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.

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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 ……….

HOW TIME FLIES

Focal Length: 40, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/6

Focal Length: 32, F/Stop: 4.5, Exposure Time: 1/40

In 18 days,….. only 18 days is the difference between fall and winter this last year ….. I’m just trying to show the difference between how fast it can come on and how fast you should get your images ….. I think that during the fall there is ample opportunity for some great and beautiful images to be had before the winter hits ….. but when winter decides to strike, that time limited …. and for last year ….  it was only 18 days

COYOTES IN LAMAR VALLEY

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

There is a set of Coyotes that reside in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. I have photographed these two, many times in all seasons, in Lamar Valley. I have even photographed them as a family with pups. I believe the photographers that spend some time in Yellowstone and have been in the Lamar Valley enough…….. know this same set of coyotes that I am talking about ……….

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

This winter  … as I keep going into the park every day or every other day …… I kept seeing less and less of them as time went on. To the point of not seeing them for 3 weeks and even when I did see them it was so far away that I really couldn’t tell if it was them at all ……….

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

After a while, when I was not seeing them at all ….. I stopped looking for them and started to look for others  a long the Lamar valley road …. not even thinking that in the back of my head I knew they would show up sooner or later. But it really gave me a chance to look for other coyotes and fox …… Fox is the only animal that I really don’t have any  good shots of, so I decided that I was really going to keep an eye out for them and try to get some printable shots…..……..

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

I looked and looked for both coyotes and fox and seen many of both ….. but none of the shots that I was getting day after day amounted to any printable …….. As I decided to head home and turned the truck around, got down the road a bit ……there they were …. My favorite coyote family …… The female saw me and went behind a big bolder, but the male stood his ground only 20 yards away ……..and as he sat there on his warm dirt pile, I took full advantage of this shoot ….. It did not matter if I moved around him to be able to get different backgrounds …… this guy never moved …. like he was trying to pose  ….. and I think he was …. what do you think …………

Silhouettes on the Madison

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 4, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Being back here in Montana and being in Alaska for the past 13 years, I really wanted to get that Elk silhouette image on the Madison River in yellowstone that, as a kid, I used to see all the time in National Geographic Magazines …… and as my father use to show me when he would take me to the park and say ….. “did you bring your browny, so you can get that picture of your elk”. And then I would get that film developed …. and I would look for that one silhouette picture that was not there ….. As a kid I was disappointed … not knowing photography as good as I do now ….. silhouettes, back then, for me was the hardest pictures to take.

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Now days silhouettes are not that hard for me,when you learn how to do them properly. What makes a good silhouette in my opinion is not so much in how you make that image …. but the most important ingredient in that image, I think for that perfect silhouette is the ‘MOOD” in the photograph…… Course this is all in the beholder of the photograph too…..So in these two images …. you be the judge …….. Thanks

“COYOTES AGAIN”

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

I know this is another set of Coyote images……. But lets face it … in my part of the country, sometimes this is the only images you’ll get for some days to come…… and these are my days ……….Anyway …. these images I thought are kinda cool images and it shows how the coyote feels about the snow………. Enjoy