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Update – January, 2015.

There is a possibility of an Alaska Tour for summer 2015! 

I have been contacted by a few folks that are interested and if I can take at least 4 guests, I’ll put together a trip.

The proposed itinerary is the best of my Alaska offerings combined – and of course, includes gentle, hands-on photo coaching!  I’ll fine tune the itinerary, but this should be an 8 or 9 day trip.

- Fly to Fairbanks.  All trip expenses are covered from there, except for meals, alcohol and incidentals.  I’ll cover in-state flights, lodging, our Inupiat Eskimo guide and boat fees for polar bear photography.- Two days in Denali National Park.  This is a no-cost add on, as the park requires special permits for paid tour guiding in the park.  Whether you choose to come on this part of the trip or not, the price will be the same.
- Return to Fairbanks, where we pick up a specialized vehicle to take on the next part of the trip…
- Drive the Dalton Highway – all the way to the Arctic Ocean in Prudhoe Bay.  It’s a 2 day drive with lots of time to photograph the incredible landscapes and whatever wildlife we find.  Crossing the Atigun Pass over the top of the Brooks Range is a real treat!
- Tour the oil fields and facilities at Prudhoe Bay.
- Take a short-hop flight to Kaktovik for 2 or 3 days (depending on flight schedules) of world-class polar bear photography
- Fly back to Fairbanks and then home – or stay longer and continue exploring this jarringly beautiful state on your own!

Expected costs are still being worked out, but are expected to be about $10,000 per person.

Interested?  Contact me ASAP.  We need to have registrations complete and payment received no later than April 7.  In-state flights and lodging can fill quickly, so I need to start making reservations as soon as possible.

PS – you’ll earn your framed Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate to hand proudly in your office or home – right next to your polar bear photos!


As of April 18, 2014, The Amazing Image is taking many of our photo tours offline.


What’s changing?  All of our events in Alaska, Canada and Iceland are offline until further notice.

What will still be offered?  Weekend workshops, One-on-One Lessons and Custom / Private Photo Tours – for now.

Why the change?  Sadly, the weak economy and glacially slow recovery have made this decision unavoidable.

Tour sign-ups (our main source of income) have fallen off dramatically across the entire industry.  I’m hearing from other tour and workshop operators that they’re shutting down completely or dramatically scaling back.  The time is here for me to do the same.

What about the newsletter?  The monthly newsletter has been a LOT of work, but it’s a labor of love.  I’m gratified by the phenomenal engagement of the readers.  The newsletter’s open and click-through rates are more than 2X and 4X the industry average!

I’ve just published the 32nd consecutive monthly edition and invest 20+ hours in each one.  I’m reluctant to let it go after so much work, so I expect to at least publish a scaled-back version for now – but my next employer must take priority and will dictate whether that can continue.

Can I still sign up for workshops or weekend tours?  I’ll have some winter offerings, but as I have now become a Realtor in Scituate, MA, weekends are especially busy with open house events and home showings.

Will you still offer lectures for camera clubs and conventions?  I expect to honor all of my prior commitments, but will probably not schedule any new lectures for now.

What’s next for you?  After 7 years of building The Amazing Image from its infancy, I’m returning to the workforce as a full-time Realtor.


A personal note: I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have come on one of our photo tours or workshops or have engaged me for private photo tours or lessons over the last seven years.  I truly enjoyed meeting every one of you! 

Even more, I am delighted to have shared with you the incredible beauty of places like northern Alaska, Iceland, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and Labrador and especially the fantastic wildlife we saw and photographed together. 

It is a part of my life that I’ll treasure forever and I am grateful beyond words.

Thank you!

- Charlie MacPherson



Join us for an unforgettable photography adventure into some of North America and Iceland’s most spectacular viewing areas. From the polar bears of Alaska to the tropical birds of Florida to the glaciers of Iceland, The Amazing Image will take you on a tour you will never forget, and help you to capture images to last a lifetime.

Private Photo Tour - Reflections at Glacier Lagoon (C) www.TheAmazingImage.com
Reflections at Glacier Lagoon, Iceland (c) www.TheAmazingImage.com

Join Professional Wildlife and Nature Photographer Charles MacPherson for your opportunity to photograph polar bears, glaciers, icebergs, osprey, great egrets, snowy owls, flowers, the magnificent Rockies, the lighthouses of New England, the arctic tundra of northern Canada, the scenery of Iceland and more.

Alaskan Polar Bears from our Annual August Tour (c) www.TheAmazingImage.com
Alaskan Polar Bears from our Annual August Tour (c) www.TheAmazingImage.com

We offer photography tours and workshops for photographers of any skill level.  Whether you’re a beginner with an automatic “point & shoot” camera or a professional with thousands of dollars in camera gear, you’ll fit right in. We’ve had guests who were complete beginners up to one who was a professional photographers with a decades-old, established portrait business.

In fact, you don’t even have to be a photographer at all!

For example, about half of our guests on our Polar Bear and Lighthouse tours just want to see the sights.

No matter which photo tour (multi-day) or workshop (mostly single day) you decide to take, our goal is to make sure you come home with a camera full of portfolio-class images.

One-on-One Photography Lessons Pemaquid Light (c) www.TheAmazingImage.com
Pemaquid Light (c) www.TheAmazingImage.com

About Our Tours

Each photo tour is meticulously crafted to bring you to locations that are exotic, beautiful or wildlife-rich. We search out areas and subjects that we’re sure you’ll find attractive – and many take years of research to develop the *perfect* itinerary!

While we’re there, you’ll have an expert photo coach to help you to capture great images. Your photo coach will be shooting right alongside of you, allowing him to see what you see and to call out the best possible shots as they develop.  He’ll give you his best tips on making the most of each shooting situation.

Our tours are structured to be leisurely and enjoyable – we never want our guests to feel rushed.  There are no name tags, no sardine-class shuttle buses and no tour guides cracking the whip to keep you on a rigid schedule.

We keep our tours and workshops small. Many tours are limited to a maximum of 6, while others, like weekend driving tours, allow up to 10.

That ensures that every photographer gets as much personal attention as he or she wants and you come home with the best possible images.

In general, weekend tours are priced ala carte.  You are free to select your own hotel and dining arrangements and will usually drive your own car.

Longer tours – Alaska, Canada, Iceland and any tour that’s more than 4 days are generally all-inclusive from the meeting point.  That includes airfare (where applicable), ground / boat transport, meals (except alcohol).  Gratuities are always at your option.

NEW for 2014 – for all weekend driving tours – A Non-Photographer spouse / guest can join you at 1/2 price!

PS – One interesting thing about Charlie’s images that you might not know.  He never uses Photoshop.  Every image you see on this site was processed through Aperture.  With the exception of cropping and minor adjustments like contrast and highlight / shadow adjustment, they are essentially as he shot them.  His photo coaching will help you to do the same!