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.
photographic journeys with stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When thinking of what sort of trip I wanted to take to celebrate 50 years on this planet, the thing that came to mind was a multi-day dog mushing trip. In Scandinavia. My wife, Michelle, was up for the adventure. We Googled to find a website that connected us with a tour operator in Sweden. It was a hard-working adventure into South Lapland.
We don’t have any human children, so our family consists of children in the feline variety. Amidst the various losses we have had in our human family recently, we had to add to that sadness when we recently had to say goodbye to one of our kitties, Kobuk.
For people around the world, Alaska is on their bucket list for travel destinations. But what’s on the bucket list for Alaskans? If you ask around, one name might come up time and again – the Sheldon Mountain House. Well, after years of dreaming to go there, this Alaskan finally knocked that destination off his list.
Digital photography today seems focused on speed, size, technical gimmickry, and everything but the science behind capturing an image. The explosion of the digital industry, along with the proliferation of social media, has driven this tendency to leave behind the fundamentals of photography in favor of just capturing images. With this blog post, I explore the most fundamental thing anyone needs to know in order to create good images – how to see light.