm. You will get picked up at the airport by Kevin and shuttled to our accommodation.

You can unpack and have some free time before dinner. Today would be your day to explore downtown Whitehorse

We will meet for a group dinner and go over the itinerary, get to know one another and discuss the various photography situations we will find ourselves in this week.

After dinner, if the skies are clear, we will head out into the countryside for one of many nights of aurora photography. There are a number of spots around Whitehorse that we have identified with interesting foreground elements that will enhance your aurora images.

Dinner Included

Day Two – A Day for the Dogs

Today is our day to hop on our two man dog sled and ride as people have done for centuries in the Yukon.

Imagine sledding across untouched snow on a perfectly clear winter day in the Takhini Valley, I can attest that has a profound effect on the human soul. You are surrounded by low-lying mountain ranges where the only sound you hear is your dog team, running at a modest pace as they love to do, and perhaps the call of an eagle or a raven nearby.

With frequent stops to take photos, I am sure you will agree when we get back that this was a once in a lifetime experience.

After dinner, if the skies are clear, we will head out into the countryside for one of many nights of aurora photography. There are a number of spots around Whitehorse that we have identified with interesting foreground elements that will enhance your aurora images.

Tonight we will be staying in Haines Junction at the doorsteps of Kluane National Park.

Day Three – Headed west to Kluane

You are in for a treat today...

Today we will awake amidst the mountains and be visiting Kluane national Park, Kathleen Lake, Kluane Lake and photograph the wilderness on the edge of civilization.

Long into darkness we will remain in the area. You will be presented with golden hour and blue hour photography opportunities that hopefully end with a star show with zero light pollution, and maybe, a once in a lifetime chance to photograph an aurora show in this area. But if the aurora doesn't present itself, the night skies still offer the opportunity to learn how to easily create star trail photos or other night time long exposure photos.

Accommodation we will be in Haines Junction

Day Four – Back to Whitehorse…

Today we will head back to Whitehorse after another sunrise photo shoot over a typical winter landscape in the Yukon. Upon our arrival back in Whitehorse, our first visit is the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The diversity of natural habitats on their 700 acre site allows for the unique presentation of northern Canadian wildlife.

Their remarkably varied landscapes include low-lying flat lands, rolling hills, wetlands and steep rock cliffs. Visitors will experience a range of ecological features on a trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and be presented with photographic opportunities that will allow you to photograph the animals as if they were in the wild.

Then, as the day winds down and you need to relax, it’s a visit to the Tahini Hot Springs for a soak in the outdoor hot springs and soak up the memories and the atmosphere.

Tonight, once again, its eyes to the skies. If there is break in the cloud, or we see clear skies, we will be headed out for one final night to photograph the aurora in the winter landscapes.

Last year, the show was so intense that we stayed out all night and we were taking people right to their flight home after a night of a show that produced some amazing images.

Tonight our accommodation will be back in Whitehorse.

Day Five – Its Back to Reality

As you schedule dictates, we will take you to the airport for your departures home.

Contact kevinapepper@outlook.com directly for more details

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.northof49photography.com Blog: http://northof49photography.com/blog/