Posts from the ‘Alaska’ Category

Tunnel Vision

Focal Length: 800, ISO 400, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/250

In this image…. This is what I’m seeing…… Sometime when I’m photographing bears in Alaska ……… This is all I see through the view finder…… Then I have to slap myself and get back into the game of photography the way it should be …….. SAFETY FIRST…….

I’ll be leaving Montana in 7 days to move permanently back home to Alaska, where I will be photographing my bears again…. But this time I’m not only going to photograph bears …… I will be photographing “Alaska” in all her beauty.

Jumping in

Focal Length: 400, ISO 640, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/500

Sorry for not keeping up with my blog but I have a good reason …. just like the image shows,I’m jumping back into Alaska….. that’s right, I’m moving back to Alaska for good, and I have a lot that I’m doing to get ready for the move.. but for any one that has moved before there is a lot that goes into it, and it’s even bigger when your moving from Montana back to Alaska. But more than that I am getting excited more and more everyday, so that I can get back photographing bears…… As everyone knows, my forte is Bears…… So I have 9 days till I’m on the road again to Alaska…… I am also going to stop off in Banff, Canada for a photo-shoot. So by the time I get to Alaska…. it will be the first of June. I will try to keep up this blog as I move.

My Favorite Top 10 Eagle images

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/5,000

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/5,000

Focal Length: 180, ISO 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/4,000

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/3,200

I just thought that I would post for your enjoyment, 10 of my favorite Eagle images that I have taken in the past years. As all of you that know me and have been following my blog ….. I am moving back to Alaska come this May, so that I can continue getting some more exciting images of eagles and any other wildlife that crosses the path of my lens……

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/6,400

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/6,400

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

As I have said before in older posts ….Eagles …… for me as a photographer, are the hardest birds to photograph. In part because of the type of image that I’m looking for. I’m not looking for that, in-flight, fish grabbing, mundane image …. the one that every photographer gets. I’m NOT saying that Photographers that take those shot are not any good or even great images …. they are in their own right ….. I’m just looking for that different look that it seems no one else seems to be able to get …….

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 11, Exposure Time: 1/250

Photographing Eagles is fun in it’s self. But it also can very challenging, if you make it that way …. and that’s the way I choose to make it “challenging”. I want to take my photography where no one else can or will. I am not a Techno-type of photographer …. I am more of your hands-on type of photographer with 25 years of experience. I love photography, especially wildlife and nature photography. I want to share my view of Wildlife and Nature images and to be able to show everyone, that there is another dynamic to wildlife and the world we live in …. You just have to push that envelope  …. and you’ll get there ………

The Kenai River

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/200

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/200

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/250

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/200

The Kenai is Alaska’s most famous river and is best known for its runs of giant King Salmon or(Chinook).The world record King was taken here in 1985 and weighed over 97 pounds. Many consider Silvers to be the best of the salmon species to target with a fly.Joining the Upper Kenai at river mile seven is the world-renowned Russian River. This is the most famous salmon fishing location in the world. To get to the Kenai/Russian River Confluence can be through the Russian River Campground or by taking the Russian River Ferry across the Kenai. When the sockeye are running strong in mid summer, expect to see hundreds of anglers trying to land these tasty salmon at the Kenai/Russian confluence or combat fishing as Alaskans call it. Along with Kenai’s fish, the Kenai River is home to other wildlife, including moose, bears, and different species of birds. In the spring,Beluga Whales have been seen as far as six miles upstream from the mouth of the river to feed on schools of spawning Hooligan fish. I think what I’m really trying to say is that along with being able to fish the most famous river in the world, so do the bears ….. As you can see from these 5 images, it is quite possible that you will be fishing along side these bears …. if you decide to go and fish this famous river …. The Kenai.

The Iditarod

Jeff King

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

Martin Buser

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

DOG

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 7.1, Exposure Time: 1/3,200

Dee Dee Jontowe

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

Lance Mackey

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

Well ….. here it is again ….. “The Last Great Race” Alaska’s Super Bowl of sports …. and I missed it again for the second time in my life and  the only thing that comes to mind is Johnny Hortons song “NORTH TO ALASKA”. I won’t miss it ever again, so in a kind of a tribute to the GREAT RACE ……. here are some images that I took of the race the last time I was in Alaska and they are ….. to me the M.V.P.”s of the race.

DENALI WOLVES

Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/400

When I go to Denali N. P., which is like a lot, all year around ….. I really look for the wolves. I think in all the years that I have been going there, I can count on one hand how many times I have seen them in the park and only half of that, have I seen them up close …. close enough for good images.Most of the wolves that you do see have collars and that doesn’t make for very good images on most occasions.

Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

As I got about half way between the park entrance and Teklanika rest stop, which was the end of the road for that time of the year …… I seen this wolf down in a ravine from my truck and he was sorta a long ways aways. But he was traveling down that ravine towards the road that I was on, only to get to him, I had to follow this windy road around the mountain side … I timed it just right for as I got there, he was coming through the brush and up on this snow bank as I started taking my photos of him. As he left and I started going back through the images that I took …… To my surprise, in his mouth was some meat that he was carrying, that I didn’t even see through my view finder as I was snapping away ….. this was great

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,000

This image of this wolf was taken through the front window of the bus that I was on as I went to Denali and took the shuttle bus to Wonder lake. The whole pack was laying around on the road for about 20 minutes as we stopped and waited to see if they would get up and move and as they did, this one wolf walked toward the bus as the others got off the road. The only way to get this shot was to take it through the front window of the bus and at first I didn’t think it would come out, but it did even if it’s a little soft on focus because of the front windshield.

 

Around The Corner …. “SPRING”

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/250

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/160

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

Well !!!!! ………… It’s not long now and spring will be here …. and for me that means “Alaska”, here I come. I love spring. It means new life and better times ahead and that’s what it means to animals too. These baby gull chick’s think so too,I believe ……. I also know that they are hungry ……. I love photographing babies of all kinds and for me, spring gives me that ability to really get into my passion of photography strong and hard. Sometimes it can really get scary to photograph babies …… especially with their mothers around. I think though  …. if you just keep your distance and be as quiet as you can, you can get those cute images that your striving for ….. and everyone benefits from that ……….