Above the Fog

January 31, 2015 —  It was a clear day in Anchorage and just to the south, along Turnagain Arm, it was quite foggy.  As I drove toward it, I could see the fog ended not very far up.  I thought it’d be a great time to hike up through the fog and get above it. …

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Winter Landscapes

While the weather in Alaska has been quite odd this winter–not much snow, lots of warm weather–when the weather does cooperate I just enjoy driving to a location and hiking to find an interesting composition. Like this one here. It was a cold, crisp day. The sky was clear and temps cold for several nights…

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Turnagain Climbing

I went climbing with a friend, Randy, along the cliffs above Turnagain Arm looking for Sheep last week. No sheep on the climb, but the scenery was just spectacular. I did not notice such a varied light difference while viewing the scene. But then, when I shot this image and looked at the LCD it…

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Turnagain Sunburst

Here’s another shot from along the Turnagain Arm, this time featuring a beautiful sunburst. This was a 37 second exposure with a 10-stop neutral density filter and a 2 stop hard-edge split neutral density filter. 17mm at F/22 on a Canon 5D-mark III body.

Turnagain Again

Once again I succumb to the Turnagain Arm majesty. It’s a GREAT place to shoot and SO close to home! This time it’s just before sunset a couple weeks ago. I stopped along the roadway because I liked what the clouds were doing. As I walked a few dozen yards I saw these stark trees…

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Turnagain Arm

I think Turnagain Arm, just south of Anchorage proper, is one of the most target-rich environments for photographers. It’s all there… water, mountains, wildlife, flowers and more. Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh (as in Captain Bligh) when he served as Captain Cook’s sailing master looking for the Northwest Passage and had to “turn…

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Sunrise Sky Harbor

This morning I’m in my home-office, in the middle of sending an e-mail and look out to the south. I could see one small band of pink clouds on the horizon and a band of clear blue sky behind it. Without even thinking I told my assistant “I’ll be back”. Still in my lightweight house…

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Denali Workshop

I am REALLY excited to announce my fall Denali National Park Workshop. This year I’ll be leading a small group of like-minded photographers on a longer trip— 7 full days and 8 nights. It includes transportation from Anchorage, stops along the way, and the way back at some unique locations I’ve found over the years.…

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Ice Water Creek

It’s all in the motion … I spent a few hours looking for images along local Campbell Creek. I just enjoy my time alone looking for nature art. I found this area where the ice had formed over some rocks as the water slid over and around them. This is a good example of using…

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The Seward Highway Moon

We recently had a full moon on a nice clear night. I was out early at 4 am to photograph the moonlight on the snow-covered mountains around Turnagain Arm. I used both long and short exposures for various affects.  I used a 30 second exposure on images where I wanted to show the car head…

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The Eagle River Moon

I’ve been driving around the Anchorage municipality area a lot lately, scouting for new locations to make photos which show off the beauty of this place many of us call home. I’m doing this for my newest project— an annual Anchorage calendar. The Eagle River area is a fantastic place. Lots of big mountain peaks…

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Moon Shots

I think there is something way intriguing about the moon and stars.  For me, it’s a wonderful experience to be out at dusk, dark and dawn as they fill the sky. Recently I was driving on the Seward Highway at dusk as a crescent moon was setting, with beautiful reflection off of Turnagain Arm.  I…

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Sled Dog Racing Photo Workshop & Tour

I was pleased to see a very nice article in Endless Vacation Magazine about my Winter Dog Mushing & Aurora Photo Tour and Workshop.  It’s in late January, 2015 during the “Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race”. This is the type of photo tour and workshop I’ve always wanted to do——  Big-name mushers enter this…

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Potter's Marsh

Last night, with the sky clear and the air crisp, I took the opportunity to shoot the migrating Trumpeter Swans at the local Potter’s Marsh. Myself and at least a dozen other photographers were doing the same thing. The cool thing is that the swans were very close. I even had some decent shots with…

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Fall Landscape Workshop

Fall is in full swing here and the night sky is back after a few months of 24-hour daylight. Winter is not too far off. I’ve been posting a lot of my recent fall landscape stuff and night stars. Just a while ago I decided to offer a one-day fall landscape and evening sky workshop…

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South Fork of Eagle River

These past few days I spent some time hiking several trails in and around Anchorage.  Here is a fall landscape shot I did of the South Fork of Eagle River and the valley it transects.  Lots of people were out hiking this day, berry picking, fishing in the lakes at the head of the valley…

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Eielson Visitor Center

Last week, on my bus ride out from doing a photo workshop at the Kantishna Roadhouse, we stopped at the Eielson Visitor Center. The mountain was out, so I took the opportunity to have my photo taken next to a panoramic photo showing names of the various peaks in the Alaska Range. That panoramic photo…

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Eklutna Lake

I’ve been continuing on my venture of photographing sights around the Anchorage area. I shot a whole bunch over the long weekend. Here’s a couple images from the Eklutna Lake area just north of Anchorage. This lake is where Anchorage gets its drinking water. It’s surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and is a very popular…

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Denali Park Workshop

I spent the past 5 days in Denali National Park. Over 6 MILLION acres of wilderness. It’s really an incredible place and SO diverse. Three of the five days were spent at the Kantishna Roadhouse with a group of 8 photographers who were participating in my Alaska Photo Treks — Denali Photography Workshop. On our…

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The Arctic Thunder Air Show

This weekend was the Arctic Thunder Air Show here in Anchorage at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Not something I’ve been to since taking our son to it when he was little (many, many years ago) but I wanted to document it as it relates to a project I’m doing on “Anchorage & Vicinity”. So instead of going…

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Hidden Lake Creek

When I was first getting into photography–like 1973-ish, one of my absolute favorite subjects was photographing streams and waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and elsewhere and making the water appear silky with a long exposure. Back then I was happy with the water at one-second exposure. As I became a professional I shot less and…

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Wrangell St. Elias National Park Photo Tour 2014

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to lead a photo tour/workshop with Dr. Mike McNamara and his daughter Shannon in the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains and National Park at Ultima Thule Lodge. Just like the National Park it takes place in, this tour is so very unique because of the variety of terrain we…

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Weekend Kayaking

I spent this past weekend with dozen guys on a men’s retreat kayaking in Prince William Sound.  There were crazy wet and rolling waves and one great calm, mostly sunny day on The water.  Took time for some nature photos too.