Alaska Adventure Photography Cruise

If you are passionate about outdoor photography, we hope you’ll join us for this special 8-day photography workshop aboard the David B.  Our professional instructors John D’Onofrio and Alan Sanders will guide you though the techniques they use, as well as, give you useful tips to help you make your best photos. You’ll spend time photographing dramatic landscapes and iconic wildlife in the Tracy Arm/Fords Terror Wilderness Area, Kootznoowoo, and the Baird Glacier Nature Site. This workshop also includes discussions on how to use Adobe Lightroom effectively and insightful critiques of your photographs.

Trip Number: 316
Dates: May 30 – June 6, 2018
Boards: Juneau
Disembarks: Petersburg
Rates Per Person: $7,000
Sample Itinerary:

Day 1 – Auke Bay to Taku Harbor

You’ll board the David B at 12 pm at Auke Bay in Juneau. After an orientation we’ll be underway around 1 pm with lunch served shortly after. Once lunch is finsihed, your instructors will have a lecture and discussion session while the crew searches for humpback or killer whales. As soon as wildlife is spotted, you’ll take a break from the lecture/discussion session and start taking photos.  In the late afternoon, the David B will anchor in Taku Harbor and there will be a pre-dinner shore excursion to take pictures at an old abandoned cannery.

Day 2 – Taku Harbor to Wood Spit and Fords Terror

The boat will be underway before breakfast. On the way to Endicott Arm, you’ll discuss the previous day’s photos with John and Alan. There will be a mid-day stop at Wood Spit for wildflower and old-growth forest photography. In the afternoon, we’ll be underway again and cruise deeper into Endicott Arm for our destination of Fords Terror — described by John Muir, as “more Yosemite, than Yosemite.” At Fords Terror you’ll have the opportunity to photograph one of Southeast Alaska’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Day 3 – Fords Terror to Dawes Glacier and North Dawes Anchorage

After a hike at Fords Terror, the David B will get underway and you’ll spend the day focused on icebergs and glaciers. There’s always a possibility to spot a black bear foraging on barnacles at low-tide. When the boat arrives at Dawes Glacier we will maneuver the David B just right so you can capture the glacier calving icebergs into Endicott Arm. Later in the day, we’ll anchor at North Dawes, just off the main channel in Endicott Arm. At North Dawes you’ll be able to go ashore and explore the flora of a saltwater meadow and to look for black bears and mountain goats.

Day 4 – North Dawes Anchorage to Tracy Arm and No Name Cove

It will be an early start and after breakfast you’ll gather in the saloon for a critique session as we work our way out of Endicott Arm and into Tracy Arm. The fjord that makes up Tracy Arm is spectacular and depending on the conditions of the ice in the fjord, we may have a chance to visit Sawyer or South Sawyer glaciers.

Day 5 – No Name Cove to Cannery Cove

On our way to Cannery Cove, there will be more opportunities for photographing humpback whales, as well and discussion about your photographs as we cross Stephens Passage. When we arrive at Cannery Cove, on Kootznoowoo (Admiralty Island) we’ll scope the beach for brown (grizzly) bears that forage on spring sedges at the water’s edge. The David B’s skiff is a good platform for taking photos of bears, so any bears we find, we’ll approach from the water at a respectful distance that will avoid changing the animal’s behavior.

Day 6 – Cannery Cove to Cleveland Passage

There will be more time to search for bears on the beach and a skiff ride to Donkey Bay to photograph seabirds, eagles, deer, seals, sea lions, and possibly more brown bears. In the afternoon we’ll cross Frederick Sound, a known feeding area for humpback whales and occasional spot for sighting killer whales. We’ll also stop at a haul-out site for impressively large Steller’s sea lions.

Day 7 – Cleveland Passage to Baird Glacier Nature Site (Scenery Cove)

Baird Glacier Nature Site is the outwash plain from Baird Glacier. To get to the site, we’ll skiff to a gravel bar that was recently the glacier’s ending point. In 2015, the glacier broke away from that bar, known as the end moraine, and there’s now a shallow, iceberg-filled lake between the glacier and the bar. Here we’ll photograph emerging landscapes and birds such as semi-palmated plovers, and Arctic Terns.

Day 8 – Scenery Cove to Petersburg

The David B will arrive in Petersburg between 12-1 pm but don’t pack your bags until we get to the dock. There’s still plenty of time to take pictures of landscapes and wildlife, as well as time for you to get in you final questions to John and Alan.


Class Details from John & Alan:

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll have an opportunity to make photographs in a remote wilderness landscape. Then we’ll use Adobe Lightroom to bring out the best in your images. We’ll also discuss the use of Photoshop as well as other plug-ins that can be used in conjunction with Lightroom. Once the images are optimized, we will share and discuss the work as a group. Finally, we’ll spend time learning to print our work. Everyone will go home with at least one print – ready for framing – from the workshop.

What to Bring:
• Digital camera
• Shooting from the boat will be enhanced by lenses with built-in stabilization (optional)
• Tripod
• Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed and optionally Photoshop as well. A trial of both Lightroom and Photoshop can be downloaded from
• Dry bag for your camera gear as we’ll be going to shore in an open skiff and exploring in kayaks.
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Batteries & Battery Charger
• Mouse – because laptop touchpads just don’t work as well
• Cable release or remote shutter release

About the instructors:

John D’Onofrio

John D’Onofrio’s photography has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest in museums and galleries and published in numerous publications including National Geographic Adventure, Trail Runner, Washington Trails, as well as in calendars, note cards, and posters.

His work also appears in The Wild Nearby: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the North Cascades (Mountaineers Books), The Salish Sea (Sasquatch Press) and Images of America: Mount Baker (Arcadia Publishing).

He lives in Bellingham, WA. where he serves as editor/publisher of Adventures NW magazine.

Alan Sanders

As a recovering commercial photographer specializing in advertising and public relations, Alan Sanders now concentrates on fine art photography. He currently teaches workshops at Whatcom Community College and is a digital imaging specialist at Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham.
Alan has been making photographs since the 70’s and teaching photography since the 80’s. He also has taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington University. Alan’s work can be found at his website,