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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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.    

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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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