My husband and I, two aspiring but amateur amateur photographers booked two photography trips with Rainbow Glacier Tours, one to Skagway with Thomas Pickerel and the other for wildlife and "Tack sharp Eagle" photos in Haines with Tom Ganner. The weather was bad in Haines on the day we were due to go on the Skagway photography trip with Thomas Pickerel so Joe Ordonez re-scheduled it for a couple of days later. The day dawned but still bad weather and the sea plane flight from Haines to Skagway wasn't possible, more juggling by Joe and we boarded the fast ferry to Skagway where we were met by Thomas for our photography tour. We'd specifically requested going to Emerald Lake as we'd heard so much about it and seen some wonderful photos. We headed off with Thomas, stopping at a number of photography locations we would never have found on our own. Thomas was fantastic in giving us guidance on how to best frame the shot, the best settings etc. Emerald Lake was a disappointment as the light wasn't right and it didn't look anything like it's spectacular best. Thomas was always on the lookout for alternatives and offering us alternatives that we wouldn't normally consider. Made us look afresh at what and how we make photographs. Some 7 hours later Thomas dropped us off at the State ferry tired but happy with our day out. We had many new ideas on composition and subject and had a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Would highly recommend this trip.
We also booked a private photography wildlife tour with Tom Ganner. Weather problems disrupted our planned day but more rescheduling ensured we didn’t miss out on this fantastic tour. Tom is an excellent guide, not only did he know the best places for viewing eagles but he also took us to his home property to ensure we got the best opportunities. He’s very knowledgeable and quickly had us taking shots we would never have thought we would get. “Tack sharp hand held bald eagle shots” - amazing. He didn’t neglect our landscape photography skills either and introduced us to exposure bracketing with a view to processing them as HDR. Another excellent tour we would highly recommend.
Many thanks to Thomas and Tom but also thanks to Joe for all the hard work in making our trips happen.
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