Catchin’ kings on the Selkie
I recently did a two-day studio photo shoot for a local company, Alaska Sausage and Seafood. I enjoy the creative and collaborative process on the food photography. The creative part for me is the lighting to make the food look its very best. And the collaborative part is what angle is best?, should the parsley be on the left or right?, how do the lemons look best? The client was on hand for that as well as their art director. It was a great two days of shooting and the product that was left for us to consume was simply fantastic. Here’s a few of the images from that shoot including a production shot of the lighting. Sometimes in the photos of the clients’ products, the difference in lighting is so subtle, but yet makes SUCH a huge difference in how well the product is shown. There were times I used a piece of aluminum foil to reflect the light into some shadows that if I had used just a white board, the product would not show nearly as good.
Hiking Alaska is officially 1 year old today! More good news too—the book sold out of the second print run and is headed to the printer for round three.
Thank you to all my family, friends, communities, and hikers across the state for the outpour of support!
You can order the book from my website (link in profile), or local outdoor shops. (Let me know if it’s not at the local shop and we’ll change that ;)
Crusin’ for some halibut in the sunshine ☀️
Drove all the way down toe Girdwood only to realize that the tram doesn’t open until NEXT weekend 😭😭😭 at least Turnagain Arm was beautiful. #girdwood #turnagainarm #alyeska
If Fairbanks has brought me anything ( ok it’s brought me a lot in two years ) it’s the value of community . I spent a year hardcore praying for good deep friendships and he showed UP in an almost overhwhelming way the moment we got here . There is just something about this place that makes us cling together , like there are magnets in our #xtratuffs
Our friend Mrs. Moose-y. She posed for us and everything 💁🏻♀️
Only for a few weeks a year can you drive the Denali road with your own vehicle so you know we took advantage . Unfortunately the snow and clouds totally covered her up and this photo was seconds before we basically got blown over by a freight train of wind. Mile 30 was intense ! Still worth it for good chats and views with a great friend 🙌🏻
This image was shot on a moonless night in the Matanuska Valley. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced SO many stars in the sky and also had such a calm foreground of water to get the reflections like this. It was a magical evening for sure. This image was shot on a Canon 1DX Mark II with a 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens shot at 24mm @ f/2.8 for 20 seconds at ISO 10,000.
Last week I looked up the Aurora forecast and it was supposed to be pretty good. So, my wife Joan and I headed out to the Matanuska Valley to see if they showed up and to photograph them. It won’t be too long before it's too light out to photograph them until Fall. We went to this location along a river with a stunning mountain backdrop. It was a dead-calm night and not very cold either. As I usually do when waiting for the Aurora, I began to make some normal night-sky star images. Joan mentioned that she had not seen this many stars in a LONG time. I didn’t really think there were THAT many stars than what’s usual for a non-moon lit night. But after I reviewed some of the photos I changed my mind - LOTS of stars! I really like the fact that just a few clouds were around. They make for some interesting images.
This image was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 16-35mm f/2.8 III lens shot at 17mm @ f/2.8 for 20 seconds at ISO 10,000.
Looking for a unique Alaskan adventure filled with Brown Bears, Glaciers, and Fall Colors?! I would love to have you join me on this unforgettable photography workshop & tour in 2019! You can read all about this tour on the Photo Tour page of my website via the link in my bio.
I love seeing the sunset right through that break... #sunset
After April the lights pretty much disappear into the midnight sun , so maybe it’s time to stop enjoying all this sleep and stuff 😳 April and September are quite possibly my favorite times in this wild place we get to call home 🌌