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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My Most Favorite Composition

In the middle of May there was a clear stretch of weather and I went on an overnight shoot to make images in the Glacier View area. I shot this image just as the sun was hitting the Chugach Mountains just after 5 am in an area that I had not shot in before. I…

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Chasing Dogs :: 2nd Anniversary!

Today, June 1st, is the second anniversary of my first self-published book, Chasing Dogs!   It was June of 2014 when I released my book “Chasing Dogs—My Adventures as the Official Photographer of Alaska’s Iditarod.” Over 200 kind people helped me get the book published by making a pledge on Kickstarter which paid for the…

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Sunset and Sleeping Lady

I wanted to make the image just a bit different than a normal sunset photo. Though it may not be easy to tell, I shot this at a very long exposure so that the water would look more silky and smooth rather than have a hard-edge to it. I’m sad that I did not crop…

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Separation and Vision

Pre-visualizing an image before it happens is a large part of a successful photo shoot, such as in this case. This image was taken during my 2014 Denali Photo Tour and Workshop. The group of us watched and photographed this caribou for 20 or so minutes as it was feeding and walking around on the…

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Throwback Thursday :: Igloo

The year was the film days. I hired a mountain climbing friend Marc Phillips to take me into the Ruth Glacier in May specifically for this picture. He knew how to make an igloo and he had me cut ice blocks, while he stacked them. We made sure to not trample the snow around the…

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Year of High-Fives

This year during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod it seemed to me it was the “year of high-fives”. Every year as the mushers run down the streets and bike trails of Anchorage, thousands of people cheer the mushers. It’s really a heart-warming sight to see. For some reason, I thought this year had an…

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Eating Pie in Takotna

    We are in Takotna for the night.  Jeff just came back from an aerial shoot with Iditarod Air Force Pilot, Jerry Wortley.  The hospitality in Takotna is great. The whole community gets involved in feeding the mushers and volunteers alike.  This kind of hospitality is found along the whole trail but having great…

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In the Alaska Range

Deroy here, on the trail assisting Jeff again this year.  We are at the Rainy Pass checkpoint for the moment.  We stopped here to use the internet and upload some images that Jeff has taken from this morning and afternoon.  The Mushers are making their way up the Alaska Range.  The trail seems to be…

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And they’re off!!

  Today was the Ceremonial Start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Race.  All the mushers and their dogs started in downtown Anchorage this morning to make their annual trek through town.  With the lack of snow this year, the ceremonial trail was shortened to 3 miles instead of the usual 11 miles.  Dogs and mushers…

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2016 Pre-Race Vet Check

This morning was the pre-race veterinarian check of the dogs.  The check was held at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.  The veterinarians check over the dogs to make sure that they are healthy and ready to race. Here are a couple of photo’s from the vet check.

 

 

2015 Denali Photo Workshop Recap

 My Alaska Photo Treks 2015 Denali National Park photo workshop/tour was a success. 9 participants enjoyed a total of 8 nights and 7 days on this unique workshop. The workshop was co-led by my business partner, Dan Bailey. We stayed one night in Anchorage and then a night just outside the park entrance at…

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2016 Calendar

Since selling my stock photo agency, Alaska Stock Images, in the fall of 2012, I’ve really been enjoying the freedom to get out, pursue and take my time to photograph the subjects and scenes that inspired me 40 years ago to be a photographer— wildlife, nature, and people adventuring in the outdoors. Sadly, photographing those…

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Glacier Dog Mushing

A couple weeks ago I was asked to do some photography for Knik River Lodge in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley near Anchorage.  A WAY cool location if you’re traveling to Alaska. They offer a helicopter flight seeing trip using Tanalian Aviation with a landing on Colony glacier and a dog mushing ride and tour. My Iditarod…

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#Throwback Thursday 5-21-15

The year was “film days” — sometime in the mid-1990’s. In my mind, I had the idea for many years to make a compelling image for potential commercial stock sales of someone fishing off of a float plane that was sitting on a lake with Mt. McKinley in the background. With the help of my…

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Speaking Symposium

I’m excited to have been asked to give the keynote presentation at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium in Curtis, Michigan September 25-27th, 2015. During this two-hour presentation on Saturday evening the 26th, I will be sharing several hundred images of mushing photos during 3 segments. Of course I’ll be sharing the “back-stories” to many of…

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Personal Workshop

Last week I did a personal, one-on-one photo workshop with a good friend and professional pilot. We were up in the air at sunrise and flew his super cub in a circuitous route over the Chugach mountains. Had a great opportunity to fly nice and slow, with the window open, and make some aerials, which…

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Denali National Park Workshop

Now is the time to plan for a trip to the wild places of Alaska’s Denali National Park with my fall Landscape and Wildlife photo workshop happening August 15-23, 2015. Only 5 spaces are still available! This 8 night/7 day adventure begins and ends in Anchorage. All of your transportation, accommodations and meals are included. On…

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Iditarod Recap

The 2015 Iditarod was an interesting race and photo shoot opportunity for me. The good trail conditions combined with the amount of teams entered (78) made for a shooting frenzy for me each day. The first couple days saw dog teams arriving and leaving one after another at the checkpoints and on the trail between.…

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Adios Unalakleet

We left Unalakleet this morning and are making our way towards the Burled Arch.  This morning was a beautiful morning with the Northern Lights putting on a purple show around 7am.  This was a nice warm up to another beautiful sunrise to welcome the mushers into the checkpoint.  We are now in White Mountain and…

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Windy in Unalakleet

Last night we arrived into Unalakleet with winds over 30mph with blowing snow.  Our Iditarod Air Force Pilot, Jerry, did a flawless job on landing in those conditions.  Once we hit the ground and found a ride to our bed for the night, Jeff went out and took some beautiful photographs from the sunset.  Unalakleet…

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Making our way to the coast.

We left Huslia this morning around 11am and just landed in Kaltag for a quick stop before we head to Unalakleet this evening.  Aaron Burmister was the first one into Unalakleet to claim the Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award.  This is given to the first musher to reach Norton Sound and it is $3,500 in…

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