February 27, 2014

It’s crunch time. Yesterday began with a 6:30am departure from the office to set up for the Musher’s Meeting at the Millenium Hotel. Finding mushers and getting them to sit for their portrait this time of year, so close to the Iditarod race start, is a bit like herding cats. However, all portraits were captured!…

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Iditarod Dogs Get Their Vet Check

It’s pretty busy here at Jeff Schultz Photography! We are less than three days from the 2014 Ceremonial Iditarod start in Anchorage. I spent the morning photographing the ‘Vet Check’ at Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska. Volunteer veterinarians, some from as far away as Australia, gave the dogs thorough examinations to be sure they are…

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My Surreal Experiences in Russia for the Volga Quest

I was asked to be the official photographer of a new sled dog race in Russia, a long distance race of 637 kilometers and much of it along the HUGE Volga River. You can read all about the idea behind the race at: http://volgaquest.com/en. I asked to have an English-speaking interpreter and guide with me.…

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Eagle River Valley

Earlier this week, in the sub-zero cold, I was out at the Eagle River Nature Center for a couple hours. The Valley is so spectacular and diverse. The mountains are steep, rugged and awe inspiring and the stream running through it next to the trail is so very peaceful. I enjoyed my time there as…

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Iditarod Time

Yes, the Iditarod start is almost 3 full months away, March 1st.  BUT preparations are beginning behind the scenes now. This past Tuesday night over 20 of the best bush pilots in Alaska met for the first of several pre-race Iditarod Air Force planning meetings. I was there to photograph their “mug shots” for use…

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Snow Stock Shoot in the Studio – Behind the Scenes

A couple weeks ago my stock agency, Alaska Stock Images, sent out a call to photographers for an up close portrait of a woman with snow on her face in a snowing situation. I didn’t have anything like it in my files, and I felt challenged to get something. Haley, my office assistant, jumped at…

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There's no place like Nome

Last week I was in Nome and Gambell on an assignment.   I spent one day in Gambell and 3 nights and two days in Nome. I’ve never spent this much time in Nome in the summer  and was able to visit several locations in Nome that I’ve photographed during the end of the Iditarod. I’ve…

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Shooting Great Food

In the next couple weeks I’ll be going out to Tutka Bay Lodge for the second time this summer to do some photography for my good friends, Carl and Kirsten Dixon, owners of the lodge. My first trip out there over a month ago was a great time. That’s what all these photos are from;…

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Westchester Behind the Scenes

On the last day of July, I had the pleasure of going with Jeff on his recent adventure to Westchester Lagoon. The goal of the evening was to photograph at least five strangers in the park, so we set out that evening to shoot. Being the intern, my job for shoots such as this one…

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An Evening at Westchester

What was formerly Chester creek running through town, Westchester Lagoon here in Anchorage has been a wonderful escape from the urban landscape since the early 1970’s. Thousands of people use this wonderful area of land year ‘round.    Summer finds residents and visitors, biking, skateboarding,  rollerblading, walking or jogging on one of Anchorage’s many  paved bike…

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Rainy Pass Lodge in the Summer

I have been to the Rainy Pass checkpoint on Puntilla Lake many times in my 33 years photographing the Iditarod and spent many nights there.  The race was “frozen” there in 1985 and I was stuck there for many days that year. The Rainy Pass area, both around the lodge and outside of it, is…

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Yarn Bombing – What Bombing?

Yes, you read it right. I said yarn bombing. I’m guessing a handful of people have heard of this, most not. Here’s my story…and I’m sticking to it. My wife Joan and I were recently in Colorado. Having never been in that part of Colorado before, we decided to drive over 12,096 feet through Independence…

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June Alaska Magazine Cover

One of my favorite subjects (besides Iditarod dogs) is airplanes. I am blessed to have a number of friends with airplanes and all are gracious and willing to take the time to “pose” their airplane for photos. Such is the case of the image on the cover of June issue of Alaska Magazine. This is…

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Spring airplane shoots

It’s been a great week with great weather and good friends with planes.  Spring is such a great time here in Southcentral Alaska.   Long days and often times quite clear.   I did a couple photo shoots with of my friend Bill Mayer’s 185 and different shots with my friend Ward Hurlburt’s super cub. First Bill…

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March 22, 2013 — From Sled Dogs to Gourmet Dogs

A couple days after being back at home from my journey of trekking over 900 miles on the Iditarod Trail and looking for interesting & exciting images of sled dogs, I did a full-day studio shoot for Alaska’s top fish and game processor — Alaska Sausage and Seafood.     As this was going to be…

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Saturday in Nome

It’s Saturday in Nome.  The last couple days has been spent mostly editing the 10,000 plus photos taken during the race, getting them captioned and sorted for the www.iditarodphotos.com website as well as putting together my annual slide show that will be shown at the Iditarod volunteer potluck dinner next week in Anchorage.  It’s been a brain-drain…

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Jeff in Action

My little tribute to Jeff Schultz. This is Jeff’s 33rd year photographing the Iditarod and he’s a man who knows everyone and how to get things done. I was privileged enough to join him for my first and his 33rd adventure and get to experience real life in Alaska, meet all the wonderful and friendly…

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Mitch Seavey Wins the 2013 Iditarod

It’s 1:45 am on Wednesday in Nome.  Been a long race, good times, lots of running around.  Took a pile of rides on a sno-go today out of Elim and got some shots I really like.  Pilot Bill Mayer picked Erin and I up in Elim and we did some aerial photos on the way…

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Morning in Elim, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday March 12, 2013— Elim, Alaska    —   It’s clear crisp day here in Elim.  0 degrees this morning.  I like the shots I got this morning of Pete Kaiser leaving and was blessed to have someone loan me a sno-go to get around.  Elim is a beautiful place and I got to see my friend…

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Arriving in Elim Monday, March 11, 2013

Jeff and I were headed into the village of Elim, having just got off a plane and jumped on a four-wheeler, when we noticed a huge cloud of billowing smoke a little way from the checkpoint. Suddenly, we were surrounded by snowmachines and people running in and out of the checkpoint – the checkpoint in…

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Unalakleet, Monday, March 11, 2013

Unalakleet —  7 below zero here this morning.  I was happy to have a nice early breakfast with my friends the Ekenweilers.  As usual, they loaned me their snowmachine and I went out before the sunrise and throughout the sun rising to shoot some nice stuff I think.  I am SO grateful for their generosity,…

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