Haines Tours
Focus on Haines Private Nature / Photography tour
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Focus on Haines Private Nature / Photography tour

By Time & Space Adventures
Recommended by 100% of travelers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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The Focus on Haines Private Tour is tailored to my guests' interests and will offer you the opportunity to see the best Alaska has to offer.away from the ships & shops. Whether you are a photographer or just want to get out into the quiet corners of America’s last frontier, you will find Haines to be the Alaska you came to experience. At each stop I share the stories of cultural and natural history that makes each location special. If your interest is photography, I strive to cover the basics of your camera's technical functions. I offer instruction how and when to use the camera's various modes to optimize the photograph you would like to save as a real keeper. Additionally, I offer tips to optimize your opportunities for successful wildlife photography. I can discuss the best composition considerations when framing your shots so you come home with an award-winning photograph. For people who want an extended tour, additional time can be provided for at the time of the tour.
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Haines Municipal Airport, 728 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Haines Alaska
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 215555P1

        • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
        • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 215555P1

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        • Time & Space Adventures
          62
          Haines, Alaska
          Joined in June 2018
        • ranchobernardopools
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Bald Eagle tour
          Tom was an excellent tour guide and so knowledgeable about the history of Haines. He gave us a wonderful tour of the town and surrounding area. It was a pleasure spending the day with him, he shared his expertise in photographic opportunities, giving me the best chance of capturing beautiful images. I would highly recommend Tom, one of our best trips.
          Written November 9, 2019
        • nowheremanq
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          As good as it gets
          Tom is an excellent photographer, but also an excellent guide. As a result, people joining him on his tours can expect great photo ops and advice, but also a dedication that goes beyond what is expected from a commercial tour. We joined his tour from our cruise. He met us at the dock and everything was simple and easy. Being a proficient photographer myself I was able to exchange ideas and techniques with Tom, learnt quite a bit and got excellent photographs. When shooting wildlife (especially bears) you should always exercise great caution and know the limits. Tom made us feel safe at all times, while still guaranteeing dream shots of local bears. Other photographers (unguided) were definitely risking it out there. Fully recommended.
          Written November 6, 2019
        • Joel E
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Eagle Photography
          Just returned from Haines and Tom Ganner's Eagle Quest Photography experience. No question the best photo trip of my life. Nothing but wonderful things to say about this experience. Tom is an expert photographer who knows exactly where to put you and when so that you can capture your dream images. And it's not just photos. Staying with Tom and his wife only makes it that much better .... beautiful accommodations, great food, welcoming and charming hosts ..... it's amazing. He is also an educator who is very knowledgeable and passionate about south east Alaska history, culture and geology. So your experience will extend beyond photography and you will feel immersed into the local scene. If the Chilkat Eagle Preserve is on your list then get in touch with Tom Ganner .... just do it ..... you will come away with great pictures, great stories, great friends, great memories and no regrets!
          Written November 2, 2019
        • J3841MIlisac
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Trip With the Ambassador of Haines
          I want to be Tom when I "grow up." So incredibly grateful to Tom for booking us completely last minute and showing the beauty of Haines. We enjoyed seeing the surf scoters, brown bear, and eagles! The tour was a complete treat from beginning to end. Could not make a higher recommendation!
          Written August 25, 2019
        • Tom G
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing adventure!
          Just returned a week ago from our Alaskan adventure. We spent time in Denali and at multiple spots along the way, but our most authentic Alaskan adventure was with Tom. We got to stop and see all sorts of things in the Haines area, and he was very informative, both from a photography and from a historical standpoint. The instruction for me and my daughter was valuable, the sights and conversations were invaluable. I highly recommend spending some time with Tom if you get the chance.
          Written August 9, 2019
        • Anne292
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great morning in Haines
          I asked Tom Ganner if we might be able to see bears in late July while we were in Haines for a few days. He thought we could in the early morning and he knew where to look. We were thrilled to watch a young brown bear play on the beach. Tom is very knowledgeable and fun to be with. I’m so glad we found him on Trip Advisor and booked in advance.
          Written August 5, 2019
        • Jim H
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Photography tour and much, much more.
          Spending time with Tom Ganner is amazing. He knows local history, local wildlife and fauna. He is an expert in photography and freely shares tips and settings to make your photographic journey more enjoyable and enhance your vacation. This was my second adventure with Tom and the second was even more amazing than the first. Thank you tom and I look forward to doing it again in the future.
          Written July 1, 2019
        • Idaho2365
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Time & Space Photography and Guide
          Tom Ganner was a fabulous guide to all of the photographers in our group, from simple IPhone users to the experienced with great cameras! He took us to several great spots with Eagles, nature shots and even bears. Gave us the history and also took great care with those of us with mobility issues. Thank you Tom for a fabulous day!
          Written June 22, 2019
        • Vickie L
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Girls Day Out!
          Tom was outstanding! He goes completely out of his way to ensure we were able to get all the best shots. He knew exactly where to go to find beautiful nature shots as well as finding both the bears and the eagles. One of the gals we traveled with had a broken leg and he took extra care to make sure she also got the best shots possible even though she couldn’t get to the usual vantage points. Thanks Tom you’re definitely the best!!!
          Written June 22, 2019
        • Divindiana
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing day with Tom : )
          Tom picked us up this morning and drove us all over Haines making stops at places for pictures. We saw bears and eagles. So exciting to be able to see these incredible creatures. Helped us with improving our photo taking and camera tips. Tom told us about the historical sites in Haines. What a pleasure to spend time soaking up all the excellent information! I can't wait to come back and do it all over again. Thank you Tom.
          Written June 21, 2019
        • Lori M
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Focus on Haines Private Tour highlight of our Alaska vacation!
          Our day in Haines May 2019. Prior to arriving we pre-arranged a 1/2 day customized private tour with local resident photographer Tom Ganner. He met us @ the Visitor Center early in the day. Then we headed off in his Subaru to explore the beautiful town of Haines and the surrounding area with our very own passionate & knowledgeable guide. We saw what we came to see and so much more! I feel I must reiterate that you do not have to be a professional photographer to enjoy his tour, it can be what you want it to be. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with Tom. Allowing us to share in his passion for Haines, photography, nature, wildlife, history, geology, folklore and more! Haines is and will always be one of our favorite places.
          Written June 11, 2019
        • elainehQ8579AC
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Terrific tour, leaned so much
          We booked some time with Tom to tour beautiful Haines, AK and get some professional photography advice. We also arranged to stay at “Su Casa”, the vacation rental at Tom and Carolyn’s home. Tom took us to some stunning places all around Haines. He taught us how to frame a picture in more interesting ways. He helped my husband with his equipment to get the best shots. And he helped him with Lightroom to manipulate the images. Tom knows all the best places to observe the animals. I was so pleased with our experience ! And the vacation rental was really nice too, a great bonus! For a very special experience, we recommend Tom highly. And he’s a nice guy!
          Written June 5, 2019
        • Pam F
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fascinating wildlife in Haines
          My husband and I spent 3 days with Tom and enjoyed every minute. He helped us to overcome limitations of our camera equipment and still get photos of eagles, birds and scenery. The scenery is spectacular. We had some great meals that Tom cooked. He is a better cook than he thinks. Accommodation at his house is very comfortable. I was not feeling well and he took me down to the local medical centre twice. Thoroughly recommended.
          Written December 1, 2018
        • Grandma47
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tom Ganner Delivers
          I'm not an avid photographer with fancy equipment, but I do enjoy taking photographs, mostly with my smartphone. When we travel I make a photo album that I enjoy reviewing, I also enjoy painting from my photos. Tom Ganner met us at the dock of this small town and he showed us his small photo album. He asked what we wanted to see, bears, eagles, scenery? He said he would take us to some of his favorite spots. I then told Tom that I would like to get a picture of a Bear with a salmon in his mouth, and an Eagle. Boy, did Tom deliver! We saw four bears close up, and yes I did get my picture of bear fishing. Tom set up his scope and allowed us to view and photograph an Eagle also. He also gave me hints on composition. Tom also told us much Alaskan history of the area and took us to many beautiful scenic points. This photography tour was a Highlight of our Alaska cruise.
          Written September 29, 2018
        • Paula B
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ultimate photography in Haines
          As a working professional photographer in Florida, I have coveted going to Alaska and photographing bears and eagles in their natural habitats. What better way to do it than to spend time with the area's premier local photographer, Tom Ganner. Tom is a fabulous photographer who loves to share his photography skills, knowledge of the local tundra and wildlife "hot spots" with his visitors. He is patient and willing to go the extra mile to ensure his visitors are not disappointed. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him and look forward to another visit. Whether you are joining him for the day or the week you will not be disappointed. He enchanted us with the local lore and history of Haines, wowed us with his special photography spots and he and his wife stuffed us with all the salmon we could eat. Well, almost :) . We are definitely going back for another round in the future. Thanks Tom and Caroline! Leave the lights on for us :)
          Written September 25, 2018
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        Underwater01
        Yorba Linda, CA41 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2022
        I want to recommend this photo tour to anyone that is going to Haines Alaska. Whether you are planning a trip on you own, or arriving on a cruise ship Tom Ganner will not disappoint . I was wanting to visit Haines to photograph Bald Eagles, I called Tom and shared in ins and outs of how to plan my trip from the lower 48. I can say that I listened to his ideas on how to plan my trip, and it all worked out professionally. If I had it to do over I wouldn't change a thing. Tom picked me up at my in town motel and took me around and showed me the places to visit on my own. He made many recommendations for camera setting, equipment needed and so on. I booked a one day photo tour and what I got out that one day, gave me information that made the next seven days a success. If I hadn't found Tom, I feel I would have lost about 3 days trying to do it all by myself. Location is everything and Tom know the location.
        Written November 25, 2022
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        Jim D
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2022
        Tom provided great personalized, tailored instruction and took us to all the great spots to view and photograph wildlife. His knowledge of the history and local cultures was first rate. Highly recommend!
        Written November 13, 2022
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        LanternH
        Stratford-upon-Avon, UK31 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022
        We had a wonderfully informative, interesting and scenically beautiful trip with Tom covering the glacial areas, salmon spawning rivers and the history if the Fort at Haines. We had booked for a five hour tour and during this time we met Dr Jones at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links. A wonderful character of 90 years who invited us to drive round on buggies so we could see the course. We would love to come back with friends and play.
        Tom gave us a the best time we have had so far on this Alaskan cruise, a man of many talents including photography and an easy manner of sharing knowledge. The fabulous views he showed us will always be remembered.
        Written June 21, 2022
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        ACEA
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2022
        Tom provides the highest level of personal service on his photo tours of Haines. He offers a detailed history of the area and brings his clients to the finest areas to take photographs. Any level of photographer will benefit from his tips on photography.
        Written July 24, 2022
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        Sallyjeanc
        41 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2022
        What a delightful day we spent with Tom as he guided us around the Chilkat Peninsula! As a retired earth science teacher and photographer, Tom has a wealth of knowledge about the geography, history, and flora and fauna of the Haines area and kept us engaged and entertained for 5 hours. He asked what I wanted to photograph and I said bears, eagles and everything in between—and he delivered! As a long-time resident, he knew all the best areas for capturing amazing images and offered helpful suggestions for camera settings and composition. It was a fantastic end to a memorable trip. Now I can’t wait to get home and start processing my images!
        Written September 5, 2022
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        MdWeekender
        Severna Park, MD214 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We recently took a photography tour with Tom in Haines, and we had an absolutely amazing time! Tom is an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced photographer. He was able to teach us so much about photography, from the basics of composition to more advanced techniques like long exposure of a waterfall and photographing eagles.
        We visited some of the most beautiful places in Haines, and Tom setup incredible shots for us.
        We learned so much on this tour, and came away with some amazing photos. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in improving their photography skills.
        Here are some specific things that we loved about the tour:
        The small group size. This meant that we got a lot of personalized attention from Tom, and we were able to ask him as many questions as we wanted.
        The variety of locations. We visited a wide variety of landscapes, so we got to practice shooting in different conditions.
        The post-processing suggestions. Tom gave us a few post-processing tips, and showed us how to use snapseed. We are having a great time processing our Alaska photos.
        We were so fortunate that Tom was available. We had an amazing experience, learned a lot, made some great photos, and had a lot of fun. We would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in improving their photography skills or just visiting beautiful nature sites without the large crowds of a cruise excursion.
        Written July 29, 2023
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        Dave H
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2022
        Tom provided a detailed and entertaining tour of Haines and the local area. He tailored the trip to our preferences, and did not disappoint! His ability to share was engaging, informative, and entertaining. His knowledge of the area and wildlife put us in the right spots to see bears, eagles, salmon, and some unbelievable views. We will never forget seeing Lulu and her cubs fishing for salmon!
        Written August 24, 2022
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        Julie B
        Walpole, MA78 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Family
        When our cruise itinerary changed from Skagway to Haines we weren’t sure what to do for our day at port, but we are very glad we found Tom from all the great reviews. He obviously knows the area well including the best places to spot wildlife. His photography tips were great. He is easy going and friendly. We highly recommend taking a tour with him!
        Written August 11, 2023
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        pureinheart
        Phoenix, AZ14 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2021
        We travelled to Alaska in June and the Focus on Haines tour was one of our first experiences in Alaska! He was so informative on the town & other areas & felt like a friend instead of a stranger! We felt very welcome as tourists!

        I love photography, so this was a special experience to go to the beautiful places he showed us in Haines. He taught me how to properly photograph an eagle and I was able to use that info later in the trip.

        I would definitely recommend this tour & opportunity to meet Tom & gain from his wisdom about the area.
        Written September 9, 2021
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        Rick C
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2022
        Tom gave us a private tour of the Haines area off our cruise boat. I think he provide a fabulous tour, with culture, wildlife and real local knowledge. He took the extra step to rent a vehicle to handle our group size. We saw Grizzly Bear Lulu and her cubs, eagles, Salmon swimming up stream, beautiful vistas, historic sites, a camp ground and got a good bit of culture and local knowledge. Tom has lived in Haines for the 5 or 6 summers now so had real experience of a local. He also taught us a few photography tricks with our I-phones. I highly recommend a tour by Tom.
        Written August 28, 2022
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