August 16, 2010

Cordova Photography Workshop!

Last month I hosted an amazing week long photography workshop in Cordova, a small idyllic fishing village on the shores of Prince William Sound. I was with a wonderful group of eight people that, despite a decent amount of rainfall, were eager to learn and practice photography in a uniquely Alaskan setting.
 We based ourselves at the Orca Adventure Lodge which couldn't have been more Alaskan, except for the fact that the meals were bordering on gourmet. Steve and Wendy did a terrific job making our stay as comfortable and as interesting as possible. We had our own van and spent our time exploring rainforest trails, calving glaciers, harbors, kelp box races, and anything else that caught our fancy. We came across moose, salmon in streams, bald eagles, nesting swans, and stunning scenery. One day was spent touring the sound with Steve and we had the thrill of walking in grizzly habitat and seeing a few come through the forest. We found dall porpoise, sea otters, jelly fish balls, and waterfalls, as well as many varieties of sea birds!
 We also had a member of the local Eyak native community come out and model for us during a lighting seminar!

 The trip was run through Journeys International and I was lucky enough to have the owners, Joan and Will Weber along for the trip. They're special people that run a special company.

 Below are some of my favorites from the week. Soon I'll post some of the group's photos!


  1. Ah yes, the Orca Lodge. It has been a few years since I have stayed there.

    Love the waterfall and mist photos.

  2. Thanks Mike!
    I've been admiring your football photos and HDR's of course!

    The Orca Adventure Lodge is uniquely Alaskan and I love staying there! It was a little different for some of the clients! But we all had a ball.

  3. this location looks absolutely divine...Gary and I are drooling down here in the heat and thinking that next year we will have to do this! It will depend on health (which is better!)

  4. It is pretty amazing!
    I would love to spend time with you guys again! Glad health is getting better! I don't want to have to piggy back anyone too much!

  5. Gorgeous photos of a great location Wayde. I've got to get over there one of these days.

  6. Hi Mark,

    Yeah, it's a pretty special place. The quintessential Alaskan fishing town surrounded by all sorts of amazing scenery.
    Thanks for the comments!