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Pondering the Question
January 19, 2023

One of the evils of the digital age is that professional nature or landscape photographers have to respond to the question, “Is that Photoshopped?” There are two problems with the question. One problem relates to meaning...

Photographing in the
April 30, 2021

There comes a time when we transition from winter to spring. In the time between the last snow melting and the trees starting to bud, things can be brown. Trash starts to show after a winter of hiding under the snow, decorating highway medians and lake shores...

Top Ten Mistakes
January 31, 2021

There is no simple rule to photography in the broad sense of the art, or the business. There are techniques, specifications, rules of composition, elements of design, digital flow practices, and all manners of guidance to discrete aspects of photography...

Why I Love Winters in Alaska
January 24, 2021

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 have more often than not had unusually warm winters in Alaska as of late...

Making a Photographic Bucket List
December 20, 2020

We are all familiar with the concept of a "Bucket List." But how many of us have actually written one down?

For years, I have had conversations with people, from friends to guests on my tours or workshops, of my Alaska Photo Bucket List...

Why the Long Reflection?
December 13, 2020

I was giving a webinar through the North American Nature Photography Association on how to chase and photograph the aurora borealis. During the Q&A, someone asked why one image had stars that were casting a long reflection, rather than a pinpoint of light...

How to Do Star Trails, Old and New
December 11, 2020

On those clear starry nights when I am out searching for the aurora borealis, but no lights come out to play, I like to make sure that the effort of being out late and freezing my tuchus off is still worthwhile...

How to Chase and Shoot the Aurora
December 10, 2020

Alaskans tend to take advantage of their long days in the summer by getting out and hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. We savor the opportunity to have six hours of sunlight to enjoy on a weekday after the work day is done...