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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Beauty of Elim, March 12, 2013

Paul Gebhart on the Bering Sea at sunrise after leaving the Elim checkpoint on Tuesday March 12, 2013.Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2013Photo by Jeff Schultz copyright 2013 DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION John Baker on the Bering Sea shortly after leaving the Elim checkpoint on Tuesday March 12, 2013.Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2013Photo by Jeff…

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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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Unalakleet Checkpoint, March 10, 2013

It’s Sunday evening in Unalakleet.  Had a nice, simple, non-turbulent, flight from Kaltag with Mike Swalling.  As we flew over, I noticed race sponsor Penair’s airplane on the tarmac.  And the wind blowing about 20 mph.  I really wanted to get a hard drive of images on the flight, so as soon as we landed…

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Welcome to Unk! March 10, 2013

We spent a few hours in the morning in Kaltag and then hitched a ride with Mike Swalling again to Unalakleet. Check out a couple photos from Kaltag and a few from Unk:

Good Morning Kaltag, March 10, 2013

It’s Sunday morning.  I forgot about the time change, but no worry, the sun will be up at its usual time.  It’s warm here in Kaltag, light snow.  Shot some early morning stuff.  Nice and quiet out there.  Not much press, which is what I like.  Will spend much of today here I imagine, though…

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An Evening in Kaltag March 9, 2013

  Saturday March 9, 2013  evening in Kaltag—  I spent just a few hours in Shageluk shooting before moving on to Kaltag.  Wonderful people there as always.   It was a 3 mile drive to the airport for Erin and I to catch our ride.  We took out 10 dropped dogs in the back of the…

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Following the Yukon from Shageluk to Kaltag March 9, 2013

After helping to load 10 dropped dogs into a pickup truck and then load the same 10 dropped dogs into the back of pilot Jerry Wortley’s plane, we waited a short while for Mike Swalling to pick us up in Shageluk and fly over the mighty Yukon River toward Kaltag.

March 9, 2013, from Iditarod to Shageluk

Saturday March 9, 2013    I was delighted to see the ceiling lifted and the winds calmed down enough for the Iditarod Air Force pilot, Ed Kornfield picked me up from Iditarod.  It was an easy ride, we circled around Shageluk to take a photo of teams resting.  Erin was here and met me and began…

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Friday March 8th early afternoon

It was a beautiful night last night here, clear, warm.  Good for us humans, a bit too warm for the dogs.  I enjoyed shooting the evening shots without gloves.  Had  a great night sleep last night in the old Iditarod checkpoint cabin thanks to long-time volunteer Jim Paulus.   It got more and more windy…

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Thursday March 7, 2013

It’s early evening and I’m in the ghost-town of Iditarod.  Woke up early this morning at Takotna, shot some images just before dawn and then Erin and I flew with Danny Davidson to Iditarod.  The forecast was for really high winds, which we experienced just a bit of turbulence on the way over.  Because of…

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March 7, 2013, Last Morning in Takotna

Jeff went out one final morning in Takotna and got a few photos of teams resting or preparing to leave. Later that morning we caught a plane to Iditarod. More to come.

Goodnight Takotna…March 6, 2013

Pilot Greg Fischer, in orange vest, welcomes a sledload of dropped dogs at the airstrip in on Wednesday March 6, 2013.Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2013Photo by Jeff Schultz copyright 2013 DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION Dropped dogs are loaded onto pilot Greg Fischer’s plane on the Takotna airstrip on Wednesday March 6, 2013.Iditarod Sled Dog…

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Takotna March 6, 2013

After a quick stop in Nikolai, we spent the night in Takotna at the Takotna School. Jeff went to bed early and got up before sunrise to photograph incoming mushers and teams as snow fell on the town. There are about 29 teams resting here, most taking their mandatory 24 hour break. Aaron Burmeister was…

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Rainy Pass March 4 & 5 2013

Tuesday March 5th — Nikolai 5 pm. So I’ve been off-line and out of touch of the normal world as of 1 pm yesterday when I left Rainy Pass with Steve Perrins Jr on a snowmachine for Rohn.  We spent until 7:30 pm on the trail waiting for mushers and looking for good spots.  It…

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