Eagles, Homer, Alaska
March 7 -March 12, 2020
Every year thousands of eagles winter in and around Homer, Alaska. During this tour we are going to spend 4 days concentrating on photographing eagles in their nature habitat. The tour is limited to just 5 participants, so there is plenty of time for one to one help. There will be images of eagles flying, fishing, fighting and more. And all at close range, where lenses from 70-200 and 100-400 will be all you need. When on shore with the birds you can be as close as 4-8 feet away and a wide angle may be more appropriate.
We will be going out in a boat on five excursions with a wonderful guide/captain that I have known for years. We will have ample opportunity to work on our flight images. I will teach you how to photograph on manual and what settings you need to take razor sharp eagle images. I will be talking about shutter speeds, aperture, metering patterns, and ISO settings. Be prepared to take lots of pictures! Bring lots of memory cards as you will be taking between 2000-3000 images a day, downloading at night and doing it again the next day!
Beside just eagles, we will also have the chance of seeing, otters, seals, sea lions, other seabirds, and beautiful scenery. To take full advantage of being in one of the most scenic areas of the world, I have scheduled an extra day of sightseeing, where will go out in a van and tour the area surrounding Homer. We will visit Old Ninilchik Village and its very scenic Old Russian Church with great views of views of Mount Illiamna and Mount Redoubt, weather permitting. While on the van excursion we will also be on the lookout for moose and other wildlife.
Class Limit: Class is limited to 5
Price: $1975 check, Zelle (email@example.com) or cash; $2175 credit card. Fee includes 5 boat excursions, boat guide tips, photo instruction, van excursion. Not included – travel to and from Homer, lodging (I will be staying at Lands End, see info in itinerary), ground transportation from airport to Lands End Resort (although if timing works out, I may be able to pick you up, let me know your arrival times), meals. Deposit - please send $975 ASAP to hold your space, balance due December 1, 2019. Click here to pay by credit card or send a check to the address in the info packet.
Registration: Download the full info packet and registration forms here.
Lodging Suggestion: I will be staying at Land's End, Homer, Alaska. Contact them here to make your reservations.
Here is a slideshow of some of the images taken in 2019
"How does one follow close encounters with Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears from Lewis’ workshop? Go on his Eagle workshop and capture so many images that it will take weeks (or months) to process. It was a great trip with a great leader/teacher. A convocation of eagles to capture doing what they do best. And a knowledgable and cheerful boat Captain, Brian, to find the perfect backdrops for your images. The eagle whisperer will bring them in close enough to ruffle your hair as they fly by. My better half, not a photographer, still has a smile on her face from both trips. Highly recommended." Jerry B 2019 participant
"The Homer Eagle trip was terrific. We had wonderful opportunities as the weather cooperated and the eagles came in. I was able to get many photos that I was delighted to add to my portfolio." Noella B 2019 participant
”If you are a photographer and you enjoy an experience that will challenge your knowledge and photographic skills then Lewis Kemper’s photography trip to Homer, Alaska in March to photograph bald eagles is a must do. The beauty of Kachemak Bay and views of the snow covered mountains across the Bay from the Homer Spit are breathtaking! Kemper is a skilled photographer and his tips on shooting in extremely cold temperatures, rainy or snowy conditions or in low light conditions to capture sharp images of the eagles flying in front of you…from a boat… were very helpful. The opportunity to take thousands of close up images of bald eagles (mature and immature), otters, shorebirds and sea birds from a boat in rapid succession was not only thrilling, but very challenging. Our boat captain/guide was superb. Brian’s knowledge of the birds and wildlife we encountered and his skill in maneuvering and positioning the boat so that the eagles were flying right in front of us was so much fun! Our experience was amazing!” Stan and Ann W 2019 participants