Posts from the ‘Alaska’ Category

Kodiak Bears, Kamchatka Dreams

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/500

I have had the pleasure to be able to photograph bears from all over the U.S, including all over Alaska …… and I have been able to take some award winning Bear images from these travels ….. but I think that the Coastal Browns of Kodiak Island are among some of the best bear images that I have taken ….. so far. They are also some of the biggest bears that I have encountered. I have seen some that can be measured around 10 to 13 feet tall (when standing up) and the weight in the neighborhood of around 1200 pounds.

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/640

As a photographer I get to be able to have that freedom to be able to see them do what bears do ….. and I will tell you, as for me I think the bigger they are the funnier they get …… I mean ……c’mon …..bears are totally funny anyway doing nothing but laying down playing with there feet trying to get some sleep ….. just like a child …..know what I mean. When they get together sometimes and play with each other is the best …… then when the Salmon season is over and the smell of winter is in the air, thats when the fun stops ….. and bears just seem to be able to change their demeanor on a dime and be able to let the bear they just got through playing with 5 minutes back, have it with one sweep of that large paw of theirs.

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 9, Exposure Time: 1/500

The desire that I have to photograph bears is something that I have had ever since I became a photographer 25 years ago ….. and theres a place that is on my 2011 photography planner for me to go this year to photograph bears and that place is Kamchatka, Russia …….. http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2011/02/14/pure-nature-of-kamchatka/ I want to see the biggest Coastal Brown bears in the world and all the live volcanoes one would ever want to see. I also want to see some of the most beautiful, untouched wilderness in the world ….. But the bears are what I’m really wanting to see and photograph …. I will keep you posted on this adventure  ………..

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A FINE BALANCING ACT

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

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

When you have a lot of eagles around and very few places to land other than the ground, it becomes a Fine Balancing act to see how many eagles can land on the same stump or pole or evan a branch ….. trust me ….. eagles have this King of the mountain view of their favorite places to land and in these two images it shows just what I’m talking about.

Great Blue Heron

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

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

These two Great Blue Herons images I took in Alaska …more exact Potters Marsh, just south of Anchorage Ak. Alaska doesn’t get that many GBHs, but they do show up every now and again and this GBH showed up at potters marsh early one morning as the sun was coming up over the church Mountains. There had been forest fires in the area, so with the smoky haze in the air …. it made the red glow magnify all that much more and it made the GBH look a little redder than it should look ….. hope you like

Alaskan Beauty

Focal Length: 28, F/Stop: 10, Exposure Time: 1/200

This image was taken in the early spring at about 4;30 in the evening …. This is a sunset image over the mountain the Alaskans call The legend of “The Sleeping lady”. Mount Susitna.  You can read more about the “The Sleeping lady” here at http://www.borealisbroadband.net/vid-hilton1.htm …………..  You can see her from Anchorage most anytime if the weather is clear …………

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Denali ……. This image of Denali (The Great one) or Mt Mckinley was taken Early one morning in the late fall. A very beautiful day was on the way. I have taken so many images of her and not one is the same. If you would like to learn more about Mt Mckinley, I suggest you look here at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/354958/Mount-McKinley ….. and please come see the Mountain of a thousand different views ………

“WINTER” Alaska Style

Focal Length: 28, F/Stop: 9, Exposure Time: 1/200

Winters in Alaska are not like winters any where else in the world, at least to me. I have been a lot of places, in a lot of different conditions in my life time. Some might be harsher in weather and worse than others ….. but thats not what I’m talking about …… What I’m talking about is the beauty……. The beautiful scenes that come from Alaska in the winter time are like no other. the only other places that I can say that come close is either Iceland or Switzerland and I’ve been to both countries in the winter and I find them coming in 2nd and 3rd place to Alaska………

Focal Length: 28, F/Stop: 4, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

In Alaska….. there are also many, many places to go to find gorgeous scenery to photograph in the winter and summer months … the possibilities are endless. I do have to say though, there will be a lot of flying to do to get to some of these remote places to photograph but the cost of that plane ride is well worth the money and trip. …… but sometimes even right out of Anchorage and some of the other towns, you can find plenty of gorgeous scenery to photograph………..

Focal Length: 195, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

I think one reason for why images come out the way they do is because of the light …….. with Alaska being almost at the top of the world …. the morning and evening light …. yes I’m talking about that so called “SWEET LIGHT” stays a live 3 to 4 times longer than it does anywhere in the lower 48 states ……. and the atmosphere is so much cleaner than it is in the lower 48 too……

Focal Length: 36, F/Stop: 3.5, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Soooooo………. If you love taking beautiful scenery Images, plus to be able to find out and enjoy what “SWEET LIGHT” is ….. to know what clean air is and to be able to see clean air in your images ….. you might try going up to Alaska and give a try at seeing what you can find for photographic opportunities ….. Remember…..the opportunities are endless, beautiful and well worth it……

“KENAI ALASKA”

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“ALASKA” …… where do I start when it comes to talking about Alaska. I know there has been sooooooo many articles written about Alaska and that’s why I say ….. where do I start …… I’m not what you call a native, or a life long resident ( 20 years or more ) of Alaska …. but I think I can talk about Alaska in a way that ….. you’ll see my perspective on Alaska after living there for close to 14 years, and one unique  place  that I feel a special bond with and that’s ….. “THE KENAI”.

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

Alaska is in my opinion one of the most breath taking, beautiful, exciting places I have ever been to in my life. It is said that when you go to Alaska ….” you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it”, … there’s no in-between in that thought. So Alaska is what your going to make of it and a lot of that is going to depend on your life style. People that make up Alaska are a hardy, Hard core, rough and rugged individuals, and have to be that way because of the elements that are “Alaska”. But in the same way …. the people are warm, welcoming, generous, and willing to help you with anything that comes about.

Focal Length: 200, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/200

I know that there is a lot of people that love different areas in Alaska, and for them that is great …. but the place I love the most is the “KENAI” peninsula area. All the way from Seward Ak. to the Homer spit and every patch of ground in between. There’s not hardly any place I haven’t been on the Kenai peninsula, that I haven’t floated, flew,4 wheeled, walked, or hiked. For me as a professional wildlife photographer, I have to go to areas of Alaska that I can find an abundance of animals that I am looking for  and the Kenai has that number………

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/4,000 – image 948

The rest of the state has a good number of animals but maybe not what I’m looking for. When I go looking for those animals then it’s not but a short drive (by Alaskan standards ) to get there but most of the wildlife that I look for is on the Kenai.

Focal Length: 24, F/Stop: 4, Exposure Time: 1/15 – image BWP17839

If you ever decide to go to my beautiful state to see the wildlife or the scenery or to just be able to go there because you just wanted to …. please visit the whole state …. see how you like it …. then visit the Kenai peninsula last …. and you’ll be glad that you did, for I promise you ….. that’s where you’ll have the most fun ….. just like the Kenai Discovery Guide says …… (Which my Image is on the 2011 front cover) …… this is Alaska’s PlayGround .