How Many Photos Do I Take During The Iditarod?

A question I’m asked often while shooting the Iditarod is, “how many photos do you take?” During this year’s race, and really any recent year, I shoot A LOT of photos. But it’s not how many I shoot that matters, it’s really how many photos do I keep. That’s the bigger question! Of any one subject…

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Shooting in the Freezer!

As the official photographer of the Iditarod for over 36 years, there are three questions I’m asked most often.  The first is a question that gets asked all winter long— “Are you getting ready for the Iditarod?” The second is asked in the spring and summer: “How was the Iditarod this year?” and the third,…

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The story behind the photo — Aliy Zirkle Sunset

The Iditarod village checkpoint of Koyuk, 4th to the finish in Nome, is in an ideal location to get both great sunrise photos and also great sunset photos because of the sea ice that surrounds it. That’s one reason I chose to stay overnight again there this year. When we flew over the village I…

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What Photo Gear Do I Take On The Iditarod?

What photo gear does a photographer shooting the Iditarod take along on the race? One thing is for certain. At colder temperatures and with little to no assistance while shooting, EVERY image takes longer and is more of an ordeal to get. It’s not like a summer event where one can quickly change to a…

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March 2017 Slideshow

A few of my favorite images from March. No explanation, no text, no f-stops and shutter speeds. Just an old fashion slide show. Enjoy 90 seconds in Alaska with me.

February 2017 Slideshow

This version of the “Last Month in Photos” slide show is a bit different than usual. I did not do much shooting in February other than assignments and one day of fun, stock photography. Mostly I was extra busy with office work gearing up for upcoming workshops, the Iditarod and tax season. Soooo, this show…

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Print of the Month: January

It’s THAT time of year again. Bohemian Waxwing birds gather in huge flocks all over Anchorage and literally raid and pluck the Mountain Ash trees free of most all their berries. It’s quite a sight to see…and hear. They are constantly flitting all over the sky from one tree to another. It seems when someone…

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January 2017 Slideshow

Here’s a slide show with a handful of my favorite images shot in January 2017. No words, no shutter speeds, just pure photography and music. Enjoy, Jeff! Click here

The Transformation of My Photography, and of Technology Along the Way

I was asked recently about the evolution of my photography career from an amateur hobbyist to a true professional with my own style and how technology may have helped to change some of that. So I thought I’d blog about just that. My journey in photography began in 1973, in the 7th grade and came…

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2016 Slideshow

Here’s a slide show with a handful of my favorite images shot in 2016. No words, no shutter speeds, just pure photography and music. Enjoy, Jeff! Click here

Print of the Month: January

Winter landscape of Denali (Mt. Mckinley) and Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in sky with cabin at North Country Bed and Breakfast during a Private custom winter night-sky and landscape photography tour.  Fairbanks, Trapper Creek, Sheep Mountain  December 17-24 2016

November in Photos

Here’s a slide show with a handful of my favorite images shot last month in November. No words, no shutter speeds, just pure photography and music. Enjoy, Jeff!

HOW THE IMAGE WAS MADE: Winter Highway

This image was taken in January of 2016 while out shooting in the “Glacier View Area” a 2 1/2 hour drive northeast of Anchorage. I visualized making an image like this before making the trip. The idea was to make an image of a winter mountain and snow landscape with head and/or tail lights on…

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Print of the Month: November

  Recently my wife Joan and I went for a fat-tire bike ride in the Chugach State Park, just a 15-minute drive from our home in Anchorage. After about 1 1/2 miles we spotted our first moose. Then another, and another.  We stood and watched them feeding on short willow brush. We continued our ride…

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October in Photos

Last month, October, was a short month of shooting for me. WAY too much office stuff going on and did not get out much. But I did manage to get out some. Shot some late fall colors, some early freeze and a simply spectacular northern lights show one night. The image here was shot during…

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“Manley” The Story of the Embarrassed Moose

How many moose are in this photo?  Look closely, even at the small black dots.  Six is the answer. As I was making images of many moose, they were slowly walking around and browsing on the brush as they went. They did not go too far, too fast. There were 11 within sight of my…

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September in Photos

Here’s a slide show with a handful of my favorite images shot last month in September.  Press play, sit back, and enjoy a little bit of Alaska and a few from a vacation in Switzerland and Italy— shot on my iPhone. No words, no shutter speeds, just pure photography and music. Enjoy, Jeff!

Southwest Alaska Eagle & Fireweed

I was recently in Southwest Alaska scouting a location and also doing a corporate photo shoot. I saw this bald eagle on this grassy perch shortly after I first arrived. I was ECSTATIC that it was in the fireweed and the fireweed were at their peak color. Too cool!!  When I first arrive and approached,…

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July in Photos

Here are a few of my favorite images from July 2016. No explanation, no text, no F-stops and shutter speeds. Just an old fashion slide show. Enjoy 60 seconds in Alaska.

June in Photos

How about an old-fashioned slide show with a handful of my favorite images shot last month in June 2016?! Press play, sit back, and enjoy a little bit of Alaska. No words, no shutter speeds, just pure photography with some music. Enjoy, Jeff!

An Alaska Photo Tour Like None Other!

I’m excited to partner with my friends at Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours to present a 2017 Alaska photo tour like none other! Over the course of two weeks, this tour takes you to see selected Alaskan highlights. Impressive mountain scenery, vast glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and idyllic valleys await. In addition to photographing Alaska’s…

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How The Shot Was Taken: Timber Island

A couple years ago I was a approached by a young man who was on a quest to offer photo workshops in various parts of the country, and his target audience was mostly to young students of the Christian Faith. He was in Alaska and wanted to pick my brain on marketing workshops, finding locations,…

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4th of July in the Chugach Mountains

Early in the evening last night, my wife and I celebrated the 4th of July with a 15-minute drive, then a 20 minute bike ride followed by a 30-minute hike up to this serene creek in the Chugach Mountains of Chugach State Park. Not many people at the creek by the time we got there…like…

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B&W or not B&W … That’s the Question

  What photos make good black and white images and which ones do not? The short and simple answer is: the ones you like in black and white are the best ones to make black and white. Shuh! That’s quite simple isn’t it. Well, yes it is. I contend that beauty is certainly in the…

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