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Alabama: Mobile Bay Photography Tour

Includes select locations on the Gulf Coast, Dauphin Island, a side trip to the Florida panhandle, and a Dolphin cruise

 


  February 28th to March 6th, 2021

  8 nights/7 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 3 participants

  $3,944 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or your full trip balance here

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  Gateway and departure airport: Mobile Regional, Alabama [MOB]
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Saturday the 28th of November, 2020

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Photography Tour Overview:
We specifically designed this short photo tour to complement our other 'winter escape' trips in the southern United States. On this particular photography tour we circle Mobile Bay and cross the estuary via the ferry to Dauphin Island, then return to the mainland via the Gordon Persons bridge. Our first base is Orange Beach from where we'll explore multiple locations on the Gulf coast, and make a short side trip to Big Lagoon State Park in the Florida panhandle. Then via Fort Morgan and a ferry ride to Dauphin Island for a three night stay. Island highlights include the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and Fort Gaines, plus sunrises and sunsets throughout the trip. A Dolphin watching trip is also included in our itinerary, and we hope you'll consider joining our small group.

 


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Day 1  |  Mobile to Orange Beach
We'll kick things off at 9:30 am in the lobby of our gateway hotel, and following introductions we'll head for nearby Battleship Park at the top of Mobile Bay. Then on down the eastern shoreline of the bay for several stops including Fairhope. We'll pause for the included lunch on our way to the coast, and after hotel check-in and a short break we'll head out for the late light, and a Gulf coast sunset.
Orange Beach, 4 nights

Days 2, 3 + 4  |  Gulf Coast plus a side trip to the Florida Panhandle
We'll have three full days for subjects such as Shelby Lake, a Dolphin watching excursion just off the coast, plus a side trip into Florida for Big Lagoon State Park in the Florida panhandle. Gulf sunsets are stunning, as are easily captured images of Heron, Pelican, and Crabs, plus Sanderling and Willet shorebirds. Sunrises and sunsets at various viewpoints are also in our schedule.

Days 5, 6 + 7  |  Dauphin Island
We'll finish off our 'mainland' photography along the Gulf Coast prior to heading to Fort Morgan Historic Site. The fort is an earthen and stockade type fortification that was involved in the final land battles of the War of 1812. Construction was finally completed in 1834. After our ferry crossing across the mouth of Mobile bay to Dauphin Island we'll check-in to our accommodations prior to shooting another Gulf Coast sunset.
On days 6 and 7 you'll have ample time to photograph a variety of subjects including Fort Gaines which was named after one Edmund Pendleton Gaines. The fort was established in 1821, and is best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. Also scheduled are visits to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and several early and late excursions for sunrises and sunsets. Off-shore oil rigs create an eerie contrast, and picture opportunities as they sit on the distant horizon.
Dauphin Island, 3 nights

Day 8  |  Dauphin Island to Mobile   
After early photography and breakfast we'll make our way to Mobile via Bellingrath gardens which is 65 acre public garden and historic home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, located on the Fowl River. By mid afternoon we'll be checking into our last hotel, and ready to venture out for our closing photography shoot in Mobile's historic district. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
Mobile, 1 night

Day 9  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours

 
 


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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'mildly strenuous'

A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous

 

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Photography Tour Cost, the Fine Details and Enrollment

Trip Cost: $3,944 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

 

The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or your full trip balance here

 


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Two hour Dolphin watching boat trip

  • Audubon Bird Sanctuary

  • State Parks and forts

  • Ferry crossing to Dauphin Island

  • Other possible rides, admissions or excursions are optional and not included

 
 

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