Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunset over Turnagain Arm

Mt. Spur on Fire

The Never Ending Sunset

Sunset over Alpenglow

Looking back at Portage Valley

View of Pyramid Peak and Seattle Creek

Sunnyside on a beautiful day

I know I promised ski pictures, but quite honestly I haven't taken too many I'm proud of for the season. The sunset over Turnagain Pass on Sunday Dec. 6 lasted about an hour as I kept driving north from from Girdwood it just kept getting richer and more vibrant. By the time I reached the weigh station Mt. Spur was submerged in fiery waves of clouds and there were probably 8 other people with tripods all lined up. I wouldn't be surprised to see these pictures another blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Random pictures from the last few months.

Tall grass along West Chester Lagoon

Chilkoot Charlie's Windmill, Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK

Someone's yard downtown

Sleeping Lady Sunset over West Chester Lagoon

Kara and Justin

Julie and Aaron

Little Mia

The summer went by fast. I'm still in denial that its past, but the cold rainy days are a quick reminder that summer is long gone. This photographic journey is quite random, but it sums up some of my favorite picture from the last few months. The tall grass has no real significance, but I took it specifically to play around with in Lightroom and wash it out. It just feels relaxing. Something I'm currently having trouble doing.

The next few pictures were taken all in the down town area of Anchorage near my old apartment on Spenard. The weather this summer was amazing and I often found myself riding my bike around in the evenings waiting for the light to get good.

Kara and Justin are friend from Idaho who just recently moved to Anchorage. They asked me to take their picture before their baby was born and so I took them down to West Chester for an hour of shooting. Although its a bit cheesy, this picture is one of my favorites of them.

Julie and Aaron were just married in early September in Girdwood. They must have had one of the most beautiful early fall days I've ever seen. Although I don't know them very well I couldn't help keeping my finger on the shutter release - it was just too beautiful. The whole entire day.

Mia is their niece and she was just a doll. I must have taken 20 pictures of her that day and this one was just priceless.

It might be awhile before you see another post. I am maxed out with work and taking classes and the weather is quite marginal these days - which dampen my motivation for carrying my camera around. I'm visualizing my next post will have lots of white stuff and squiggly lines from the first tracks of the season.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Congratulations Rob and Holly

A Toast to Rob and Holly



Groomsmen get adventurous

The Wedding Party on an amazing sunny day at Alpenglow Ski Area

Rob and Holly

The Dance Party

I have to give a big thanks to Holly and Rob for asking me to shoot their wedding. What a great opportunity to push my photographic skills in a new direction. I admit the wedding party was a tad bit challenging... maybe an understatement... but I appreciate their endurance while I frantically moved people around, fooled around with my meter, and tromped them all over the tundra of Arctic Valley. I'm pretty pleased with the results, considering this was my first attempt from start to finish to document an entire wedding. What a fun group of people... all 350 of them. You sure know how to throw an Alaskan Party!

Friday, July 10, 2009

50 years of Jumping Smoke in Alaska

On June 5th 2009 the Alaska Smokejumpers celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a few practice jumps for the public to watch.

I have to admit this job sure looks like a lot of fun. I think paragliding might be in my future...

A curious spectator approaches after a jumper completes his landing with a roll

Friday, June 19, 2009

Poppy Explosion

Usually I don't like to post two images that are so similar, but I couldn't decide which one I liked more. They are both so unusual with the single poppy just before its about to bloom and the silhouette of a tree in the background that looks more like a dancing figure. The only difference being the position of the poppy to the tree and the mood set by the direction the figure in the tree appears to be looking. The image above seems very open and curious and the one below seems a little bashful.

Both pictures were taken at ISO 250, 1/100 of second at F4.8 with the above shot at 50mm and the one below at 70mm. I intentionally overexposed about 4 stops to get the full color and detail of the poppy just before it was about to "pop." The orange circles on the tree are a result of lens flare because of the back lit situation. The lens flare being "a happy accident" especially after I manipulated the black tones and color saturation in Adobe Lightroom to bring out the orange/blue lens flare and enhance the color of the poppy.

I have always liked the look of over-exposing my subjects when they are back lit. Give me an hour with my camera in a field of poppies and this is what you get. Maybe this is the view Dorthy had in the Wizard of Oz just before she fell asleep.

There's nothing quite like a Lens Baby when shooting flowers or babies. I love this look. If you've never heard of a Lens Baby, google it. Its a great lens to have in your camera bag tricks depending on what kind of look you're going for. It does require some patience and trial and error, but once you get the hang of focusing and setting your exposures the affects are pretty fun. It basically bends and distorts a portion of the image while keeping another portion of the image in focus.

As a child I remember this apricot tree and the poppies around it, but 25 years have passed and the neighbor who owns this property now has let the poppies run wild in his yard. I was lucky to be visiting my parents over Memorial Day weekend as they began to bloom, and couldn't resist the fun shapes and vibrant colors. Peaceful Valley, Spokane, WA. 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Patagonia Icefield November 2006

Shuttling our last load up the ablation zone of the Marconi Glacier, Patagonia

An Argentine group of eight on one rope traverses through the debris on an ice fall to avoid a small crevasse. "pelgro. zona de avalanchas de seracs."

Whiteouts, ground blizzards and blowing snow became the theme of our trip

Ryan Hokanson, kiting around Circo De Los Altares. This was only our second day of nice weather in ten days.

Jason Kwiakowski, puting the kite away after the winds died down

Cerro Torre

Storm Day, Matte?

South American Dreams

Cerro Torre, Patagonia Argentina

Lima, Peru

Punta Del Diablo, Uruguay

Two months ago I started sorting through some old slides and rediscovered some wonderful images that I took shortly before I made the switch to digital. I did a pretty aggressive edit and narrowed my selection to about 25 slides from a three month trip through Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru and promptly had them scanned. Excited about my rediscovery I immediately started touching them up, removing dust and scratches, turning some black and white, and even managed to get one on the cover of Western Mountaineering's 2009 Catalog.

... but every time I opened my blog I just didn't know what to say. I couldn't think of a single word I wanted to share about those experiences. Almost as if each picture was so far away, so far from where I am now, that they almost felt like a series of little dreams. Each picture so rich and beautiful, so full of textures, almost like I had imagined them... yet so vastly different than my most prominent memories from that trip. Where was the picture of Jason and I on our hands and knees as we crawled behind an old lift shack on Cathedral Mountain trying to escape 80 mile an hour winds? Where was the picture of me hanging 10 feet in a crevasse with my sled teetering on the lip, because I had failed to attach a prusik. Where's the picture of that stuffy little hostel room where I spent fours days fighting a respiratory infection and dysentery in Peru? It's so interesting to look through these pictures and realize what an amazing place I was in, and how my state of mind was so detached from those experiences, like I wasn't even there in the first place.

So my two month case of writers block continues... and my lucid South American dreams weave together what was a pretty incredible journey.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Skiing the Selkirks, BC... Valkyr Style

Simply Beautiful

Girls Day

Brooke Practicing for the Worlds

Heart Pass

Boys Day

Rory kicks off a small slab

Hiking out of Viking

Rory Camm

Gwen and Brooke

Brooke Edwards