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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about an aurora-related phenomenon called “Steve.” I have photographed Steve several times over the years. I just didn’t know his name.
A retrospective of my favorite images captured in 2016, from Banff National Park in Alberta to the far northeast of Alaska in Kaktovik, chasing polar bears.
As savvy email consumers, we have come to recognize SPAM and scams when we see them. But we have not quite yet become adept at catching click bait on the Internet. One recent example involves a dire warning about 2016 being the last year you can see the aurora borealis. SPOILER ALERT: The aurora isn’t going anywhere.