Grinnell Glacier reflection in Lake Josephine

Photography 101: Landscape

Landscape

Deserts, Oceans, Mountains, Lakes, Streams, Grassy Plains, and Glaciers. No matter the wild landscape– I love it so!

 

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Salmon Swimming Abstract

Photography 101: Swarm

For a couple of weeks every July, the Salmon swarm at the mouth of Alaskan freshwater streams as they get ready to lay their eggs and die in the same place they were born. Laser counters placed underwater count the fish as they enter freshwater rivers from the ocean. Last year, in just one day, over 200,000 salmon swam (swarmed?) into the Kenai River.

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Salmon Swarm

Salmon Swimming Abstract

An abstract extended exposure of Red Salmon swimming just below the surface of a shallow freshwater stream, Juneau, Alaska.

Glacier Calving

Photography 101: Moment

Breaking Point – Glacial ice calving, Alaska.

Glacier Calving

I’ve been on a few trips to photograph glaciers now, and if there is one thing I’ve learned when attempting to photograph the unpredictable moment of glacial calving, it’s that to do so you’ll need all of your senses in tune.

Here are a few tips to capture a moment like this:

High Speed Drive. To capture a photograph like mine above, first and foremost, make sure your camera is set to high-speed drive. When the magic starts to happen, you want to be able to take multiple shots subsequently to ensure that you capture the perfect moment.

Choose as lens and stick to it. This photograph was shot with  a Canon 100-400 at roughly 300mm. Whatever you do, don’t change your mind about the lens you’ve chosen, even when you find yourself waiting around for something to happen wondering if the shot would look better with the wide-angle in your bag. Often times, you’ll start to swap lenses and right when you’re mid-change a huge piece of ice will let loose from the glacier and you’ve missed the moment you’ve been waiting for! Glacial calving can happen three or more times in a row, or not at all for days on end, so it is important to take advantage of every minute you have in front of the glacier.

Watch with your eyes. Did a few small chunks of ice just splash into the water? Often, a small calving event will take place before a large one– the weight transfer of smaller pieces of ice falling away from the ice wall sometimes makes a larger piece let-go.

Calving Aftermath

Listen with your ears. The sudden crack or rumble of “thunder” means you best be ready to take your shot. Believe me when I say you won’t miss the sound of a calving event happening.

Pay attention to wildlife. Are there birds on the seaside cliffs? Did they suddenly take flight and dart towards the water? When a large piece of ice falls into the water it can stir up plankton and other sea creatures that sea birds like to eat. It is almost as if they have glacial calving ESP and can often give you a moments notice before a calving event takes place.

Don’t go looking through your shots too soon. In fact, don’t even put the camera down after an event takes place (unless of course you’re going to follow my last bit of advice below). Often when one calving event takes place, another is not long behind.

And lastly…

Remember to see with your eyes. If you’re photographing a glacier you’re most definitely in one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Sometimes it pays to hold a memory of a such a place that you actually saw with your naked eyes, rather than through the viewfinder of a camera.

Mount Adams as seen from Mount Saint Helens Early Morning

Photography 101: A Pop of Color

Pink flowers and a field of green grass in the foothills of otherwise mundane mountain cliffs. 

Sunrise light reflecting beautiful color within otherwise clear glacier ice.

Early morning sunrise light behind the dark silhouette of alpine trees.

And

Pastel-colored stones below the surface of a flowing stream reflecting sunset light.

Ice Blue Island

Photography 101: The Natural World

The reason I enjoy nature photography so much: Being exposed to the Natural World first-hand. There is something spectacular about heading out into the wilderness and experiencing it with all five senses– the sight of the great expanse of mountains before you, the feeling of the rugged earth below your boots, the fresh smell of the clean wilderness wind, the sound of the insects chirping at night, and of course the taste of your camp food– one of the best meals you’ll ever have after a long day’s hike.

 

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Intertwined Foliage

Deconstructed Foliage

“Deconstructed Foliage”, reconstructed with three photographs.

The vision for these photographs is hanging together in a triple-frame, or in a row like panels, with Deconstructed Green on the left, Reconstructed Foliage in the middle, and Deconstructed Orange on the right. Unfortunately within this blog post, I could not get all of the photographs to display horizontally like this, so I had to post them vertically. For the vertical composition, I thought that the following order made the most sense.

Please take a look, I hope you enjoy “Deconstructed Foliage.”

Intertwined Foliage

Deconstructed Green

Intertwined Foliage

Deconstructed Orange

Intertwined Foliage

Reconstructed Foliage

 

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