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Spring Herring Spawn Photography Extravaganza With Guide Hal Schmitt

Trip A059: 8 days / 7 nights, April 27th – May 4th, 2019
Trip A069: 8 days / 7 nights, May 6th – May 13th, 2019
Trip A050: 8 days / 7 nights, April 27th – May 4th, 2020
Trip A060: 8 days / 7 nights, May 6th – May 13th, 2020


Beautiful immature bald eagle in flight. Photo © Hal Schmitt

Late April and early May present the last of the Southeast Alaska herring spawns, creating some of the finest bald eagle and humpback whale photography opportunities on the planet.

As the days grow longer and light opportunities are extended, these late season spring herring trips present prime photography opportunities. Guest photographers on the Northern Song can readily capture eagles in flight and the majestic humpback whales bubble-net feeding on the herring, which is a keystone species. As the herring advance to the shallows near shore and become vulnerable to hungry active predators, nature’s extravaganza hits a crescendo.

During the trip our wonderful Chef Therese will work skillfully in our open kitchen to fuel our eager photographers with fabulous baked goods, smorgasbord-style lunches, and Alaska seafood dinners. During the week, we will also dedicate one day to visiting an incredibly scenic glacial fjord and tidewater glacier where our guests have opportunities to photograph fabulous intrinsic characteristics of the deepest bluest icebergs and the expansive calving glacier at the terminus of the fjord.

Mistic scene of humpback whale blows from ‘bubble-net’ group. Photo ©Hal Schmitt

Our leader and teacher for these Photography Extravaganzas is Former Top Gun pilot/ instructor and professional photographer, Hal Schmitt who will provide basic and advanced hands-on personalized instruction. Hal’s teaching style delivers results. He believes in teaching the theory and basics of everything necessary in the digital workflow. More importantly, he takes the mystery and technical complexity out of a subject allowing access for everyone. Hal will ensure you know the basics, teaching the why in addition to the how. With a strong foundation, it is amazing how quickly you can learn and improve. Not only that, Hal is a fascinating and fun instructor to spend time with on the Northern Song.

Hal Schmitt
Photography Guide

Hal Schmitt

Hal Schmitt is a photography and digital imaging instructor based in Templeton, California. Hal instructs all levels of photography and the entire digital workflow from capture to output with an incredibly approachable and easy to understand style. Hal’s teaching method delivers results. He believes in teaching the theory and basics of everything necessary in the digital workflow. More importantly, he takes the mystery and technical complexity out of a subject allowing access for everyone. Hal will ensure you know the basics, teaching the why in addition to the how. With a strong foundation, it is amazing how quickly anyone can improve.

Hal has led over 20 workshops in Alaska and fully understands the combination of equipment, process, and subject matter unique to the Alaskan environment. Polished and confident but down-to-earth and approachable, Hal will ensure you create images with impact, pop, and wow factor. As a former Navy fighter pilot and TOPGUN Instructor, Hal gravitates to eagle photography but will also show you the techniques and vision for amazing landscapes, impressive wildlife from whales to bears, and other subjects unique to the Alaskan yacht-based workshop.

When not making photographs, Hal enjoys wine country living with his wife and three daughters. He is a talented pilot and the owner/winemaker at Volatus Wine, a micro-boutique winery in Paso Robles, CA.

Photography Checklist Introduction from Hal Schmitt on Vimeo.

Photographer enjoying rare opportunity to walk among grounded ice bergs for unusual photo captures. Photo © Hal Schmitt


2019 Spring Photo Trips

 

2020 Spring Photo Trips
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