Carl's Blog

photographic journeys with stories

Sat Feb 10 2018
It seems like every time I go to Sweden to photograph dog mushing, I get this question. It started last year when Michelle and I went to Slussfors, Sweden to go on a backcountry dog mushing trip with Petter Karlsson Sleddogs. We were their first visitors from Alaska. And this year, when I returned, I had a few people ask me again, "You have dog mushing in Alaska. Why come all the way to Sweden?" I suppose that is a good question.
Wed Jan 24 2018
Photographing the night sky has long been a part of the landscape photographer's experience. One of the creative ways to express the night sky is to create an image of star trails, a result of the Earth rotating against the constant position of the stars. This blog post explores the traditional ways to create star trail images, as well as some new tools.
Mon Jan 08 2018
I see on the news and social media a general hysteria about winter temperatures and conditions in the Lower 48, and I chuckle to myself a bit. We wish we had winter like that up here, we Alaskans generally say to ourselves. Winter is the off season for tourism in Alaska, unless you include tourism related to the aurora borealis. And most out-of-state photographers do not bother to come here in the winter. It is fine with me that fewer people visit here, including photographers, in the wintertime. It helps me to enjoy this amazing season even more.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.