Carl's Blog

photographic journeys with stories


Mon Jan 01 2018
I saw a lot of travel in 2017, so it would be impossible to cover all of my favorite images from the year. But, I found fifteen images that I think represent a good sampling of some of my favorite images from the year. Read further and enjoy!
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Wed Dec 27 2017
Fifteen years ago, aurora chasing was a lonely exploit, fueled by passion, skill and luck. Today, the influx of digital photography and proliferation of social media and apps have changed the nature of the game, making it much more communal and interactive. This piece explores how different of a world aurora chasing is today.
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Thu Dec 21 2017
There is a lot of planning and effort that goes into a night of aurora chasing. This blog post explores a bit of what it takes to engage in this nocturnal adventure.
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Thu Nov 30 2017
In the "old days," an aurora photographer would have to wait and watch for a good night, not knowing moment-to-moment when the aurora borealis would make a show. Film cameras added challenges, as you would not know that your shots turned out until the film came back from the lab days later. Nowadays, there are a variety of tools available to help predict, chase and shoot the aurora. This blog covers highlights of everything you need to know about chasing and shooting the aurora in the modern age.
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Mon Sep 11 2017
If you have lived long enough, you recall times in our lives, shared moments of profound history, when you remember where you were and what you were doing in those moments. With this blog post, I recall where I was on 9/11; enjoying my first trip to Denali National Park & Preserve.
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Tue Aug 08 2017
People have asked me how it is that I photograph something as massive as a polar bear but also as miniscule as a collared pika. In this post I discuss a bit about why that is and what it takes to cover a broad range of wildlife as a photographer.
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Mon Aug 07 2017
With the ever-expanding Marvel universe, we are all familiar with Origin Stories. They help us to understand the hero's motivation, desires, weakness, and, in Deadpool's case, fetishes. The same can be true for artists. Who we are, where we came from, what drove us down this insane path often wields information about what inspires us, how we do things. So this is my origin story, and a bit on why I do what I do as an artist.
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Mon Aug 07 2017
Photographers often share techniques and locations, or sometimes they don't, as part of demystifying certain aspects of photography as an art or a business. But quite often, that is teaching the theory without teaching the practical. I thought it would be useful to share some of the things that I do just to get ready for a trip.
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Mon Aug 07 2017
Photographers tend to celebrate their successes, sharing their best images and best stories with the public. But at some point in their careers, they make mistakes. I thought it might be useful to share some of my own and a bit of what I have learned.
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Thu Jul 20 2017
The Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska produces nearly half of all the world's Sockeye salmon supply, supporting 14,000 jobs and a $1.5 billion annual industry. It is also the cultural, spiritual and nutritional heart of the 8,000 residents of the region. It is also the home to a massive copper and gold deposit, which could someday boast the largest open pit mine in North America - at the headwaters of the most productive salmon streams in the region. In 2014, the EPA determined that it would impose severe restrictions on any mine, if built, in order to protect the valuable habitat. But on July 11, 2017, the new EPA took the first step to rescind those protections. Read more to learn the full story and what you can do to speak up for this incredible ecosystem.
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